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G4 350 mhz agp powermac

I wanted to install a burner in the G4 and once I did nothing works. I have checked all cables, the dvd-rom was set to master and I made sure the cd-rw was set to master as well, after installing the cd-rw I booted the machine up which by the way was running fine, OSX 10.2.8 the boot up froze on me so I reset the boot up and then nothing. After putting the dvd-rom back thinking that it had something to do with the cd-rw still nothing. To get the dvd-rom door to open I have to un-plug the ribbon cable, same as hard drive, to get it to spin up properly I have to un-plug ribbon cable. I have bad feeling that the mother board is toast. Any other suggestions would be appreciated as I am new to Mac's.

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  • djeffs Oct 17, 2008

    there is a zip drive attached to the same ide cable as the dvd-rom, I did re-attach it as well but nothing seemed to work after installing the burner. I then put the dvd-rom back as it was when I got the mac and nothing seemed to work again. As I said in my previous post both ide channels have to be un-plugged to get any response from either the dvd-rom or the hard drive. The only time I have seen this before is in a PC when you hook up two hard drives on the same cable and both are set to master. I then tried to hook the dvd-rom up with out plugging the zip drive in and hooking the hard drive up on the other ide channel but still the same problem. Thank you for any help you can give me, I am a newbie when it comes to mac's but am A+ certified with PC's, I work in printing and got the powermac given to me so if you think it is the mother board then I will purchase one. Thanks again.

  • Krabby May 11, 2010

    Is there a zip drive installed as well?


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There are two IDE buses on these. On each bus the devices must be set as master and slave just like a PC. Disconnect the ZIP 100 drive as it is obsolete. This will free up a slave position on that bus. You can also get a PCI card if you want to add more devices such as hard drives.

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Can you try installing the new burner as a slave and the zip as the master?

Had a pc once that refused to boot at all with a new DVD burner in it, alongside a DVD-ROM. The burner was replacing a CDRW drive, swapped the drives master and slave settings over and it worked.

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