DVD Drive in Slot Loading iMac G3 500Mhz

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  1. Zagreus
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    Would the iMac accept an internal DVD Drive from another Mac or do I have to stick with the CD-RW drive that came with it?
     
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    You can use another slot loading optical drive from another mac. However, it must be the same type. The only two macs that I know that used these types of drives are the iMac G3 slot loading (350mhz-700mhz), and the G4 Cube. Any more "modern" slot loader will not fit without modifications.

    You can pick up used ones from ebay.
     
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    yes, you can use the same form factor DVD drives in the G3 slot drives. The iMac DV and the end of production units had slot loading DVD drives.
     
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    Hiya, I have an iMacDV G3 450 with a DVD drive. The thing to note is that they can not burn CD disks. That is if you are after a Combo or Super drive check that the form factor fits your iMac first.

    I would think that an old drive from a Cube would be ok though.

    What are you thinking of using the iMac for? Mine has not been used for a few years and the good lady is not happy with it floating around the house. :eek:
     
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    Also to ask another question, I'm upgrading the iMac a bit, so when I buy the RAM does it have to be ECC or non ECC, because I was watching a few upgrading videos and ECC didn't seem to work, so was just wondering if it made a difference or not.
     
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