DVD burner for G3 iMac

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  1. MontgomeryBurns macrumors member

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    I have a 600-mhz g3 iMac that I'm going to be upgrading (max ram, larger (& new) hard drive), and I've recently become interested in replacing the slot-load internal cd-rw drive with one that can also play/burn dvds.

    The only drive that I've found that would definitely work is this one from MCE, but it's fairly expensive. If I were limited to this drive I would opt for an external, but I'd like to have an internal drive if possible.
    Now, I haven't yet looked inside of the imac to see what sort of drive it has behind all the plastic, but can I just get a slot-load dvd/rw drive that isn't being advertised (and priced) as a "SuperDrive upgrade for the slot-loading iMac G3"?
    And if so, are there any internal drives that don't play well with the finder/i-Apps? I would want to have a drive that would be fully compatible with 10.3.5/10.4.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. MontgomeryBurns thread starter macrumors member

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    Also would it be possible to put a superdrive from a powerbook into my imac? Would they even have the same connector?

    Any info would be much appreciated.
     
  3. Little Endian macrumors 6502a

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    No it would not be possible as the drives are of different sizes and the Powerbook drive would not fit in securely in the imacs drive bracket. Putting a Superdrive in a G3 machine is rather questionable though. I know idvd requires a G4 to do it's work. Also many of Apple's own iapps and Panther itself may have issues with drivers or firmware from installing a third party Superdrive especially if it's a hack. 600Mhz G3 really is'nt powerfull enough for video encoding or compressing that's why none of the G3 machines were ever equiped with a Superdrive and finding third party options are almost non existent. If you want a Superdrive the MCE one is the only viable option I know of. But it really is questionable whether it's worth it to spend some $349 on a new optical drive plus $200 to max your RAM and another $100+ for a new HD for a total of $649 when you can get a new emac with SUperdrive for under $1000 or get a refurbished one with Superdrive for under $800
     
  4. MontgomeryBurns thread starter macrumors member

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    First of all, upgrading this computer, and the cost of upgrading this computer, isn't really the issue. The $100 I'll spend on ram now and $100 in a few months is nothing. Plus $100 for a new hard drive that I'm going to need soon anyway, as mine is getting a little flaky. These costs are a given, and not a substantial amount of money.
    When I look into the price of an emac with a superdrive, my total comes to $1,153, which is more than I want to spend on an upgrade for this computer. I have newer g4's. I have other superdrives. That is not the point. The whole point of this post is an inquiry into the options that I have for an internal dvd burner for this imac, if any.
    My intended uses for the dvd burner include: being able to burn higher capacity data discs; being able to watch dvd videos on this computer; burning audio discs with this computer. I think I should be able to do these things.

    I have found this dvd burner but I don't know if it will work with my computer. If I can find something this cheap that will work, I will do it. Otherwise, I can live without.
     

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