External DVD Writer on iBook G4

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  1. markrbs

    markrbs Member

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    Hi,

    can I use an external DVD writer (USB) on my iBook G4? Will OS X recognize it or should i look for a device with Mac logo?

    thanks
     
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    Yes, I think it's possible. I've been researching that also, because the superdrive on my powerbook spits out every cd i put in it. I wanted to upgrade to leopard. but can't because of my drive. let me know if you have any success in doing so.
     
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    It's possible. I just bought an external dvd writer and it works flawlessly on ibook g4.
    I can watch movies and burn dvd's with no problem at all..
     
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    in case you guys want internal optical drive replacement for your mac portable, i have combo drives and superdrive available. pm me if interested.
     
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    Have been wanting to do this too for my iBook....
    Makoy - care to share the brand you bought. Was looking at GH the past month but not too sure if those I saw would work.
     
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    Brand is Lg. Exact model is GE20, 20x Super DVD Writer..
     
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    hey guys thanks a lot
     
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    How much did it cost you & where did you purchase it from?

    Thanks.
     
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    i got an external optical drive Lacie DVD super drive, an its working fine but very sensitive in copying pirated movies hehe, but its good.

    i've also upgraded my panther to leopard. but be sure to updated your panther to the last upgraded before going with leopard.

    iBook G4 14", 1.22 ghz, 1.25 gb ram
    external optical drive : lacie DVD superdrive
    external HDD : Buffalo 250 gb
     
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    do you guys have any idea if samsung SE T084 is compatible? i tried plugging it in and opened idvd and it said i don't have a recognized superdrive. how am i supposed to test if this will work on my ibook G4?
     
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    I suggest you use an external optical drive with FireWire interface. You can assemble one by having a 5.25" hard dive/optical drive enclosure from Cd-r King which has a dual interface (USB & FireWire) and an internal SATA optical drive for desktop (whatever brand you prefer).
     

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