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Does somebody knows if it is possible to install a CDR-CDRW into a Mac G3 desktop 266 (to replace the CD reader) ? Pierre...

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    Does somebody knows if it is possible to install a CDR-CDRW into a Mac G3
    desktop 266 (to replace the CD reader) ?

    Pierre
    pierre Guest

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    >Does somebody knows if it is possible to install a CDR-CDRW into a Mac G3 

    Is it possible? Absolutely. Problem is, you will lose the ability to boot your
    computer from CD. Only an Apple-brand CD-ROM drive can be used to boot your
    computer.

    Better solution: Buy a cheap FireWire card and get a FireWire CD-RW drive.

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    In article <aol.com>,
    com (Tacit) wrote:
     
    >
    > Is it possible? Absolutely. Problem is, you will lose the ability to boot your
    > computer from CD. Only an Apple-brand CD-ROM drive can be used to boot your
    > computer.[/ref]

    Where'd you hear that? It's false.

     

    But I agree this is likely to be a better solution. Makes it easier to
    carry the drive with you when you upgrade.
    Gregory Guest

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    On Wed, 17 Sep 2003 7:18:57 -0700, Tacit wrote
    (in message <aol.com>):
     [/ref]
     

    Not true in my case. I purchased a generic (usually installed in PC laptops)
    Sony Combo drive and installed it in my PowerBook G3/400 Pismo. Within 10
    minutes with a small driver I had a functioning CD burner and DVD
    player. Total outlay about US$130.

    I boot from any CD that has a valid system on it by holding down the 'C' key
    at boot time. Just like the original CD-ROM drive did.

    Not a single modification of driver or support file was required. Complete
    support for burning under OS X in Toast, iTunes, and Finder. Under OS 9.2,
    Toast can burn discs in this drive, but I haven't explored any other
    applications' use of it.

    YMMV, but that's my story.

    Visit

    http://forums.xlr8yourmac.com/drivedb/search.drivedb.lasso

    and enter your computer model and OS and see what others have done to find
    the solution you're looking for.

    Good luck!
    --
    Dave C
    com

    DaveC Guest

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    Tacit writes: 

    Not true.

    What is true is that back in the old days of SCSI drives, a non-Apple
    CD-ROM drive would require an aftermarket device driver (or a hacked
    version of Apple's driver). I know this first-hand - I have a
    Panasonic 32x CD-ROM drive in my Quadra. I'm currently using a
    hacked version of Apple's driver with it.

    But even then, these non-Apple drives could still boot the system. I
    also know that first-hand. I've booted Disk Warrior on that
    Panasonic drive several times.

    As far as I know, it's even more relaxed today, with ATAPI drives.
    The built-in driver should work with any model drive for basic CD-ROM
    functionality. Apple's bundled disc burning software may have an
    issue with a third-party drive, but even that is not guaranteed. If
    it does, use Toast for your disc burning - it seems to be able to
    work with just about anything.
     

    Not a bad idea, but not for the reason you gave.

    -- David
    David Guest

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