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Blank DVDs are ejected by early 2003 PowerBook G4 12" but burned DVDs aren't

WindowsXPuser

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Sep 15, 2020
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I'm trying to install Leopard on my early 2003 PowerBook G4 12" but I don't have a way to write dual layer discs. Well, I found a Leopard install image that someone made that fits on single layer discs and supposedly works on PowerPC Macs. I tried burning it on Windows 7 with Transmac but that wasn't bootable so I figured I'd try burning it on the PowerBook. Well, after waiting 4 hours for the image to download over WiFi with the 17 year old WiFi card, I found out that this thing refuses to accept blank DVDs. It'll go in, seem to think for about 15 seconds, then eject the disc. Discs burned on another PC from the same stack of discs are accepted and can be read. How can I burn a DVD on my PowerBook? I've also noticed that not all DVDs are able to boot. A Tiger DVD I burned booted fine and so did a Debian DVD, but my Lubuntu and Ubuntu discs refused to boot. Sorry if I broke any rules, made an account just to post this. Posted from my PowerBook!
 

r6mile

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Feb 3, 2010
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Probably not very helpful, but to be honest dealing with optical media is a total pain. I decided to buy a FW external drive and not only are my OS installs much less painful and I don't have to bother with buying disks, they are also much quicker.
 
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WindowsXPuser

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Sep 15, 2020
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Darn. Firewire drives appear to be kinda expensive on ebay. Are there any easy ways to clean the drive to get it to be able to write the DVD?
 

Nedstah

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Jun 27, 2018
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I've been having a similar problem with a G5 and G4 iMac, both with superdrives. No go on burning DL DVD. Seems I remember some PPC macs being particular about the brand of disk used. I've been trying Memorex because that's all I had but I looked back at some DVD copies I've made and they were TDK.
 
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