Newbie and upgrades

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by celtictricky, May 2, 2004.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Hi All,

    I have just got my G3 900Mhz Ibook, and as a pc user I am still getting to grips with the Apple world :) Anyway, long and short is, I want to upgrade the stock hard drive, and also the CD drive to ideally a DVDRW - I am in the UK, does anybody know of where I can do this???? Also is there anything special about the HD I should know about, ie, can I simply drop in a 80Gb HD, and boot of the OS X disks to re-install etc???

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

    Rich
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

    JOD8FY

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    Wait!

    The hard drive is not a "consumer installable" piece. It will void your warranty. The Apple Store Techs would be glad to do it for you. The G3 iBook has a tray loading drive, right? While you're at the store, ask them if you can install that. I haven't installed an internal drive before, but I have installed an external one. Use Disk Utility to format it. They'll probably do that at the store for you though.

    Good Luck,
    JOD8FY
     
  3. macrumors 68020

    Horrortaxi

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    #3
    Do you have a warranty? Kiss it good-bye.

    Others can comment in detail about what you want to do, but it isn't a trivial exercise.
     
  4. 7on
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    7on

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    Best bet is if you have a warrenty buy the compatible drives and take them to the Apple Store and have them installed for free. Do those iBooks have a fan? If not that might be the reason if they won't install it. Anyhoo, http://www.xlr8yourmac.com/ should have the correct upgrades you can do on your iBook.

    EDIT:
    I already did the DVD-RW search and this is the only one I found

     
  5. macrumors 68040

    Macmaniac

    #5
    The HD must be replaced/upgraded by an Apple tech, otherwise you will void your warranty, find an independent Apple store, they will know a good drive to put in. As for DVDR in the iBook I know of one company who puts superdrives in the G3 iBooks they are MCE, http://www.mcetech.com they will put a drive in that will not void your warranty, it costs $379 to do.
     
  6. macrumors member

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    Whoa, screw that :eek:

    Do it yourself and have your old one on hand so you can just switch it back when you need to take it in for a problem.

    No one else does this :confused:
     
  7. macrumors 68020

    Horrortaxi

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    Not as easy as it sounds. You don't just pop the back off the computer and swap the drives. You strip it down into a hundred pieces. If you do successfully swap the drives, and then have a problem later and put back your original drives it will be obvious to the tech that you've opened the computer. Warranty void.

    Don't do this on a computer that is under warranty. Even if it's out of warranty it's not usually a wise choice when you consider the cost of the replacement parts and the difficulty of doing the job--plus the slim but still very real possibility that you will break something and have a paper weight.

    When your laptop gets old and you find it doesn't have the power or capacity to do what you want it to do anymore I think you're better off selling it. Macs--even older ones--retain their value extemely well. So take the proceeds of your sale and add the money you would have spent on the upgrades, and I'll bet you're within a couple hundred bucks of a new Mac that will do what you want it to do. At worst you'd be in the neighborhood of a used, but still decently powerful, Mac that will do what you want it to do.
     

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