Powerbook G4: Optical drive necessary???

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by MLSundar, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. MLSundar macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2011
    Hi everyone,

    So I posted a thread about a dysfunctional optical drive. I've had to remove the DVD-rw out of the powerbook g4.

    My question now is: is it absolutely necessary to have an optical drive installed in the computer in order for it to work?

    Will the computer be looking for the optical drive to restart? Or is it okay to now boot the computer without the optical drive, while I wait for a new one to arrive?


  2. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

    Lord Blackadder

    May 7, 2004
    Sod off
    It ought to work fine without an optical drive.
  3. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    its running without just make sure you got the new drive before you need it
  4. SkippyThorson macrumors 65816


    Jul 22, 2007
    Utica, NY
    Agreed. It should be just fine without its optical drive. If I recall correctly, I believe there are mods out there to entirely and permanently replace the optical drive with another hard drive.

    You didn't have to make a second thread though. You could have edited the title of your previous one and kept it going. Though, it's not like the PPC forum is busy and crowded. Just future reference, at any rate.

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