iMac G3 Slot Loader can't read DVD+R

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by ak2384, Oct 4, 2006.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2006
    First and foremost I should tell you that I am a new convert from Windows.
    I'm currently running OS X 10.3 and find that I can not read any of my DVD+R discs but I can read my CDRs just fine. My guess is that the optical drive is simply too old to recognize the DVD+R format. Is this correct?

    My alternative to this would be to purchase a firewire external drive enclosure and put one of my newer dvd burners in it, but would I be able to boot from this type of connection or do I have to actually buy a "superdrive"?
  2. macrumors 68030


    Jul 25, 2006
    paradise beach FL
    You are correct. I'm not sure how long ago if at all the g3's optical drive read dvd format, but my g3 doesn't. As long as you are running tiger you won't have any difficulties viewing them through an external drive. how old is your mac?
  3. macrumors 68040


    Apple did make an iMac G3 slotload with a DVD reader, but it only ready DVD- disks. I would advise burning all disks in DVD - format anyway, +,- its not a big difference. It not worth the money getting an external drive unless you can use it with something else.
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2006
    Sorry everyone, common sense would dictate that I tell you the specifics of my system. It appears that I have an iMac G3 400Mhz DV graphite edition with 256megs of ram.. I can read commercial DVDs just fine, its only when I try to read my DVD+Rs that the slot loader simply spits it back out. Based on Macmaniac's response I will try and use a DVD-R and see if those work. Thanks for the quick replies!
  5. macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2003
    The DVD drive used in the iMac is the exact same drive as used in the G4 cube. I know my Cube's drive was able to read burned DVD-R's just fine, so they should work fine for you too. Try using -R instead of +R.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 4, 2005
    Is it a first Gen. Slot loader released in 1999, the cube was released in 2000 or 2001, i can't remember, but i doubt it was the same optical drive used in the first gen as in the cube
  7. macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2003
    Same drive. Believe me, I have em both.
  8. macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2006
    dvd +R

    I would like to think once they are burned the DVD player shouldn't know the difference, I understand that my macs can't write to anything but -R, While writing this I threw a DVD+R that I burned a show from my Tivo onto and threw it in my Powerbook and it plays just fine. and don't get me started on not being able to use my apple with my Tivo'

  9. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2006
    San Jose

    i dunno bout that, the DVD drive in my iMac Snow DV doesnt have the power supply connector thing like my Cube does.

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