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14 , 2001
the Pioneer DVR-A03 on a G4
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the drive assembly upside down and you'll see four screws holding
the original drive in place. Use the same Phillips screwdriver
to remove them.
The picture only shows two of the screws. The other two, obviously,
are located on the other side. Once the screws have been removed,
pull the original drive out of the metal enclosure.
original drive is configured as "master" by Apple and
you should make sure that the A03 is, too. Just look at the back
of the drive. If the jumper is in the same position as in the
picture, you are ready to go. Otherwise, just configure the jumper
where my mistakes can save you time. When I first inserted the
A03 in the drive enclosure, it wouldn't fit. So I tried over and
over until I looked at the metal cover at the rear of the enclosure.
It must have slid in when I wasn't looking. I swear I didn't touch
So I pulled it back and took this picture to serve as your guide
for proper positioning. Keep an eye on that sucker because it
moves on its own!
Once the drive is properly inserted, you can screw it in place.
the G4 drive cables to the new drive then reattach the adhesive
metallic strip to the rear of the enclosure. Push the drive assembly
all the way in, from the front, like in the picture. Use the two
screws to tighten the whole thing in place.
the G4 case's plastic drive cover in place by first inserting
the left end and then pushing the right side in. The tabs should
snap into place. Close the case and fire up your G4. You now have
a Superdrive and are ready to burn your first DVD! Watch out for
future articles on DVD authoring right here on this site.
Now, between you and me, isn't this a beautiful sight? Too bad
my wife gave me such a hard time when I placed the G4 with the
drive door held open, just like in the picture, by our front window
for all our neighbors to see. I don't understand it! I even lit
the computer with four 500 watt work lights so that it could be
seen a block away. Why was she so upset?
That's OK, though. I have a few ideas for our Christmas decorations...
Paulo de Andrade is
the producer of DMNTV,
DVD Creation and
Film and Video
Magazine. He can be reached at [email protected].