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Small CDs in slot-load drive?
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midwinter
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Sep 25, 2003, 09:50 PM
 
Hi all.

Can I use those small CDs in my 12" PB's slot-load drive?
     
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Sep 25, 2003, 10:09 PM
 
I am under the impression that you cannot...I may be wrong though
     
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Sep 25, 2003, 10:18 PM
 
If they are round, you can use them. Just don't use any other shape.

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=58641

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Sep 25, 2003, 10:22 PM
 
Originally posted by chabig:
If they are round, you can use them. Just don't use any other shape.

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=58641

Chris
Thanks! I actually just found that same doc but got caught up watching CSI and forgot to say nevermind.

Thanks, though!
     
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Sep 25, 2003, 11:27 PM
 
Read note 2 -- it says most recent G4 PBs cannot use the 80 mm round discs.

sigh, I was hoping to get a DVD camdcorder, too!

     
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Sep 26, 2003, 09:02 AM
 
Thanks for pointing out note 2. I didn't see that.

Chris
     
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Sep 26, 2003, 10:20 AM
 
BUT--they DO make adapter rings that make a small-size (round, or even rounded-card) CD go into a drive that can't normally take that.

I don't know for a fact that such an adapter would be the answer on a PBG4, but it's a possibility. (If the ring held the disc in tightly, I'd be willing to try it.)

I want to use small-round CD-Rs to burn files for clients, so I'll be curious to learn if the adapters work. (I've seen them--not sure where to buy them but they exist.)
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Sep 26, 2003, 04:53 PM
 
It was disappointing to find my G4 Cube working fine with my small CD-RW discs, but not my new Powerbook 15 inch. Guess I'll try to track down one of the adaptors, or finally buy a 256 meg USB memory key.
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nagromme
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Sep 26, 2003, 06:11 PM
 
Also, not everyone knows that if you attach your digital still cam (via USB or flash reader) you can access the camera in the Finder and use it for storage--it IS a flash drive after all!
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Sep 26, 2003, 08:39 PM
 
Just get a cheap external CD-R drive that can handle the small disks... I wouldn't risk my internal drive trying out products like that.
     
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Sep 26, 2003, 10:19 PM
 
I am planning on buying a DVD Camcorder, which exclusively use the smaller disks.

Now I may have to purchase an external DVD reader just to transfer the data to my computer. Or use my camcorder as a very expensive external DVD player!
     
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Sep 27, 2003, 02:06 AM
 
Just to take a step back - the small format discs are 'neat', but think about it: if YOU might not be able to read them, your clients might not either. I wouldn't take the chance of jamming someone's drive just for the novelty factor of the disc.

Don't all the DV cameras support firewire out?
     
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Sep 27, 2003, 02:44 AM
 
Novelty is worth something in business, and my clients are PC-based mainly--which means slot-loads are rare. A warning on my custom labels might be in order just the same. The other issue is mailing--the little guys fit in a letter envelope.

Also for me, that novelty encourages people to buy what I "sell"--I create interactive CD-ROMs (and web sites)
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