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seablue

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I have an eMac running on 10.2 right now. 800MHz G4. I'm going to upgrade it to 10.4 Tiger. Question.... it only has a CD drive. No DVD. Apple has discontinued the media exchange :( so that's not an option any longer.
My only other alternative is to get an external DVD drive and do it that way.
They said it would hook into my firewire. They assured me that this eMac does have firewire. I don't usually fiddle with any hardware on my computers.
How much do these external DVD units cost? And how do I hook it into the firewire?? Total newbie with hardware!
I can take it into the apple store and they will charge me 30.00- 50.00 to install it. Is it worth taking it in?
Thanks for any help.
 

thegrifman

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seablue

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They generally range in price from $60 to $100+, generally towards the higher range for the ones with firewire support. Here's a link to the ones with firewire at newegg.com.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010100420+1080307750&Configurator=&Subcategory=420&description=&Ntk=&srchInDesc=

Also, here are a couple of pictures of what your firewire plugs on the eMac may look like, it's going to be one or the other.
I'm not really seeing anything like that. I've got a port that has what looks like a Y little picture above 2 ports and one larger port that has a arrow on both ends of a ---- thing and the last port has a box picture above the port. Does any of that make any sense??
I don't really want to change out the whole CD drive. IF I need to use a DVD, I use my ibook. But I'm hell bent on upgrading my old desktop.
I already bought the 10.4 Tiger and memory for it -- now to just get it on the computer.
 

seablue

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Thanks! I was beginning to worry that I wouldn't be able to get this software on.