Those Darned Mini-Discs.... The Mac-Killer?

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  1. bobber205 macrumors 68020

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    Those mini CD that come in the mail or mags sometimes.. don't they kill macs with slot drives?
     
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    Oh yeah...don't go sticking one of those in your slot-loader. You'll be lucky to get it back out...tilting the laptop and shaking it can sometimes work, but it's not really an advisable procedure.
     
  3. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    They kill the CD/DVD slot loding drives, but not the macs themselves.

    Don't put mini CD's in your slot-loading macs!
     
  4. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    Won't the new Nintendo Wii be able to "eat" both regular sized discs and small discs of the Gamecube? I wonder how that is, and why Apple aren't using similar drives yet. I assume cost would be the most likely answer...but the possibility is apparently there for a slot loading drive to be compatible with different sized discs.
     
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    Um.
    Originality, style, class.

    Mini disks... not many peopel use them, and bigger disks hold more info.
     
  6. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

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    well they are slot loading vs. the system where you place the disk in aproprite place. It would be impossible engineering task, (or nearly anyway) to have both regular size and the small 80mm disk. i think its 80mm anyway.

    the way the wii, (thats fun to say... wii) can support both is becuase its not slot loading.
     
  7. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

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    The Wii does have a slot loading drive.
     
  8. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    http://wii.nintendo.com/hardware.html
     
  9. Nate4747 macrumors regular

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    I'm curious to know how Nintendo is doing it for the Wii. Maybe there is an adapter of some type that helps the disc slide into place? Like a full size disc with a cutout...
     
  10. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    I've only seen speculation. Slot-loading drives work by having rollers grasping the edges of the disc to suck it in. I guess they could be spaces close enough together to grasp the smaller discs while still being on spring allowing them to expand to the full size when a regular disc is inserted. I think it's a custom Nintendo innovation...hopefully it will appear in all slot-loading drives in the near future.
     
  11. celebrian23 macrumors 65816

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    How often do most people even use mini disks? I've only used one once ever on my computer (not a mac of course!).
     
  12. Nate4747 macrumors regular

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    There could also be some sort of miniature track inside the drive that would guide the 8mm disc into place.

    I'll definitely be getting a Wii when they come out, so I guess I'll find out then.
     
  13. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Are you volunteering to take your Wii apart so that we can see for sure?
     
  14. Nate4747 macrumors regular

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    Ehh... I don't know about taking it apart but I'll definitely be observing the small-cd-insertion process to see how it works.

    The price was announced today too, only $250!
     
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    Do you have a link? They announced last week that it would be $250 or less...lots of people were thinking it would come in at $199, so $250 isn't exactly great news.
     
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    Yeah, I killed my PowerBook's drive that way... :eek:
     
  17. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

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    o opps i should read more before i post. sorry. i feel like an idiot now...:eek:
     
  18. Nate4747 macrumors regular

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    It was on the front page at Digg, the story is from Yahoo.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nf/20060526/bs_nf/43564

    And 250 is great news!
     
  19. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Ah, read the comments on Digg...the article is wrong. It's still "no more than $250"...so there's still hope for $199.
     
  20. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040

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    yeah a local computer store here has a big note with their blank mini-disk "Do not put Mini-CDRs into Slot Loading disk drives (EG: Apple Computers) as they may become stuck"
     
  21. kevin.rivers macrumors 6502a

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    It was announced that the Wii will debut under $250 in the U.S. and ¥25,000 in Japan.

    The Gamecube debuted in Japan in 2001 for ¥25,000. The U.S. Price for the Gamecube was $199.99.

    If history means anything, the Wii will be $199.99.
     
  22. Nate4747 macrumors regular

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    Ah I see. I never read Digg comments because they are mostly just arguments.
     
  23. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Given the shift in exchange rates since 2001, it should be more like $225.
     
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    I know the current exchange would be $225. However they are not going to debut at $224.99. The price will be $199.99 regardless of exchange rates.

    Consoles are always cheaper in the U.S. compared to rest of the world. They surely won't be equal launch prices, so it will in effect be "under $225" based on the press release, which logically leaves $199.99.
     
  25. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Oh yes...I completely agree with you. I would expect it to launch at $199 as well. I just wanted to point out that past history has to take into account the exchange rates...you knew that but weren't explicit about it. Just clarifying things...I like to be tidy. :D

    Now that we've completely hijacked a thread on mini CDs...oh well...
     

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