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Old Nov 2, 2003, 10:38 PM   #1
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External DVD Writers......and iDVD

So I can't afford to put a superdrive in every mac I own, so I have the idea of buying one external one and sharing it with all of my macs, and yes, a dreaded pc.

Now correct me if I am wrong but the superdrive apples uses is a Pioneer DVR-A04/104. Pioneer now has out their DVR-A06/106 which is a multi-format writer.

My idea: obtain a new 106 writer, and put it in an external firewire case and use it on all my machines.

I know that Toast will work with it (or so I hope) but what about iDVD. My local Apple Sales Consultant tells me that iDVD will only recognize it if the dvd writer is a) internal and b)in a certain logical position (only on some models).

does anyone have any light that they can shed on this subject?
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Re: External DVD Writers......and iDVD

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So I can't afford to put a superdrive in every mac I own, so I have the idea of buying one external one and sharing it with all of my macs, and yes, a dreaded pc.

Now correct me if I am wrong but the superdrive apples uses is a Pioneer DVR-A04/104. Pioneer now has out their DVR-A06/106 which is a multi-format writer.

My idea: obtain a new 106 writer, and put it in an external firewire case and use it on all my machines.

I know that Toast will work with it (or so I hope) but what about iDVD. My local Apple Sales Consultant tells me that iDVD will only recognize it if the dvd writer is a) internal and b)in a certain logical position (only on some models).

does anyone have any light that they can shed on this subject?
iDVD does not burn to external drives.


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Musty be internal, and must, at the very least, be the same model as Apple branded drives.
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Old Nov 3, 2003, 07:30 AM   #4
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Are the internal ones expensive in the US? I went around here looking for one, and no one had one- NO ONE. I went to literally 7 different stores and not one place had superdrives. Apparently it had something to do with all the superdrives being updated amd the stores were waiting for new shippments and/or because the G5 was out. I was going to buy an external as well, but lucked out finding a 104 on auction for around $200 (25000.)

edit: Oh yeah, I remember when I put the superdrive in my MDD PowerMac, it wouldn't open properly because the face plate was bumping up against the frame, so I pulled it (the face plate) off, and now it works fine
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