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Problems with Superdrive in iBook G4
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Jan 24, 2008, 01:45 PM
I have a G4 iBook that I bought used a few months ago. When I put in a blank DVD, I can hear it spinning in the drive, but it doesn't appear on the desktop. I have tried Sony DVD-R and Verbatim DVD+RW, but with no luck. The Apple troubleshooting page suggested to try resetting the PMU, which I did, but it still won't recognize blank disks. It can read commercial disks and some home-made DVDs (not all, but I think this is owing to Windows-Mac incompatability).

Any suggestions?
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Jan 25, 2008, 11:43 AM
Since it is seeing commercial disks and some homemade dvds then it has to do with being compatible only with some brands of disks. Usually you can get a firmware upgrade for a burner that incorporates new compatibility with current disks, but not with Apple (sigh.)

Try TDK DVD-r, they're generally more compatible. DVD+R probably won't work at all. Some thing applies to CD-R, some brands will work, others won't. Imation may work.

In general, if you're going to be burning a whole bunch of DVD-R, you're better off putting together an external firewire burner (not USB, since the iBook will be USB 1.0 only). All Superdrives are slower than external burners. Makes a huge difference when you have an external 16X burner connected via firewire.
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Jan 27, 2008, 04:33 PM
Never mind. Computer is fine... problem was with the user. I overlook the blindingly obvious from time to time. This was such an instance. Thanks anyway.
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Jan 28, 2008, 01:51 AM
which ibook g4's came with usb 1?
imac g3 600
imac g4 800 superdrive
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Jan 28, 2008, 01:18 PM
No iBook G4 came with USB 1. USB 2.0 was introduced with G4 for the iBook.
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