MBPro 13 Matshita DVD-R UJ-868 write DVD-RAM

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by StillNoMac, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. StillNoMac macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2009
    Dear comrades,

    i own a MPPro 13 (Mid 2009) which features a "Matshita DVD-R UJ-868".

    As anyone knows, these "super"drives are anything but "super" at all: they can't play BlueRay and can't write DVD-RAM (i know i must be grateful MBP feature an optical drive at all...)

    Since i'm tired of using my dump old cheap PC (8years old, CAN do both of this) for writing my data to DVD-RAM, i want to flash my optical drive's firmware (no, it's not about region free).

    Does anyone of you know if a proper firmware can be found - it's a dump Panasonic drive finally...

    Any feature request for adding this capability at APPLE was not successful yet :mad:

    If anyone could help?

  2. Steve.P.JobsFan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2010
    Of course they can't play Blu-Ray! Did you really think you could play a Blu-Ray disc on a DVD drive? As for DVD-RAM, OS X supports it out of the box, according to Wikipedia.

    As for flashing the drive, I'm pretty sure you can't do that. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think you'd need to buy a notebook DVD-RAM drive, and install that.
  3. StillNoMac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2009

    Hi Fan,

    thanks for your reply.

    But "of course it can't" signals me you mifgt have misunderstood me: i did not expect the built in drive (demarked as DVD) to be able to play BlueRay disks, but i critizied that APPLE hyped up marketing lingo of calling an ordinary castrated (by firmware) DVD drive to be a "super"drive.

    From my perspective, a SUPERdrive should be capable to do at least the same what competitors ca, and that at least should include the capability to write RAM-Disks (same built of optical drive with PC-firmware can).

    And i still can't understand, why a Mac buyer has no option to by his MBP with a built in BlueRay-Player (any cheap DELL STUIDIO15 offers this option).

    And yes: i KNOW for sure that OS-X is capable of writing RAM-Discs, since i flashed my MacPros built in Panasonic (PANASONIC a strong advocate and promotor in the field of the DVD-RAM by the way) drive with a PC-firmware which luckily was available for that device.

    Which gets me to where i started and what is really frustrating me:

    that sort of Design-Fascism, that APPLE is exhibiting at times and patronizes their users with by withhelding features their hardware theoretically could provide:

    -writing RAM disks
    -having a second mousebutton (took ages for this innovation to crop up in OS-X and still is deactivated by default)
    -cutting items via FINDER took 7 releases of OS-X (LION) to stage this feature
    - ...

    Don't get me wrong: i'm a Mac-Head (converted from PC 3years ago), writing these lines on a MBP13, but also consider myself to be intelligent enough to not eat everything that APPLE thinks to be sufficient to serve their iSheep.

    Or put differently: i simply want a BETTER Mac, i want the Mac to be better than the peergroup.

    And that should APPLE also want...

    in this sense and with the best intentions ;)


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