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iBook - HD adding to iBook G3


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Hi everyone,
I purchased an Apple iBook G3 600Mhz with DV-ROM from a friend. The mac works, I have seen it working with external FireWire disk, and it boots from DVD pressing C key on start, but it has not an internal HD. So I decided to add it. I purchased from eBay a 120GB HD and I mounted it. All OK but just a little problem ... the mac does not boot. I have tried to set the HD master, slave, I have reset the firmare (with OP keys) . . . . . . but iBook does not see the HD.
What can I do ? Do anyone can help me ?
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If you boot from your System CD does it see the drive? You may just need to format it and install an OS.
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This is the problem. If the HD is connected the mac does not boot, it reads the DVD just for 2 or 3 seconds then it stops and the screen remains blank. From this point the iBook does not make any other activity.
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The good news is also the bad news, you have successfully diagnosed the problem. There is something wrong with that drive. The only thing I would double check is that the drive should be the master, on that bus the CD is always the slave. However, I thought that was set by the cable adaptor itself, so I wonder what you might mean about setting the master/slave.
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Hello,
I am wrong as I'm newer and I never had a mac before one week ago, excuse me. I thought that master/slave had to be set as in PC system, but it is'nt. So, as the CD/DVD is always slave and I set the HD as master, could the HD be incompatible with the iBook ? There are limits about the size as my disc is 120GB ?
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The fact that the iBook won't boot with the drive installed is a pretty good indication that there is something really wrong with the drive. I suppose that there is a possibility there is a problem with the bus/logic board itself... Was the drive used?
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Yes, the drive is "OEM Recertified".
Do you think the problem could be in the flat "Hard Drive / CD-DVD ribbon" ? for example an invisible break in a film track
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It is possible, I think the only way to test this is with a known good hard drive...
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Thank you for the prompt answer.
I will try to do the test. Do you confirm that I can use a 160GB ? (as I have one and I am sure of its quality)
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