9 Replies Latest reply: May 31, 2013 5:03 AM by hcruzfrompr
Don Gee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have a 10-year old iMac - Power PC G4. Recently the CD burner stopped working. I checked with a local authorized dealer here in Springfield, Illinois, and repair could be costly and/or impossible (to get parts). I thought about getting an external CD burner, and they laughed at me. "Haven't made them for years." I remember years ago - Zip Drive, external burner. This type of thing no more? The dealer also said something about "no software." Is this all true? Or is there another option when the built-in CD burner/reader doesn't work? Or do I just have to buy a new iMac @ $1,200.00?

iMac-Power PC G4, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • 1. Re: External CD Burner
    a brody Level 9 Level 9 (63,265 points)
    http://www.macsales.com/ not far from Springfield Illinois sells external DVD burners for under $100. They are well worth it. Get a Firewire one, as only that will boot your PowerPC G4 in Mac OS X. Zip drives, forget it, they are hardly used. External hard drives are cheap too. A DVD burner will also burn CDs.
  • 2. Re: External CD Burner
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,475 points)
    Just to add to the great advice so far, OWC & many others also have replacement internal Optical drives...

    http://eshop.macsales.com/staticpages/Framework.cfm?page=superdrive/sdl_imacg4.html

    Though I doubt I'd have that place install it.
  • 3. Re: External CD Burner
    Don Gee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for info. I’ll do further research. Just so I understand – I am not too computer/burner savvy. I can use an external DVD burner to burn CDs? My situation is that I have a body of PhotoMontage artwork done on my iMac. 1/2 are on CDs that I can take to a processor/printer to get copies made. The other 1/2 are just stored on my computer. I was in the process of transferring them to CDs when the internal burner went down. I think it would be cheaper if I could purchase an external device that I could plug-in, just like my scanner, and make copies to take to a processor/printer. So you are saying I could do this with an external DVD burner?
  • 4. Re: External CD Burner
    a brody Level 9 Level 9 (63,265 points)
    I can use an external DVD burner to burn CDs?


    That's what I just said.

    Any DVD burner will burn CDs. Note, there is some caveats to understand, but only if you want to treat CDs a certain way:

    The original DVD-R burners only supported CD-R and DVD-R media.
    Most of them by 2005 were replaced with full fledged DVD-/RW/CD-/+RW/DVDR burners. This means they will burn:

    DVD+R DL, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, CD-R, CD-RW.

    And if you look at my FAQ* you'll learn the make of media matters and how you burn it matters:

    http://www.macmaps.com/cdrfailure.html

    As long as you keep those in mind you should be good.

    - * Links to my pages may give me compensation.
  • 5. Re: External CD Burner
    rodeo_joe Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Greetings all,

    I tried locating a topic related to my needs, but was unable to locate one. Please pardon my ignorance.

    Question:

    I need a driver for a QPS QUE! Fire External 6 pin firewire drive. Can anyone assist me with locating the original Que! Fire extension or a universal one? The unit will not get recognized in the system profiler until I install this specific driver. It will also not allow the drive tray to open either.

    Thanks in advance for any assistance you can offer. Also note: QPS website is no longer posted, so I can't go there to search for a driver.

    JT
  • 6. Re: External CD Burner
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,475 points)
    Hi Joe & welcomr!

    I tried locating a topic related to my needs, but was unable to locate one. Please pardon my ignorance.


    t's quite acceptable to start a new topic of your own, feel free to start a new topic to attract more helpers to your particular situation, as not many helpers look at Solved/Answered Topics for people needing help, here's a link if as is often the case, it's hard to find out where to do it...

    http://discussions.apple.com/post!default.jspa?forumID=758

    In the meantime, foes this help?

    http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/7696/qps-que!-usb-cd-rw-driver-x
  • 7. Re: External CD Burner
    bobbymacbean Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Hi Don -

     

    I find myself in the same boat.  Can you tell me which burner you ended up buying and how well it's working for you ?

     

    Thanks, Brian

  • 8. Re: External CD Burner
    hcruzfrompr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Can I use an external drive to re-install system software?  Will a Que! Fire drive function with my machine?

    iMac G3,  with OS 9.2.   I'm trying to revive my audio driver and I think the only way is to re-install some software.  My internal CD drive has died.  Afterwards,  I'd like to do a clean install (I need this old OS for music sequencing and notation programs, which I don't want to give up).    Possible?  Thanks a lot for any suggestions.

  • 9. Re: External CD Burner
    hcruzfrompr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Can I use an external drive to re-install system software?  Will a Que! Fire drive function with my machine?

    iMac G3,  with OS 9.2.   I'm trying to revive my audio driver and I think the only way is to re-install some software.  My internal CD drive has died.  Afterwards,  I'd like to do a clean install (I need this old OS for music sequencing and notation programs, which I don't want to give up).    Possible?  Thanks a lot for any suggestions.