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AllenPSU
Mar 14, 2003, 09:07 AM
I read in the newest edition of Mac Addict that there were "some stability" issues when they upgraded their Blue G3 CD-RW drive to a Pioneer A05 drive. I believe they mentioned that the problems were limited if sleep functions were turned off.

I have a G4 Quicksilver and have been thinking about buying one of these A05 drives and wanted to know if anyone has done that yet and if so what problems they have experienced.

Also, Mac Addict states that some sort of firmware update may fix the problem with the AO5... is this similar to the 103/104 firmware updates that apple offers? Any insight would be useful.

hugemullens
Mar 14, 2003, 10:50 AM
The sleep issues are simply fixed by turning off Hard Disk Sleep and deep sleep. No idea why that works but it does. You have to flash the firmware in a PC first, then bring it over to the mac. Not a very elegant way to do it. Some of them dont need to be flashed. I belive, but don't quote me the Cendynes from staples are ready to go out of the box. (its a A05 just rebadged.) Check out www.xlr8yourmac.com for a full data base of these things.

AllenPSU
Mar 14, 2003, 11:29 AM
Originally posted by hugemullens
The sleep issues are simply fixed by turning off Hard Disk Sleep and deep sleep. No idea why that works but it does. You have to flash the firmware in a PC first, then bring it over to the mac. Not a very elegant way to do it. Some of them dont need to be flashed. I belive, but don't quote me the Cendynes from staples are ready to go out of the box. (its a A05 just rebadged.) Check out www.xlr8yourmac.com for a full data base of these things.

Thanks for the info. I will give the Cendyne product a try. I guess the worst case is that I will have to return it for a different drive.

macphoria
Mar 14, 2003, 12:08 PM
This is sort of related to SuperDrive so I'm gonna throw it out here.

I don't know how many of you play around with digital photography and Sony Mavica camera, but I've been having trouble with mounting Mavica disc on to desktop using SuperDrive. Anyone know what might be causing this problem?

Kethoticus
Mar 14, 2003, 01:04 PM
...and aside from some bad disks that resulted from sleeping or screen savers starting up, I've successfully made a number of DVD data archives. Now if only I could figure out how to burn video DVDs.

DreaminDirector
Mar 14, 2003, 01:41 PM
if it's an internal AO5 (which I think you're talking about), use iDVD.

DreaminDirector
Mar 14, 2003, 01:43 PM
sorry, I just realized that it's in a G3. I dont know the answer to that because apple says that the G3 wont burn video dvds.

Kethoticus
Mar 14, 2003, 10:43 PM
sorry, I just realized that it's in a G3. I dont know the answer to that because apple says that the G3 wont burn video dvds.
Actually, I recently downloaded some freeware packages that are supposed to work together to create video DVDs. I just have to figure out how to work them.

DreaminDirector
Mar 14, 2003, 11:28 PM
Dude, that's awesome! I have a buddy looking into putting a A04 into a G3. What's the name of the freeware programs?

Kethoticus
Mar 15, 2003, 04:33 AM
Sizzle, ffmpegX, and MediaPipe. I believe you can find these on versiontracker. Now if your friend can figure out how to work these together properly, please tell him/her to contact me!