[eMac] Having dvd burner/player problems

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by belljb25, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2010
    My eMac has a pioneer DVD player in it that was bought from macsales.net that it came with. I am having a problem with it when I first got it it would play any kinda of dvd just fine now i can pop a blank dvd in it or a movie and all it does is spin the disc, then spin it some more, then one more time for good measure, and then eject the dang dvd no matter what kind I use. Should I just buy a new dvd player for it? If so should I just go external or internal, or is it possible to fix this problem? Also I have tried using a lens cleaner.
  2. macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    dvd players and writers have a life expectancy of i dont know how many hours , so they just stop working one day , not uncommon , get a new one , they cost not much ,and fitting it internal is easy , and looks better then a external one hanging around , second if you stil want external remember to go firewire as you cant boot from usb if you ever wish to install a new operating system
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 9, 2007
    Which eMac? Our eMac boots from USB. Of course it has to be 9.x or 10.4.4+
  4. macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2009
    It is 10.4.11. I think when I get the money I am just either gonna buy a fire wire dvd or a a new internal
  5. macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    i did try it on my eMac when i tested out several osx's to see which one works best for me and my eMac , i did try to install external usb and it did not work , but it worked once i took it out of the usb enclosure and fitted it in a firewire enclosure, then i could directly install osx
  6. macrumors 6502


    Aug 25, 2008
    Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
    The external firewire dvd player is the better way to go. Then, you can use the drive to boot your eMac. A Pioneer 118D, even a 116D (both read/write dual layer disks). You could always try the combo enclosure, having both firewire and USB. With firewire you can daisy-chain several (actually up to 27) external devices, as long as they're all firewire.
    [I didn't think one could boot from an external drive via USB - must check that.]

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