powerbook G3 lombard

The third generation of powerbook G3 lombard was much slimmer and lighter than its predecessor and was the first new world rom powerbook. The keyboard was also improved and now featured translucent bronze-tinted plastics, which is the origin of the "bronze keyboard" nickname. A dvd drive was optional on the 333 mhz model and standard on the 400 mhz version. 

The 400 mhz model included a hardware mpeg-2 decoder for dvd playback, while the 333 mhz model was left without (except for the pc-card one used by wallstreet). This model introduced usb ports to the powerbook line while retaining scsi support and eliminating adb entirely (although the keyboard and touchpad still used an adb interface internally). Graphics were provided by a rage lt pro chipset on the pci-bus, to drive its 14.1-inch lcd at a maximum resolution of 1024×768.

Mac OS 8.6–10.3.9 are supported by Apple, but 10.4 is not, although OS X will not install (except for 10.0) if both RAM slots are not occupied with identical size RAM. The use of XPostFacto 4 allows users to upgrade to Tiger, and it runs quite well for an unsupported machine. More RAM (up to 512 MB), a greater hard drive (up to 128 GB), and CPU upgrades (up to a 433 MHz G4) are available for these PowerBooks.

powerbook G3 lombard

Minimum OS: 8.6

Maximum OS: 10.3.9

Introduced: May 1999

Terminated: February 2000


CPU: PowerPC 750 "G3"

CPU Speed: 333/400 MHz

FPU: integrated

Bus Speed: 66 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



Min RAM Speed: 100 MHz

Onboard RAM: 0 MB

RAM slots: 2

Maximum RAM: 384 MB

Expansion Slots: 1 Type I or II PC Card


Screen: 14.1" active matrix TFT

Max Resolution: 1024x768

Video Out: VGA, S-Video


Hard Drive: 4 GB


Floppy Drive: removable 1.4 MB SuperDrive

Zip Drive: optional

Optical Drive: 24x CD-ROM


USB: 2


Audio Out: stereo 16 bit mini

Audio In: stereo 16 bit mini

Speaker: stereo

Microphone: mono