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Old May 4, 2011, 12:08 PM   #1
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Mac mini superdrive problem

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I have been using my Mac mini PowerPC G4 (1.5) with satisfaction, but recently its superdrive (Matshita DVD-R UJ-845C, firmware rev. DPP9) stopped to pull inside any disc (despite I made use of it very seldom) and now I am in doubt if it is better for me to change it with a new one or leaving it unworking and make use of an external firewire optical drive (e.g. LaCie d2 DVD RW 22x ...). Any piece of advice is very wellcome.
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Old May 5, 2011, 10:17 AM   #2
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I'd just get a USB Bus powered DVD R/W from newegg, they're something like $30 after rebate and just last.
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Old May 5, 2011, 04:44 PM   #3
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I need a firewire DVD R/W as, in case of need, I could do the boot by means of it, as my Mac mini is a PowerPC one (I read that only Intel Mac can boot by means of USB optical drives).
By the way, what do you think about the Hamlet HEXD5UA-D DVD R/W ? It has both firewire and usb.
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Old May 5, 2011, 06:29 PM   #4
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I need a firewire DVD R/W as, in case of need, I could do the boot by means of it, as my Mac mini is a PowerPC one (I read that only Intel Mac can boot by means of USB optical drives).
By the way, what do you think about the Hamlet HEXD5UA-D DVD R/W ? It has both firewire and usb.
are you in the uk or ireland? it uses 220 power. I would not be able to comment on it I don't think it sells in usa we have 110/120 power.
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Old May 5, 2011, 06:42 PM   #5
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Why not just get a Bluray firewire external combo-drive, or superdrive? That way you can add Bluray capabilities to your mac. Just a thought.
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Old May 5, 2011, 06:51 PM   #6
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Why not just get a Bluray firewire external combo-drive, or superdrive? That way you can add Bluray capabilities to your mac. Just a thought.
his mac is older i don't think blu-ray can work
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Old May 5, 2011, 07:16 PM   #7
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Yup it might not work, or work minimally. Was just a thought.
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Old May 6, 2011, 08:12 AM   #8
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are you in the uk or ireland? it uses 220 power. I would not be able to comment on it I don't think it sells in usa we have 110/120 power.
I live in Italy, so no problems as we have 220 v power. What I was interested in is the quality of the device. At a first look it seems to me it is a firewire aluminium enclosure with a LG R/W optical drive inside (but I am not sure).
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