DL DVD upgrade

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by MacAdmin, Dec 11, 2006.

  1. MacAdmin macrumors member

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    I was wanting to upgrade my powermac g5 1.8 to a dual layer DVD burner, does anyone know what make/model I would need, and if it is as simple as a swap out, or if a firmware upgrade is also needed.
     
  2. CubeHacker macrumors 65816

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    No firmware changes are needed. However, you do want to get one that works under OSX without any 3rd party drivers. Check out the drive database at http://www.xlr8yourmac.com/ to see which burners work natively under OSX.
     
  3. paxx macrumors newbie

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    I've been checking this very thing out to add another optical drive to my MacPro and have found that most everyone says the Samsung SH-S182M drive is very compatible. It also has lightscribe and sells for $32 at www.newegg,com. There are some good threads at the discussions on apple's support web sight. I searched 'lightscribe' and found abunch out about this samsung drive.

    Paxx
     
  4. apfhex macrumors 68030

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    I'm partial to Pioneer Superdrives. The DVR-111D is the latest, I think, and can write to just about any type of disc (-R, -RW, +R, +RW, +R DL).
     
  5. iPhil macrumors 68040

    iPhil

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    I'm using a sony dvd burner Model # dru-810-a wit iLife '06 and usable wit iDvd etc..

    im on a G4 dual 1Ghz G.E. system but also check macsales.com for a complete list of dual - layer dvd burners for G5 system or the site earlier in this thread.. :)
     
  6. yg17 macrumors G5

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    I've got one, but I think it's the DVR-110D or something like that, and it is an excellent burner. Works great in my G5, no firmware updates or anything needed. I think the reason they work so well is these are the DVD burners that Apple used at some point for their SuperDrives.

    Mine's only produced 1 coaster, and that was my fault, trying to burn at 8x on a DVD+R DL meant for 2.4x burning.
     
  7. Irish Dave macrumors regular

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    I have been using the Pioneer DVR-109 in my Power Mac G5 for two years and it has performed without problems. Removed the original and slid the 109 in ... job done.

    Dave :)
     
  8. Links macrumors member

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    It also reads AND writes to DVD-RAM,
    not many burners currently on the market can do that.
     
  9. apfhex macrumors 68030

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    I have the Apple DVR-111D and a separately bought DVR-106D in the second bay of my Mac Pro. Both have never given me a single problem.

    Yeah but... when was the last time you saw a DVD-RAM disc? 1998? :p
     

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