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    Dennis L
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    New To Imac and in need of a little help/info
    I just recently purchased an imac G3 333mhz and all it has is a CD rom drive...i see super drives on ebay and other web sites but am wondering if i order a super drive will it work with my mac? and currently its running OS 9 ...which version of OS X can i upgrade to? and is it easy to partition a new hard drive? thanks

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    Why not just get an external and use patchburn if you plan on upgrading to OSX?

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    Dennis L
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    Quote Originally Posted by hondagus87
    Why not just get an external and use patchburn if you plan on upgrading to OSX?
    i was wondering about the super drive because ive read that it can read/write every thing from DVD ram to Cd-r and i can geta super drive for under $50 , an external CD R/RW's an external DVd r/rw's go between $70 and $150

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    The tray loading imac takes a special cd drive, you cant slap any old aftermarket cd drive into it. MCE makes one that fits:http://store.mcetech.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?

    A 333 G3 imac can run up to Panther 10.3.9
    Remember you need to partition so that you have the first partition at just under 8 gig to install OS X.
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    Dennis L
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    Quote Originally Posted by cradom
    The tray loading imac takes a special cd drive, you cant slap any old aftermarket cd drive into it. MCE makes one that fits:http://store.mcetech.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?

    A 333 G3 imac can run up to Panther 10.3.9
    Remember you need to partition so that you have the first partition at just under 8 gig to install OS X.
    i was looking at slot loading super drives on ebay...would one of them work?

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    ISD
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    So how far can a G3 350mhz be upgraded to? It currently has 64mb RAM, but I know it needs more

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    Badger
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis L
    i was looking at slot loading super drives on ebay...would one of them work?
    Probably not. As mentioned, the tray-load CD drives used in these models was specific to the iMac, shared only with the powerbook. The slot-load drive used on later iMacs is not interchangeable. The current MCE replacement model for the 333 rev D is a slot-load BUT it is a CD-RW, not a Superdrive. You are probably limited to an external drive if you want a superdrive.

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    Dennis L
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    Quote Originally Posted by Badger
    Probably not. As mentioned, the tray-load CD drives used in these models was specific to the iMac, shared only with the powerbook. The slot-load drive used on later iMacs is not interchangeable. The current MCE replacement model for the 333 rev D is a slot-load BUT it is a CD-RW, not a Superdrive. You are probably limited to an external drive if you want a superdrive.
    I did some looking around, there seems to be quite a few powerbook DVD/ CD tray loading drives...would one of them work? heres a link to one of them, there are identical ones around...atleast 20 or so more http://cgi.ebay.com/Drive-SuperDrive...QQcmdZViewItem

    And i was wondering...if i got a cat 5 cross over cable, would i be able to network os x panther with windows 2000 pro?

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    Badger
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    The drive shown is much too big to mount in an iMac G3. You could put it in an external USB case but it would never fit inside an iMac. Check out this site: http://www.djonmac.com/index.html. Look at the section on replacing the hard drive. It has some pics of the internal components.

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    Dennis L
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    Ive found a powerbook DVD rom drive...heres the link http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...e=STRK:MEWA:IT would that work in my imac G3?

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    Badger
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    I can't find any specific info for this swap so I can't give you an absolute yes or no but it looks good. The original iMacs were never designed for a DVD-ROM so it may not work, even if it installs. If it were mine I'd give it a shot. You'll have to use the brackets & faceplate from the existing drive but that shouldn't be a problem.

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    Dennis L
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    heres a DVD rom i found that ends christmas day http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWA%3AIT&rd=1
    but (hopefully) i can get somebody's opinion...its from a power book G3 ...oh and i ordered another G3...instead of a 333 i got a 450 (for both imacs + s/h = $80 roughly)

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    Have you taken the old one out yet? Compare it to the pics you've been posting, will make things a lot easier.
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    Dennis L
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    Quote Originally Posted by cradom
    Have you taken the old one out yet? Compare it to the pics you've been posting, will make things a lot easier.
    i havent even gotten it in yet...i oredered it on ebay, im waiting for it though

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    Badger
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    The slot-loaders and tray-loaders use different drives. To see what the drive looks like: http://www.shrevesystems.com/drives.html. Go about halfway down in the right column; there is a combo drive for the slot-loaders.

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