Something thats been bugging me since the MacBook Release..

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by berkleeboy210, May 21, 2006.

  1. berkleeboy210 macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2004
    Boston, Massachusetts
    Anyone notice that the MBP's still haven't been upgraded to Double Layer Superdrive, but the MacBook does have one....

    Really weird, you would think that the pro model would have that first.
  2. faintember macrumors 65816


    Jun 6, 2005
    the ruins of the Cherokee nation
    umm the MB does not have a DL superdrive....only the 17" MBP does.
  3. kevin.rivers macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2005
    The MB doesn't burn them though, only reads. I am sure they will add DL capability to the MBP as soon as its available.

  4. blitzydog macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2006
  5. Nar1117 macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2006
    Dual capacity.

    Instead of recording 4.7 gb on one layer, they record almost 4.7 gb on two layers, making the capacity of the disc almost 9 gb. Its quite an advantage.
  6. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Seems to be read only on the MacBook and MBP 15 ...

    Which you can see here without too much trouble.

    Probably didn't have a supply when the original MBP was announced, though you should have expected in during a speed bump if they had them.
  7. SuperSnake2012 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2005
    I never bothered with dual layer discs, they still cost a fortune. :rolleyes:
  8. zach macrumors 65816


    Feb 14, 2003
    they'll probably just do a silent upgrade, i'm sure it's just supply issues.
  9. fredwards macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2005
    the reason is that the optical drives in the all the intel laptops aside from the 17 are slimmer in size and are not available with DL. They use slimmer drives in the 15 because it overlaps with the trackpad where it does not do so in the 17.
  10. Harryc macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2006
    New York
    What are the chances that some company will make a slim DVD/DL drive for the MacBook Pro? Do any other Laptops use this same drive?
  11. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    It's possible because the drive reads DL, they could release a firmware enabling burning onto them.

    But then Apple rarely release firmwares for superdrives....
  12. Max on Macs macrumors 6502

    Max on Macs

    Feb 25, 2006
    Milton Keynes, UK
    Why should we have expected it with a speed bump? Geez this has been discussed too much. The trackpad covers the left side of the MBP 15" up so they have to use thinner drives and there are no superdrives in this thickness as of yet. As for the MBP 17" because it's bigger the trackpad doesn't cover it up so it can use the old superdrives.
  13. ManchesterTrix macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2005

    It's not possible. If it's not a Dual layer burner, it's not going to burn Dual layers, no firmware update can fix that. We'll see dual layer burners in the MBP and MB when there's either a case redesign or someone comes out with a 8.5 mm DL burner.
  14. DeathChill macrumors 68000

    Jul 15, 2005
    Well, many drive makers make all their DVD drives with dual layer burning capabilities (it's cheaper then running a separate production line or something or other) and a firmware patch unlocks the ability. This is not the case here, though.
  15. timswim78 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2006
    Baltimore, MD
    By the time Dual Layer media are affordable, you will most likely want and have a new laptop anyway.

    Also, who needs to burn 9GB of data from a machine that only has a 60GB - 80GB hdd? Maybe some people do, but not me.
  16. neocell macrumors 65816


    May 23, 2005
    Great White North
    There's always the UJ-842 drive that writes dl and is 9.5mm. So I imagine it's just quantity available and/or pricing that's holding them back from the MB and 15" MBP

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