Optiarc Super Drive Not So Super!!!!!

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by dtbray, Dec 19, 2008.

  1. dtbray macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2008
    I have a 4 month old MacPro 2.8(10gbs of ram) with two Apple installed OPTIARC DVD RW AD-7170' s. These drives are pretty noisy but the most mystifying aspect of using them is their refusal to play some Netflix DVDs which play perfectly on our old G4 iMac. Does anyone know of a fix? Or should I replace them with? I've read that pioneer drives are very good. Which model? Or a different brand? Help appreciated. Tom
  2. ceres macrumors regular

    Nov 14, 2007
    Dark Forests of Germania
    These drives are junk. Get a recent LG or Samsung PATA Drive such as
    LG Electronics GH22LP20 or Samsung SH-S222A
  3. UltraNEO* macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2007
    Sony didn't ever make good drives and rebranding crap er.. 'Optiarc' doesn't makes it any better!
    Some machine do come with Pioneer units, though they seem to be lacking some parts from the bezel, usually the eject button.
  4. tugger macrumors regular


    Apr 14, 2005
    The warranty is your friend

    My 2008 MP came with an Optiarc 7170 unit. It never worked well and had the same symptoms as yours. In addition it wouldn't burn CDs or DVDs consistently. I tried alternative firmware revisions without success. I finally called Apple, and it was clear that I was one of many who had reported the same issues. They immediatley shipped me a Pioneer DVR-112 which I installed myself and it's worked flawlessly. I'm amazed they're still putting these pieces of junk into the MP.

    If Apple replaces your units with Pioneers, note that you have to remove the front bevel (branded "Pioneer") from the tray due to it being slightly too large to fit comfortably in the MP's optical drive bays. It's only lightly attached to the tray and comes off with very little force. It has no functional value, and if you don't remove it the optical drive bay doors will not close properly. If you don't feel comfortable doing this yourself, take your MP to the closest Apple Store or Apple Certified Tech and have them install the drives. Make sure they test opening and closing the trays before you sign off on the repair. It should all be covered by your warranty.
  5. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020


    Apr 16, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    Yes, the Optiarc drives are horrible. My MP shipped with a single Optiarc drive that would intermittently burn bad discs. It has since been replaced with a Pioneer drive.

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