Do Powerbooks have dual layer superdrives?

slipper

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i could swear i read that the new powerbooks have dual layer dvd superdrives. im gonna be buying one very very soon and i was double checking that one particular feature on apple.com but nowhere does it state dual layer. in fact it mentions 4.7gb dvd discs several times but never 8.5gb dual layer discs. Any input would be appreciated because the dual layer option would play a huge factor on which model i get.
 

daveL

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I'm not even sure there are any slot loading DL drives out yet, are there? I wouldn't bother until they support both DL+R and DL-R.
 
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Bear

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daveL said:
I'm not even sure there are any slot loading DL drives out yet, are there? I wouldn't bother until they support both DL+R and DL-R.
And the other impediment to DL is the current cost of a blank DL disc.
 
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Diatribe

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AFAIK know only the Powermacs have Dual Layer drives in them right now. But as with all Apple drives Apple prohibits this feature by using a different firmware...
 
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believo

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Diatribe said:
AFAIK know only the Powermacs have Dual Layer drives in them right now. But as with all Apple drives Apple prohibits this feature by using a different firmware...
is there a way to make dual layer available?
 
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tpjunkie

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before you do, you can save a lot of money and not have to send your powerbook in to have it installed (although you will have to install it yourself, its not actually that difficult, and if your warrantee is up anyway...). Anyway, when I got a superdrive for my TiBook i got it from this place instead, and it was (and this one is too!) cheaper by about 80 bucks:

http://www.dfwdepot.com/osc/product_info.php?products_id=232&osCsid=d198326bbd82451fc5c904a77420b8f3

also seeing as this is the same brand and line as Apple has used in the past powerbook superdrives (uj-815, uj-823, and uj-835 currently) I'd expect the UJ-845 to appear in the next revision of powerbook (hopefully a g5!).
 
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aksmax

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Is that UJ-845 compatible with iDVD, etc? Suddenly makes buyng the new powerbook a whole lot less attractive...
 
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tpjunkie

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check out superdrive.cynikal.net for firmware flashers that will allow you to get the drives to work with idvd, though i wouldn't expect dual layer burning through iDVD yet as I don't think the app supports it.
 
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Diatribe

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tpjunkie said:
check out superdrive.cynikal.net for firmware flashers that will allow you to get the drives to work with idvd, though i wouldn't expect dual layer burning through iDVD yet as I don't think the app supports it.
I thought it did now, or was that just a rumor?
 
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