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powerbook 540 and 540c

The powerbook 500 series were the first powerbooks with the power Motorola 68LC040 CPU (simultaneous with the powerbook duo 280) and were upgradeable to the PowerPC architecture via a swap out CPU daughter card (with the PowerPC and 68040 upgrades for sale).

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The 500 series were also the first laptop computer to use a trackpad instead of a trackball as a built-in pointing device and the first to have ethernet networking built-in. The model 540 came with a  monochrome aktiv matrix and the 540c with a color aktiv matrix display with 16bit stereo sound with stereo speakers, had an expansion bay, PC Card capability, and two battery bays.

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The powerbook 500 series were also the last powerbooks with scsi-harddisk.

powerbook 540/c

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Minimum OS: 7.1.1

Maximum OS: 8.1

Introduced: May 1994

Terminated: August 1995

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Processor

CPU: Motorola MC68LC040

CPU Speed: 33 MHz

FPU: none

Bus Speed: 33 MHz

Register Width: 32-bit

Data Bus Width: 32-bit

Address Bus Width: 32-bit

Level 1 Cache: 4 kB data, 4 kB instruction

ROM: 2 MB

RAM Type: unique

Min RAM Speed: 70 ns

Onboard RAM: 4 MB

RAM slots: 1

Maximum RAM: 36 MB

Expansion Slots: modem, optional type II/III PC Card bay

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Video

Screen: 9.5" active-matrix

Max Resolution: 16 bit 640x480

Video Out: 8 bit 832x624 (mirror only)

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Storage

Hard Drive: 240-500 MB

Floppy Drive: 1.4 MB SuperDrive

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Input/Output

ADB: 2

Serial: 1 Mini DIN-8

SCSI: HDI-30

Audio Out: stereo 16 bit mini

Audio In: stereo 16 bit mini

Speaker: stereo

Microphone: mono