first gen imac g5 dvd problem

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by steveca, Nov 24, 2007.

  1. steveca macrumors 6502

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    hello everyone,

    i am having a problem with the superdrive of my first generation imac G5...

    i know that it cant burn dl (dual layer) dvd's and that is fine but shouldnt it be able to read them? i have made a backup using my macbook pro on a dvd dl disc. obviously it worked fine on the MBP but then when i insert the dvd in my iMac G5 (1.8Ghz) it refuses to mount it and simply ejects it... the same dvd works fine on my laptop. what can i do?
     
  2. Fleetwood Mac macrumors 65816

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    I don't believe at least the early iMac G5's were able to read or write to DL DVDs.
     
  3. steveca thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yes it is unable apparently... i am sure it is not able to write to DL's but i thought every dvd could read dl discs.
     
  4. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    I do not see why it would not be able to read dual layer discs by design. Since essentially any retail DVD movie with lots of extra content or a long feature film are double layered.

    Does your iMac mount single layer DVD's correctly? There could be a problem with it's laser where it can no longer focus correctly on dual layer discs. You can also try loading a dual layer DVD Movie (Troy, King Kong, Lord of the Rings) to see if that is the problem.
     

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