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Old Apr 9th, 2005, 06:41 PM   #1
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Can I play mini CD's on a slot loading Mac mini

I wonder if I can playone of these 8 cm diameter mini CD's on a Mac mini.
On a tray loading G4 they play fine - the tray actually has a recessed area just for these mini CD's. But has anyone ever tried this on a Mac mini or any other slot loading Mac?
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You don't want to.

The mini CDs will become lodged and possibly destroy the drive. In the best case what will happen is that you have to bring your drive into a repair centre where they have to take it apart to get the CD out, and it's an expensive proposition.

Slot loading drives don't work with odd shaped or mini-CDs. Sorry.
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Old Apr 9th, 2005, 07:03 PM   #3
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I suspected that.

Thanks for the quick reply.
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Old Apr 11th, 2005, 03:05 PM   #4
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that's not correct. my slot loaded CD/MP3 deck in my car takes mini CDs just fine. however i haven't tested it on my Mini which takes in CDs a lot different than my stereo deck. i don't have to insert the disc as far in as with the Mini drive, before the disc is picked up and taken in. i would try, but that one points makes me wary of attempting it.
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You may be able to use a Mini CD adapter ring. These are for playing CD singles on players without the recessed area.
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that's not correct. my slot loaded CD/MP3 deck in my car takes mini CDs just fine. however i haven't tested it on my Mini which takes in CDs a lot different than my stereo deck. i don't have to insert the disc as far in as with the Mini drive, before the disc is picked up and taken in. i would try, but that one points makes me wary of attempting it.
Slot-loading drives in computers and slot-loading CD stereo decks are two very different things. In fact, the only one thing the two share in common is that neither has a tray that comes out.

Seriously, though, the two are entirely different in the fact of how they operate inside. A mini CD in a stereo deck in your car will jam and quite possibly destroy the slot-loading drive in the Mac mini.
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alright, alright ... i did some digging and found the specs on the Matshita CW-8123, and it says it doesn't accept anything besides a 120mm disc.

i did admit right off the bat that i was wary to try it since the insertion of the disc before pickup was so much more!
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i did admit right off the bat that i was wary to try it since the insertion of the disc before pickup was so much more!
Maybe that's a 'safety' feature.
I doubt that one can push an 80mm disk in far enough for the drive to grab it - but I won't try. Best thing probably is to use the G4 to copy the mini disk on a regular size one.
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