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Apple Powerbook 170

Manufacturer Apple Computer Corporation
Model PowerBook 170
Date Announced October 21, 1991
Date Canceled October 19, 1992
Number Produced Hundreds of thousands
Country of Origin USA
Price $4,600
Current Value $50-$100
Processor Motorola 68030
Speed 25 Mhz
RAM 2 MB to 8 MB
Storage Built-in 40 or 80 MB hard drive and HD 3.5" floppy
Expansion N/A
Bus N/A
Video 640x400 grayscale graphics
I/O ADB, Serial, SCSI
OS Options MacOS, various versions
Notes The early PowerBook line is starting to become vintage. . .
Related Items in Collection Various other Apple systems.
Related Items Wanted Replacement hard drive, additional RAM.

The PowerBook 170 in my collection is working although it is having some hard disk issues.

Apple Powerbook 170 box

The machine came complete in it's original box with lots of software and related items.

(Submitted September 18, 2011 21:32:17 by Carl)

I have a Powerbook Duo 270c with a 280c logic board installed, A/C adaptor and even a Wetsuit case in perfect working order. I'm open to offers if anyone is interested. I believe I still have an Etherdock for it too!

(Submitted January 11, 2011 11:40:36 by (a href=mailto:kittysgreenvolvoatWhatGooglemaildomainisspelledusuallydotcom)Bruce(/a))

Yours for shipping price: - 2 PowerBook 170s - Unit 1 w/8 megs RAM, failed 40 or 80 MB HD (boots with external HD); Unit 2 comes with 80 MB drive, 2 or 4 megs RAM. - Batteries NOTE: Install the battery, even on AC power, before PowerBook start-up. - 2 NiCd BTI batteries, model MC-170. Batteries take enough charge to start up with AC power supply. - PowerBook 140/170 NiMh, model M5417. Batteries take enough charge to start up with AC power supply. NOTE: VERIFY BATTERY TYPE MATCHES THE BATTERY CHARGER. Charging NiMH cells in a NiCD only charger can damage the NiMH batteries. - Two disassembled Apple NiCd batteries model M5654. Reassembly diagram included for reassembly using the highest ampacity NiCd cells. - A LED (Lind Electronic Design ) NiCD ONLY battery charger / conditioner model BC-4070-B. - Two Powerbook 170s AC power supplies. - Powerbook 170 black nylon carrying case.

Photos on request.

(Submitted November 1, 2010 12:13:10 by (a href=mailto:powerbook160and170)

I have one each. Both boot up and screens work; no other items included $100 for both plus shipping and handling.

(Submitted February 13, 2010 23:45:47 by Matt)

I'm having a heck of a time getting my Powerbook 170 to work. I've tried as much as I can think of but it's not working, it keeps rejecting the floppies. How can I get it running again?

(Submitted December 25, 2009 12:12:25 by Rich)

This is a working mint condition 170 with owner's manula and external power sourse. Have disks.

(Submitted February 15, 2009 04:00:01 by Ryan)

Wow what a beautiful machine. Looks very fresh. I'm very envious! I wish I could own one!

(Submitted June 4, 2008 06:46:15 by Steve)

I have a powerbook 165c in near mint condition! Not sure if i want to part with it now that i turned it on. :) this thing is awesome! very loud speaker. Okay system specs: 33Mhz cpu, 4MB RAM (lol), 80MB HDD with OS 7.1 installed. I like how this thing ejects floppies, like a vcr! hehe

(Submitted May 2, 2008 01:21:02 by Bill)

ALSO looking for a Powerbook 170 manual, I HAD one and hope to find it. And/or does anyone have a takeapart instructions? Thanks

(Submitted April 24, 2008 14:07:17 by zach)

i have just received one of these from my parents after trashing my grandparents attic found this screen is broken would like help on how to get a new one or how to remove this one

(Submitted March 16, 2008 12:03:57 by chris)

I dont know what hard drive type you need. Check what type of drive you need. Esspecially, I am creating a WEBSITE of my own.

(Submitted February 27, 2008 16:43:25 by monica)

DOes anyone have the users Manual for the Powerbook 170?

I would be interested in purchasing it.


(Submitted February 12, 2008 10:10:46 by Tabitha)

I wanted to know can you surf the internet on this? and do the software still work on it? I would like to but please email me I will give you $100.00 for it because it's so old.

(Submitted January 24, 2008 17:13:48 by mingo)

I have a 170. I am looking for a 3.5 start up disck. If anyone wants to buy mine make and offer.

(Submitted January 2, 2008 15:12:06 by pippin)

I allways waned a PB 170 and i hope you like yours.

(Submitted November 9, 2007 18:48:04 by Karl)

Has anyone got a circuit for these? i have a PB 100

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