SuperDrive upgrade for older TiBooks

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by macphoria, Feb 12, 2003.

  1. macphoria macrumors 6502a


    Nov 29, 2002
    I just learned that MCE Tech ( will be offering SuperDrive upgrade for older TiBooks. What is interesting is that their SuperDrive will be offering x2 speed DVD-R burning, while current Apple PowerBooks are only capable of only x1.

    Makes me wonder if Apple deliberately lowered the setting on the SuperDrive which is actually capable of faster burning. I do remember hearing a rumor about that, relating to how 17inch PowerBook's original spec suggested x2 DVD-R burning speed that was later changed to x1.

    Another thing I wonder is how Apple would feel about this. For one thing, this upgrade will be faster than Apple's. Second issue is that this upgrade is supposed to be iDVD compatible. Apple made a big deal about some plug-in while back that allowed iDVD to work with external DVD-R drive, which wasn't supposed to happen. Apple eventually forced the site to stop distributing the plug-in. They probably did this in order to have people by brand new Mac with SuperDrive if they wanted to use iDVD. So how would Apple react to this SuperDrive upgrade?
  2. Over Achiever macrumors 68000

    Over Achiever

    Jul 22, 2002
    Toledo, OH, formerly Twin Cities, MN
    I e-mailed them (MCE) previously. This was their reply:

  3. FelixDerKater Contributor


    Apr 12, 2002
    Nirgendwo in Amerika
    Apple has often done such things in the past. The would sell underclocked systems at one point and then later sell the full speed systems a bit laters as an "upgrade".
  4. peteMG macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2002
    San Francisco, CA
    OMG, how long have I been wanting this.. Sweet. It's not a cheap engagement, though.. with external DVD burners just about to break the $200 barrier and me with an extra firewire case, it's tough to justify the extra $300. I suppose the clincher will be if Apple starts to produce a version of, or patch for, iDVD that lets it work with external burners. I was hoping that something of that sort would be included in iLife, but not yet.

    I think that besides a DVD burner, the only other major investment i'll be making for my tibook (800) will be applecare sometime in march, while it's still under warranty. It's taken quite a beating over the past year.. paint chips, keyboard prints on the screen, etc... and if i'm lucky, perhaps i'll be able to squeeze a new top case out of them.

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