imac g3 dvd-rom drive question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by gohome190, May 16, 2010.

  1. gohome190 macrumors regular

    gohome190

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    I have an imac g3 400 DV. it has a dvd rom drive, and it plays dvd movies fine. But whenever I insert a DVD+R writable disc, it instantly ejects it; it doesn't recognize it. the reason I want to use DVD+R is to install Tiger. So... what do I do?

    Thanks!
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Has the disc been written to and finalized? Blank DVDs will not work.
     
  3. gohome190 thread starter macrumors regular

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    no, i just put a blank disc in to see if it would work before burning it. Maybe that's it... maybe it doesn't do anything with blank discs
     
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    ROM = Read-Only Memory. If there is nothing on the disc, the drive can't do anything with it and spits it out.
     
  5. gohome190 thread starter macrumors regular

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    okay I burned Tiger onto a DVD+R, and it still ejects it. Whenever I put the dvd into my newer macbook pro, it reads it fine, with the installation program showing. What's the deal?

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    Get a firewire DVD burner and you will be set. You have a rather rare optical drive in your iMac G3, btw. Rare because it plays dvds, rarer still because it still works after ten years. There is also a rather laborious way to upgrade the dvd rom to a more modern pata optical drive with a lot of fuss and jerry rigging. easier just to get the firewire dvd burner/player. Or copy a Tiger disc to a firewire hd.
     
  8. gohome190 thread starter macrumors regular

    gohome190

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    Well ugh. I went and bought DVD-R's. Still didn't work! :( why?!

    And I realllly don't want to buy another drive... :/
    thanks
     

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