3 Replies Latest reply: Mar 28, 2013 8:44 PM by Jeff
WolveRyan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have 10.5.8 non-intel and it just ejects every DVD that I put in it.  I have an LG Portable external drive, but the CPU only acknowledges it about 7 per cent of the time.  Is there a way to de-activate the drive so that the external is more easily recognized, or an affordable brand of external DVD drive that will be more friendly with this mac?  Thanks in advance

  • 1. Re: my DVD player/burner stopped working
    MichelPM Level 6 Level 6 (8,080 points)

    Try using an optical drive that uses FireWire 800/400 connections instead of USB.

    Google is your friend.

  • 2. Re: my DVD player/burner stopped working
    Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (30,445 points)

    The first thing I would do is to get and use a dry, brush-type optical drive cleaning disk. I have this one:




    Very Mac-friendly in its operation. Often a seemingly dead optical drive can be restored to full function with a cleaning. The disks are certainly cheaper than most external drives.

  • 3. Re: my DVD player/burner stopped working
    Jeff Level 6 Level 6 (11,195 points)

    I suspect that the external optical drive has a mechanical and/or electronic problem, as opposed to having a compatibility issue with your G5.  I've got many different external optical drives/burners (by a variety of manufacturers) and the only problem (if any) with a Mac would be bootability.  Reading disks is not typically a problem, and burning disks (with "Toast") is trouble-free.  Other World Computing has this external DVD±RW drive, which has every connection option you'd need.  If you want a Blu-ray drive, there are a several from which to choose on this page.


    There is no way (or need) to disable the internal optical drive with a control panel, as one might do with the Device Manager in a PC or with BIOS settings.  The compatibility of the OEM internal drive doesn't diminish the System's capability to recognize an external drive.