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powerbook 5300, 5300cs, 5300c and 5300ce

The powerbook 5300 series were the first generation with powerpc processor. The powerbooks had hot-swappable expansion modules for a variety of different units such as zip- or magneto-optical-drives but unfortunately no cd-romdrives.

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The powerbook 5300 series has been viewed as a disappointment, suffered from a number of design faults. Problems with cracked cases and overheating batteries prompted several recalls, while some users were simply unimpressed with the specifications of the machine and its lackluster performance.

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The powerpc 603e processor lacked the level 2 cache so the performance was much less than the cpu frequency would suggest.

powerbook 5300

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Minimum OS: 7.5.2

Maximum OS: 9.1

Introduced: August 1995

Terminated: Late 1996

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Processor

CPU: PowerPC 603e

CPU Speed: 100 MHz

FPU: integrated

Bus Speed: 33.3 MHz

Register Width: 32-bit

Data Bus Width: 64-bit

Address Bus Width: 32-bit

Level 1 Cache: 16 kB data, 16 kB instruction

ROM: 4 MB

RAM Type: unique

Min RAM Speed: 70 ns

Onboard RAM: 8/16 MB

RAM slots: 1

Maximum RAM: 64 MB

Expansion Slots: 2 Type II or 1 Type III PC Card

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Video

Screen: active matrix 10.4"

VRAM: 512 kB

Max Resolution: 16 bit 640x480

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Storage

Hard Drive: 500/750 MB

Floppy Drive: 1.4 MB SuperDrive

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Input/Output

ADB: 1

Serial: 1 Mini DIN-8

SCSI: HDI-30

Audio Out: stereo 16 bit mini

Audio In: stereo 16 bit mini

Speaker: mono

Microphone: mono