17″ PowerBook G4 (Mid 2004)

After seven months at 1.33 GHz, the 17″ PowerBook G4 received a performance boost to 1.5 GHz and moved to the Mobility Radeon 9700 graphics processor.

17" PowerBook G4Battery life is rated at 4.5 hours, and the 2004 17″ PowerBook retails for $200 less than the model it replaces.

Closed Lid Mode: G4 PowerBooks support “lid closed” (or clamshell) mode, which leaves the built-in display off and dedicates all video RAM to an external display. To used closed lid mode, your ‘Book must be plugged into the AC adapter and connected to an external display and a USB or Bluetooth mouse and keyboard (you might also want to consider external speakers). Power up your ‘Book until the desktop appears on the external display and then close the lid. Your ‘Book will go to sleep, but you can wake it by moving the mouse or using the keyboard. The built-in display will remain off, and the external monitor will become your only display. Since all video RAM is now dedicated to the external monitor, you may have more colors available at higher resolutions. The PowerBook is designed to run safely in closed lid mode, but if yours runs hot (perhaps due to overclocking or high ambient temperatures), you may want to open the lid when in closed lid mode: The screen will remain off and the computer will more readily vent heat from the CPU.

To resume use of the internal display, you need to disconnect the external display, put the computer to sleep, and then open the lid. This will wake up your ‘Book and restore use of the built-in display.


  • introduced 2004.04.19 at US$2,799; replaced by 1.67 GHz model 2005.01.31
  • model number: M9422, M9462
  • requires Mac OS X 10.3 Panther through 10.5 Leopard
  • CPU: 1.5 GHz G4 (7457)
  • Bus: 167 MHz
  • Performance:
    • Geekbench 2 (Tiger): 790
  • ROM: 4 MB, NewWorld ROM in RAM architecture
  • RAM: 512 MB, expandable to 2 GB using PC2700 DDR SDRAM memory
  • Level 2 cache: 512 KB at CPU speed
  • Video: ATI Mobility Radeon 9700
  • VRAM: 64 MB
  • Video out: S-video and DVI (VGA with included Apple VGA Display Adapter)
  • display: 17″ 24-bit 1440 x 900 100 ppi color active matrix. Supports 1152 x 720, 1024 x 640, and 800 x 500 at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 x 768, 800 x 600, and 640 x 480 at 4:3 aspect ratio. Supports up to 2048 x 1536 on external display. Allows mirroring to external display or extended desktop mode
  • Hard drive: 80 GB 4200 rpm ATA/100
  • optical drive: 4x SuperDrive
    • SuperDrive writes DVD-R at up to 4x, reads DVDs at up to 8x, writes CD-R at up to 16x, writes CD-RW at up to 8x, reads CDs at up to 24x
  • floppy drive: external USB only
  • expansions bays: none
  • USB: 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • FireWire: 1 FW 400 port, 1 FW 800 port
  • IR port: none
  • Ethernet: 10/100/gigabit
  • Modem: v.92 56k
  • WiFi: 802.11g AirPort Extreme standard
  • Bluetooth: 1.1 built in
  • PC Cards: 1 slot, supports Type II cards only
  • size: 10.2″ x 15.4″ x 1.0″ (259 x 392 x 26 mm)
  • Weight: 6.9 pounds (3.1 kg)

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