4 Replies Latest reply: Jun 12, 2006 8:31 PM by RBALLBOB
Robert Wan Level 1 (0 points)

I'm trying to hook up an external DVD Burner to my iMac G3 to use with iLife '05 (I don't think the G3 is compatable with '06)

The problem is, my external USB 2.0 DVD burner I got for my Windows XP computer doesn't say it can be used for Mac OS X. I can take the wait of a movie being burned on a USB 1.1 connection.

Does Apple already have a generic driver for External DVD Burners like it does for Bluetooth?

I'd like to show off to my friends the awesome movie-making capabilities on a Mac, but it can't be done without a DVD burner.

iMac G3 400mHz Graphite, Mac OS X (10.4.5), USB 2.0 External DVD Burner
  • Duane Level 10 (120,794 points)
    You will need to get an external Firewire DVD writer.

    BTW, iDVD will not run on a G3.
  • Donna Thomas Level 4 (2,465 points)
    You can burn a DVD using Toast, but as Duane says, Not with iDVD.

    So I'm afraid your artistic showmanship is not going to happen on that imac.
  • Taner Sezer Level 1 (125 points)
    Instead of using an external USB with iMacG3, I also recommend using a firewire one with it. iMac G3's are equipped with USB 1,1 and it is slow for cd/dvd burning. With a firewire case you can use all the speed of your writer.
    On the other hand, some writers (CD-R or DVD-R) are not fully functioning with all applications. Toast can handle much of them but iTunes for example was not functioning with my old mitsumi CD-R. I prefered to buy an LG and now it works perfectly.
  • RBALLBOB Level 1 (0 points)
    What is LG that is mentioned in your reply ? I have a G3 imac special edition IMAC slot loading DVD & CD reader, using OS 10.3.9, with Iphoto 5. I need a external Burner to burn DVD & CDS. I will use firewire port. Any suggestions in brand names would be a big help . Thanks