last updated May 2005

These three tech notes explain the various generations of G3, G4, and G5, when they were released, and the names associated with each. You can find much of this information at AppleSpec (below), but it is provided here as an easy-to-use note for quickly identifying which generation a machine is. Please refer to the AppleSpec for detailed information.

This reference does not go back further than the G3 processor.


*** KEY ***

S =Serial
C* =may have shipped with SCSI card
F =Firewire
R =Airport Ready

CD only = play CDs
DVD-ROM = play CDs, play DVDs
CDRW = play CDs, burn CDs & CD-RWs
Combo = CDRW + DVD-ROM (play DVDs & CDs, burn CDs & CD-RWs)
SuperDrive = CDRW + DVD-R (play DVDs & CDs, burn DVDs & CDs & CD-RWs)

*Note about iBook drives: during this time, differnet iBooks were shipped with different configurations of CD, DVD-ROM, Combo, and SuperDrives. Some where BTO (Built to Order), so don’t rely on the information above coorelating to the generation of iBook.

Each generation is listed with a PLUS “+” symbol to indicate the new generation. A dash “-” symbol is used to indicate when different models released at the same time with different specs (such as the varrying sizes of PB G3 Series displays). These can be considered a “Sub-generation” or the “siblings” of the generation noted with the PLUS symbol.

(L) indicates a late remarket, usually “last year’s” model remarketed 6 months later. For the purpose of this chart, these have been listed on a separate line below the model they actually are. Note the different release date.

About Domain Name Propigations

ISSUE: I registered my domain name and followed the steps to have it transfered to my new hosting company. How long will it take for the change to take affect?

For a domain name to be active, it needs to be propagated
throughout the internet after the transfer is processed. What
this means is that every nameserver around the world is being
updated with the new domain record. This process could take
upto 3 days but usually is done within 48-72 hours of the domain

ISSUE Can’t Download fix for Internet Exploere 5.?

Symptom: Internet Exploere has become corrupted and connot open. It appears as a folder on the hard drive instead of an application. The customer cannot resinstall by downlaoding because the software is not available online (not on the Microsfot and not on says “Ues software update” . Customer cannot reinstall from origional OSX Software install disk because the origional disk is 10.0 and he has since upgraded his software to 10.1.3

update 6/26/02 – IE 5.2.0 for OS X seems to be availalbe for full download now. I suppose the inavailability was temporary.

ISSUE Outlook Express – can’t run spell check

see note “UTILITY Outlook Express”

ISSUE Can’t connect in Remote Access

using OS 9 Remote Access Software
to connect to Earthlink dial-up

symptom: gets error message

when trying to connect