Question on Compatibility of iBook and TiBook optical drives

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Question on Compatibility of iBook and TiBook optical drives

For Dan K. or anyone else with the required expertise:

Can an optical drive from an iBook G4 be installed in a 400MHz Powerbook G4?

Specifically, the pix I've seen of TiBook G4 optical drives show them to have a different form factor than more modern optical drives like those in the iBook G4. But I don't know if the drive is a different size/shape, or if the TiBook just uses a cage/carrier that makes it look different.

I also note from Dan's Web page that iBook G4s use, among other models, a Matshita CW-8123 "combo" drive, whereas 400/500MHz TiBooks use, among others, a Matshita CW-8121-B. I imagine - but do not know for sure - that these drives must share a basic form-factor, in which case the two different models of Mac would have physically interchangeable optical drives.

Can anyone confirm?

TIA,
Matt

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re: Question on Compatibility of iBook and TiBook optical drives

Scroll down my [url=]page[/url] to "TiBook optical drive upgrades", where you'll find the answer to your question. Biggrin

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The first generation 400/500 TiBooks use a non-standard-form-factor slot-load DVD slim drive, without any extra brackets and with a non-standard location for its 50-pin ATAPI connector. . . .

The G4 iBooks use standard form-factor slotload drives.
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To sum up, to install a standard slot-load slim drive into a 400/500 TiBook, from a TiBook 550/667 you'll need a pair of brackets and an interface cable, plus you'll have to trim the case bottom.

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Thanks!

Didn't notice that bit - it always pays to scroll!

Matt

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