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These are some common tools used to work on this device. You might not need every tool for every procedure.

Troubleshooting ¶ 

Track down a number of hardware problems using the PowerBook G4 Titanium Onyx troubleshooting guide.

Upgrades ¶ 

There are a number of components in the PowerBook G4 Titanium Mercury that can be cost effectively upgraded.

  • Memory: The Titanium Onyx uses PC133 RAM chips. On the Titanium Onyx, you don't have to remove any screws to upgrade your RAM]. We offer different sizes, from 128 MB to 512 MB. For maximum performance, you can use a 512 MB chip in each slot, giving your machine a total of 1 GB RAM. Browse our RAM category or check out our easy PowerBook G4 Titanium Onyx RAM installation instructions.
  • Hard Drive: The Titanium Onyx uses hard drives with an ATA connector, ranging from 2 to 160 GB and from 4200 to 7200 RPM. If you install a hard drive with a capacity over 128 GB, you will need to partition the drive into at least two partitions so that no single partition exceeds 128 GB. With our tools and instructions, you can install your new hard drive yourself!
  • Optical Drive: Apple shipped some Titanium Onyx machines with a DVD drive, others with a CD-RW drive, and others with a Combo drive. Those machines with CD-RW or Combo drives can be easily upgraded using standard laptop optical drives. When upgrading from a CD-RW or Combo drive, you can install either a 24x combo drive or 8x SuperDrive. If you're sure you don't need to burn DVDs, a combo drive will suffice, while the SuperDrive will allow you to burn DVDs as well as CDs. If your machine has a DVD drive, you'll need a special bracket to allow you to mount your new optical drive in your PowerBook. Check out our easy PowerBook G4 Titanium Onyx Optical Drive installation instructions.

Identification and Background ¶ 

The PowerBook G4 Titanium Onyx featured a PowerPC G4 processor running at either 550 or 667 MHz. They were just 1 inch (25 mm) thick, 0.7 inches (18 mm) thinner than their predecessor, the PowerBook G3. The PowerBook G4 Titanium Onyx also featured a front-mounted slot-loading optical drive.

Use the laptop identification system to help you identify your machine. PowerBooks tend to look very similar, and it's important to know which machine you have before ordering any replacement parts.

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