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iMac - Problem with Mat****a DVD Burner


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I'm trying to back-up some DVDs using Mac The Ripper and Popcorn. The process goes great until i insert a blank DVD when prompted by Popcorn. I just get nothing whatsoever. I've tried -RW & +RW discs and still nothing just the sound of the drive going back and forth. I've burnt CDs fine but cannot get this to start. ANY ideas. Thank you
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is that an external dvd drive

and what version of popcorn are you using
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Hi louishen

Its an internal DVD drive on imac G5. i'm using Popcorn 2.0

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Were you able to burn DVDs with that burner before? If so, can you burn DVDs using another program? Sometimes a defective drive will still be able to burn a CD but not a DVD. Power requirements for the optical circuitry is greater for a DVD burn than a CD burn. IOW, the light has enough power to do a CD but not a DVD.

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thanks for that. i have a feeling this might be the problem. is there anyway to find out? sorry but i'm pretty wet behind the ears with all this.

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I've just tried playing a DVD in the player and it won't do anything........any suggestions for my next move? would it be best to buy an external one or have this fixed?

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Hi Raff - you must be the umpteenth person to have problems with a Mat****a optical drive, there are numerous posts complaining about them. Your next move? Pioneer. Affordable, reliable, and they work well with MacOS.

If your computer is the PPC G5 iMac, then a Pioneer K06 will fit inside, but I'd recommend an external firewire drive, maybe the 116D or 216D, depending on connection type. There are several models to choose from. OWC http://eshop.macsales.com/ might be a good place to start.

This is a UK site, but very comprehensive, giving you a better idea: http://www.pioneer.co.uk/uk/products.../overview.html
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