need a new internal cd burner

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  1. mentaluproar macrumors 68000

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    my mac has been giving me the "ouch, my laser" errors and creating coasters for a while now. I am ready to replace the cdrom. where should I order a replacement dvd burner for a 24inch imac?
     
  2. Vylen macrumors 65816

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    Just get an external USB burner. Try get one that's USB powered too. Any will work - consequently, you can get one from anywhere.
     
  3. mentaluproar thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I'd prefer an internal to keep my work area less cluttered.
     
  4. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    Its not a "cdrom", in case thats what you are searching for.

    Its just a standard 12.7 mm slot loading PATA DVD-RW.

    The AL iMacs used Sony Optiarcs, white iMacs used Panasonic/Matsushitas.

    getting really hard to find

    http://www.cwc-group.com/pauj8xidslli.html.

    If you have a AL iMac, going with an external doesnt ad much clutter, it can slip right under the chin on it -- thats how mine is -- I barely notice it.

    External drives are 3X faster than any slot loading drive.

    $35 for this setup:
    http://www.cooldrives.com/index.php/alox911fiusb.html
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106281
     
  5. mentaluproar thread starter macrumors 68000

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    My understanding is the slot loaders are slower due to firmware limitations imposed by apple to make them quieter, and if I throw in an aftermarket one, that should not be the case anymore, right?

    So a PATA laptop drive will drop in then. Sorry for being stubborn about this, but I hate having anything on my desk.

    If its just a standard laptop drive, will any slim slot loader work?


    -facepalm-

    I forgot about the profile tool. According to that, I'm using the MATSHITADVD-R UJ-875.

    I am surprised not everything is sata in this unit though.
     
  6. mentaluproar thread starter macrumors 68000

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    okay, I'm going to have to fold and get an external. My question, will my mac be able to power it? I have a powered hub in the back because my elgato tuner starves my mac of current. will a USB powered burner cause a similar dilemma?
     
  7. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    Yea, I have an external dvd burner powered only by one usb port. Works great. Mine is the LG slim 80 or something
     
  8. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    Get the firewire one I linked to.

    Use one 2(FW400 and FW800) ports you arent using on the back of your mac.

    this was when I was getting ready to move, so excuse the clutter -- but you can see my external under the right side

    [​IMG]
     
  9. mentaluproar thread starter macrumors 68000

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  10. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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  11. mentaluproar thread starter macrumors 68000

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    oops! good catch. I guess I'll have to think on this. I have to clone some discs tomorrow, so in the mean time, I pulled an old G4 out, tossed in another drive, and that will do for now.
     
  12. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    if you already have a drive from a G4 that will work in the $12 case I linked to.

    even easier.

    you can get one of those USB powered ones -- but you are stuck again with slow speeds and needing a powered USB port.
     
  13. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    USB drives are not that slow.
     

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