17″ PowerBook G4 (Early 2005)

After nine months at 1.5 GHz, the 17″ PowerBook G4 received an 11% performance boost to 1.67 GHz and gained an 8x DVR±RW SuperDrive. The standard hard drive now spins at 5400 rpm. ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 graphics are included, along with 128 MB of video memory and support for Dual-Link DVI.

17" PowerBook G4Also new on the 17″ PowerBook is an optical digital I/O connector

Bluetooth 2.0 (up to 3x faster than the old standard) and AirPort Extreme are standard features on all 2005 PowerBooks, and the 2005 models add two new technologies: a scrolling trackpad and motion sensing. Scrolling with the trackpad requires the use of two fingers, and motion sensing is meant to protect the hard drive if the PowerBook is dropped.

Battery life is rated at 4.5 hours, and the 2004 17″ PowerBook retails for $100 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 2005.01.31 at US$2,699. Replaced 2005.10.19 by higher resolution model.
  • requires Mac OS X 10.3 Panther through 10.5 Leopard
  • CPU: 1.67 GHz G4 (7457B)
  • Bus: 167 MHz
  • Performance:
    • Geekbench 2 (Tiger): 880
  • 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 AGP 4x
  • VRAM: 128 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: 100 GB 5400 rpm ATA/100
  • optical drive: 8x SuperDrive
    • SuperDrive writes DVD-R and DVD+R at up to 8x, DVD-RW and DVD+RW at 4x, reads DVDs at 6x, writes CD-R at 24x, writes CD-RW at 10x, reads CDs at 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 built in
  • Bluetooth: BT 2.0 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)

Online Resources

Keywords: #17inchpowerbook #17inchpwerbookg4

Short link: http://goo.gl/bC8xES

searchword: 17inchpbg41.67ghz