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Broken combo drive - what should I do?
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waxcrash
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Jul 15, 2003, 11:34 PM
 
I can't insert CDs into the combo drive on my TiBook 800. I can push a CD in 1/3 the way and then it stops. I took it to the Apple store in Chicago and they said they could fix it for $310. I can't purchase Apple Care because the 1 year warranty expired a month ago. I've searched all over the Internet for a replacement drive (CW-8121) but I can't find one. I'd like to buy a new drive and replace it myself. I could always send it to PowerBookResq, but they want $375 for a new combo drive and $475 to upgrade to a SuperDrive. I really don't want to spend much money - I want to save for a G5.

If anyone knows where I can buy a new CW-8121, please let me know.

I've been thinking of just going for the SuperDrive through PowerBookResq, but it is a lot of money for a computer that is over a year old.

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Jul 15, 2003, 11:46 PM
 
Well about the only place I know that you can buy a new drive is from the same people who make the SuperDrives for Cubes: MCE. For $329 they'll install it for you, see HERE . Of course, the Apple Store will do it cheaper, so my only hunch really doesn't yeild much.

If you could afford the weight, a FireWire drive may cost less and do the same tasks while helping you save up for a G5. And if your warranty is only a month up, if you find the right Apple person, you may get lucky w/ some sympathy.
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Jul 15, 2003, 11:57 PM
 
Originally posted by AssassyN:

And if your warranty is only a month up, if you find the right Apple person, you may get lucky w/ some sympathy.
When I was at the Apple Store, the guy at the Genius Bar asked his manager if he could sell me Apple Care even though my warranty expired a month ago, but the manager said no.
     
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Jul 16, 2003, 12:22 AM
 
Hmm...well, did you register your machine w/ Apple right after getting it? If not, you *may* could fudge your purchase date & get away with it.
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Jul 17, 2003, 01:27 AM
 
Holy crap dude, I found what you need!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=14909

$200 and you've got a fully working ComboDrive...jump on it!
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Jul 17, 2003, 02:30 PM
 


DOH! Someone already got to it before I could!

Thanks for trying AssassyN.
     
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Jul 17, 2003, 04:36 PM
 
Dang that drive only lasted a matter of hours!

Sorry you couldn't get to it man!
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Jul 19, 2003, 07:08 PM
 
Will this work? I know it says up to 667...
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