DVD read problems

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Pixels, Mar 21, 2005.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I see from other posts that several people have had the same problem :
    Namely my G4 MDD will not recognise the DVDs I burn on my G4 laptop using the Superdrive.
    The installed Combo drive on my desktop machine is a Phillips CDD5101 with revision A3.5. I believe it is possible / advisable (?) to update the firmware but can't find a download location.
    The only locations I've found are support sites for PCs and I feel the firmware may then cause me more problems than I have already.
    Thoughts anyone ??
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

    simie

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    Its well known that these drive's has read problems, Personally after reading various sites I would upgrade your drive to something more reliable.

    Anyway here is the official Philips page for the drive - it does appear that the only way to flash this drive is to use a PC.

    Click here

    I can't see it making things any worse for you.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    RE DVD , Thanks Simie but . . .

    Well that's a bugger !
    Can only upgrade the firmware from a PC ?!
    What sort of system is that . . . and what's a PC ;)
    Doesn't Apple accept any responsibility for this ?
    I have spent the last two days backing up files to DVD, using my Superdrive laptop to find that my desktop machine can't read them !
    So what's the best upgrade path for a G4 MDD - do I simply throw out the existing Combo drive and put in something better ie a DVD writer, (which ?) or should I leave the original in place and use the spare bay below ?
    If I do that will the computer know what to do when I want to write a DVD or will I need something like - "Patchburn" - about which I know nowt.
    More time more money more headache - whay can't life be simple.

    I use computers to make my life easier not as an excuse to stop talking to my family for days.
     
  4. macrumors 6502a

    simie

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    After looking on other MAC forums, it appears the only way to upgrade these drives firmware is on a PC, I suspect Apple never got round to releasing a firmware update for this drive.
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    There are several options for upgrading. If you buy a drive that the OS see's as an Apple Superdrive then you don't need anything. If you buy a drive that is not Apple Supported then you can just use PatchBurn. I use it on my PowerMac and I just bought a DVD burner on sale at WalMart, installed it, installed PatchBurn and it works fine with the finder. I don't have iDVD yet, so I don't know if it works with that, but Toast and the Finder see it just fine. Try Other World Computing for a drive if you want an actual superdrive.
     

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