ibook customization question

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by version_x, May 17, 2003.

  1. version_x macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2003
    i'm going to pick up the base model ibook but i wanted to know if its possible to swap out the cdrom for a combo drive?
    its not an option you can choose on the apple store site but surely there can't be any reason why i wouldn't be able to do it?
  2. melchior macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2002
    i've done - twice.

    but the problems you will face are 3-fold:

    #1 voiding your warranty. different people will have different perspectives on this. personally i couldn't give a damn. i always break my warranties and in recent memory i can't think of a time where i wish i had not. with all the people advocating AppleCare i doubt i get much support, but i'm a hardware geek so warranty be damned!! (i overclock and mod too :cool: )

    #2 getting the drive you want. laptop drives can be tricky to acquire. i bought mine and used to sell them too, from here in tokyo. ebay is your best bet i think. i'll leave you to decide which drive you want. it would be better to choose models that apple uses however, because iTunes and DiscBurner need 'hacks' to use other drives.

    #3 taking the iBook apart is, well... a bit of an ordeal. i've done it countless times now. though i have wound up with a few extra screws. :rolleyes:

    Google.com is your friend. xlr8yourmac.com is a great resource too.
  3. CMillerERAU macrumors regular

    May 12, 2003
    Why not just buy the ibook with teh combo drive pre-installed? I doubt you'll save any money doing it the hard way as described. Or is this a used laptop? In that case I recommend getting the refurbished ones posted on apple's web site.
  4. melchior macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2002
    for reference it appears that the current iBook combo drive is either a Sony CD-RW CRX820E or a Toshiba SD-R2212 though it just seems to depend on the current build...

    no one seems to be selling the sony but here is the completed page for the toshiba on ebay. let's take the middle price of US$121 (not including shipping) the difference between the low and middle ibooks is us$300 but that includes and extra 100Mhz (not substantial, but undeniably noticeable) and 10gb of Hardrive plus the combo drive. no change in video. no change in memory.

    personally i reckon i'd go ahead and mod the hell out it :D
  5. version_x thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2003
    in australia the base model goes for $1850 with education discount, and the next model up with the combo drive is $2450.
    to me a 100mhz speed bump, 10gig of harddrive space and a combo drive doesn't warrant an extra $600. especially when i can opt for a 40gig drive for only additional $40.
    i didn't expect a cd burner in the base model ibook but i would've thought that apple would have a least put in a dvd drive. bit dissapointing really.
    but i'm still happy given this will be my first mac.
  6. melchior macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2002
    i love my iBook :D

    good luck getting hold of a cd-rw drive in australia though. that could be tough. :(
  7. rt_brained macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2002
    MCE Technologies specializes in Apple related products and has been rated pretty highly by MacAddict magazine for their upgrades.

    I think the Combo-drive upgrade is about $250.
  8. melchior macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2002
    that's not really much of a saving. $50 is probably worth just to get the 100MHz

    besides, Version_X is in Australia. there is a guy, Nick something, calls his company applebits
    he's in melbourne, but he might be able to lend a hand.

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