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    Question iBook 12" SuperDrive
    Heya, folks!

    After years of toiling away on Windows and dreaming of an iBook (because they looked so lovely, seemed so easy to use, and sounded like they were so well built), I finally managed to scrape together the cash to buy one, direct from the UK Apple Store. Not being very well versed on Apple current affairs, I completely missed the time scales for migrating from PowerPC to Intel, so I was one of the last to order the iBook G4 (on May 9th) before they turned into MacBooks (on May 16th -- the very day my new Mac arrived!). Still, I'm really happy with my cute little iBook, and it was, after all, the one I lusted after for months. It's lived up to and exceeded every expectation; it really is easy to use, even for a long-term Windows sufferer, and it's incredibly well designed. And I'm loving the Mac community!

    Anyway, much as I would love to write tons about the experience I've had with switching over to the Mac, I had better get to some kind of point!

    Last year, after my little 12" NEC notebook was starting to seriously degrade, I splashed out and bought a nice new 15" Advent notebook, which worked fine for just over 12 months, before dying just past the warrenty date. It was then that I decided that I'd had enough with the PC, and dived for the iBook. Obviously (and in spite of all I've heard about how reliable the Mac is), I'm worried about the thing suddenly going wrong. I've been scouting out eBay for obvious spare parts (keyboard, batteries, etc.) and browsing other sites for hard drives and memory.

    Purely due to cost (as I'm not blessed with a bountiful income), I bought the 12" iBook, with the Combo Drive (though I do like the compact size of the machine). I've noticed, on eBay, folks selling 14" iBooks for spares/repair. These come with SuperDrives (which could not be added to the 12" iBook order on the Apple Store).

    So, the question is this: Can you use a SuperDrive from a 14" iBook in a 12" iBook? Obviously, I'm not going to attempt doing this upgrade with my iBook in warrenty, but if I can get one from an otherwise dead machine and bank it for later... Does anyone know if it can be done?

    :girl: :mac:

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    Re: iBook 12" SuperDrive
    Quote Originally Posted by Elwing
    Heya, folks!

    After years of toiling away on Windows and dreaming of an iBook (because they looked so lovely, seemed so easy to use, and sounded like they were so well built), I finally managed to scrape together the cash to buy one, direct from the UK Apple Store. Not being very well versed on Apple current affairs, I completely missed the time scales for migrating from PowerPC to Intel, so I was one of the last to order the iBook G4 (on May 9th) before they turned into MacBooks (on May 16th -- the very day my new Mac arrived!). Still, I'm really happy with my cute little iBook, and it was, after all, the one I lusted after for months. It's lived up to and exceeded every expectation; it really is easy to use, even for a long-term Windows sufferer, and it's incredibly well designed. And I'm loving the Mac community!

    Anyway, much as I would love to write tons about the experience I've had with switching over to the Mac, I had better get to some kind of point!

    Last year, after my little 12" NEC notebook was starting to seriously degrade, I splashed out and bought a nice new 15" Advent notebook, which worked fine for just over 12 months, before dying just past the warrenty date. It was then that I decided that I'd had enough with the PC, and dived for the iBook. Obviously (and in spite of all I've heard about how reliable the Mac is), I'm worried about the thing suddenly going wrong. I've been scouting out eBay for obvious spare parts (keyboard, batteries, etc.) and browsing other sites for hard drives and memory.

    Purely due to cost (as I'm not blessed with a bountiful income), I bought the 12" iBook, with the Combo Drive (though I do like the compact size of the machine). I've noticed, on eBay, folks selling 14" iBooks for spares/repair. These come with SuperDrives (which could not be added to the 12" iBook order on the Apple Store).

    So, the question is this: Can you use a SuperDrive from a 14" iBook in a 12" iBook? Obviously, I'm not going to attempt doing this upgrade with my iBook in warrenty, but if I can get one from an otherwise dead machine and bank it for later... Does anyone know if it can be done?

    :girl: :mac:
    I'm in a similar situation. I have a 12" iBook and have been looking to upgrade to the SuperDrive. I don't know if you can pull a drive from a 14" iBook.

    I have found these two sites who sell SuperDrives specifically for the iBooks:
    http://store.mcetech.com/Merchant2/m...Code=STORDVDRW

    http://www.powerbookmedic.com/Apple-...4-p-16592.html

    Good luck!

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    You don't need a superdrive from an ibook g4, thats just wasting your money in buying an old g4. I say go to http://www.teknologic.co.uk/contenti...ntentid=209957 and get that drive, all you gotta do to it when/if you get it is remove the front casing and get it fitted in.
    Back with the mac!

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    Thanks guys!

    UK price-wise, it's looking like a close knit thing between 14" iBook G4 spares/repair job on eBay and just a standalone SuperDrive component, and it seems as though the SuperDrive from the 14" might well work in the 12", if I'm reading the links correctly. This x8 speed UJ-845-C SuperDrive, that will work in the 12", is supposed to replace the x4 speed UJ-825-C, which works in the 14". I'm definately after the Apple branded version, for assured compatibility and the proper face-plate thingy.

    I also found this US-based link: http://www.ifixit.com/cart/customer/...42&cat=&page=1

    Guess I'll be letting you know for sure if this works or not in about 12 months time! :-)

    Thanks once again for the head start in this!

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