PowerBook 1400c Expansion Bay Module replacement

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I recently found a Macintosh PowerBook 1400c that's giving the Sad Mac. (0000000F 00000069 (seems to be a problem with software thank goodness!)). I do have a Mac OS 8 Retail Install CD that I should be able to boot from to initialize/format the HDD, the only thing is that the previous owner replaced the optical drive expansion bay module with the floppy one, so I'm going to have to find an optical one somewhere. I had read on here:

http://home.comcast.net/~macdan/ebms.html

that the TEAC 24x CD-224e would work, although it wasn't certain which revision would fit without any modification. Since I'm not exactly adept with hardware modifications (at all!), I was wondering if anyone here would be willing to tell me if they know of which of these drives would be able to be installed with no (or very little) hardware modifications (either from just by looking at the shape or from some other means):

http://shop.ebay.ca/?_from=R40&_trksid=p3907.m38.l1313&_nkw=teac+cd-224e&_sacat=See-All-Categories

Thanks a lot for the help!

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no way to tell

Heh, my ol' EBM page, had to go back and read to remember . . .

As I say on that page, there's usually no way to tell just by looking at a drive, unless maybe the OEM that originally bought the drive has marked it as Master or Slave. Frequently they shipped as Cable Select, which means it _should_ show up as Master on a 1400. Maybe.

Still, even if set as Slave, it will work, it just won't boot to a CD by holding the "C" key. To boot to CD you'd then need to hold the CMD-Opt-Shft-Del keys to force the hardware to ignore the built-in HDD.

hth,

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It would seem as if your old

It would seem as if your old webpages are still helping people even now!

I suppose I'll just go for the cheapest CD-224E I can find then, which I guess would be this one:

http://cgi.ebay.ca/Teac-24x-CD-224E-Notebook-CD-ROM-Drive-guaranteed-4S-H_W0QQitemZ120365042218QQcmdZViewItemQQptZPCC_Drives_Storage_Internal?hash=item1c0650ca2a&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

The price definitely looks right, but I'm not so sure about the drive itself, especially when the Apple optical EBMs are shaped like this:

http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/lovemacs_2065_404626133

Is it a good idea to go with a 'slim' CD-224E such as this?

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wierd-looking, but that's the drive

I'm sure the eBay drive you referenced has some bits attached you'll have to un-attach, but underneath it'll be the right form-factor.

The industry term 'slim' describes what you seek, a 1/2" thick optical drive for use (generally) in mobile applications.

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Thanks!

Thanks a lot for the confirmation! I bought the drive so I guess now it's time to play the waiting game. I'll make sure to post back after I install the drive.

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You do realise that you need

You do realise that you need an empty 1400 Expansion Bay Module for the TEAC drive to go in, right? And that the floppy module is completely different and not compatible with optical drives?

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