Trying to Find an External DVD Burner for G3

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by electropop, Aug 23, 2004.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2004
    can anyone help? i have a blue & white g3 mac and am looking for a cheap dvd burner that works well thats external.

    a pioneer one tha was recommended and is fierwire said pc only so im confused.

    pioneer DVR-S706 was the on suggested.

    any help would be appreciated!
  2. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2004
    not one person can help me? :confused:
  3. macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2003
    Los Angeles
    Here ya go...

    Well, it ain't cheap, but I did just purchase a beautiful new LaCie d2 dual-layer DVD+-RW drive for my iBook G4. It's gorgeous and cost about $240.

    Later, I installed the included full-version of Toast Titanium 6 on my G3 500 iBook and rocked some back-ups. It worked just swell.

    Hope this helps.


    PS: ADDED EDIT - It is a firewire drive.
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2004
    so does any firewire external dvd burner work with a g3 powermac?
  5. macrumors G4


    Aug 24, 2003
    Old York
    pretty much yes, to get finder burning and itunes compatibility get a patch a called patchburn and pretty much any drive will work
  6. macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2003
    Cardiff, Wales
    I thought DVD authoring was a G4+ thing only? Maybe doesn't matter with external. Toast will do anything you want though, it's a very good program. iDVD won't like it though.
  7. macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2003
    I know that iDVD or whatever that is requires a G4, but I don't know about simple burning in toast or dragon burn (or whatever that's called). Right now I have an extra external 5.25" firewire case that says "put a dvd burner in me" to me every time I see it. I've been wondering if I can just do that and let everything work. Compgeeks has some nice cheap DVD-RW drives lately...
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 17, 2003
    LA Cie link

    Here's the link for the LaCie:

    8x d2 DVD±RW Double Layer with Toast® 6 Titanium

    Specs call for Mac 9.1 or later, and a FW connector. You might get more installation info if you download their manual.

    Another money saving option might be to order the unit as an internal (assuming you have space in the B & W) for $130 - you lose the ability to easily move the DVD unti between machines, but if saving cash is that important ...

    One model configuration comes with a full version of Titanium. If you don't have it, and want it, you;re beter paying a little more now rather than buying it separately. (models also vary between their FW and USB 2 config's)
  9. macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2003
    Los Angeles
    The LaCie is a great machine, a little heavy for true portability, but not impossible. It's nice to look at and the company has a top-notch reputation. Like I said earlier, the drive, along with Toast Titanium 6, worked charmingly on an old 500mhz G3 iBook.

    It's the truth, iDVD will only work w/ a G4, but go ahead and export the movie from iMovie and then burn to DVD w/ Toast and you should be good to go. Also, iDVD requires a little hacking to work with an external DVD burner anyway, so it's not a huge loss, Toast is very nice.

  10. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2004
    thanks guys for the tips. my comp has toast titanium on it already so i just need to purchase any dvd recorder thats mac compatible and all should be ok?

    i want to be able to make motion menus and chapter selections. does toast do that or any recommendations?
  11. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2004
    would i need to purcahse another type of video card to burn from another dvd player or from a vcr into the comp to make dvds?
  12. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2004

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