DVD-Rs or +Rs for PowerMac?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by yg17, Oct 2, 2004.

  1. macrumors G5

    yg17

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    Hello, I just got a Dual 1.8 PowerMac G5 last night at my local Apple store and absolutley love the thing. Something I haven't figured out yet is which types of blank DVDs the SuperDrive can write to? I know it's 8x, but does it use DVD+Rs or DVD-Rs?

    Also, can it write and erase DVD-RWs or DVD+RWs? Thanks
     
  2. macrumors 68000

    James Craner

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    The disks you need are DVD-R, the drives will can also use DVD-RW, but I don't believe these -RW disks are supported in iDVD. You can use -RW with Roxio's Toast disk burning program.
     
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    yellow

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    I don't know if iDVD will use + media, but I'm pretty sure that your SuperDrive will write/rewrite to either one as data. The way to find out for sure is to do this in the Terminal:

    drutil info

    Code:
    yellow% drutil info
     Vendor   Product           Rev 
     MATSHITA DVD-R   UJ-816    DXJ3
    
       Interconnect: ATAPI
       SupportLevel: Apple Shipping
              Cache: 2048k
           CD-Write: -R, -RW, BUFE, CDText, Test, IndexPts, ISRC
          DVD-Write: -R, -RW, BUFE, Test
         Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, DVD-DAO
    
    As you can see, my PowerBook does not write to + media. Ultimately, - media will always work.
     
  4. macrumors 68030

    Duff-Man

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    Duff-Man says...this is what I get on my Dual 2.5:
    I don't recall Apple saying the DVD+R and +RW were supported but the hardware (and Toast) definitely does....oh yeah!
     
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    yellow

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    They were VERY quiet about it. But it was "officially" supported with Panther.

    Code:
    Vendor   Product           Rev 
     PIONEER  DVD-RW  DVR-108   1.04
    
       Interconnect: ATAPI
       SupportLevel: Unsupported
              Cache: 2000k
           CD-Write: -R, -RW, BUFE, CDText, Test, IndexPts, ISRC
          DVD-Write: -R, -RW, +R, +RW, BUFE, Test
         Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw, DVD-DAO
    
    Unsupported, yay! :)
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

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    So Duff-Man what kind of Superdrive is that. I have the same one in mine, i thought Apple used Pioneer??
     
  7. macrumors 6502

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    i think you will find it is a LG - an upgrade of my 4081B
     
  8. macrumors 6502a

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    Yup its an LG just found it posted on another thread after searching for like a half hour. Figured it would be a Pioneer, guess the LG costed less.
     
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    Rod Rod

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    Finder / iTunes / iDVD burning is all -R.

    In that sense, Panther does not officially support burning to +R... but as has already been noted, one can use Toast to burn to +R/+RW.

    The only "news" is that Apple started using dual-format (meaning + and -) DVD burners in desktops, the first being the Pioneer 106. This coincided with Panther and that's all it is, a coincidence in timing.

    I'm pretty sure you can write to +R/+RW from Toast in Jaguar.
     

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