iMac G5 Superdrive Upgrade

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Millwood, Oct 18, 2006.

  1. Millwood macrumors regular

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    Okay...
    So I got my iMac G5 last year and wasn't smart enough to buy one with a superdrive. So now i'm looking to install one. I found this site that sells superdrives, but does anyone know how reliable these things can be or if they have prior experience putting one in? I'm not a novice, but if it is exteremely difficult, I don't want to risk putting it in myself.
    And is it true that this would be compatible with ALL iMac G5's?
    If anyone can share any experience with me, that would be so helpful, thank you!
     
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  3. Millwood thread starter macrumors regular

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    No iSight, just the ALS.
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    1. 3 screws to take off the back
    2. 2-3 screws to take off the Combo Drive
    3. Install Super Drive
    4. Screw in Super Drive
    5. Screw the back panel on again
    6. ??????
    7. PROFIT!
     
  5. Millwood thread starter macrumors regular

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    It seems like it should be that easy, they even have a pdf file on the website how to do it.
    But I called apple and they said that it wasn't do-it-yourself compatible. I don't see why not, except if they're trying to get the money for me to have them do it.
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Replacing the optical drive is do-it-yourself on the original and ALS iMac G5.

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=86812

    It helps to have the Service manual too. :rolleyes:
     
  7. Millwood thread starter macrumors regular

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    I do, thanks so much for your help Eldorian! I feel more confident getting doing it now, thanks!
     
  8. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    It's not very hard, just make sure you ground yourself and that you have the right tools. Keep track of the screws too.
     
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  11. mopppish macrumors 6502

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    I know that you already ordered it, but would you be against an external firewire DVD burner? i.e. a Lacie d2?
    Those run faster than internal Superdrives (they don't have to be ramped down for temperature or vertical mounting reasons) and, last I checked, Lacie sold a model on their website that came with Toast 7. For $189. They sell models without Toast for as low as $100.
     
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    :D
     
  13. cuts macrumors newbie

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    bad la cie, bad...

    i really can't recommend you buy an external DVD burner from la cie. mine crapped out after just 14 months, and in that time i only burnt around 7-10 discs. seems la cie have mixed reviews, but i read more bad ones than good. but that's just my opinion...
     

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