: Upgrade path to Superdrive heaven?
Jul 20th, 2003, 09:07 AM
A friend of mine has a Ti15" with regular drive and wants to know if he can upgrade it to Superdrive (x2, x4?). I had a poke around the Apple site but couldn't find anything. I don't have the full specs, but it was purchased in September 02, so it's either a 867 or 1000 MHz machine.
Jul 20th, 2003, 12:44 PM
I'm pretty suire that you can have it installed by Apple as I've seen some send their units back when the combo was the rage... Apple actually had a publishe u/g $$ at the time. I'm sure that teh superdrive has to be available.
Oddly enough, I believe there's a path for the Pismo - I was looking at the Toshiba SD-R6012 - which in theory should work, and can be intsalled by self. The reports on the R2312 are all positive (combo dr).
Jul 20th, 2003, 07:10 PM
Hehe, well, you're not gonna like my answer on this.
I originally bought a 12" AlPB with combo drive, with hopes of using an external Pioneer DVR-A05 in a FireWire enclosure, but iDVD3 didn't even want to install. Some research on Apple's TIL discussion forums revealed that no external DVD-R/RW could ever be used by iDVD3. Grrr. So, less than a week after buying the 12", I contacted the manager at bMac explaining my prob, asking if he could order the Superdrive (a difference in price of about $300 CDN between the two 12" AlPB models), and their service center could install it incl. labor charges etc. It took them about half a day to find the details on this - Apple wanted $850 CDN + installation charges for the Superdrive, and get this, it's a 1x DVD-R.
However, the Manager offered to take back my old 12" AlPB and only charged me $100 CDN to swap it for a 12" AlPB w/Superdrive, since I had already online-registered the Combo 12" and that was the fee to 'de-register it', or as bMac/Apple called it - "Refurbish" the old machine. Some lucky sod is going to buy my old 12" AlPB as a refurbish and get a darn good deal on an immaculate powerbook.
There's a company out there called 'MCE' which offers 1x Superdrive upgrades on Ti15" machines, but it's about $350 US and only a 1x DVD-R. Only the 17" AlPB has a 2x DVD-R, so don't feel too bad about it.
Jul 20th, 2003, 07:52 PM
NY hit it. You know that they need to get you on that purchase early - the $300 is so worth it. The u/g is never going to be affordable - esp not a slot load. At least with the Pismo, I have a few drives to look at, esp in the combo dr dept. I thought about the S.drive for a minute, but the x1 would likely be too painful to endure. :(
Jul 20th, 2003, 07:55 PM
Thanks for this.
Any recommendation regarding an external DVD burner and DVD Studio Pro 2 (not cheap!)?
Jul 21st, 2003, 10:46 AM
According to the folks over at xlr8yourmac.com, iDVD 3.01 works with external DVD-R drives.
iDVD 3.0.1 working fine here with retail DVR-105 Drive - A reader had written today about a report at macintouch from a DVR-105 (aka A05) drive owner saying iDVD 3.0.1 would not launch - implying that the 3.0.1 update didn't support retail drives (Apple has never 'officially' supported retail drives of course in writing). As I replied to him in email, I have had no reports like this, and I have personally run iDVD 3.0.1 on my MDD with retail (Cendyne boxed) DVR-105 fine (in fact I just finished burning a nearly full DVD-R with it using iDVD 3.0.1 ) I applied the update using Software Updates on two macs. (I did not use the downloaded updater version - if that matters.)
Jul 21st, 2003, 10:06 PM
According to that paragraph, the author is talking about non-Apple Pioneer OEM DVD-RW drives in the Master IDE position on PowerMacs. I just searched Apple's TIL Support Discussion forums for iDVD, and there's no mention there of success with external DVD-R or RW products.
Jul 21st, 2003, 10:17 PM
Both the May edicition of MacWorld and the july edition of MacAddict have recently given the LaCie d2 FirewireDVD re-writable drive highest recommendations over numerous other makes/models.
It comes with it's own Mac DVD authoring software called "CaptyDVD" (similar to iDVD3) and the Machine runs in OS 9 and OS X.
The LaCie d2's case design and price are also better than the competitors bing reviewed.
Hope this helps,
Jul 21st, 2003, 10:23 PM
Not to change the subject, but MacDoc1 I assume that you are not THE Macdoc of ehMacLand fame? The "1" may help to avoid the confusions in the future. Welcome to ehMacLand.