iBook Clamshell 366/466MHz Upgrades

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This page covers all the upgrades we sell for this range of Macs. Choose the type of upgrade you are looking for from the tabs below.

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The Second Generation iBook Clamshell was introduced in September 2000. It brought speed increases and a colour change to Apple's consumer level portables. It replaced the original Clamshell iBook. Two versions were made at 366MHz (in graphite, lime green and indigo) and a 466MHz version with a DVD-ROM (in graphite) - the second 366MHz and the 466MHz versions had a FireWire port.

As with all of Apple's consumer level ("i" series) machines, they are not very upgradeable. Only the RAM and by hard drive may be upgraded. They shipped with Mac OS 9.0.4 but can run OSX as long as there is sufficient RAM.

How to Identify these Machines

The G3 iBook Clamshell has a distinctive style case, and can be distinguished easily from Apple's other portables.

There were two ranges of Clamshells made - this page deals with the second generation of machines, which came in indigo, lime green and graphite. Most of these machines have a FireWire port.

Earlier Clamshell iBooks were the blueberry and tangerine, were translucent, and have no FireWire port.

The 366MHz versions came in graphite (no FireWire port), indigo and lime green (both with FireWire). The 466 came in graphite only, with a white perspex cover.

If you are still unsure you can contact us on 01223 833 412 or by email for assistance. If you want to upgrade but aren't happy to install your upgrades yourself, then we can help. Simply ask our engineers for further details.

Memory Upgrades

The iBook G3 SE has either 32MB or 64MB of RAM soldered onto the logic board, and one RAM slot which will take up to a 256MB stick - giving a maximum of 288MB or 320MB depending on the built in memory.

It will take either PC100 or PC66 SODIMM modules. PC100 is generally supplied simply because it is cheaper.

There are none available.

Difficulty 3 / 5 - Reasonably easy.

Turn off the machine, then remove the power cable and the battery.

The RAM is housed below the keyboard. To remove the keyboard, release the catches at the top of the keyboard (between ESC & F1 and F8 & F9). This reveals the internal parts.

There is a metal protective plate secured with 2 screws. Remove this plate to reveal the RAM socket. The socket is easily reached and replaced. Reassemble the machine and the upgrade is done!

CD/DVD/Blu-ray Drive Upgrades

The iBook G3 SE came equipped with a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive loaded by a tray on the left hand side of the unit. At present we don't stock internal CD or DVD writers which are compatible with this machine. It is possible to use an external device via USB or FireWire (FireWire highly recommended).

There are no optical drive upgrades available for these Macs

Difficulty - 1/5 Very easy (external)

Install any supplied software and connect the device. Any problems please contact our team.

Internal Hard Drive & SSD Upgrades

Any 2.5" hard drive that is 9.5mm in height will work in your iBook G3 SE, although user installation is advised against (see below).

If you don't want to fit a new hard drive yourself, you can take advantage of the MacUpgrades Installation Service. Add the installation service from the list below to your cart along with your chosen hard drive. We can also clone your existing hard drive onto the new one, simply add the Clone Original Hard Drive service below to your cart.

Once you have booked the service, send your machine to us, we will carry out the work and return it to you. Alternatively, we do offer a Collection Service with our courier, please see here for details.

Installation Services

INSTALL SERVICE - Internal Hard Drive in an iBookStock: Available£39.00 + vat (£46.80)
INSTALL SERVICE - Clone Original Internal DriveStock: Available£25.00 + vat (£30.00)
INSTALL SERVICE - Fit Customer Supplied PartStock: Available£17.50 + vat (£21.00)

Internal SSD Drives to Replace Main Hard Drive

Any fitting information below is intended as a guide before purchase ONLY, when fitting these products you should refer to the original manual for your computer, and any instructions that come with the item. Please see this page for more information, or here for information on our fitting service.

Difficulty 5 / 5 - Very Hard

The iBook SE's internal hard drive is very difficult to get to, and is not classified by Apple as a user installed part. Mac Upgrades can install drives for you, please contact us for details.

We do sell the drives for fitting yourself, however we are unable to offer phone support or instructions on how to do so.

Graphics Cards and Displays

The graphics card in your iBook G3 SE is part of the main logic board. Therefore it is not possible to change the graphics card or increase its performance. It may be worth expanding your memory to its maximum to try and compensate, however this will have at most a limited impact on your iBook's 3D capabilities.

There are no graphics card upgrades available for these Macs

Expansion Card Upgrades

Your iBook G3 SE has no available PCMCIA sockets for connectivity expansion.

There are no expansion cards available for these Macs

Keyboards & Mice

The following keyboards and mice are compatible with this Mac.

Trust 3 button USB Optical MouseStock: Available£6.75 + vat (£8.10)
Cherry Strait 3.0 USB Keyboard - UK Mac LayoutStock: Available£32.00 + vat (£38.40)

Power Supplies & Batteries

Listed below are power supplies, batteries and related products we supply for this Mac.

There are none available.

Cables & Tools

Listed below are power cables, tools and related products we supply for this Mac.

Cables & Adaptors

FireWire 400 - 800 Adaptor Cable M/M (6pin - 9pin) 6 ftStock: Available£11.00 + vat (£13.20)


Precision Screwdriver Set, 31 Piece - Phillips/Torx/TR6Stock: Available£12.50 + vat (£15.00)
Anti Static Wrist StrapStock: Available£8.50 + vat (£10.20)

External Drives & Enclosures

Versions of this Mac which have FireWire can use any of the following external hard drives. If you don't have FireWire then unfortunately your only option is to use normal USB - this is a very slow connection for data storage, and is not generally recommended.

There are none available.

Complete Machines - Refurbished

Any complete machines of this type or similar that we have for sale are listed here. Please note that these are refurbished models with a 3 month warranty, and that delivery is likely to take 3 - 5 working days. These can be purchased online with the standard website courier delivery charge for the mainland UK only. Please contact us for a quote on shipping to other areas.

Repair Services for this Mac

Here are the various repair services we offer for this Mac. You can have us take the machine in for evaluation, or book a fixed-price repair if you already know what the fault is and the service is listed below (for services without parts, please see the relevant tab on this page for compatible parts that we sell). If you know what the fault is, but we don't have a fixed-price repair listed below, please contact us for a quote.

Evaluation Services

Mac Repair - Evaluation ServiceStock: Available£39.00 + vat (£46.80)

Installation Services (parts not included)

Collection ServiceStock: Available£24.68 + vat (£29.62)
INSTALL SERVICE - Internal Hard Drive in an iBookStock: Available£39.00 + vat (£46.80)
INSTALL SERVICE - Clone Original Internal DriveStock: Available£25.00 + vat (£30.00)