Ordered the ibook- Kinda worried

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by jarinaz, Sep 29, 2005.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Sep 21, 2005
    I finally ordered my iBook and am taking the plunge into Apple. I hope it is better than my PC. I bought the 12 inch ibook with an 80 gig HD and bought 512 of RAM from Crucial to bring my total to 1G. I am excited but worried about not having a DVD Burner. I told myself that I would get an external LaCie if I really need it but this forum seems to be cloudy as to whether the external drives will work with iDVD. MACWORLD says it will not on the ibook. Others say that you can. Does anyone know what the truth is here?
  2. macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2003
    There maybe a hack for it, but I believe it is not supported.
  3. macrumors 68020

    Aug 6, 2005
    I had the same worries, but theres no need to be. iDVD '05, which you will get with your iBook, supports external dvds. It was only earlier versions that didnt.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2003
    Virginia, USA
    Excellent news-- I had no idea. I googled it; here's a verifying link. I'm even happier with my 12" ibook than I already was. :)
  5. macrumors 68000


    Aug 19, 2003
    Denver, CO
    very interesting. i always heard you could either hack or such your way around it to get it to work, but now that it has been confirmed this is great! not that i have ever had the urge to burn a DVD, dont know why, guess i dont have a video cam so i dont need anything on DVD!?!
  6. macrumors 6502


    Jul 3, 2004
    Manchester, UK
    Good choice there, higher speeds and quicker rpm.

  7. macrumors 65816


    May 3, 2004
    Hamilton, Ontario (CANADA)
    That was only ever in iDVD 4 and earlier. Now in iDVD 5 you can burn to an external burner and save as an .img disk image to burn in Disk Utility, Toast, or on a PC.
  8. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 21, 2005
  9. macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    You have a great setup on the way. The current iBook with a gig of memory will sing. Furthermore, if you decide to get that external firewire lacie drive, it will work great. iDVD '05 allows you to save a disk image, which can then be burned using disk utility. Making a disk image is always best to begin with (even if you had a superdrive) because if something happens during the burning process, you still have the completed disk image to try again, so you don't have to start all over.

    You're going to love your iBook. Let us know, when it arrives.
  10. macrumors 65816

    AJ Muni

    Aug 4, 2005
    not trying to highjack the thread...but i have a hard time understanding what a disk image is, and why you would want to create one ...????? :confused: :confused:
  11. macrumors regular

    May 15, 2004
    Cville, VA
    hmm maybe its time to upgrade to iLife 5.... i think i will given that im graduating in this semester and i want to get that nice discount! great news, thanks for finding that info!

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