HELP: eMac usb 20.0 - Combo Drive not taking DVDs

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by sillygoose1988, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. sillygoose1988 macrumors member

    May 4, 2010
    i have an emac usb 2.0 which i'm trying to configure for a relative.
    however, as i tried to put a dvd in (a commercial dvd), the emac simply refused to take it and ejected after a few seconds....
    however it does accept CD (commercial music stuffs) no problem...
    does it mean that my combo drive does not read DVDs?

    Also...can anybody tell me why i can't open youtube on Safari.
    i've mac os x 10.3.9

    thanks a million
  2. zmttoxics macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2008
    Combo drive suggests that its a combination of CD Burner + DVD Reader, so it shouldn't technically have a problem. That said, eMacs are getting older and if this is the original drive it can be just too old. A drive has to understand the media type for it to work and older DVD drives will not work with many newer DVD media type codes.

    That or it is just cranky.

    I suggest replacing it with a newer DVD burner, they are super cheap ($20-$30). That way you should be able to read all media, and burn DVDs on top of it! :)
  3. sillygoose1988 thread starter macrumors member

    May 4, 2010
    thanks for your help.
    quick questions...
    would any DVD drive work? it easy enough to replace it?
    thanks so much
  4. zmttoxics macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2008
    Any IDE drive *should* work. It is far from easy to work on an eMac. I have cursed many times working on my 2. That said there are many guides on the internet on taking apart the eMac so it isn't impossible for the technically challenged, but takes careful reading and patients.
  5. sillygoose1988 thread starter macrumors member

    May 4, 2010
    ok thanks for your help.
    i'll see if a dvd drive is REALLY needed...
    this emac will only be used for basic stuffs...i guess i'll only need dvd drive if i decide to upgrade to Tiger!
    anyways thanks for your help
  6. Hrududu macrumors 68020


    Jul 25, 2008
    Central US
    Some years back, I had to replace the combo drive in our old 1GHz eMac as it quit working too. I simply picked up an ATA Pioneer superdrive off the shelf at Circuit City (ya, a few years back) and its been fine. 10.3 didn't have native support for burning (had to use Toast), but 10.4 and 10.5 do. As far as Safari is concerned, the last version of Safari for Panther is really old and barely supports anything. I have a Clamshell iBook still running 10.3 and went with the last Panther supported version of Camino as the browser. It works great and is about the best option you have for Panther.
  7. TheMythTheMan macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2010
    Yeah replacing the cd/dvd drive is the easiest thing beside memory on the emac.

    Regarding youtube n stuff, the graphics cards on emacs are kinda crappy(below the 1.42ghz model). Youtube and most videos are choppy, nothing you can do about that. Its the same for tiger and leopard.
  8. 666sheep macrumors 68040


    Dec 7, 2009

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