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    Which DVD-R DL will work better with the drive in my G4 MDD?
    Verbatim or Ritek Ridata? For $15 I can get a three pack of the Verbatims and for $16 I can get a 25 pack spindle of the Ritek.

    Will they both work with the drive in my PowerMac in my signature (it is the stock drive to the best of my knowledge)?
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    Double layer discs will not be burnable on a G4 with the stock optical drive. However I upgraded my G4 with a Pioneer 110 drive (you can also get the Pioneer 115 internal drives as well as other.

    The pioneer drives write to DL discs, its a cheap upgrade and with the Pioneers they just work out the box with no driver hunting
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    I will burn on PC, just need my Mac to read it.
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    Which one of those brands does the Mac READ better? Or isn't there a difference?
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    Any that care native to the Mac OS. Like louishen prefer Pioneer as all models are recognized as native. You may feel be able to pick up a 110 or 112 model on eBay. These drives are now about six or seven years old, are DL, and are quite cheap. With pre-loved goods of course you always take a chance and the latest Pioneer, DVR-118, a 22X, is quite cheap around the $50 mark.
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    Ok I am not looking (at least right now) on upgrading the DVD drive in my Mac, I just want to make sure the blank media I bought will be READ by the current drive fine.

    Can the stock CD/DVD drive in my G4 MDD READ a Ritek DVD-R Dual Layer fine? I will burn data to it from my Windows machine, I just need the G4 drive to READ the disc.
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    Check your system profiler info in the Finder, it will tell you either way, but it should read it no issue, yes.
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    Ok just burned an image on the new Ritek DVD-R Dual Layer and it kicks it out after about 10 seconds. Just put a blank in the drive and it does the same thing.

    Why won't the drive read these discs?
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    Because it's either A) faulty or B) not a DL burner, but if it's not reading a pre-burned disc, then I'd say the former.
    Does it read retail DVD films ok?
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    Yeah it reads all pressed (retail) discs and all DVD-R discs I put in it. I believe this is the stock drive and was told it should read DVD-R Dual Layer. It just spits them out instead of reading them.

    And again I am not attempting to BURN these with the Mac, I am attempting to READ DVD-R DL BURNED on a PC.
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    Then there is a compatibiluty issue with the way the PC is burning them.
    As an example, in Toast on the Mac, you can burn Mac only or Mac and PC readable discs. I suspect the same will apply.
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    I used Nero. So did it burn incorrectly? What program on the PC should I burn it with?
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    Nero is fine, but check the settings you used, and see if you can make sure they are set for Mac and PC.
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    Ok I am not messing with it anymore. I am bidding on a Pioneer drive for my MDD that can read and write for +R and -R dual layer discs. I can't wait to get it!
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