3674 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Dec 7, 2007 9:17 AM by Eric/Bookdisplays
Hi James Macallister-
Can you read commercially burned DVDs?
Can you read CDs?
It is possible for the DVD-reading portion of the drive to independently fail. You can try a lens cleaning kit. The drive can be replaced under warranty or AppleCare. If you have neither, you can also do the job yourself.
Hi there. count me in on the Sony DVD problems. My Dual 2 GHz PowerPC G5 will not recognize the Adobe Creative Suite 3 DVD for installation. The DVD works fine in other G4 systems.
The DVD drive will recognize data CD's but this Adobe DVD just churns and hums for 30 seconds and then the drive ejects the disk.
DVD Laser Lens Cleaner from Radio Shack will not load either.
This is the drive:
SONY DVD RW DW-U21A:
Firmware Revision: AADB
Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipped/Supported)
Cache: 2048 KB
Reads DVD: Yes
CD-Write: -R, -RW
DVD-Write: -R, -RW, +R, +RW
Burn Underrun Protection CD: Yes
Burn Underrun Protection DVD: Yes
Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw, DVD-DAO
After reading the boards, it sounds like the Pioneer DVR-112D 18X DVD Burner (Drive only) is the unit to buy and replace this Sony one.
There appears to be a spacer issue related to the door on the G5 Tower case. Will the spacers from the Sony unit work on the Pioneer unit, or can the Pioneer unit just be installed as is using the existing ribbon cable. I've read the PMG5OpticalDriveDIY.pdf replacement manual, but am confused about SuperDrives vs. the Pioneer DVR-112D.
Can anyone clarify the details of replacement?
Also, will I need new software (Roxio, Toast) to burn CD's and DVD's after replacing the drive?
thanks, and best regards,