G4 Quicksilver w/ Superdrive.. IS it DVD-RW?

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  1. Pipian macrumors regular

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    Can a Dual 800Mhz Quicksilver rewrite DVD-RW's? Or Only Write to DVD-R's? Apple-history says that it can Rewrite, but Everymac, doesn't say so, but it says nothing about Rewriting CD's too..
     
  2. hugemullens macrumors 6502a

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    I know the drive is capable, but i dont belive anyways exist to actually do it. Atleast not without some special software.
     
  3. Mblazened macrumors regular

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    Not when burning within the finder, but maybe with an application like Toast. Its not "supported" but is likely possible.
     
  4. MacRAND macrumors 6502a

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    G4 Quicksilver w/ Superdrive - will it burn/toast DVD-RW?

    Pipian, identify which brand of SuperDrive Apple installed in your Quicksilver by going to Apple's System Profiler (ASP) found in the Applications > Utilities.
    Chances are pretty good it's a 2x Pioneer DVR-104PB.
    Mine WAS until I swapped it out for a new 8x Pioneer DVR-A07U. My QS is a dual 1GHz, so our Macs are close cousins.

    Apple
    has yet to provide a new Driver for the 8x burners, but download PatchBurn II at:
    http://www.xlr8mymac.com
    and look for a hyperlink to a forum covering laser drives described as DVD/CD±R/RW

    Apple
    has always supported burning and re-initializing -RW media, and has started supporting burning & erasing +RW with a driver since Oct 23, 2003 update.
    All major manufacturers now are cross platform, burning DVD/CD±R/RW instead of just one or the other.

    As was said before, your really need Roxio Toast 6 for burning everything easily. Most serious "MacBurners" out there have Toast. Even Toast 5 upgraded to latest version works in OS X, including Panther.

    Can you get a buyer for your old SuperDrive, someone who only has a ComboDrive, say for $90?
    Pioneer is offering a $30 mail-in Rebate for its new 8x DVR-A07D with a list of $230. But, Fry's has also just dropped the street price to $200. So
    if you get $30 Rebate off $200 = $170
    if you sell your old SD for $90, your net cost is $80 !!! ;)
    An extra surprise stat for the A07 is that it handles more than the standard 4.7GB DVD±R discs, it says
    PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-107D:
    Capacity: 7.14 GB :eek:
    Manufacturer: PIONEER
    Model: PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-107D
    Could this mean it is capable of burning the new dual-layer DVD-R media?

    If you download Toast 6 online, you save $10 off the boxed $99 price, but check
    http://www.roxio.com
    for latest and greatest, special deal today and today only...
    http://www.roxio.com/en/products/toast/rebate.jhtml if you qualify - read the rules.
    Not familiar with Toast 6, check this Demo out for fun and info:
    http://www.roxio.com/en/products/toast/product_demo.jhtml

    External FireWire 8x SuperDrives by LaCie d2 are only $249 and include a FREE full $99 version of Toast 6 (if it says so on the outside box) Don't let anyone sell you a 4x now that 8x has been released..
    For DVD/CD media backup, toast both ±R/RW media. To reuse ±RW media, Toast lets you "Erase". 0S 10.3 is supposed to add support for even +RW media since Oct 2003 with data.
     

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  5. geerlingguy macrumors 6502a

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    If you have OSX, you can use the Disk Utility to format the DVD-RW and then it will appear as if a CD-R in the Finder, and you can burn it. When you need to re-write it, just erase it in Disk Utility again. Not elegant, but it works (at least on mine).
     
  6. G5orbust macrumors 65816

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    We have the same line of QS burners.

    The Pioneer A03. Suports DVD-R at 2x and DVD-RW at 1x.
     

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