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Dec 2, 2005, 04:05 PM
I got an eMac from my main office last week

In the office, there is 3 eMac. Nobody tried the DVD rom in these computers (bought new) until I tried them. These eMacs can't read DVD and it seems that they can't burn CDs. The CD-CDRW-DVD in these eMacs are Philips CDD5101

I heard about firmware updates with this philips. I also read about these problems with many eMacs.

Nobody is talking about solutions to get this damn DVD work. The 3 emac's DVD can't be broken together !!! Something is wrong with these

What's the problem ? They read Cds easily. I have OS x 10.4.3. Other eMacs are eqquipped with OS 9.2

Thanks a lot

Marc Legare

mad jew
Dec 2, 2005, 04:26 PM
Early eMacs came with CD drives. As in, the drive will read CDs, and that is it. :(

Remember, these things were meant for the education market where being able to burn disks isn't necessarily a good thing, especially if it cost more. Go to the System Profiler and select Disk Burning to verify what I'm saying. Unfortunately there's no way to patch a CD drive into being able to read or burn DVDs. Sorry. :o

Dec 2, 2005, 08:36 PM
This what I found with google search

mad jew
Dec 2, 2005, 08:47 PM
What did System Profiler say about it? :)

Dec 5, 2005, 07:41 AM
Here is the system profiler (in French) with english translation


Révision du programme interne : A4.2
Program revision : A4.2
Interconnexion : ATAPI
interconnexion : ATAPI
Gestion de la gravure : Oui (livraison/gestion par Apple)
Burning gestion : Yes (come with apple gestion)
Cache : 8192 Ko
cache : 8192 Ko
Lecture de DVD : Oui
DVD : yes
CD gravables : -R, -RW
CD burning : R, Rw
Protection contre la
sous-alimentation de la
mémoire tampon durant la
gravure de CD : Oui
Protection against low memory... during Cd burning: Yes
Stratégies d’écriture : CD-TAO, CD-Raw
Writing strategies: CD-TAO, CD-Raw
Données : Non

mad jew
Dec 5, 2005, 07:50 AM
Okay, well as difficult as it seems, maybe try resetting the PMU. I couldn't find a good link for eMacs other than this one (http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=34885) that outlines how to change the internal battery. A PMU reset is in the process (Step 6) but follow some of the other steps too.

Good luck. :)


Dec 5, 2005, 11:46 AM
I tried to reset the P RAM and it didn't work

Thanks a lot for your help.

Dec 5, 2005, 12:21 PM
With this damn CDRW

I have this error when I try to burn a CD

Sense Key = Hardware Error
Sense Code = 0x44, 0xFD