iMac G4/1.25 17-Inches FP (USB 2.0)

The iMac G4/1.25 17 inches “FP” has its hardware housed in a hemisphere about 10 inches high, while the 17 inches flat panel TFT monitor tops it on an adjustable steel arm. The iMac G4 “FP” with 17” monitor is the first iMac with a processor that fast and GeForce 5200 graphics. But it is the screen that makes this iMac to stand out. It is a wide aspect ratio “cinema” type screen and displays 1440 x 900 pixels – a top choice for DVDs. The iMac G4/1.25 17-inch “FP” features a 1.25 GHz PowerPC 7445 (G4) processor with the AltiVec “Velocity Engine” vector processing unit, 256 MB of RAM (PC133 SDRAM), an 80.0 GB Ultra ATA/66 hard drive (7200 RPM), a tray-loading 4X “SuperDrive”, and NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra graphics with 64 MB of DDR SDRAM (AGP 4X support). The fanless cooling is replaced with an internal fan. The internal speakers are swapped for the external optional ones. The model was available with Apple Keyboard and Apple Mouse.

iMac G4/1.25 17-Inch “FP” (USB 2.0)

Introduced on: September 8, 2003.


  • Processor Speed: 1.25 GHz.
  • Processor Architecture: 32-bit.
  • Processor type: PowerPC “Apollo 6” G4 (7445).
  • Cores: 1.
  • On-Board Ram: 256 MB.
  • Video: 17 inches TFT LCD, 1440×900 pixels resolution, viewing angle: 120° horizontal and 90° degrees vertical.
  • Graphics: nVidia GeForce FX 5200 Ultra with 64 MB of DDR SDRAM.
  • Storage: 80 GB, 7200-rpm Ultra ATA-66 up to 128 GB Hard Drive Supported.
  • Input\Output: 3x USB 2.0, 2x Firewire 400, built-in microphone, audio out, Apple Pro Speakers mini-jack, Mini-VGA video out.
  • Optical drive: 4X “SuperDrive”.
  • Internet \ Wireless connection: Optional 54 Mbit/s AirPort Extreme 802.11b/g, 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX Ethernet, 56k V.92 modem, Optional Bluetooth 1.1.
  • OS: Preinstalled OS: 10.2.3. OS max. upgrade: 10.5.8.
  • Dimensions: 13.03 x 16.7 x 10.6 inch maximum.
  • Weight: 22.8 lb.

Apple Orders, Discontinuation, Price

Apple Order number: M9168LL/A.

Discontinued: July 1, 2004.

Price: $1799.


  • “SuperDrive” is an Apple trademark for their drives. The “SuperDrive” supports all formats of CDs and DVDs (DVD±R, DVD±R DL, DVD±RW, CD-R, and CD-RW).

Advice and Troubleshooting

If you don’t find the answer to your problem below look in Mac Help. In Mac Help (see page 26), you can find a great deal of troubleshooting advice, including information to help you solve problems with the following issues:

  • Connecting to the Internet
  • Using software installation and restore discs
  • Changing your computer’s settings
  • Printing
  • And more.

Click the Finder icon in the Dock, then choose Mac Help from the Help menu. Type a question in the search window (for example, type “How do I eject a disc?”) and click Ask. If your Apple Pro Speakers aren’t working correctly: Make sure they are connected securely; unplug and then plug in the connector and make sure it is secure. You should feel two clicks.

Switching between Mac OS X and Mac OS 9

Your iMac is set to use Mac OS X. Most applications made for Mac OS 9 will work in the Mac OS X Classic environment. Just open the application as you normally would. You can also start up your computer using Mac OS 9.

To set your computer to use Mac OS 9:

  • Choose System Preferences from the Apple Menu menu in Mac OS X.
  • Click the Startup Disk icon to open the Startup Disk pane.
  • Select the Mac OS 9 folder as your startup disk. If the icons are dimmed, click the padlock icon and enter the password you chose when you first set up Mac OS X.
  • Click Restart.

To set your computer to use Mac OS X again:

  • Choose Control Panels from the Apple menu.
  • Open the Startup Disk control panel.
  • Click the triangle next to the hard disk that contains your operating system folders.
  • Select the Mac OS X System as your startup disk.
  • Click Restart.

If your iMac won’t respond:

Make sure the mouse and keyboard are connected by unplugging and then plugging in the connectors and make sure they are secure. Then try to cancel what the computer is doing. Try to force problem applications to quit. Hold down the Option and Command keys, then press the Esc key. Select the application and click Force Quit.

If the computer still doesn’t respond, restart it: Hold the Power button on the computer for five seconds. When the computer turns off, press the Power button again to restart it. If that doesn’t work, unplug the power cord from the computer. Then plug the power cord back in and press the Power button on the computer to turn it on. Then do this:

If the problem occurs frequently when you use a particular application: Check with the application’s manufacturer to see if it is compatible with your computer.

If the problem occurs frequently: You may need to reinstall your system software. Choose Mac Help from the Help menu and type “install system software” for more information.

If you see a flashing question mark during startup:

If the computer doesn’t start up after a delay, hold down the Option key and restart your computer.

  • When your computer starts up, click the hard disk icon, then click the arrow.
  • After the computer starts up: Open System Preferences and click Startup Disk. Select a local Mac OS X System folder.

If the problem occurs frequently: You may need to reinstall your system software. Choose Mac Help from the Help menu and type “install system software” for more information.

If the computer won’t turn on or start up: make sure the power cord is connected, both ends of the power cord are plugged in securely, the power cord is plugged into a powered electrical outlet. If your computer is plugged into a power strip, make sure the power strip is turned on. See the service and support information that came with your iMac for information on having your computer serviced.

If you can’t log into your computer: Make sure you are typing your user name and password correctly. Make sure you are using the same capitalization and punctuation that you used originally. Check to see if the Caps Lock key has been pressed. If that doesn’t work, reset your password. To do this: Insert the Mac OS X software install CD that came with your computer. Restart your computer while holding down the C key. When the Installer appears, choose Reset Password from the Installer menu and follow the onscreen instructions.


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  • iMac G4/1.0 has its hardware housed in a hemisphere about 10 inches high, while the 15” flat panel TFT monitor tops it on an adjustable steel arm.


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