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List of supported machines as of 10/22/05

Fortunately the iBook isn't the only Mac that can handle multiple displays to extend the desktop. Most PowerMac configurations sold within the last 1-2 years and any modern PowerBook can use an extended desktop by default. Unfortunately all of Apple's consumer computers can't without applying a patch to the firmware. What started some years ago with my iBook can now be done with most other consumer Macs. This list should help you determin whether you can use an extended desktop with your machine or not.
Please note that Apple System Profiler will identify Radeon Mobility and Radeon 7500 Mobility chips as RageM6 and RageM7 respectively. Both are supported. The unsupported Rage 128 Mobility chip is identified as RageM3.

If you have a configuration that is not listed below but that is similar to a supported one in the list (most importantly the same graphics chip and from about the same release date) then you most likely can use the patch as well. It's not possible to list every BTO configurations but if you have a configuration that is not listed please let me know and I will include it.

If you are looking for the patch please go to http://macparts.de/ibook.

iBook

These machines can use the patch:

12" 600 Mhz CD Radeon Mobility 16 MB April 02 - November 02
12" 700 Mhz Combo Radeon Mobility 16 MB April 02 - November 02
14" 700 Mhz CD Radeon Mobility 16 MB April 02 - November 02
14" 700 Mhz Combo Radeon Mobility 16 MB April 02 - November 02

12" 700 Mhz CD Radeon 7500 Mobility 16 MB November 02 - April 03
12" 800 Mhz Combo Radeon 7500 Mobility 32 MB November 02 - April 03
14" 800 Mhz Combo Radeon 7500 Mobility 32 MB November 02 - April 03

12" 800 Mhz CD Radeon 7500 Mobility 32 MB April 03 - October 03
12" 900 Mhz Combo Radeon 7500 Mobility 32 MB April 03 - October 03
14" 900 Mhz Combo Radeon 7500 Mobility 32 MB April 03 - October 03

12" 800 Mhz G4 Combo Radeon 9200 Mobility 32 MB October 03 - April 04
14" 933 Mhz G4 Combo Radeon 9200 Mobility 32 MB October 03 - April 04
14" 1000 Mhz G4 Combo Radeon 9200 Mobility 32 MB October 03 - April 04

12" 1 Ghz G4 Combo Radeon 9200 Mobility 32 MB April 04 - October 04
14" 1 Ghz G4 Combo Radeon 9200 Mobility 32 MB April 04 - October 04
14" 1.2 Ghz G4 Combo Radeon 9200 Mobility 32 MB April 04 - October 04

12" 1.2 Ghz G4 Combo Radeon 9200 Mobility 32 MB October 04 - July 05
14" 1.33 Ghz G4 Combo Radeon 9200 Mobility 32 MB October 04 - July 05
14" 1.33 Ghz G4 SuperDrive Radeon 9200 Mobility 32 MB October 04 - July 05

12" 1.33 Ghz G4 Combo Radeon 9550 Mobility 32 MB July 05 - now
14" 1.42 Ghz G4 SuperDrive Radeon 9550 Mobility 32 MB July 05 - now

These machines can NOT use the patch:

12" 500 Mhz CD Rage Mobility 8 MB May 01 - October 01
12" 500 Mhz DVD Rage Mobility 8 MB May 01 - October 01
12" 500 Mhz CDRW Rage Mobility 8 MB May 01 - October 01
12" 500 Mhz Combo Rage Mobility 8 MB May 01 - October 01

12" 500 Mhz CD Rage Mobility 8 MB October 01 - April 02
12" 600 Mhz DVD Rage Mobility 8 MB October 01 - April 02
12" 600 Mhz CDRW Rage Mobility 8 MB October 01 - April 02
12" 600 Mhz Combo Rage Mobility 8 MB October 01 - April 02

14" 600 Mhz DVD Rage Mobility 8 MB January 02 - April 02
14" 600 Mhz Combo Rage Mobility 8 MB January 02 - April 02

All non-white iBook configurations


iMac

These machines can use the patch:

17" TFT 800 Mhz Superdrive GeForce4MX 32 MB July 02 - February 03

17" TFT 1 Ghz Superdrive GeForce4MX 64 MB February 03 - September 03

17" TFT 1.25 Ghz Superdrive GeForce FX 5200 Ultra 64 MB September 03 - August 04
15" TFT 1 Ghz Combo GeForce4MX 32 MB September 03 - August 04

20" TFT 1.25 Ghz Superdrive GeForce FX 5200 Ultra 64 MB November 03 - August 04

17" TFT 1.6 Ghz G5 Combo GeForce FX 5200 Ultra 64 MB September 04 - May 05
17" TFT 1.8 Ghz G5 Superdrive GeForce FX 5200 Ultra 64 MB September 04 - May 05
20" TFT 1.8 Ghz G5 Superdrive GeForce FX 5200 Ultra 64 MB September 04 - May 05

17" TFT 1.8 Ghz G5 Combo Radeon 9600 128 MB May 05 - October 05
17" TFT 2.0 Ghz G5 Superdrive Radeon 9600 128 MB May 05 - October 05
20" TFT 2.0 Ghz G5 Superdrive Radeon 9600 128 MB May 05 - October 05

17" TFT 1.9 Ghz G5 Superdrive Radeon X600 128 MB October 05 - now
20" TFT 2.1 Ghz G5 Superdrive Radeon X600 128 MB October 05 - now

These machines can NOT use the patch:

All 15" TFT iMac configurations (except the 1 Ghz model)

All CRT iMac configurations


eMac

These machines can use the patch:

17" CRT 800 Mhz CD Radeon 7500 32 MB May 03 - April 04
17" CRT 1 Ghz Combo Radeon 7500 32 MB May 03 - April 04
17" CRT 1 Ghz Superdrive Radeon 7500 32 MB May 03 - April 04

17" CRT 1 Ghz no CD Radeon 9200 32 MB April 04 - May 05
17" CRT 1 Ghz CD Radeon 9200 32 MB April 04 - May 05
17" CRT 1.25 Ghz Combo Radeon 9200 32 MB April 04 - May 05
17" CRT 1.25 Ghz Superdrive Radeon 9200 32 MB April 04 - May 05

17" CRT 1.25 Ghz no CD Radeon 9200 32 MB May 05 - now
17" CRT 1.25 Ghz CD Radeon 9200 32 MB May 05 - now
17" CRT 1.42 Ghz Combo Radeon 9600 64 MB May 05 - now
17" CRT 1.42 Ghz Superdrive Radeon 9600 64 MB May 05 - now

These machines can NOT use the patch:

17" CRT 700 Mhz CD GeForce2MX 32 MB April 02 - May 03
17" CRT 700 Mhz CDRW GeForce2MX 32 MB April 02 - May 03
17" CRT 700 Mhz Combo GeForce2MX 32 MB April 02 - May 03
17" CRT 800 Mhz Combo GeForce2MX 32 MB April 02 - May 03
17" CRT 800 Mhz Superdrive GeForce2MX 32 MB April 02 - May 03


Mac mini

These machines can NOT use the patch:

Unfortunately the patch does not work with ANY Mac mini configuration.
It is not possible to use both the DVI and the VGA part of the display connector simultaneously.



Please let me know if you know of a configuration that does or does not work and that is not listed here.

Last updated: 10/22/05 2002-2005 macparts.de