Stability with Pioneer A05 DVD-R/RW

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by AllenPSU, Mar 14, 2003.

  1. macrumors regular

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    I read in the newest edition of Mac Addict that there were "some stability" issues when they upgraded their Blue G3 CD-RW drive to a Pioneer A05 drive. I believe they mentioned that the problems were limited if sleep functions were turned off.

    I have a G4 Quicksilver and have been thinking about buying one of these A05 drives and wanted to know if anyone has done that yet and if so what problems they have experienced.

    Also, Mac Addict states that some sort of firmware update may fix the problem with the AO5... is this similar to the 103/104 firmware updates that apple offers? Any insight would be useful.
     
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    hugemullens

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    The sleep issues are simply fixed by turning off Hard Disk Sleep and deep sleep. No idea why that works but it does. You have to flash the firmware in a PC first, then bring it over to the mac. Not a very elegant way to do it. Some of them dont need to be flashed. I belive, but don't quote me the Cendynes from staples are ready to go out of the box. (its a A05 just rebadged.) Check out www.xlr8yourmac.com for a full data base of these things.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks!

    Thanks for the info. I will give the Cendyne product a try. I guess the worst case is that I will have to return it for a different drive.
     
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    macphoria

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    Mavica and SuperDrive

    This is sort of related to SuperDrive so I'm gonna throw it out here.

    I don't know how many of you play around with digital photography and Sony Mavica camera, but I've been having trouble with mounting Mavica disc on to desktop using SuperDrive. Anyone know what might be causing this problem?
     
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    Kethoticus

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    I bought and installed an A05 in my B&W...

    ...and aside from some bad disks that resulted from sleeping or screen savers starting up, I've successfully made a number of DVD data archives. Now if only I could figure out how to burn video DVDs.
     
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    DreaminDirector

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    if it's an internal AO5 (which I think you're talking about), use iDVD.
     
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    DreaminDirector

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    oops...

    sorry, I just realized that it's in a G3. I dont know the answer to that because apple says that the G3 wont burn video dvds.
     
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    Kethoticus

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    burning video DVDs

    Actually, I recently downloaded some freeware packages that are supposed to work together to create video DVDs. I just have to figure out how to work them.
     
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    DreaminDirector

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    sweet!

    Dude, that's awesome! I have a buddy looking into putting a A04 into a G3. What's the name of the freeware programs?
     
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    Kethoticus

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    The freeware apps arrrrrre....

    Sizzle, ffmpegX, and MediaPipe. I believe you can find these on versiontracker. Now if your friend can figure out how to work these together properly, please tell him/her to contact me!
     

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