[rescue] PB 1400s

Joost van de Griek jvdg at sparcpark.net
Sun Jan 30 16:21:11 CST 2005

On 2005-01-26 22:32, Geoffrey S. Mendelson wrote:

> There were 4 CPU options:
> 1. 117 mHz no cache (slow..........)
> 2. 133 mHz with cache (alost twice a fast as #1)
> 3.      166mHz with cache
> 4.      233mHz G3 with cache (3rd party)

Thanks to the upgradeability designed into the PowerBook 1400, there were
many more CPU options than those. Shortly after release, NewerTECH had 166
and 183 MHz 603ev upgrades available. They also had 233 MHz G3 upgrades for
the 1400 shortly before they went belly-up.

Vimage (from Japan) had 233/512 and 266/1M G3 upgrades for the 1400, and
Sonnet had (and still has!) 266/512, 333/512, 333/1M and 466/1M G3 upgrades
for the 1400 series.

> I have a 1400cs with the 117 (and a bad memory chip won't go beyond 4m),
> a 133 1400cs with 48m ram and a 233 G3 1400c with 64m ram. The G3 is a real
> spead demon, but a fully charged battery only lasts 45 minutes, compared
> to 2 hours on the 133 cs.

Well, then I suggest you swap the batteries. G3 CPU's don't use much more
power than 603's, so battery life isn't impacted much by upgrading a 1400 to
G3. In fact, later G3 CPU's (like the ones used in the Sonnet upgrades) used
IBM's then-new copper interconnect technology, and use *less* power than the
603's used in the 1400, so battery life was (is) actually boosted by
upgrading to a faster CPU!

> Both run OS 9.1.5 pretty well

There's no such thing as (Mac) OS 9.1.5. Mac OS 9.1 was the (official) end
of the line for the PowerBook 1400 series. But with a little bit of
fiddling, tweaking and hacking, 9.2.2 can run on it, too:


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Joost van de Griek

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