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Comment: UPGRADED RAM! GOOD BATTERY AND CHARGER FREE SHIPPING! WiFi Apple iBook Laptop 12.1" M9164LL/A (800-MHz PowerPC G4, 512 MB RAM, 30 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive) Great working battery! This product has been professionally restored to working order. Typically this means that the product has been inspected, cleaned, and repaired to meet manufacturer specifications. Only includes the laptop, battery and charger. The warranty period is for 30 days and covers only the hardware. This is an older laptop and may not execute certain applications so if you have any questions about compatibility, please ask before making a purchase. All returns will be inspected for defects. If there are no defects to the unit, a 20 percent restocking fee will be applied and the customer is responsible for the return shipping. The battery is covered under the warranty, but only that it will hold some charge. Great working battery! Unit has normal wear which may include scuffs, scratches, dings or chips. THERE IS NO PASSWORD JUST LEAVE IT BLANK AND HIT OK
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Apple iBook Laptop 12.1" M9164LL/A (800-MHz PowerPC G4, 256 MB RAM, 30 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive)

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  • 800 MHz PowerPC G4 Processor
  • 256 MB RAM (expandable to 640 MB)
  • Bundled software includes Apples newest operating system, Mac OS X v.10.3 Panther, and a broad range of highly useable multimedia utilities.
  • ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 video chipset with 32 MB of dedicated DDR SDRAM memory.
  • wireless
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Details: The PowerPC G4 includes the AltiVec "Velocity Engine" vector processor. System Bus Speed: 133 MHz Cache Bus Speed: 800 MHz (Built-in) L1 Cache: 64k L2/L3 Cache: 256k (on chip) RAM Type: PC2100 DDR SDRAM RAM Speed: 266 MHz Details: Supports a single 200-pin PC2100 DDR SDRAM SO-DIMM memory module. Maximum RAM: 640 MB* Video Card: Mobility Radeon 9200 VRAM Type: DDR SDRAM Details: ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 (4X AGP) with 32 MB of DDR SDRAM. 12.1" TFT XGA active-matrix display with a 1024 by 768 native resolution. Apple reports that it also supports 640 by 480 and 800 by 600 when scaled. Standard Hard Drive: 30.0 GB Int. HD Interface: Ultra ATA/100 Standard Optical: 8X/24X/24X/10X DVD-ROM/CD-RW "Combo" drive. Standard Modem: 56k v.92 Standard Ethernet: 10/100Base-T Standard AirPort: 802.11b/g (Optional, not installed) Standard Bluetooth: 1.1 (Optional, not installed) Details: Internal support for AirPort Extreme (802.11g) and Bluetooth 1.1, although neither was pre-installed. USB Ports: 2 (2.0) Firewire Ports: 1 (400) Details: Two USB 2.0 ports and one Firewire "400" port. Incl. Keyboard: Full-size Incl. Input: 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. Battery Type: 50 W/Hr LiIon Battery Life: 6 Hours Details: 6 hours under "normal usage conditions" as estimated by Apple. Pre-Installed MacOS: X 10.3 Maximum MacOS: MacOS 9 Support: Classic Mode Only Windows Support: Emulation Only Details: The iBook G4 models are capable of using Mac OS 9 applications within the MacOS X "Classic" environment. They cannot boot into MacOS 9. Dimensions: 1.35 x 11.2 x 9.0.6 Avg. Weight: 4.9 lbs (2.2 kg)

Those who’ve considered Apple’s amazing new PowerBook G4 series of portable computers but can’t quite justify the expense would do well to explore its less expensive, slightly less capable sibling, the iBook G4. Available in three flavors, the iBook G4 doesn’t sport PowerBook amenities such as DVD burning and massive widescreen displays, yet all three models feature superb connectivity, subcompact dimensions, and impressive battery life. This particular unit, the entry-level iBook G4 12-inch M9164LL/A, is the most affordable mobile computer in the entire Apple roster.

