CD-RW drives kills OS 9.2.2 startup

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CD-RW drives kills OS 9.2.2 startup

I've got a Lite-On IDE CD-RW (48x 32x 16x) drive I wanted to put into my G3 to give it burning capabilities (and something better than the stock 24x drive), but there is something about it that kills MacOS 9 completely.

Drive plugged in, start OS 9 - it says Welcome to MacOS, and before the progress bar appears - it locks up totally. Only 0.01% of the time do I get a successful boot sequence. I've tried various versions and hacks of the CD driver but to no avail. OS X loves it - but then again it's Unix at heart and doesn't really care Wink but CDs fail to burn at anything higher than 12x, but I put that down to the IDE bus.

I had a similar problem with a generic CD-ROM drive (I think it was a 50x drive). Froze on OS9 startup.

Any ideas?

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the drive rom

the firmware of the drive? macs dont really play well with generic PC drives up until about 10.3.

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jumpers maybe...

make sure the drive is set to master, not slave

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Yeah, it sounds like the jump

Yeah, it sounds like the jumpers. Is this on a B&W? If it's in your Beige, what ROM version is your Beige?

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Jumpers

Rev C Beige G3 and the drive is Master. No other IDE devices installed.

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Rev C Beige G3 and the drive is Master. No other IDE devices installed.

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Did you try stripping it down

Did you try stripping it down completely? Take out that Wings card and disconnect the floppy and try it.

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My best bet would be checking

My best bet would be checking the jumper settings (which I see has been posted. Ive used PC CD-roms in mac os 9 several times. Best one I've found as far as compatibility is ASUS. I assume your trying to put in os 9 or just trying to boot in general? If its a beige G3 than there a little more touchy. My 233/9600 was a little temper mental as well when it came to this.Good luck

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It did it with the Whisper ca

It did it with the Whisper card in as well.

However... the problem isn't replicated booting 8.6 or 8.1 - strange.

It's actually quite ironic in a way, because the beige G3 motherboards are almost PC in a few respects - it has the pinout for a 34pin floppy drive connector (but no tracks on the PCB), and a jumper for the PSU, labelled "Mac" or "ATX"; the floppy drive, aside from its PCB is almost a normal PC one as they also have the missing parts. And the stock CD-ROM drive - older stock drives didn't have headphone socket, LED or volume knob - only filled-in cut-outs.

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It's very happy in MacOS 8.6

It's very happy in MacOS 8.6 .... OS X doesn't really care what the drive is as it's pretty much Unix under the hood Smile

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