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Ask Max: Burning DVD with a Combo drive

Asked on 09/10/2007:

I try to burn my first DVD with my new PM MDD G4/1.25Ghz (pre-owed) I justgot from Powermax ... It seems the DVD drive is not working correctly. When a disc is inserted, I hear the disc spinning non stop while the entire systemwaits but nothing happen (I still have the mouse... the system is notcrashed).

The disc I use is a DVD-R brand new. If I am not wrong, the combo drive inthis machine should be able to burn this type of DVD.

So, what do you think?

Which bring a second question: Is this drive the model "stock" with thisPower G4?


The problem you are having is related to Apple's naming convention for optical drives. The term Combo Drive refers to a drive that reads and writes CDs, but can only read DVDs. A Combo Drive cannot burn any format of DVD. The Super Drive term is used for a drive that can read and write both CDs and DVDs.You can of course add super drive to that computer. The MDD G4s let you have two optical drives. Just move the Combo down to the lower space and install a MCE Super Drive in its place.

a MCE Super Drive

This is actually a much better drive then the Apple stock Super Drive for the G4 generation Power Macs.

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