Featuring a spry power section consisting of an 800 MHz PowerPC G4 processor and 256 MB RAM (expandable to 640 MB), the system packs enough raw muscle for most typical mobile computing tasks. However, the real surprise comes in its 3-D rendering capabilities. Unlike many comparably equipped notebooks, the iBook G4 12-inch features an ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 video chipset with 32 MB of dedicated DDR SDRAM memory. Thusly, it will efficiently handle demanding applications such as 3-D drawing and even some 3-D gaming.

At just 11.2 by 9.1 by 1.3 inches and a scant 4.9 pounds, the iBook G4 12-inch is downright tiny. Yet when you flip the lid you’ll find such desirable perks as a full-size 77-key keyboard with 12 function keys and four arrow keys, a trackpad with double-tap and drag capabilities, a smallish but crystal clear 12.1-inch display capable of 1024x768 resolution, and a combination CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive through which you can burn audio CDs, archive files and play the latest Hollywood blockbusters. For storing your files, Apple has installed a serviceable 30 GB hard disk -- enough space for general use but too little for serious multimedia archiving.

Connectivity options include an integrated 56K modem for dial-up communications, a 10/100BASE-T Ethernet port for LAN and high-speed Internet and email, and two high-speed USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 port for external high-tech toys such as scanners, digital cameras and digital camcorders. Users can also purchase an Apple AirPort Extreme Card for wireless communication and an internal Bluetooth module to interact with future cordless Bluetooth devices such as cell phones and PDAs.

Bundled software includes Apple’s newest operating system, Mac OS X v.10.3 Panther, and a broad range of highly useable multimedia utilities. Under ideal conditions, battery life is estimated at a stunning six hours.

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Screen Size12.1 inches
Screen Resolution1024-by-768
Max Screen Resolution1024x768&Below
Processor800 MHz PowerPC G4
Hard Drive30 GB mechanical_hard_drive
Graphics CoprocessorATI Mobility Radeon 9200
Chipset BrandATI
Card DescriptionATI Mobility RADEON 9200 AGP4x
Graphics Card Ram Size32 MB
Wireless Type802.11bgn
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Average Battery Life (in hours) 6 hours
Brand NameApple
Item model numberM9164LL/A
Hardware PlatformMac
Operating SystemApple Mac OS X 10.3
Item Weight10.1 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H16.50 x 8 x 13.80 inches
Processor BrandIBM
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeSDRAM
Hard Drive InterfaceUltra ATA
Power SourceAC
Batteries:1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
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Best Sellers Rank #3,816 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight5.4 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First AvailableOctober 22, 2003
Warranty & Support
Warranty, Parts: 1 Year

