Installing DVD drive in a PowerMac G3

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by KilGil27, Sep 17, 2006.

  1. macrumors regular

    KilGil27

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    I want to install OS X on my PowerMac G3 B&W, but it doesn't have a DVD drive, so I need to install one. Does anyone know if the Samsung SH-W162Z would work in that computer, or if there is another way I can install OS X without the DVD drive?
     
  2. JDN
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    You could also use an external DVD drive through FireWire or USB.
     
  3. macrumors newbie

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    Installed a PIONEER DVD-RW

    I installed a PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-105 that I got off ebay for $35.00 in a B&W G3 400 and had no problems. No drivers needed as the computer thought it was a superdrive, just like it came from Apple.

    PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-105:

    Firmware Revision: 1.33
    Interconnect: ATAPI
    Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipped/Supported)
    Cache: 2000 KB
    Reads DVD: Yes
    CD-Write: -R, -RW
    DVD-Write: -R, -RW
    Burn Underrun Protection CD: Yes
    Burn Underrun Protection DVD: Yes
    Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw, DVD-DAO
    Media: No
     
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    disconap

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    Pretty much any drive will work for reading, and burn if you have Toast. I have a no name (reads as an NEC) in mine.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

    KilGil27

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    Like I said, I am trying to install OS X on there, and I installed a Samsung DVD burner I keep getting an error message that says the startup disk can't use the install CD to boot... could that be the drive?
     
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    disconap

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    Probably not. Did you update the firmware on the B/W?
     
  7. thread starter macrumors regular

    KilGil27

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    no, how do I do that? :(
     
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    disconap

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