Apple Powerbook Wallstreet G3/250mHz laptop

The powerbook G3 wallstreet laptop was offered with either a 12.1″ STN (passive matrix), 13.3″ TFT, or 14.1″ TFT color display. With it’s hot swappable drive bays, large keyboard and dual battery bay, this unit was able to work a full day before it ran out of charge. The sleek black casing, coupled with the white apple logo differentiated it from it’s predecessors as being a truly professional machine rather than just a workhorse.

Note:  There were some known issues with the Powerbook Wallstreet, discovered by users.  They are documented here.

Specs:

Released alongside the 233mHz Wallstreet, the PowerBook G3/250 (Wallstreet), formally a member of the “PowerBook G3 Series” as dubbed by Apple, but more commonly referred to by its codename of “Wallstreet” , features a 250 MHz PowerPC 740 (G3) processor but lacked any Backside Cache.  This led to it being dubbed “Dog slow” or Mainstreet becuase the lack of a backside cache slowed the computer considerably.

Storage:

The Powerbook G3 250mHz was equipped with a 2.0 GB or 4.0GB IDE/ ATA2 hard drive that could be user upgraded to 128GB maximum.  Partitions larger than 128 gigabytes were not seen by the Powerbook.  The Laptop also incorporated a 20X tray-loading CD-ROM drive in the hot swap bay.

Expansion Bays:

The Wallstreet models all incorporated dual “hot-swappable” bays which both can hold batteries or expansion modules (the left is a 3.5″ bay and the right a 5.25″ bay), dual Card Bus compatible PC card slots, and a new “fn” key which creates a numerical keyboard for quicker data entry. The 13.3-inch and 14.1-inch models have S-video out as well.

Custom Configurations:

The Wallstreet “PowerBook G3 Series” additionally was the first PowerBook line available “buld to order”, and as a result, there were many possible configurations of the PowerBook G3/250 (Wallstreet).

M6357LL/A had a 13.3-inch display, 4 GB of SGRAM for video, and a 4.0 GB hard drive for US$3899. It originally cost US$2979 when configured with a 12.1-inch display and US$4399 when configured with a 14.1-inch display. Other configurations were available as well.

Memory:

The Wallstreet Powerbook takes 144 pin PC100 SODIMMS and shipped with 32MB RAM installed as standard.  Apple officially supports 192 MB of RAM in this model. However, third-parties have been able to upgrade it to 512 MB using two 256 MB memory modules. The Wallstreet models all accept PC133 SODIMMS (CL2) as well as these are backward compatible with slower bus speeds.

Video:

Supplied with an ATI Rage LT Graphics chipset, the powerbook wasPowerbook Wallstreet ports supplied with  4MB onboard SGRAM, providing support for up to 1024×768 resolution on a 13.1 or 14.1 inch screen. On the lower 12.1 inch STN screen however, the resolution was limited to 800×600 and supplied with only 2MB of SGRAM.  The Wallstreet “PowerBook G3 Series” has 2D/3D graphics acceleration and “zoomed video” support. An external video port was included, allowing for the connection of an SVGA equipped monitor (PC monitor or Apple Monitor).

Ports:

As noted above, the wallstreet was supplied with dual Card Bus slots.  It also incorporated ADB, a single Geoport (modem/ printer), ethernet, HDI-30 scsi port, s-video out, external SVGA (Dsub15) monitor port and both sound in and sound out ports.

Operating System:

In it’s original configuration, the Powerbook wallstreet could be upgraded to Mac OS 10.2.8 (with the addition of more RAM).  A processor upgrade was required to run newer operating systems.

May 6, 1998 September 1, 1998
250 MHz PowerPC 740 (G3)
Details: N/A
1 N/A
PB G3 Daughtercard Integrated
Details: The Processor was mounted to a Daughtercard.  See Upgrading the Powerbook G3 Wallstreet Processor
83 MHz 125mHz
Details: N/A
Macintosh ROM 4 MB
Details: N/A
64k 1MB
PC100 SDRAM 10 ns
Details:
32 MB 512 MB
Details:  The memory can be upgraded through the addition of 2 x 256MB SODIMM modules.  See:  Upgrading the Powerbook Wallstreet Memory
None 2
Details: N/A
Rage LT SGRAM
Details:
2 MB, 4 MB 2 MB, 4 MB
Details:
12.1″ STN, 13.3″ & 14.1″ 800×600, 1024×768 & 1024×768 respectively
Details:
Mirroring Only 1024×768
Details:
2.0 GB, 4.0GB EIDE/ATA-2
Details: This model does not support hard drives larger than 128 GB. Certain drives may not work with the powerbook.  Use only ATA5.  See:  Upgrading the Powerbook Wallstreet Hard Drive
20X CD-ROM 1.44 MB (Manual)
Details:  The floppy module was standard on configurations with the exception of M6359LL/A. Other models shipped with a 20x CD rom drive module.
56.6k* 10Base-T
Details: *Internal 56.6k modem standard on M6477LL/A. Optional upgrade on other configurations.
N/A N/A
Details: This model does not support AirPort or Bluetooth.
None None
2 Type II PC Card* 1 3.5″, 1 5.25″
Details: *2 Type II PC card slots also support one Type III card (CardBus compatible). This system has one “hot-swappable” 5.25″ bay that shipped with a 20X CD-ROM drive, and one 3.5″ bay that shipped with a battery. Please note that these bays only are compatible with the Wallstreet/PDQ models.
Full-size Trackpad
Details: Apple reports that the integrated keyboard has 77 (US) or 78 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys, 4 arrow keys, and an embedded numeric keypad. The trackpad supports tap, double tap, and drag capabilities.
Notebook PowerBook G3 Wallstreet
Details: N/A
M6477LL/A* G3 Series/Wallstreet
Details:
M4753 (EMC N/A) N/A
49 W h LiIon 3.5 Hours, 7 Hours*
Details: *Apple estimated 3.5 hours with a single battery and 7 hours with dual batteries under “normal usage conditions”.
8.0 X 10.2.8
Details:
Boot/Classic Mode Emulation Only
Details: This model is capable of booting in MacOS 9 and using MacOS 9 applications within the MacOS X “Classic” environment. Note: Please visit Installing MacOS X on Powerbook Wallstreet for more information.
2.0 x 10.4 x 12.7 7.2, 7.6, 7.8 lbs*
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