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06-30-2001, 02:12 AM
I have a B&W G3 300mhz. Is it possible to fit CD-RW internally? I'd rather replace CD-RW with original CD -rom. Is it possible?
thank you

06-30-2001, 09:52 AM
Do you mean you want to simply replace the original CD-R with a CD-RW? or that you want to add a CD-RW to the case?

In the former, you certainly could. I'm not sure about the latter though. I think you might need to alter the front bezel a bit and you may be looking at replacing your ZIP (if it's installed)...

Others will have ideas as well



06-30-2001, 11:07 AM
Actually I would like to replace Apple's internal CD-rom with Sony CD-RW (IDE or ATA I believe). But someone had told me that it is not possible because Apple's IDE chain for CD-rom was built only for read purpose and not write. In other words, he was saying that you can only replace internal CD-rom with other CD-rom but not CD-R or CD-RW. By the way I already have a Zip drive and I would like to keep it on its location.

Thanks Chris

06-30-2001, 11:30 AM
Ummm - that doesn't seem to make much sense to me...How can one modify it so that you can only read???

Take a peek at this IDE CD-RW from Plextor:

That should help out..

I'd say - just go ahead and replace it - www.xlr8yourmac.com (http://www.xlr8yourmac.com) might have some articles of interest regarding this..


06-30-2001, 05:05 PM
ut someone had told me that it is not possible because Apple's IDE chain for CD-rom was built only for read purpose and not write.

LOL! http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif WOW, what was that person smoking?-)

The main issue you COULD have with a 3rd party CD-burner would be that it does not boot off an Apple system CD. You could make a boot disk off a ZIP though to get around the issue. My Plextor reader needs 3rd party drivers (INTECH) but it will still boot off an Apple CD. So you get enough functionality off the Apple drivers to install stuff, update syste software, etc..

My G4/466 has a built-in SONY 8x. This all came preconfigured from the Apple store. So if you could get an identical or similar model, it could work just like an 'APPLE' CD burner http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

XLR8yourMac is a great source of info.


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06-30-2001, 05:54 PM
That was my first reaction too with that "cable" description...

I put 40X Plextors in my 7300s - as non-Apple drives, I ended up using Intech CD drivers. For my particular situation, when I have to boot from the CD, I end up using that funny 4 key combo (I forget what it is at the moment - it's on a Post-It note on the computers).. but they work fine... The snazziest bit is that the Intech program pulls off the Apple CD-ROM extensions and puts them into a separate folder for you. Then when you go to burn a Mac bootable CD-ROM, and Toast asks you for the extension, all you need to do is point to that folder on your machine (it's in the SpeedTools folder) and off it goes to burn a perfectly bootable Mac CD-ROM. No need to specifically make your own copy of it - SpeedTools does it for you.


06-30-2001, 08:19 PM
Thanks all folks
I'll go ahead and install it.