Install internal DVD Burner into G3 tower - easy ?? Problems?

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Hi all! I have a client who has some eMac OSX DVD's he wants to use to install OSX on his G3. His G3 doesn't have a DVD drive. I found some internals, but also found they need a decoder card installed as well, which I've read just fits into a slot on the video cards. (dumb question - I assume you also need a decoder card with an external DVD drive?)
I'm confident I can swing the install, but not so sure about pin switch settings.
Can anyone confirm for me if
a) are there pin switches that need to be adjusted once I install the internal drive?
b) any resources/docs that would walk me thru the process?
c) any thing I haven't thought of I should look out for?

Btw, just ran across this site today. Totally rocks.

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The decoder card is only for

The decoder card is only for the playback of DVD (MPEG-2) video. You won't need it to use data disks.

The process of installing a DVD drive isn't that difficult, but it will depend on which G3 tower you have. Blue & White or Beige. You can probably get a walkthrough at xlr8YourMac.com

On the drive itself, you should set it to be a Master drive as it will be replacing the current drive. Other than that, assuming the drive is compatible, it should work with no problems.

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Hi, thanks so much for replyi

Hi, thanks so much for replying. Found an excellent walkthru on xlr8YourMac.com that answers all my questions. Thanks again.