External DVD Writers......and iDVD

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by davebl, Nov 2, 2003.

  1. macrumors member

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    So I can't afford to put a superdrive in every mac I own, so I have the idea of buying one external one and sharing it with all of my macs, and yes, a dreaded pc.

    Now correct me if I am wrong but the superdrive apples uses is a Pioneer DVR-A04/104. Pioneer now has out their DVR-A06/106 which is a multi-format writer.

    My idea: obtain a new 106 writer, and put it in an external firewire case and use it on all my machines.

    I know that Toast will work with it (or so I hope) but what about iDVD. My local Apple Sales Consultant tells me that iDVD will only recognize it if the dvd writer is a) internal and b)in a certain logical position (only on some models).

    does anyone have any light that they can shed on this subject?
     
  2. macrumors demi-god

    LethalWolfe

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    Re: External DVD Writers......and iDVD

    iDVD does not burn to external drives.


    Lethal
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

    LimeLite

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    Musty be internal, and must, at the very least, be the same model as Apple branded drives.
     
  4. macrumors 68000

    5300cs

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    Are the internal ones expensive in the US? I went around here looking for one, and no one had one- NO ONE. I went to literally 7 different stores and not one place had superdrives. Apparently it had something to do with all the superdrives being updated amd the stores were waiting for new shippments and/or because the G5 was out. :confused: I was going to buy an external as well, but lucked out finding a 104 on auction for around $200 (¥25000.)

    edit: Oh yeah, I remember when I put the superdrive in my MDD PowerMac, it wouldn't open properly because the face plate was bumping up against the frame, so I pulled it (the face plate) off, and now it works fine :D
     

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