powerbook G3 pismo

The powerbook G3 pismo board was fitted into the form factor of the previous lombard G3 powerbook, but with many improvements. The pismo was available at cpu speeds of 400 mhz or mhz MHz, with a front side bus speed of 100 mhz (one-third swifter than the lombard's front side bus); it also implemented a unified motherboard architecture, and replaced scsi with the newer firewire interface (IEEE-1394). The pci graphics used on the lombard were updated to an agp-connected rage mobility 128, though the video memory was kept at 8 mb, and the screen's resolution was the same as well. A 2× dvd-rom drive became standard.

It was also the first powerbook with airport networking as an official option (although it could be added to the earlier models via various third-party cardbus cards). Lombard and pismo accept the same expansion bay devices.

G3 cpu upgrades at speeds of up to 900 mhz and G4 upgrades up to 550 mhz were available. The pismo powerbook was the last of the G3 line. It was succeeded by the powerbook G4 titanium models.

powerbook G3 pismo

Minimum OS: 9.0.2

Maximum OS: 10.4.11

Introduced: February 2000

Terminated: January 2001


CPU: PowerPC 750 "G3"

CPU Speed: 400/500 MHz

FPU: integrated

Bus Speed: 100 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: 1 MB backside, 5:2

ROM: 1 MB ROM + 3 MB toolbox ROM loaded into RAM


Min RAM Speed: 100 MHz

Onboard RAM: 0 MB

RAM slots: 2

Maximum RAM: 512 MB

Expansion Slots: 1 PC Card (type I or II)


Screen: 14.1" active matrix TFT

GPU: ATI Rage 128


Max Resolution: 1024x768

Video Out: VGA, S-Video


Hard Drive: 6-18 GB

ATA Bus: ATA-66

Zip Drive: optional

Optical Drive: 6x DVD-ROM


USB: 2

Firewire: 2

Audio Out: stereo 16 bit mini

Audio In: stereo 16 bit mini

Speaker: stereo

Microphone: mono