G5 PowerMac DVD Drive dead... replacement?

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  1. deadfrog macrumors regular

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    Hi,

    Seems my DVD drive has died, so looks like I need to get a replacement...
    Can anyone suggest a compatible drive?

    I have replaced a CD drive on my old G4 once, however, I had to patch it to work and I'd rather not have to do that this time...

    Im using a PowerMac G5 Dual processor 2.3, running Tiger...
    The current faulty drive is a SONY DVD RW DW-Q28A

    Id really appreciate some advice...

    Cheers
     
  2. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    Go to macsales.com and follow their online wizard after you click on the G3/G4 upgrades tab.
     
  3. Cosmoza macrumors member

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    Pickup any IDE (ATA) DVD-+RW drive. It's reasonably easy to replace. I just replaced my original Pioneer DVD-+RW drive to LG DVD-+RW/RAM 16x drive tonight. Only needed some tool to get the stands from the orignal drive bottom off and put them to new one.

    Remember to remove the face plate of the new drive. Otherwise it won't fit to open the drive bay.

    Some helpfull links for you:
    manuals.info.apple.com/en/pmg5_opticaldrive_diy.pdf
    http://www.macworld.com/article/60571/2007/10/g5_dual_layer.html
     
  4. TDM21 macrumors 6502a

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    I installed a regular Pioneer DVD burner into my G4 PowerMac 2 years ago. With Tiger, I didn't need to install any patches. iDVD worked fine.
     
  5. zmttoxics macrumors 65816

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    Any IDE drive will work. You can even put a blu-ray burner in if you wanted to.
     
  6. deadfrog thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok, well thanks for all your replies...

    Last night I took the Pioneer 109 out of my old G4, which was easy enough... then looked at my G5 and couldn't see an easy way to remove the current drive... So will look into that process further, it doesn't appear as obvious as the Mac Pro or G4, but im sure the links and info that you have all provided will direct me in the right way...

    Thanks once again...
     
  7. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    You can find all the manuals and guide from here.
    They're official from Apple. Hope they'll help you.

    Alternatively if you have your user's manual, refer to page 61
     
  8. davidleon macrumors member

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    For a CD/DVD reader and burner, the Pioneer DVR-116D is a good choice.
     
  9. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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    Just pick up any DVD-RW off ebay. I got a Pioneer DVR-108 and then flashed it with the latest firmware update and that was fast! And the comment with the Blu-Ray burner, do they even make an ATA/IDE BR drive? I thought they were just SATA? :confused:
     
  10. zmttoxics macrumors 65816

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    http://www.mcetech.com/blu-ray/
     
  11. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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    That's very tempting....

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    Sorry, I didn't know they made an IDE BR drive.
     
  12. zmttoxics macrumors 65816

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    They aren't as popular or common as the SATA ones, that is for sure.
     

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