This is my first post here...
I have a little collection of vintage macs, and one in my collection is a PowerBook 3400c, it has a CD-ROM module also a floppy one. I have this machine since 10 years as I bough it on ebay. It was working fine, but the other day, I turned it on for install some old programs and games and I discovered that the CD-ROM stopped working. The machine even refuses to boot when it is attached to the system.
I have cleaned the contacts, and I have disassembled the computer and the module and I can't see anything wrong (maybe a burned component or something...). The floppy module works fine.
is there anyone with an idea of what could I do to fix this? If not, it doesn't have ethernet port, and using floppies nowadays is like a headache, do you have any idea of how to transfer files to this machine from a modern mac?
Thank you all!
For transferring files, I've found that using a CompactFlash card in a PCMCIA adapter works well. As long as the PowerBook is running at least Mac OS 8.1, it can read/write HFS+ (aka Mac OS Extended) volumes, then you'd just need a USB CompactFlash reader for the modern Mac.
Thank you, I thought that these adapters wouldn't work with this machine because they are cardbus... I'll buy one, thanks again.
CardBus compatibilith in the 3400 is iffy, but there are non-CardBus CF card adapters too -- you're best off buying one of those.