External DVD-Burner for iBook G4

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  1. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

    SilentPanda

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    I'd like to get an external DVD Burner for my iBook G4. I sold my iMac G4 to get the iBook G4 so I have a decent amount of DVD-R's left over. Here are some things I'd like:

    Roughly $200-$300 (of course I can always spend less... :) )

    Burn DVD-R a must.

    Burn DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW a bonus.

    What exactly is DVD-RAM? It seems not much different from DVD-RW except it has half the capacity. I'm certain I'm missing something.

    I'd prefer it to be firewire 400 (can't be 800).

    It doesn't have to burn at blazing fast speeds. I don't mass produce DVD"s. I might burn one or two a month. As long as it can do it within 8 hours or so that's fine with me (I gotta sleep sometime).

    I've looked at the Lacie burner on Apple's website and I was thinking about that one but I'm certain there are alternatives out there.

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040

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    you'll need to buy toast or some other DVD burning application to work with it ... iDVD won't burn to that external drive .. but with the new one you could still make an iDVD project and burn it on a PC or something ..
     
  3. SilentPanda thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    I already have Toast. And while I have a PC in my apartment it's sitting in the corner in a tangle of wires and has been for a good 2 years now. I don't even know if it boots still.

    Can I burn an iDVD project in Toast 6?

    (still need assistance on a DVD burner to buy... I'm thinking the one on Apple's site isn't too bad a deal considering it comes with Toast 6).
     
  4. diggy macrumors newbie

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    dvd burners

    the mag mac addict had review of several external burners a month or two ago..

    I remember Lacie was one as
    was formac...you might want to look

    at Other world computing..
    they have good stuff although
    one of their sales people messed me
    and my mac up royally...

    they apologized profusely but that was it..
    so I am peeved with them though
    that is really agood place to look.

    tell us what you get and how you like it.

    if I can find the mac addict I will add to this post.
     
  5. diggy macrumors newbie

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    ps:

    almost all the dvd burners come packaged with software, some better than others,
    but all servicable..and you have toast which is fine.
     
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  7. SilentPanda thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Well I just stopped over at http://www.mcetech.com and saw that I can get an internal DVD-R/-RW/-RAM put in my iBook G4 for $379... so now I'm sorta torn... it's a little bit more money but it looks like it'll work with iDVD (so the page says)... *sigh*
     
  8. diggy macrumors newbie

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    dvd burner

    you mean an apple superdrive or the MCE in your G4 ?
     
  9. SilentPanda thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    According to the MCE page it says that their drive works with iDVD. It's the bottom bullet:

    Compatible with iTunes, iDVD and Apple DVD Player
     
  10. niter macrumors 6502

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    If you can get it in writing that they will replace your computer if they mess it up, then consider it. I am a bit paranoid about sending off my computer to anybody. That's just me, though.
     

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