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powerbook G3 kanga

 

Minimum OS: 8.0

Maximum OS: 9.1

Introduced: Nov 1997

Terminated: May 1998

 

Processor 

CPU: PowerPC 750 "G3"

CPU Speed: 250 MHz

FPU: integrated

Bus Speed: 50 MHz

Register Width: 32-bit

Data Bus Width: 64-bit

Address Bus Width: 32-bit

Level 1 Cache: 32 kB data, 32 kB instruction

Level 2 Cache: 512 kB backside, 1:2.5

ROM: 4 MB

RAM Type: unique

Min RAM Speed: 60 ns

Onboard RAM: 32 MB

RAM slots: 1

Maximum RAM: 160 MB

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

 

Video 

Screen: 12.1" active matrix

Max Resolution: 16 bit 800x600

Video Out: HDI-15

 

Storage 

Hard Drive: 5.0 GB

Floppy Drive: 1.4 MB SuperDrive

Optical Drive: 20x CD-ROM

 

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: stereo

Microphone: mono

powerbook G3 kanga (3500c)

The powerbook G3 kanga was advertised as the fastest notebook computer available, a title formerly held by its predecessor, the 240 MHz PPC-603ev-based powerbook 3400c. The powerbook G3 kanga was based on the powerbook 3400c, and was unofficially known as the powerbook 3500. It used the same case as the 3400c, and a very similar motherboard. The motherboard was upclocked from 40 MHz to 50 MHz, resulting in some incompatibility with older 3400 RAM modules. Other changes to the motherboard included doubling the on-board RAM from 16 MB to 32 MB, and a faster version of the on-board graphics controller. The G3 made the Kanga more than twice as fast as a 3400c and the improved graphics controller allowed it to refresh the screen 74 percent faster.

 

It is the only G3 system that is not officially compatible with Mac OS X (though various methods not sanctioned by apple can be used to install OS X). The kanga was on the market for less than 5 months, and is largely regarded as a stopgap system that allowed Apple to ship G3 powerbook sooner, while apple prepared its more revolutionary powerbook G3 series. As a result, the Kanga has the dubious distinction of being apple's fastest depreciating powerbook. Nevertheless, many people chose to purchase a kanga to continue using their interchangeable expansion bay modules, batteries, and other peripherals from the powerbook 190, 5300 and 3400 models. The kanga was also notably smaller in depth and width than the subsequent wallstreet powerbooks, and the kanga remained the smallest-when-open G3 laptop until the debut of the apple ibook some years later.

This first PowerBook G3 shipped with a 250 MHz G3 processor and a 12.1" TFT SVGA LCD. It is the only G3 system that is not officially compatible with Mac OS X (though various methods not sanctioned by Apple can be used to install OS X). The Kanga was on the market for less than 5 months, and is largely regarded as a stopgap system that allowed Apple to ship G3 PowerBooks sooner, while Apple prepared its more revolutionary PowerBook G3 Series. As a result, the Kanga has the dubious distinction of being Apple's fastest depreciating PowerBook. Nevertheless, many people chose to purchase a Kanga to continue using their interchangeable expansion bay modules, batteries, and other peripherals from the Powerbook 190, 5300 and 3400 models. The Kanga was also notably smaller in depth and width than the subsequent Wallstreet Powerbooks, and the Kanga remained the smallest-when-open G3 laptop until the debut of the Apple iBook some years later.