Kanga PowerBook G3

This PowerBook G3 was the first Mac designed around the PowerPC 750 (a.k.a. G3) processor, beating the first G3 Power Macs by less than a week. It was the world’s most powerful notebook computer when it was released in late 1997.

PowerBook 3400cDon’t confuse the original PowerBook G3 (based on the PowerBook 3400c) with the PowerBook G3 Series (a.k.a. WallStreet). Although it bears almost exactly the same name, WallStreet was a whole new computer.

Kanga can only handle up to 160 MB of RAM and is the only G3 PowerBook never officially supported under Mac OS X. It was on the market for just six months.

Kanga shipped with Mac OS 8.0, the first version of the Mac OS with built-in support for the G3 processor. There are rumors that Mac OS 7.6 can run on Kanga; however, the standard installer will not install it, and we have not heard from anyone who is actually running it on a Kanga PowerBook.

CardBus is not supported from the factory but can be enabled with a software patch.


According to the Road Warrior, the drive controller in G3 PowerBooks is incompatible with some ATA-6/Ultra ATA-100 hard drives. When replacing the internal hard drive, you should be sure to obtain an ATA-5/Ultra ATA-66 compliant drive or an ATA-6 or ATA-7/Ultra ATA-133 drive known to work with Kanga.


  • code names: Kanga, 3500
  • introduced 1997.11.10 at US$5,699; discontinued 1998.05.04
  • requires System 8.0 through 9.1; unsubstatiated rerports that Mac OS 7.6 may work (would probably require software to support the G3 processor); not certified for Mac OS X
  • CPU: 250 MHz PPC 750 (a.k.a. G3)
  • Performance: 115,385 Whetstones; 747, MacBench 4
  • Bus: 50 MHz
  • ROM: 4 MB
  • RAM: 32 MB, expandable to 160 MB using a single EDO RAM DIMM
  • Level 2 cache: 512 KB backside cache running at 100 MHz
  • VRAM: 2 MB
  • video: Chips and Technology 65554
  • display: 12.1″ 16-bit 800 x 600 83 ppi color active matrix
    also supports millions of colors on external displays
  • Video out: VGA port
  • Hard drive: 5 GB EIDE drive
  • expansion bay: same as PowerBook 190, 5300, and 3400
  • CD-ROM: 20x, removable
  • ADB: 1 port for keyboard and mouse
  • serial: 1 DIN-8 RS-422 port on back of computer
  • SCSI: HDI30 connector on back of computer
  • ethernet and modem standard
  • infrared: supports IrDA and Apple’s IRtalk protocol
  • PC Card slots: 2, CardBus compliant with USB Card Support patch (see CardBus for Your PowerBook 3400c or Kanga G3 for details and links)
  • Weight: 7.1-7.7 pounds with battery
  • size: 2.4″ H x 11.5″ W x 9.5″ D
  • battery: rated at two to four hours of use
  • family number: M3553
  • power supply: M4896 or M4895

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