PowerBook G3 Wallstreet Upgrades

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This page covers all the upgrades we sell for the PowerBook G3 Wallstreet. Choose the type of upgrade you are looking for from the tabs below.(Not the right Mac? See here for more PowerBooks, or here for all Macs.)

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History

This machine is the second generation of the PowerBook G3, and it changed to a different case design (the first G3, the "Kanga," is not featured on this website).

Available in both 12.1" and 14" screen versions, the PowerBook G3 Wallstreet is based on a 66MHz system bus, and brought desktop clock speed and CPU cache to the laptop, something the original G3 lacked.

The PowerBook Wallstreet was still a significant investment, costing around £2500 for the top of the line version. The machine switched to using faster and cheaper SODIMM memory, and had significantly better graphics with the new ATI chipset.

The machine shipped with Mac OS 8.1 installed, but will support Mac OS 9 to OS 10.2.8. 10.3 and above will not work on these machines.

How to Identify these Machines

The G3 Wallstreet can be identified by the colour of its keyboard, which in contrast to subsequent G3 PowerBooks, is black.

The Wallstreet has the older legacy Mac connectivity: an HDI-30 SCSI connection, a square port with 30 pins, and two 8 pin serial ports. The machine also has one 4 pin ADB port for keyboard or mouse connectivity and a 15 pin VGA port for an external monitor.

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

Memory Upgrades

The PowerBook G3 has two memory sockets, and can accept up to 192MB in RAM. A 128MB module can be fitted in either slot, once a 128MB stick is fitted, the second slot can only take up to 64MB.

We do not have RAM available for these Macs.

Difficulty 3 / 5 - Reasonably easy (top slot only)

Turn off the machine and remove the CD-ROM, power cable and battery.

Inside the now empty bays there are two latches which hold the keyboard in place. Push these towards the front and gently lift up the keyboard.

There is a large metal shield which is secured with two Phillips screws - undo and gently lift up the plate. This reveals the top RAM socket which can now be accessed.

The second socket is underneath, but professional installation is recommended for this. Mac Upgrades does sell RAM for installation in the bottom slot, however we cannot provide installation instructions or support.

CD/DVD/Blu-ray Drive Upgrades

The PowerBook G3 Wallstreet came equipped with a CD-ROM drive in its right drive bay. At present there are no internal CD or DVD writers which fit internally into this machine.

It is possible to use an external device with an added USB or FireWire card (FireWire is strongly recommended). Since any added card will not supply power to a device, only full-sized, mains powered devices are listed here.

This laptop is not powerful enough to burn DVDs, so no DVD-RW devices are listed here.

There are no optical drive upgrades available for these Macs

Difficulty 1/5 - Easy (external).

Install any supplied software, restart the machine and connect the new device.

Internal Hard Drive & SSD Upgrades

Any of the below drives will work fine in the PowerBook G3 Wallstreet.

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 - 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

OWC Mercury 60GB Legacy Pro 2.5" IDE SSD for PowerBook/iBookStock: Special Order£84.40 + vat (£101.28)
OWC Mercury 120GB Legacy Pro 2.5" IDE SSD for PowerBook/iBookStock: Special Order£109.20 + vat (£131.04)

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 3 / 5 - Reasonably easy

Turn off the machine and remove the CD ROM, power cable and battery.

Inside the now empty bays there are two latches which hold the keyboard in place. Push these towards the front and gently lift up the keyboard.

There is a large metal shield which is secured with two Phillips screws - undo and gently lift up the plate. The hard drive is to the right of the case, held in upside down in a caddy with one screw.

Remove the entire caddy, this reveals four screws holding the drive. Undo the 4 holding screws and remove the drive.

Replace the drive and reassemble machine in reverse order.

Start computer from CD and initialise the drive. If you do not wish to install the upgrade yourself, please contact us about our installation service.

Graphics Cards and Displays

This laptop can take a secondary graphics card through it's PCMCIA (Cardbus) slot, to allow it to control a wider range of external displays that it can by default.

There are no graphics card upgrades available for these Macs

Difficulty 1 / 5 - Very Easy.

Install any supplied software, turn off the machine, and insert the PCMCIA card into the socket on the left of the machine.

Connect it to your monitor and your finished.

Expansion Card Upgrades

Your PowerBook G3 Wallstreet has two available PCMCIA sockets for connectivity expansion. These are located to the left of the machine, alongside the modem port.

These credit card sized sockets allow users to take advantage of newer connectivity such as USB, FireWire and Wireless networking.

Please note that many of these cards have a minimum operating system requirement.

There are no expansion cards available for these Macs

Difficulty 1 / 5 - Very Easy.

Install any supplied software. Turn off the machine and insert the PCMCIA card into a free socket on left the of the machine.

Restart machine and away you go.

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£40.65 + vat (£48.78)

Power Supplies & Batteries

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

Apple AC Adapter for PowerBook G3 and iBook ClamshellStock: Special Order£49.00 + vat (£58.80)

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.

Cables & Tools

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

External Drives & Enclosures

It is possible to upgrade this Mac with an external hard drive, however you will need to add a modern connectivity type to your Mac. For this machine we strongly recommend looking at FireWire if you want any external data storage devices. FireWire can be added with an expansion card (see below). You will need to be running at least OS9 to use FireWire.

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 - Clone Original Internal DriveStock: Available£25.00 + vat (£30.00)