Did Apple Accidentally send me a Superdrive?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by fussball, Apr 28, 2004.

  1. macrumors regular

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    I just got a 1.33 ghz 12.1" PB. I was looking in the system profiler and the optical drive is listed as "Mat****a UJ-825" and says CD-RW/DVD-R . I ordered a combo drive, but according to that, it is a dvd-r (super) drive. Does anyone know how I can confirm this? I guess I could buy a dvd-r and try to burn it...
     
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    JFreak

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    might be so, consider yourself lucky :) my friend recently discovered he got a free airport extreme card...
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    all the new pb's ship with AE standard. so if he has a new PB, it was intended :) but you probably know that
     
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    JFreak

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    it was a revA model
     
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    baby duck monge

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    haha, yeah it sure seems like they messed up and you got a little something extra. congrats! :D
     
  6. macrumors 68020

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    Am I misunderstanding something? Doesn't CD-RW mean it can read and write CDs, and DVD-R means it can read (but not write) DVDs?
     
  7. macrumors 6502

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    If you have toast, it will tell you if you can burn DVDs.
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    No. DVD-R means that it can burn DVD-R discs. DVD-ROM means that it can only read DVDs.
     
  9. macrumors 6502a

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    Why not throw the model number in Google and see what you come up with? That should tell you definitively.
     
  10. macrumors 65816

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    here's a hint...do you have iDVD?

    also...try burning a DVD, that's a surefire way to find out ;)
     
  11. thread starter macrumors regular

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    All PB's come with iDVD, I believe. I already did a google search and it shows the UJ-825 as a dvd-r drive (burns dvds) I tried to burn a dvd but no luck, as I have partitioned my HD and my OS partition is too small for me to burn dvds (need at least the size of the disc free) so I am re-partitioning and trying again. .. though the OS seemed to recognize that there was a dvd that wanted to be burned in the drive
     
  12. macrumors 6502a

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    Combo drive powerbooks come with iDVD too.

    Open the iDVD. Try to burn a DVD. If it burns it, it is a superdrive.
     
  13. macrumors newbie

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    I got one too

    I ordered the same config that you did and after it was delivered on Monday, I noticed I also had the superdrive instead of the combo. Maybe this is a larger error that could have effected an entire shipment. Not going to complain though...
     
  14. macrumors 65816

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    has it always been that way? i could've sworn they used to only ship iDVD with computers that had DVD Burners.
     
  15. macrumors 6502a

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    I got my 12'' rev.B Powerbook with a Combo drive about a month ago and it came with iDVD installed. Go figure.
     
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    I think iDVD is on the media but not preinstalled on the computer. Could be wrong, though.
     
  17. macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know if it has always been that way, but at least the rev. B PowerBooks come with iDVD, even the combos.
     
  18. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Sounds like a mistake by apple... though now I don't really want to complain about my 1 dead pixel on the LCD and a slight ghosting on some menus on my external display... I bet if I sent it in they would return me a combo model. hmm...
     
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    Yeah, I got shipped an AP card in my Tibook when I didn't have it configured. Wasn't till I was in school and it picked up the wireless network did I realize it.

    I did send my tibook in due to an LCD defect and it still had the AP card when I got it back. You should be safe, as long as the side of the box says it's a Superdrive. Otherwise...
     
  20. macrumors newbie

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    My 12" iBook that I just got came with iDVD preinstalled!! When you launch it you just get a warning that you can work on projects but because you have no DVD burner you won't be able to burn a DVD. :cool:
     
  21. macrumors 65816

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    to be honest, i'd rather have a flawless display, then free super drive. The superdrives in PBooks are only 4x, you could get an external FW at 8x, or wait a month or two for external FW DL DVD burners, so you can be a true pirate! DVD's AHOY MATEY!

    Now if that doesn't take the cake, I don't know what does. Sure, you can't use this program, but we felt your hard drive had a spare 2 GB so....why not put it on there for fun? You can always do a fresh install to completely remove it.
     
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    If your computer can handle a SuperDrive, then it ships with iDVD. But the presence of iDVD does not guarantee a SuperDrive.

    Having said that, it sounds like you do have a SuperDrive :)
     
  23. macrumors 6502a

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    my rev A 15 in 1.25 pb (with combo drive) came with iDvd too
     
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    ever since iLife '04 came about it's been that way.
    you're lucky!
     
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    RBMaraman

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    You probably weren't aware of this, but...

    When Apple released iLife '04 with iDVD 4 in January, Steve said that many schools had labs with like 25 combo drive eMacs, and 5 superdrive eMacs. He then said that schools requested that iDVD be able to be installed and used on all Macs, then the projects can be tranfered to a superdrive Mac for burning. He then announced that iDVD 4 can be installed on any Mac. That way, if you don't have a superdrive, you can create the project and move it to a superdrive equiped Mac for burning.

    Apple then began including it (iDVD 4) with new Macs along with the rest of iLife '04.
     

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