Sticking a combo drive in an older iBook

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Brother Michael, Jul 24, 2004.

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    Brother Michael

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    I am toying with the idea of sticking a Combo Drive in my G3 600mhz iBook.

    Which one do I get?

    I saw on Welovemacs.com that they sell Sony's.

    Actually its this model: Sony CRX810E to be exact. What do you guys think? Is that the right one?

    Mike
     
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    Finiksa

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    That's the model in my iBook so it'll definitely work natively. Just make sure it comes with the drive bezel, the one on your current drive probably wont fit.
     
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    Brother Michael

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    hmm ok. Well that basically leaves me with 3 options:

    1) buy from welovmacs.com and get a bezel with it for about ~200
    2) buy from ebay/somewhere else for considerably less but not Bezel then have to go hunting for that...
    3) say screw the whole thing and steal my brothers PS2 for watching DVD's...

    Mike

    +EDIT+ Upon reviewing the situation, its not worth it. I dont have that many DVD's so I will just make DIVX copies of them using my PC and stick them on my Firewire drive. I have other things that need money.
     
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    Brother Michael

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    BTW, thanks for confirming that model number, at least I now know what to get if i want it.

    Thanks,
    Mike
     
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    here's a thought:

    http://search.ebay.com/firewire-enclosure_W0QQsosortpropertyZ1

    and pull the dvd out of the pc or buy another dvd rom. or dvd+-rw drive.

    that's the final factor that convinced me that I needed at least the G4 iBook 800: usb 2.0. I'll pull the dvd burner out of my PC and put it into a usb enclosure and use on all of my computers.

    http://search.ebay.com/dvd-burner_D...QcatrefZC12QQfromZR10QQsacategoryZ165QQsotrZ2
     
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    rhpenguin

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    I did the retarded thing and blew a lot of money on MCE's 1x superdrive for my iBook. IMHO its way easier/(hella) cheaper to get a firewire drive because its a pain in the a** to take apart the iBook.
     
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    Brother Michael

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    Actually, that is a terrific idea. The DVD player in my PC, has some well failing health...

    It doesnt work at all...EXCEPT to play DVD's. I swear it! It doesn't load bootable cd's at startup, nor cd's in windows. HOWEVER if I put a DVD in it, it pops up PowerDVD like there wasn't a problem at all.

    This also now gives me an excuse to get a DVD-Burner for my computer...something I wanted/half needed but couldn't justify getting.

    It kills two birds with one stone...which is an accomplishment unto itself...ever tried killing one bird with one stone...yea not easy. :)

    Mike
     
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    Spock

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    I think You will have to do a clean install of Mac OS X to use the DVD Player. You also will not have DVD Playback in Mac OS 9.
     

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