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goodwisha
Nov 7, 2005, 07:18 PM
I've just bought a Powerbook G4 and it's got a MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-845E drive. What I've been told is that it's capable of burning Dual Layer DVD. However I can't find anything on that. So is it true, can it burn DL? I've heard many thing's that it can, that it can't, and that it can but apples disabled it.

ColoJohnBoy
Nov 7, 2005, 07:49 PM
It certainly can. :) From Apple's PowerBook page...

goodwisha
Nov 8, 2005, 07:22 PM
Ok that's great to know but it doesn't show that it has Dual Layer Capabilities.

This is a copy of what it shows maybe I'm not reading it right.
MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-845E:

Firmware Revision: DMP2
Interconnect: ATAPI
Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipped/Supported)
Cache: 2048 KB
Reads DVD: Yes
CD-Write: -R, -RW
DVD-Write: -R, -RW, +R, +RW
Burn Underrun Protection CD: Yes
Burn Underrun Protection DVD: Yes
Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, DVD-DAO
Media: No

My powerbook was made in the 25th week of '05 so it's pretty new.

Laser47
Nov 8, 2005, 07:50 PM
Yea my ibook has that drive too. Its the new 14" bought in september

MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-845E:

Firmware Revision: DMP2
Interconnect: ATAPI
Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipped/Supported)
Cache: 2048 KB
Reads DVD: Yes
CD-Write: -R, -RW
DVD-Write: -R, -RW, +R, +RW
Burn Underrun Protection CD: Yes
Burn Underrun Protection DVD: Yes
Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, DVD-DAO
Media: No

Its funny how apple disables things, just to sell powerbooks.

Laser47
Nov 8, 2005, 08:17 PM
Ok that's great to know but it doesn't show that it has Dual Layer Capabilities.

This is a copy of what it shows maybe I'm not reading it right.
MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-845E:

Firmware Revision: DMP2
Interconnect: ATAPI
Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipped/Supported)
Cache: 2048 KB
Reads DVD: Yes
CD-Write: -R, -RW
DVD-Write: -R, -RW, +R, +RW
Burn Underrun Protection CD: Yes
Burn Underrun Protection DVD: Yes
Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, DVD-DAO
Media: No

My powerbook was made in the 25th week of '05 so it's pretty new.
You have the 12" right? AFAIK thats the only powerbook now offered that does not support DL, despite the fact the drive is physically capable of burning DL. The only way we would be able to get DL if someone makes a firmware update for the drive to enable it.

Yoyodyne
Nov 8, 2005, 10:51 PM
Read this thread (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=143127)

goodwisha
Nov 10, 2005, 02:51 AM
Actually I have the Powerbook 15" 1.67ghz. All that I read about it says it does, but it doesn't show up. I guess I will just buy a dual layer and try it.

Rewes
Nov 10, 2005, 03:13 AM
Actually I have the Powerbook 15" 1.67ghz. All that I read about it says it does, but it doesn't show up. I guess I will just buy a dual layer and try it.

Is it really the new HD one or the one before that? Mine shows:

MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-846:

Firmware-revisio: FAAG
Liitä yhteen: ATAPI
Polttotuki: Kyllä (Applen toimittama/tukema)
Välimuisti: 2048 Kt
Lukee DVD:itä: Kyllä
Poltettavat CD-mediat: -R, -RW
Poltettavat DVD-mediat: -R, -RW, +R, +RW, +R DL
Polton alivuodon suojaus CD: Kyllä
Polton alivuodon suojaus DVD: Kyllä
Kirjoitusstrategiat: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, DVD-DAO
Media: Ei

It´s in finnish (kyllä=yes, ei=no) but as you can see it clearly states that +R DL is supported.