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iBook G4 - Upgrading from Combo to Super Drive
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Stogieman
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Oct 5, 2006, 10:59 PM
 
My brother owns a iBook G4. For his birthday, I want to buy him a DVD burner to replace his combo drive. Will this slot loading Pioneer work in his iBook?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827129003

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Oct 5, 2006, 11:57 PM
 
Yes, I just has one put in a 12" PowerBook. You may need to grind a few metal tabs off the drive and/or bracket (from the iBook) to get the drive to fit in the bracket; a dremel works.
CompUSA will do the swap for $30 if you don't want to do it yourself.
     
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Oct 6, 2006, 02:11 AM
 
Originally Posted by mduell
Yes, I just has one put in a 12" PowerBook.
Do you mean "I just had"?
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Oct 6, 2006, 04:23 AM
 
yep, that'll fit. just take off the plastic bezel
     
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Oct 6, 2006, 07:18 AM
 
I don't know if you have experience opening iBooks, but if you don't I would highly suggest that you let someone else do the installation. There are a ton of screws involved... I've opened up a few iBooks before but have since decided that I'm never going to attempt it again. It's just too much of a pain.
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Oct 6, 2006, 03:11 PM
 
I agree, I always stress people not to do it themselves.

By now, I've opened up over a hundred iBooks... but the first few were really hard. and I've seen people mess up ibooks really easily.
     
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Oct 8, 2006, 03:57 AM
 
Thanks everyone. I found this tutorial online.

Replacing the optical drive.

I agree with everyone here, I'm going to let CompUSA install it.

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Oct 11, 2006, 01:41 AM
 
Originally Posted by Stogieman
Thanks everyone. I found this tutorial online.

Replacing the optical drive.

I agree with everyone here, I'm going to let CompUSA install it.
I just went through the upgrade using MCETech and the Pioneer DL Superdrive rocks in the iBook.
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