CD-ROM drives for Old World Mac Clones... that work

CD-ROM drives for Old World Mac Clones... that work

Post by Whom » Sat, 28 Jun 2003 11:22:27

In case you have an old world Mac clone (i.e. Power Computing) on which
you'd like to run MacOS 9 and/or Linux and in case the original CD-ROM
(i.e. NEC) does not work (meaning you can boot from it but can't mount a CD
once you booted from the hard disk): not all is lost.

One solution is to replace the CD-ROM with an Apple one. If you live in the
SFO Bay Area, there is a place where you can find old Apple CD-ROM drives
with Firmware from 1993 to 1995 (they aren't fast but they work). I tried
the ones from 1995 but not the earlier ones. Prices vary from $2.95 to
$7.95. There is no guaranty that they are still functional, but you have 30
days to return them.

The place is called "WeirdStuff", to find its location go to
http:/ Anyway, it's an interesting place to visit where
you can find things that may even pre-date some of you. Apple II disk
drives for instance. You can even buy a MacPlus for $10 if that's your
thing. For the grown-ups, it's a trip on memory lane.

Most of their stuff is for PCs, but if you dig deep enough in the back store
you'll find Macintosh things (such as plastic sliding hard disk brackets,
50 cents a piece).


1. how to tell if a mac is "new world " or "old world"

I am installing ydl 2.0 for a friend on his black g3 powerbook, i am
experienced with linux on x86, but know nothing of macs.
the ydl site says a newworld rom can boot off the ydl cd by holding 'c'
as the computer boots but this dosent work. It says some g3 powerbooks
are newworld, how can i tell or am i doing something else wrong. I only
want linux on it not dual boot if i can help it.

regards max

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