Installing a SuperDrive in a G4 Mirorred
As usual, I cannot be responsible for any damage to
your machines when you will experiment the following
8 April 2004 update
This is a entry level G4 MDD ,867 bi proc. This machine
comes with a basic combo drive (DVD/CD-RW)... a little bit
As I want to mount my own movies through iDVD, I decide
to install a DVD burner: a A03 Pioneer (reads CDs at 20X,
burns them at 8X and burns DVDs at 2X).
First, extract the old combo.
Diassemble the G4 front face: removes the two clamps.
Removes the two screws in the front face of the burner
and extract it.
On the MDD, we open the cover and unscrew the two screws
which fix the two 5'' bays.
We slide the rear cache to the front and we disconnect
the IDE cable (yellow aarow) and the power cable (blue
The combo will be placed under, in the bay: for
compatibility reasons, non-Apple superdrive have
difficulties to mount if they are not set to masters under
And the combo will set up to slave.
The DVD burner is dragged into the machine from the front
face of the bay... but we directly discover that one of the
craddle's paw creates problems.
Smoothly, we curved it to the exterior of the machine.
This burner is longer than the normal ones: its front
cache prevents the burner to be correctly placed into the
We remove the two front lateral screws...
... unhook this front cache...
... and the burner can be put in the craddle.
Unfortunately, as the burner is long, we cannot put back
the rear protection of the bay!
We have also to smoothly file the burner's tray edges to
help it to open with any damage.
(well, if this burner was so "suitable for Macs as on
the advertising says it", we should file any edge !)
8 April 2004 update
Guy Keymolen gives a more elegant solution: removing the
Tray opened, slide the front face to the top. In this case,
the CD reader is no longer hermetically closed -> noiser
and more risko f unwanted CDs ejection! -> the ideal
solution is to retrieve from a defect drive the front face
and file its edges.
The new fresh face can therefore be kept for resell it or
for using it in a external box.
End of update
a DVDR et a Combo. Now, a machine for duplicating DVDs ;-)