i got a ibook g4 for xmas and im wondering if i have a cd burner??

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  1. samantha714 macrumors newbie

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    i dont think i have a cd burner..i put in a blank dics and it just gets spit out.
    im also having a problem with myspace...i cant update my profile..and i cant see any pics on my top friend just the names...i have no idea what to do...any suggestions???? thanks
     
  2. JG271 macrumors 6502a

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    Utilities - system profiler - ata
    OR Disk utility should tell you.

    Or list your specs and someone might be able to look it up for you...
    Most likely you will have a CD burner though
     
  3. California macrumors 68040

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    What model of iBook is this?

    1.33, 1.2ghz, 1.42?

    All iBooks G4 had a cd burner. It is not that big a deal if it is broken. Just put in a dual layer dvd/cd burner when you get it fixed... upgrade it.

    Sounds like yours isn't working...
     
  4. samantha714 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    geez i dont know where to look in system profiler?

    no cd burner...thanks for your info.....
     
  5. California macrumors 68040

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    All iBook G4's have cd burners.

    Ibook g3 did not all have cd burners.

    How did you get an iBook G4 without a cd burner?

    What does it say in system preferences?

    Very strange.
     
  6. samantha714 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i have no idea what to look for???

    i called where i bought the computer, they said its just a cd rom? not a burner.
    i hate this computer! i cant update anything becasue my mac is 1.3.9 and i dont really know my way around computer to beging with. any help would be awesome!!!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
     
  7. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    All iBook G4's came with a CD burner + DVD player. If yours isn't working then complain to the people you purchased it off.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBook_G4#iBook_G4 See, all Combo drives. A Combo drive is a CD burner + DVD player.

    Go to the  in the top left, About this Mac, More Info, Disc Burning.

    As for your other problem go to www.firefox.com download it, and see if that works.
     
  8. samantha714 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks so much for your help!!!!!!!


    thanks for all your help. i will try to download firefox..but if that doesnt work im gonna return this one! thanks again!
     
  9. California macrumors 68040

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    That is nuts. The only thing I can think of is you have a G3 iBOOK NOT A G4 iBOOK.

    G3 iBooks, the older ones, came sometimes came with cd roms only.

    If you have a CD rom only in a G4 iBook, I am completely confused. That would be a very strange situation; I don't even think they made cd roms in that configuration that would fit inside a G4 iBook.

    Does it pop out of the side (tray load cd rom) or is it a slot load (you just push it into the side)?

    What does your iBook look like? Do you have a white machine or is it a clamshell with colored plastic?

    I have no idea why firefox would help her. She meant to say she is on Panther 10.3.9 and that comes with Safari.

    You need to tell us what it says on your Mac when you open the top left Apple icon and go to "about this Mac".
     
  10. likemyorbs macrumors 68000

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    you must be right, because the OP said 1.3.9 was installed. if im not mistaking i think the mac os was way past 1.3.9 when the ibook g4's came out. im pretty sure they shipped with panther
     
  11. will-mitch-123 macrumors newbie

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    All iBook G4's came with a CD burner and DVD player.
    maybe its broken, so call up the person you bought it off and complain.
     
  12. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    My G4 iBook (800mhz) came pre-installed with something like 10.3.2 when I bought it 12/03. (she meant 10.3.9, not 1.3.9)
     
  13. likemyorbs macrumors 68000

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    Ohhh ok, nevermind my stupid comment then. i forgot all the os x version start with 10
     
  14. iknowyourider macrumors 6502a

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    Samantha, Are you sure you didn't put in a blank DVD? It just might spit that out.

    Ann, About Firefox; I have a photo Gallery at a friends site and I have to use Firefox to manage my pix there. I use Safari for everything else.
     
  15. ryannel2003 macrumors 68000

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    Actually if she has an Education model, it's absolutely possible it had a CD-ROM drive. A good friend of mine on the forums had an 800MHz iBook G4 that only had a CD-ROM drive; he bought it refurbished from the Apple Store.
     
  16. California macrumors 68040

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    But it had to be a G3 800mhz ibook, not a G4.
     
  17. ryannel2003 macrumors 68000

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    Nope, it was definitely a G4. It was the Education model only sold to schools originally. It was offered with a CD-ROM drive, and then sold through the Apple Refurb store.

    EDIT: Here is one right here, though it isn't 800MHz. CD-ROM G4
     
  18. forrestmc4 macrumors regular

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    It is possible she bought one that had its original drive swapped out with an older unit from a refurb education model.
     
  19. samantha714 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    im an for sure its a g4 im looking at it right now

    its a g4 10.3.9 and i have put in a blank cd to burn some pics to and it just spit the cd out. i see pics on a loaded cd but it will not burn the pics to cd. im totally returning this computer today. where do you recommend to buy another? i was thinking ebay? thanks for all your help!!!!


    ABOUT THIS MAC: version 10.3.9
    PROCESSOR 1.07 GHZ POWERPC G4
    MEMORY 256 MB BUILT-IN

    THANKG AGAIN!!!!
     
  20. California macrumors 68040

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    Sounds like you just have a bad cd drive. These are not that expensive nowadays and very easy to replace in your G4 iBook.

    I would ask whomever you bought this from if they will put a newer UJ 846 Matashita dvd burner in your machine. Also you do not have enough ram.

    The older cd/dvd drives get finicky over time. That is probably what the problem is.

    You need them to put in a new dvd/cd burner (don't bother with the stock cd burner/dvd rom drive) and you need more ram. Get one PC 2700 200 pin stick of one gig of ram.

    You have a pretty good machine. just get a working dvd burner and more ram and you should run Tiger very well.

    P.S. I used to own that machine and i put a dvd/cd burner in it. Worked great. Don't let them rip you off. You can get a burner for like 70 bucks now or LESS. But they owe you so it should cost even less than that. Make sure you get a new one.
     
  21. mariov macrumors member

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    You told "blank DVD"... remember it must be a blank cd, not dvd. But upgrading to a super drive will be better.

    Also, phanter is very old, you can't even use firefox 3 on that, and your ibook can run leopard very fine, just by adding 1 GB more ram (mine is the same 1 GHZ, plus 1,25 GB ram and it runs perfectly leopard, office 2008, and iLife 06)
     

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