G3 Powerbook DVD ROM Drive failure

in Genius Bar edited January 2014
My DVD ROM drive has been getting more and more troublesome over the last few weeks. Tonight it got worse and upon investigation I found a split in the ribbon connecting the mechanism to the casing. Can this be fixed cost effectively or should I just rely on an external until I upgrade after Leopard ? I have found a place on the net who have an identical working drive for $200 which would hopefully have her performing like new, but how much cash should I chance on such an old machine ?

What would you do ?

PS. The drive is an LG DRN 8080B in a G3 PB 400mhz


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