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    Which cd burner for iMac G3?
    I have recently purchased an old but perfectly working imac g3, the only problem is that it only has a cd rom and i want to replace this with a cd burner, does anybody know which cd burner i need.
    Many thanks.

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    Easiest thing you can do if it's either the tray load or slot load, get an external drive....I've tracked down one replacement (DVD-RW) for the slot loading iMacs but it's not cheap.....and not exactly like dropping a drive into a PC tower...Also if you want to be able to boot off of the external drive, get one that connects via Firewire if your iMac has the ports.
    This is a multiplatform home !

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    As nbrowsewr says got for an external with Firewire. Holy cow those iMac G3 take some skin off the knuckles changing HDD and optical drives as they are at the bottom of the pile.

    You do not say where you are on your avatar, but look at sites such as eBay for external DVD burners as they will handle CD and CDRW as well as DVD's.

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    If it's a slot loader, look here: http://store.mcetech.com/Merchant2/m...Code=STORDVDRW

    They used to sell ones for tray loaders, but I couldn't find it.
    Delusions are often functional. A motherís opinions about her childrenís beauty, intelligence, goodness, et cetera ad nauseam, keep her from drowning them at birth.
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    Tell me about it, was a pain just swapping in the larger HD I put into my slot loader....I am going to order the slot loading replacement DVD-RW drive at $160 us from a company down in the US of A just cause I"m an internal drive fan......and yes, scraped knuckles are the order of the day....I"m used to it, I work as an auto mechanic..... hehe if anyone wants the link lemme know as I have to drag it off of my Laptop.....
    This is a multiplatform home !

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    I have a Mac G3 with OS 9.2.2 (not an iMac G3). It is a rack mount G3 and has a read only internal CD in it. I know what you're thinking. I'm nuts and why not just upgrade. Here's the kicker. I'm using it exclusively for a Pro Tools system. It is hard to dump the system as it has a mass of dsp cards and it still gets me where I need to go. My question is.....is there a CD RW burner that will burn both audio and data that I can get and will work with this system? It has no fire wire or even USB. Ethernet port, serial ports and SCSI only. If there is a unit anyone knows of that will work....hopefully it can ribbon right into the old one or something like that. I would appreciate any info anyone might have.

    Thanks.

    DR

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    Couple of links you might want to check out:
    http://forums.xlr8yourmac.com/drived....drivedb.lasso
    http://www.xlr8yourmac.com/G3-ZONE/

    I think the first one is mainly for hard drives but there should be cd drives there somewhere.
    Delusions are often functional. A motherís opinions about her childrenís beauty, intelligence, goodness, et cetera ad nauseam, keep her from drowning them at birth.
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    To cradom,

    Thanks for the info. The huminoids at macsales are saying I need an IDE ribbon connection. I'm not a real tech head but I think that's a standard internal hard drive connection? Sound right?

    Thanks again.

    DR

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    Yup, standard IDE drive cable. Connect to the ATA controller, not the hard drive controller. Not sure exactly which G3 you have, if it's scsi check the specs for the ATA CD controller.
    Should say something about Atapi controller.
    Delusions are often functional. A motherís opinions about her childrenís beauty, intelligence, goodness, et cetera ad nauseam, keep her from drowning them at birth.
    -Lazarus Long

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    I am rocking an old iMac g3 dvd "frost", updated to 10.4, and I recently acquired a Que! Fire cd-rw. I can't find a driver for it, and the discs it came with are for os9. Can anyone point me in the direction of an update? new driver? or should I pony up the $$ for a new DVD burner?
    what was that!?

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    If you cant find info/drivers at their website maybe Patchburn might help?
    http://www.patchburn.de/index.html
    Delusions are often functional. A motherís opinions about her childrenís beauty, intelligence, goodness, et cetera ad nauseam, keep her from drowning them at birth.
    -Lazarus Long

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