Powermac G3 what's this part for

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Drich290195, May 10, 2016.

  1. Drich290195 macrumors 6502


    Apr 2, 2011
    So upon taking apart my powermac G3 blue and white this part below fell out of the cd drive area. Any ideas what it's used for. Many thanks.


  2. bunnspecial macrumors 604


    May 3, 2014
    You made me get up and go look at mine :)

    The part didn't jump out at me, and I didn't find a similar part on any of the B&Ws I have here.

    With that said, my initial thought was that it's a Zip drive blanking plate. All the ones I have here at home(plus, I think, my one at work) have Zip drives so if that's the case I couldn't find one because I've never had one :)

    In addition, the design is different from the blanking plate used on later G4 graphite cases. The cases on those are effectively identical to the ones on the B&W G3.

    So, is that a good enough non answer?
  3. G4fanboy macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2013
    Andalucia Spain
    That is a plate for the rev. 1 B&W that blocked the 3 drives bracket on the bottom on the case.

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    You can see it on on 2:46
  4. Hrududu macrumors 68020


    Jul 25, 2008
    Central US
    That's correct. Had a small Phillips head screw that keeps the drive sled from sliding to the right and unlocking.
  5. Drich290195 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Apr 2, 2011
    That will be where the extra screw went. Think it has a dead board anyway as it randomly boots some times and others it doesn't. Seems to happen if I put any pressure on the board I.e closing the case or plugging in the ide cable. New board on the way so hopefully that solves it. Thanks everyone

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