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version_x
May 17, 2003, 10:52 PM
i'm going to pick up the base model ibook but i wanted to know if its possible to swap out the cdrom for a combo drive?
its not an option you can choose on the apple store site but surely there can't be any reason why i wouldn't be able to do it?

melchior
May 17, 2003, 11:10 PM
i've done - twice.

but the problems you will face are 3-fold:

#1 voiding your warranty. different people will have different perspectives on this. personally i couldn't give a damn. i always break my warranties and in recent memory i can't think of a time where i wish i had not. with all the people advocating AppleCare i doubt i get much support, but i'm a hardware geek so warranty be damned!! (i overclock and mod too :cool: )

#2 getting the drive you want. laptop drives can be tricky to acquire. i bought mine and used to sell them too, from here in tokyo. ebay is your best bet i think. i'll leave you to decide which drive you want. it would be better to choose models that apple uses however, because iTunes and DiscBurner need 'hacks' to use other drives.

#3 taking the iBook apart is, well... a bit of an ordeal. i've done it countless times now. though i have wound up with a few extra screws. :rolleyes:


Google.com (http://www.google.com) is your friend. xlr8yourmac.com (http://www.xlr8yourmac.com) is a great resource too.

CMillerERAU
May 18, 2003, 12:07 AM
Why not just buy the ibook with teh combo drive pre-installed? I doubt you'll save any money doing it the hard way as described. Or is this a used laptop? In that case I recommend getting the refurbished ones posted on apple's web site.

melchior
May 18, 2003, 01:07 AM
for reference it appears that the current iBook combo drive is either a Sony CD-RW CRX820E or a Toshiba SD-R2212 though it just seems to depend on the current build...

no one seems to be selling the sony but here is the completed page for the toshiba (http://search-completed.ebay.com/search/search.dll?MfcISAPICommand=GetResult&query=Toshiba+SD-R2212&cgiurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcgi.ebay.com%2Fws%2F&ht=1&from=R10&currdisp=2&itemtimedisp=0&st=2&SortProperty=MetaEndSort&BasicSearch=) on ebay. let's take the middle price of US$121 (not including shipping) the difference between the low and middle ibooks is us$300 but that includes and extra 100Mhz (not substantial, but undeniably noticeable) and 10gb of Hardrive plus the combo drive. no change in video. no change in memory.

personally i reckon i'd go ahead and mod the hell out it :D

version_x
May 18, 2003, 01:25 AM
in australia the base model goes for $1850 with education discount, and the next model up with the combo drive is $2450.
to me a 100mhz speed bump, 10gig of harddrive space and a combo drive doesn't warrant an extra $600. especially when i can opt for a 40gig drive for only additional $40.
i didn't expect a cd burner in the base model ibook but i would've thought that apple would have a least put in a dvd drive. bit dissapointing really.
but i'm still happy given this will be my first mac.

melchior
May 18, 2003, 02:28 AM
i love my iBook :D

good luck getting hold of a cd-rw drive in australia though. that could be tough. :(

rt_brained
May 18, 2003, 08:31 AM
MCE Technologies specializes in Apple related products and has been rated pretty highly by MacAddict magazine for their upgrades.

I think the Combo-drive upgrade is about $250.

melchior
May 18, 2003, 08:59 AM
Originally posted by rt_brained
MCE Technologies specializes in Apple related products and has been rated pretty highly by MacAddict magazine for their upgrades.

I think the Combo-drive upgrade is about $250.

that's not really much of a saving. $50 is probably worth just to get the 100MHz

besides, Version_X is in Australia. there is a guy, Nick something, calls his company applebits (http://www.applebits.bigstep.com/)
he's in melbourne, but he might be able to lend a hand.