PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-111D in G4

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Chilichaz33, Nov 19, 2007.

  1. Chilichaz33 macrumors newbie

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    Hello all,
    I've seen a couple postings for the following but not sure how to proceed. I have a G4 running OS 10.4.1, recently (April '06) replaced the super drive to the PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-111D (original superdrive no longer worked read or write). Note, not sure if this matters but I still have classic mac (9.2), not running just available for old files.

    Up until last week (Nov 7, '07) the dvd drive worked well, burning DVD's for data back up etc no problemo. Now it only reads previously burned DVDs and only allows me to write to CD-Rs and CD-RWs. When I put in a blank DVD-R, the system opens Disk Utility, but all options grayed out (I thought maybe I could reformat but this not available).

    System Profiler> Disk Burning: PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-111D:

    Firmware Revision: 1.06
    Interconnect: ATAPI
    Burn Support: Yes (Vendor Supported)
    Profile Path: /Library/DiscRecording/DeviceProfiles/PatchBurn-pioneerdvdrwdvr111d.drprofile
    Cache: 2000 KB
    Reads DVD: Yes
    CD-Write: -R, -RW
    DVD-Write: -R, -RW, +R, +RW, +R DL
    Burn Underrun Protection CD: Yes
    Burn Underrun Protection DVD: Yes
    Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw, DVD-DAO
    Media: No

    I called a local Mac authorized dealer and he said it sounds like the drive needs to be replaced. Rather than spend another $100 bucks on another drive could it be a simple matter of updating a driver or firmware?

    I look forward to being schooled on this :D

    Tips tricks thoughts advice any and all welcome.
    Cheers,
    Chili
     
  2. skasol macrumors 6502

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    I will try updating the firmware first as well.
     
  3. Chilichaz33 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    updating firmware

    Is there a web site I can go to get this update?
    Thanks
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    $100 for another drive? Where are you getting that?

    Firmware updates are more then likely Windows only.
     
  5. Chilichaz33 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    From a local "authorized" mac dealer. Actually the quote I got was for $60 plus $40 for installation (I think I can do the install myself, was hoping to find out it was only a driver issue not a hardware one).
    Thanks!
     
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  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    $40 and it's incredibly easy to install if you have a screwdriver.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/optical-drives/superdrives/powermac/

    Note: This thread is in the Power Mac section so my guess is that you're talking about a Power Mac.
     
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  10. luna6killer macrumors newbie

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    I may be missing something but was wondering if there is a driver or whatever to make this drive work on my G4 - as it says it burns dual layers on the specs - but my mac totally refused to do so - any ideas on how or what can be done to make it recognize it's full abilities <g> thanks.
     
  11. jabbawok macrumors regular

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    DVD-R drives don't need drivers in OS-X if however it isn't supported as a burner by native OS-X burning you can use http://www.patchburn.de/ to patch OS-X to use it. Roxio Toast should burn with any burner. As DVD-Rs cost so little it's no surprise they are less reliable.
     
  12. luna6killer macrumors newbie

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    Thanks - that did the trick - appreciate the help!
     

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