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Well, not so much of a saga as a 'hold my breath' experience...<br><br>Apple stopped selling the 2x DVD-Rs a whille back, and suddenly *poof* went the most reliable discs I used with my old Pioneer 104/A04 drive post-installed in my Dual 500 G4. Last week I had done a computer colonic (thanks BG), so I decided to finally upgrade the firmware on the drive and attempt to burn with the 4x discs.<br><br>I checked on Pioneer's web site, and based on one discussion in the Apple forums I decided to snag the latest PC firmware (1.41), and use DVRFlash to make it work on my machine... Held my breath as the program opened the Terminal and did its thing, got a message that everything was 'successful'. Okay, good. Now to burn.<br><br>Went to CUSA last night and picked up a 5-pack of the 4x discs for $13 (i know, not the greatest value but I didn't want 50 *useless* discs if this didn't work). Burned a backup of an iPhoto library (about 3gb & change)- took about 15-20 minutes between the burning and the verification, but I imagine this was due to the slower 2x speed.<br><br>When all was said and done, I'm just happy it worked. I figure I'll be getting a faster drive in a new G5 at some point, but I didn't want to have to spend $150-$200 to replace this one just to be able to *read* a disc, nevemind burn one... Burned one disc in the Finder and one in Toast, and no problems either time. Re-inserted the discs and copied data to my desktop- little slow but eh...<br><br><br><br>[color:red]C'mon...you know me.</font color=red>
FWIW, I've been using these disks from Americal for about a year now. I've probably burned close to 100 at the max speed for my drive (4X) and not had a single coaster or corrupt disk yet. They're cheap, unlabeled and they ship fast.<br><br>I have the Sony superdrive, though.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>When did the National Guard turn into the foreign legion?
You can get a 100 spindle of 1X-8X Verbatim DVD-R's at Sam's Club for $60. <br><br>They also sell a 50 spindle of 1X-4X Verbatim DVD-R's for $19.<br><br>It's quite a deal for the money!<br><br>I've used DVD-RW's before, but really, they take so long to erase, it's sort of pointless. It's like with CD-RWs...the cost of the media is getting so cheap, it's not worth the money. <br><br><br>
Wow, that is quite the deal, but I don't have a Sam's club membership. Maybe I should look into that. It would be tough for me to support that place though, because I really don't like that corporation; you know how we kooky liberals are. <br><br>I can't say I've tried Verbatim yet, and this superdrive is pretty finicky. I bought a spindle of Memorex 4X DVD-Rs and I get coaster after coaster. I finally just threw them in the closet.<br><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>they take so long to erase, it's sort of pointless.<p><hr></blockquote><p>Toast has the option of a "quick erase", that takes maybe 3-4 minutes tops on my G5. I use a DVD-RW all the time for testing video DVDs before they go into "mass production". <br><br>The only downside is that if you use the quick erase it must be re-written with Toast.<br><br><br><br>When did the National Guard turn into the foreign legion?
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