MacBook 2.2 GHz Late 2007 won't burn as fast as it should!

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  1. fishmoose macrumors 68000

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    Hi,

    I've had my MacBook since February last year, it's the late 2007 model with a 120 gig harddrive and 1 gig of ram (I've updated the ram to 2 gig)

    Anyway the superdrive is suppose to be able to burn DVD's at 8x right?
    Mine can only burn DVD +R 16x dvd's at 4x!

    If i remember correctly i have burned discs faster on this machine before but now i can't :(
    Oh and i'm burning with Disc utility and i mostly burns .img files.

    Anyone have a solution to this?

    Any help is appreciated!
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The media might not be entirely compatible with the optical drive so it falls back to the 4x burning speed.
     
  3. fishmoose thread starter macrumors 68000

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    That makes sense but i can't even choose 8x i can only choose 2x or 4x.
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Slower burns speeds are compatibility modes for media. If you get the drive model and check the manufacturer's website they should list the compatible full speed media. Sometimes you can even do a firmware update on the drive to support more media more fully.
     
  5. fishmoose thread starter macrumors 68000

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    How does on go about finding that?

    It isn't listed in systeminfo.

    Is it this HL-DT-ST DVDRW GSA-S10N ?
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Here is mine under System Profiler.
     

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  7. fishmoose thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Okay thanks for that!

    Mine is HL-DT-ST DVDRW GSA-S10N with the firmware BP10, what brand should i search for?
     
  8. cogsinister macrumors 6502a

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    Apple take care of firmware updates, using firmware on manufacturers websites could screw up your optical drive.........
     
  9. fishmoose thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Maybe I should stay away from messing with it then?
    I could try and buy some other media instead.
     
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Your mileage may vary on upgrading your optical drive's firmware but I wouldn't stray beyond manufacturer provided ones. Apple didn't make the drive someone else did.
     
  11. Tinknock71 macrumors 6502

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    This might a stupid post but have you looked at the disc's your using to see what max burn speed is? maybe the disc's are marked wrong. anyway to try another computer?
     
  12. cogsinister macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, but isen't the firmware Apple specific in some way ?
     
  13. fishmoose thread starter macrumors 68000

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    The discs are from Fujifilm and ate marked 16x but I will try on my XP tower with an NEC burner using Nero on XP
     

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