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Panasonic SCSI CDROM for 5300?

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#1 FacnyFreddy

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 04:21 PM

Anyone have experience with the external/portable CDrom drives that look like portable players on the 5300 powerbooks?


I know I need a 30pin-DB50 pin cable setup, but, the CDrom drives I see on fleabay are the internal battery type.


Are these all junk or will they work for basic usage? (booting and installing Os 8.1)

#2 FacnyFreddy

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 05:03 PM

Well, based on some private messages, it sounds like it will work!


I'll let everyone know once I get it running.

#3 danikayser84

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 10:40 PM

You can stick something like the CD Sunrise or FWB Toolkit on a Disk Tools floppy and it should work to access an external CD-ROM if you're looking to install from an external CD-ROM (works on pretty much any PowerBook, from 1xx to the later ones like the 2400)


As far as booting from a CD-ROM goes, couldn't do it on my 540c with the similar Panasonic drive (I believe KXL-D740) on its own but would work with a Disk Tools floppy with an appropriate extension

Performa 575 • Performa 637 CD • Power Mac G3 Beige • PowerBook 1400cs • PowerBook G3 Wallstreet • PowerBook G3 Pismo • MacBook (White Penryn)

#4 FacnyFreddy

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Posted 30 March 2017 - 08:09 PM

Thanks... this is the next thing I am working to do. A recovery floppy to install OS 7.6.1 from and then start a bare metal install on my 5300ce.

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