superdrive upgrade for ibook?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by BollywooD, Sep 17, 2005.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    I want to put a superdrive into my ibook. i like the idea of having an internal for ease of travel, and space saving.

    I have found this drive, will it work with my ibook?
    12" 1ghz G4 ibook

    and will i need drivers, IDE adapter? if so where could i get these from??

    thanks in advance.....

    Pioneer Slim DVD burner Drive DVR-K05L
    DVD -R/+R /+RW Write 8x Speed
    DVD -RW Write 6x Speed
    DVD -/+ DL (Dual Layer and Double Layer) Write 4x Speed
    CD-R & CD-RW Write 24x speed
    Other Formats Supported CD-R, +R, +RW, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM
    OEM pack, Slot loading drive only

    IDE adapter is needed when connecting to IDE interface
     
  2. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I went ahead and did the update
    the drive is installed on my ibook now, it works great! there was only one minor issue with the install - the tabs on the drive face are different on the DVR-K05 to the apple shipped MATSUSHITA CDRW, so i had to cut two small "bumps" off of the plastic drive window, for it to fit. no big deal though. i didnt install Patch burn, and this is what system profiler shows, under disk burning:

    PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-K05:

    Firmware Revision: 1.03
    Interconnect: ATAPI
    Burn Support: Yes (Unsupported)
    Profile Path: None
    Cache: 2000 KB
    Reads DVD: Yes
    CD-Write: -R, -RW
    DVD-Write: -R, -RW, +R, +RW, +R DL
    Burn Underrun Protection CD: Yes
    Burn Underrun Protection DVD: Yes
    Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw, DVD-DAO
    Media: No
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    some more info

    i installed it myself, it took about 3 hours. I downloaded the guide from www.pbfixit.com, brought a TORX 8 screwdriver, an anti static wrist strap, and a phillips head No. 00 and No. 0 screwdriver.
    it does void the warranty, but i only had about 3 weeks left on it any way!
    check out www.xlr8yourmac.com for lots of other reviews, and help.

    some other things ive noticed.....
    i burned a DVD-R from disk utility without problems in about 10 mins.
    imovie 5 doesnt recognise the drive (if i installed patchburn 4 that would probably fix that - but i would be exporting to idvd anyway!)
    and iDVD does not recognise that it is a dual layer burner - although there is a patch here

    http://www.hardmac.com/niouzcontenu.php?date=2005-05-26#4090

    ive also seen mention on xlr8yourmac that 10.4.3 may fix the iDVD dual layer support.

    :D
     
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    mad jew

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    Thanks for the review BollywooD. Where did you get the drive? This is looking very tempting. :)
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I brought it from TechBuy.com.au
    ordered it on a monday, it arrived the next day!

    yeah im pretty happy with it, backing everything up to CDR/W was getting tedious!

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    1 x Pioneer DVR-K05 Black 8X8 Slim DVD Writer, Slot Load @ $175.85
    1 x Laser DVD-R 4.7GB 8X - 50Pk Spindle - Printable @ $28.60

    [Total Cost WITH delivery charges: $216.35]
     
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    mad jew

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    Thanks for the link. I'll look into it. I can't decide whether to upgrade the iBook or the iMac's combo drive. Maybe I'll do both... :)
     
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    10.4.3 gives apple supprted

    i just finished my upgrade to 10.4.3, and system profiler now reports(disc burning):

    PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-K05:

    Firmware Revision: 1.03
    Interconnect: ATAPI
    Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipped/Supported)
    Cache: 2000 KB
    Reads DVD: Yes
    CD-Write: -R, -RW
    DVD-Write: -R, -RW, +R, +RW, +R DL
    Burn Underrun Protection CD: Yes
    Burn Underrun Protection DVD: Yes
    Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw, DVD-DAO
    Media: No
     
  8. macrumors newbie

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    pictures of the final product? :)
     
  9. macrumors 6502

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    Great Job and thanks for sharing!!
     
  10. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    dual layer support in idvd5

    i just checked this also, and i now have the new option under project info.
     

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