Powerbook Combo Drive Upgrade?

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  1. sweetaction macrumors regular

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    I have the 500mhz Ti Powerbook. Does anyone know if upgrading to the combo drive for my model would be an option?
     
  2. dantec macrumors 6502a

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    I think

    I think the inside shell of the new titanium is the same as yours. I suggest you run into your local macstore (at night) take a powerbook (or two), run off. Switch the optical drive and then return the powerbook with the dvd-rom optical drive to the store.

    Or otherwise you might try by paying your local mac dealer a couple extra bucks and having him do the surgery for you!
     
  3. sweetaction thread starter macrumors regular

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    heehee

    How do you think I got the one I have?






    Thats right! Hard work!


    I wonder how much the drive itself would cost. Anyone have any idea?
     
  4. dantec macrumors 6502a

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    Dunno... but...

    Probabely around $300 u.s. (i'm guessing here, I have no clue!) It's a one of a kind, so the price must be high (being ultra think and being able to burn at 8x)

     
  5. sweetaction thread starter macrumors regular

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    ahhh

    Well that would be worth it. I would like everything internal. Keeps it simple. I am going to managing my business from europe this spring and would rather not tote an external device like a cd burner. Internal would be might fine.

     
  6. richvideo macrumors newbie

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    sorry all

    Apple does not due internal upgrades...

    I have asked in the past when the dual procesors came out....

    couldn't do a swap or an upgrdae on my tower..

    the reason, Apple is in the hardware business too...

    So.. Computers will alwys update... get over the remorse...
    I am glad I waited for the first speed bump and price vut on the Ti-Books... got double memory too..

    for what I saved, bought the VSt external 8X butner.... Priced dropped to $299... works great, bus powered and about the size of cd jewel cases...

    yes I'd prefer to combo drive, but you can't wait forever.. as soon as you buy, its old..

    And apple does not do hardware upgrades...

    The combo drive as a unit costs about $550... its slot laoding and small...

    You might be able to find on online and install it yourself...

    but then you also void your warranty...

    Get an external... use your book for 2-3 years and replace... by then they'll be really good ;)

    -Rich

    http://www.richardharringtonvideo.com

     
  7. sweetaction thread starter macrumors regular

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    yeah yeah yeah

    I know the "get over it" response. I was basing my question from this quote...

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    The Cupertino, Calif.-based company also unveiled an upgrade program for owners of new PowerBooks released in October. Starting in mid-January, those Mac owners will be able to upgrade their notebooks' DVD drive or CD-rewritable drive to a combo unit for $299. </i>

    from this article...

    http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1006-200-8211013.html?tag=mn_hd

    ... wondering if that upgrade was an option for the first generation tipowerbooks.
     
  8. britboy macrumors 68030

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    From the support pages on the apple web site:

    Can I upgrade my 400 MHz or 500MHz PowerBook G4?

    Only the 550MHz and 667MHz PowerBook G4 systems with DVD-ROM or CD-RW drives are eligible for this upgrade. The Combo drive does not fit in the structure of the PowerBook G4 400MHz and 500MHz systems.
     
  9. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus

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    Re: heehee

    how how did u manage to get your hands on one?
     
  10. richvideo macrumors newbie

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    CONFIRMED FROM THE GENIUS BAR

    Starting january 14...

    All owners of the 550 or 667 can upgrade for $299

    drive won't fit in older models

    Can be doen onsite at an apple store or send it in.
     
  11. sweetaction thread starter macrumors regular

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    Re: Re: heehee


    just playing with the last response. I didnt actually jack the local retailer for a powerbook. Call off the cops. Start a business like I did, heck, its a business expense then.
     
  12. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus

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    what I meant was...

    wasn't implying u did anything wrong...I am not the Mac-Police....

    but was curious how hard it was to get your DVD replaced for the Combo...

    I also don't understand why it wouldn't fit in the casing. I couldn't imagine Apple revamping the insides in order to accomodate another drive? I would think if it didn't fit would be because the dimensions had changed...
     

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