Is my Powerbook a "Pismo"?

KarenM

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Nov 2, 2002
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Fairfax, CA
I'm trying to determine if my PB is one they call Pismo, sometimes referred to as "the best laptop Apple made". I'm looking at selling it and would like feedback re: if anyone has sold one of these & if so, for how much.

The confusing part is that when I looked for its specs on Apple, it didn't exactly fit any of those listed under the G3 PB list: I bought it 2/7/00, so it most closely matches the one called PowerBook (Firewire), but it has 1, not 2 FW ports. Also, they don't list a 333MHz processor for that one: only 400 & 500. On the other hand, the specs for the G3-333 say "bronze keyboard", and it does not have one; they say no Firewire & it has one.
:confused:

Specs:

G3
333MHz
192MB [64 built in w/128 added]
4GB
24XCD/ENE
VST Zip Drive /100MB/1999 G3 Power
G3 Ion Battery
2 USB
1 Firewire
14" [diagonal] screen
PowerBook G3 keyboard with inverted T
8MB VRAM
ROM revision: $77D-45F6
MAC OS File version: 3.7
OS 9.0.4

Any help in clarifying will be appreciated. If I have left out any crucial determining info from System Profiler, please advise.

Thanks.
 

chmorley

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Jan 2, 2002
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Denver, CO
Sounds like

According to Mactracker, it sounds like a G3 (Bronze keyboard). It is listed as the only G3 powerbook that ran at 333 MHz. It did not, however, have Firewire. Are you sure the port you are identifying is firewire? Are you sure it is a 333 MHz G3?

Try looking at Mactracker and see if you can match your specs to its.

Definitely upgrade your OS to 9.2--it's a free upgrade and will help potential buyers who don't know it's a free upgrade.

Chris
 

KarenM

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Nov 2, 2002
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Fairfax, CA
Whoops. Consulting EveryMac, I've found it is a "Lombard", and that what I thought was a firewire port was actually an ethernet port. Boy, do I ever feel dumb. the port with <--> is Ethernet? All this time I thought it was Firewire.

I don't know if a Lombard is better than a Pismo or not re: upgradability...will be researching that.

Karen
 

zarathustra

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Jul 16, 2002
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Philadelphia, PA
Originally posted by KarenM
I don't know if a Lombard is better than a Pismo or not re: upgradability...will be researching that.

Karen
Unfortunately the Lombard is "not as good" as the Pismo. It has a SCSI port, where the Pismo has two FireWire ports, plus the architecture is slower. However, it's still a very solid machine, and some people actually prefer to have built in SCSI as opposed to FW. Good LUck
 

Dunepilot

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Feb 25, 2002
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Or both

I'm writing this on a 333MHz Lombard, and the machine has been my workhorse for the past three years. I say it's a damn good machine - don't forget you can add Firewire via your PC Card slot, so then you get legacy (SCSI) and legacy-free (USB, Firewire) ports all together on one machine. Nice.

Also, upgrading Ram and the Hard drive on this machine is a doddle.

It's probably the only laptop I'll ever own - I'm going to keep using this as my portable machine and buy a Dual 867 in the next month or so for music recording.

Come to pappa:D
 

KarenM

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Original poster
Nov 2, 2002
18
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Fairfax, CA
Dunepilot,

Thanks for your post. You said,

"you can add Firewire via your PC Card slot, so then you get legacy (SCSI) and legacy-free (USB, Firewire) ports all together on one machine. Nice....

Also, upgrading Ram and the Hard drive on this machine is a doddle."

Can you explain how the PC Card slot allows upgrade to Firewire? Once the card is in, how does one get access to a Firewire port?

Have you upgraded your Lombard HD? If so, what did you choose, and why?

Thanks,
 

shadowfax0

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May 2, 2002
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Does the pismo offer Airport, or does one have to use something in the PC Card slot? I wouldn't mind having a Pismo.... :D
 

alex_ant

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Feb 5, 2002
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All up in your bidness
Originally posted by KarenM
Dunepilot,

Thanks for your post. You said,

"you can add Firewire via your PC Card slot, so then you get legacy (SCSI) and legacy-free (USB, Firewire) ports all together on one machine. Nice....

Also, upgrading Ram and the Hard drive on this machine is a doddle."

Can you explain how the PC Card slot allows upgrade to Firewire? Once the card is in, how does one get access to a Firewire port?

Have you upgraded your Lombard HD? If so, what did you choose, and why?
There are Firewire interfaces for laptops that plug into the PC card slot and have Firewire ports on the other end, so that your PC card slot (when the card is in it) is effectively turned into a Firewire port. (Plug Firewire PC card into the slot, then plug whatever Firewire device you want to use into the PC card.)

The Lombard should accept any laptop-sized (2.5") hard drive. IBM and Toshiba are the big two makers of laptop drives, and they're all good drives. Drives with fluid bearings are quieter, and 5400rpm drives are faster than 4200rpm drives (most laptop drives are 4200rpm). They're up to 60GB in size now, I believe.
 

BenderBot1138

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Oct 28, 2002
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Lombard/Pismo

I hope the reason you're looking to sell "the best laptop Apple made" is to buy the REAL best laptop Apple made and makes... a Titanium Powerbook.

Better than a tankful of sharks with "fricken" laser beams attached to their heads.
 

mymemory

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May 9, 2001
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Miami
Re: Lombard/Pismo

Originally posted by BenderBot1138
I hope the reason you're looking to sell "the best laptop Apple made" is to buy the REAL best laptop Apple made and makes... a Titanium Powerbook.

Better than a tankful of sharks with "fricken" laser beams attached to their heads.
Quit talking so much BS!!!

With the Ti you can't:
1. Upgrade the processor to a G4 500.
2. Upgrade the cache.
3. Upgrade the video ram.
4. Add and INTERNAL zip, floppy, super disc, DVD burner, extra battery, extra hard drive, DVD/CD player.

Besides you have:
1. Every single port avalible in the market: 2 USB, 2 Firewire, audio i/o, 2 video output ports (the TI has only one), PCMCI card port, infra red, modem, ethernet, up to 1GB of ram.

And today all that for less than a $1000!!!!!!!

The only thing the Ti has is the screen size because the enclosure is not that reliable as the Pismo.