Can Macs play DVD+R/RW discs?

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  1. ShaolinMiddleFinger macrumors 6502a

    ShaolinMiddleFinger

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    Here's my situation: I want to buy a stand alone DVD recorder, I've been pitted between the whole DVD-RW or DVD+RW question. Can my PowerMac MDD play + discs or not?

    Do any of you have any suggestions on what models I should look at buying.... I have roughly 1 grand to spend.


    Thanks for the help
     
  2. Wes macrumors 68020

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    Re: Can Macs play DVD+R/RW discs?

    I can not help you with the equipment but your MDD can read the discs.
     
  3. Bear macrumors G3

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    If by DVD recorder, you mean something akin to a VCR to record TV programs, I would reocmmend getting the Panasonic DMR-E30. It's about $500 now and write to DVD-R and DVD-RAM.

    If you wanted to read DVD-RAMs on your Mac, You would have to buy a DVD-RAM drive (external, firewire), however, That should only be a few hundred. Well under the $1000 budget you have for both pieces of hardware. Which would leave money to buy DVD-R's and DVD-RAM disks.
     
  4. ShaolinMiddleFinger thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Let me clarify a little bit more....

    Can ALL the Macs read DVD+RWs...as long as it has a dvd rom drive?

    and yes, I'm looking for a stand alone dvd recorder....like a vcr.

    Thanks again
     
  5. crazytom macrumors 6502a

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    Tricky issue...

    This is truly a tricky issue. If you look at ANY DVD-R or +R blank media, they will more than likely say "Compatible with most DVD players/DVD-ROM drives". So, I'd assume that the answer to your question of "Will it work in ALL macs" would be no. There will probably be some (albeit very few) that it won't work in.

    The whole -R/+R thing has got me worried. I didn't like hearing that M$ was jumping on the +R bandwagon. With that kind of clout (read: user base), I'd guess that the +R format will overcome the -R format. So much for 'standards' huh?
     
  6. Dunepilot macrumors 6502a

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    Shaolin,

    I have a MDD dual 867 with the combo drive, and +RW discs do NOT work for me.

    They don't work in my dad's combo iBook 500 either (but I didn't expect them to).

    also, for that matter, they don't work in our less-than-a-year-old AIWA DVD player either.
     
  7. ShaolinMiddleFinger thread starter macrumors 6502a

    ShaolinMiddleFinger

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    Hmmm....maybe it has to be a superdrive for them to work in.....
     
  8. Bear macrumors G3

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    DVD-R discs carry a DVD logo on them. DVD+R discs do not.

    Movies bought on DVD in the store have the DVD logo on them.

    The logo will either be in the insert or on the DVD itself.

    DVD-R's work with almost any DVD player made, including first generation DVD players made almost 6 years ago. I know this, because I have tried a DVD I made on my old DVD player. It worked fine.

    DVD+R's do not have as wide a latitude of where they work. Also, the lack of a DVD logo should tell you something.

    If you want something most likely to work in a Mac, and on settop DVD players, use a DVD Recorder that uses DVD-R media like the Panasonic DMR-E30.

    I just looked at the 4 brands of DVD-R media I have used.
    Apple (2x) - On the DVD-R itself
    Imation - Front insert only
    TDK - On DVD-R, front and rear inserts.
    Memorex - On DVD-R, front and rear inserts.
     
  9. ShaolinMiddleFinger thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  10. xrey macrumors newbie

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    Yes

    If your mac is DVD equipped, it can play DVD's. ummm, yeah. If not, too bad.

    Later.

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