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165 of 180 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 19, 2003
I just recently purchased an ibook G4 coming from a 2.4GHz pentium 4 desktop at work. I decided on the ibook because I wanted something small, reasonably priced, with a high level of quality for my home/sometimes work use. I had a chance to take a good look at Dell laptops that were recently purchased at my work and was not very impressed with the solidity of the small, lightweight laptops. They have also had their share software glitches which did not impress me and needed external CD/DVD drives. I'll tell you, it was a bit scary to move to the Apple machine, but so far it has been a happy marriage. This machine says quality. For the applications I use (spreadsheets, word processors, net, games...) you cannot tell there is a speed difference between the P4 desktop. This comuter is plenty fast. Surfing the net (unlike other reviews) is a breeze and is as fast as the desktop through the cable or T1 connection I use. The things I like are the size, speed, keyboard, battery life, stability, feel, as well as the looks. I also can access our Windows based network to retreive e-mails, etc. without any problem. Apparently the Panther 10.3 OS provides superior security when surfing which is nice, since I do a lot of shopping over the net. This was a concern I had with the latest Windows OS. Also, some people have commented that the white keyboard can get dirty fast. I have not experienced this problem yet (washed hands?), but when shopping for a computer, I actually looked for a light colored/white keyboard so I could tell when the keyboard is dirty. Who knows what sort of junk is on a black keyboard! In any case, the keyboard pops out and is easy to clean.
In summary, this is a well enginerred, quality laptop that will allow you to interface with your Windows work environment. Nice work.
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140 of 157 people found the following review helpful By NutMac VINE VOICE on November 3, 2003
Let us raise the glass: long live the G3 processor, for it is dead. Apple's iBook was the last holdout to G4 processor. It is G3 no more.
Despite some rumors, iBook's G4 processor is a true G4 processor with Altivec fully on-board. While it runs slower (800 MHz vs. 1 GHz) and features smaller L2 cache (256 KB vs. 512 KB) than 12" PowerBook, it comes remarkable close in most performance parameters. They share the same 133 MHz front-side bus and PC2100 (266 MHz) DDR SDRAM.
Even their feature sets come remarkably close. Both sport sharp 12.1" 1024-by-768 LCD, 256 MB memory and 32 MB graphics memory, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 ports, and 100/10 fast Ethernet. Both lack the PC Card (PCMCIA) slot but can accommodate AirPort Extreme wireless network.
Other than faster G4 processor, just about the only reasons to consider 12" PowerBook are:
- Larger memory capacity on the PowerBook (1.25 GB vs. 640 MB)
- Larger hard disk (40 GB vs. 30 GB)
- PowerBook can drive an external display (dual display) up to 2048-by-1536 via DVI port; iBook can only mirror up to 1024-by-768 via VGA port
- SuperDrive (DVD burner) is optional on PowerBook; it is not available on iBook
- Bluetooth is standard on PowerBook; it is optional (built-to-order) on iBook
- Marginally faster GeForce FX 5200 graphics card on PowerBook (vs. Radeon 9200 on iBook)
- PowerBook is slightly lighter (4.6 lbs vs. 4.9 lbs) and slightly smaller (10.9-by-8.6-by-1.18 inches vs. 11.2-by-9.1-by-1.35 inches)
- You like the PowerBook's anodized aluminum allow chassis better
There are sufficient reasons to get the iBook instead:
- Costs almost 50% less
- It is not dramatically slower
- Longer battery life (up to 6 hours vs.
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105 of 117 people found the following review helpful By John on November 9, 2003
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From 5/03 to 11/03 I owned a 14.1" G3 iBook. That was a nice laptop but certainly had some annoying quirks and was really out-of-date (described later). I also wanted to get a smaller laptop and also get Panther. So "upgrading" or "downgrading" to this 12" G4 iBook made a whole lot of sense for me. Here is my review based on comparison to the old G3 iBook.
Performance: From G3 900Mhz to G4 800Mhz is certainly an upgrade. As the G4 features a faster 133Mhz Bus (formerly 100Mhz Bus) and also supports DDR Memory (compared to the old PC100). Applications seem to fire up and run better and everything is just snappier. Also if you have altivec enabled applications, G4 is certainly the way to go.
Technical Improvements: USB 1.1 ==> USB 2.0, Airport 802.11b ==> Airport Extreme 802.11g, updated graphics card, tray loading combo drive ==> slot loading combo drive.
Other Improvements: Panther is a more polished and refined OS compared to Jaguar. OS X has finally matured. The keyboard on the G4 iBook has been improved...buttons press smoother and keyboard has less flex (not to mention the greyish tone makes it look better). Also the LCD display seems a little bit more crisper.
All in all I'd highly recommend this 12" G4 iBook. For this price, it is a tremendous value. You cannot find a comparable 12.1" laptop in the PC world (w/o spending nearly 2 Grand, and most don't come with an optical drive built-in).
I don't see much of a reason to go with 14.1" as it has the same resolution as the 12" (unless that you have bad vision). If you want a laptop with a big display, go with the 15.2" Powerbook (probably the best all-around laptop in the world). If you want a small but still very fast laptop that you can carry everywhere, GET THIS IBOOK!
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