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VST Zip 100 Drive PowerBook G3 Lombard/Pismo DEAD

Classicman

Member
Dear friends,

i can't figure out what could have happened to my VST zip drive. It had been a few months that I hadn't plugged the VST zip drive into my PB G3 and made it work. Tried it a few days ago and nothing to do, completely dead. The led of the drive does not turn on and the Mac does not detect it. No sign of life. I've tried with multiple zip disks and nothing to do. I have checked that the VST drivers are installed and they are OK. I plugged in the expansion slot the Apple CD/DVD player and it works flawlessly.
Can anyone help me? did something like this happen?
Thank a lot in advance.
 

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ried

Well-known member
I have a dead one, too :confused: If it's not coming to life when inserted into the expansion bay, check the connection at the back of the drive. Ensure it's clean (both drive and machine), and then look at the physical connector. Is anything bent that would prevent it from seating fully? That was the case with mine, which sprang to life after the little metal tab on the lower portion of the corner protrusion was bent back into place. My drive subsequently died for other reasons... I think it was dropped at some point.
 

Trash80toHP_Mini

NIGHT STALKER
No problem, so to speak. Look for old Dell Zip250 drive modules to cannibalize. Only drawback to that fix would be the VST bezel becoming wildly underrated. ;)
 

ried

Well-known member
I don't understand. Dell Zip250 drive modules work in the PowerBook G3?

Like these?

 

Classicman

Member
@Trash80toHP_Mini THANKS for your tip!
@ried yes, I think that Trash80toHP_Mini meant just that.
The drive, the main part, should be identical to that of the "VST". Only the small internal card interface that connects the drive to the PowerBook G3 "expansion bay" connector changes.
Here in Europe they are not very widespread... For me now the problem remains unsolved. But it was a really nice tip!
 

mg.man

Well-known member
The drive, the main part, should be identical to that of the "VST".
FWIW, I recently 'restored' a faulty VST PB drive by doing just that - picking up a cheap Dell laptop expansion bay drive and removing the drive mechanism, then swapping that into the VST housing. Been working fine ever since.

Your issue might be more serious, could be the little controller 'board that goes from the Zip mechanism to the PB expansion bay connector. The Dell drive was pretty cheap ($10 - $15 IIRC), so it might be worth a try?
 

Trash80toHP_Mini

NIGHT STALKER
Just about any laptop Zip drive mechanism should work, in any PB module I think. Most of mine in 'Books and others are now Zip250 which won't click AFAIK.

You can thank another member/friend from early on in the history of the MLA. I fear he is no longer with us, so keep this bit of lore alive and maybe others should pick up a module or two for just in case. ;)
 

ried

Well-known member
Well, I can confirm that this model of Dell expansion bay Zip 100 drives requires a lot more than a housing swap.


Disassembled both. The removable green connector board on the back of the G3 unit does not fit the Dell drive. They are similar, but different connectors. Still investigating.
 

mg.man

Well-known member
Umm... that's a Zip 250 Dell drive. I've successfully swapped for a Dell Zip 100, no experience with anything else.
 
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