5167 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Sep 18, 2009 10:09 PM by Ronda Wilson
yes it physically has the drive...but I dont see the optical drive listed on my computer. Its as if the computer doesnt know it exists. But the eject button on my keyboard opens the disk drive...so I'm not too sure.
I really just want to install a newer version of Mac OS x...is there anyother way I can do this without using my disk drive...like can i load it in my iMac and use appletalk or whatever to have my computers talk to each other?
Which model iMac do you have? You may be able to install the newer version of OS X via _FireWire Target Disk Mode_ if the iMac is equipped with FireWire.
Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) is the latest version an iBook G3 can run. You don't say how much RAM is installed. Tiger requires a minimum of 256 MB of RAM, and I strongly recommend maximizing the RAM with a 512 MB module (if you haven't already done that) if you want to run Tiger.
That should work, then.
Have you tried inserting an audio CD? Will it accept and play that? (Some of these iBooks had CD-ROM drives that won't recognize a DVD.)
Another thread about an optical drive that didn't work can be found here:
You may want to try _resetting the PMU_ on the off-chance that may allow the iBook to recognize the drive.