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    Hi guys

    Can someone please advise a newb I have just been given a Power Mac G4 mirror doors which come with a DVD player but not a writer.

    Iwould like to add a DVD/Rw and having used search i found this posthttp://www.mac-forums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=41744&highlight=DVD+drive

    having checked out all the links I installed my Plextor PX 740A DVD rewriter, and ran Patchburn 3.14 but it would find the rewriter However when i connected just the Plextor it was discovered, but for some reason it would not work properly when i connected both the DVD player and rewriter together both will play DVD's but that all.

    I have now purchased a Superdrive DVD rewriter from ebay. Can someone therefore please advise me on how to install both this and the current DVD player as i would like to have the option to copy DVD/CD's on this machine

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    Make sure the jumpers on the back of the CD/DVD drives are set properly. If you have both set to Master or Slave then it may not recognize either one at all, or only recognize one.

    Set one drive to Master, and then set the other one to Slave and you will be good to go.
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    You probably haden't set the two drives correctly for Master and Slave, assuming you put them on the same cable. See www.xlr8yourmac.com for scads of info on optical drives and Macs.

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    Thanks for the reply Guys

    what a tea pot your right i did forget to change the jumpers on a PC i would have sussed straight away. sometimes you just forget to check the simple things anyway got a superderive 16X DVD-RW coming now lol that'll teach me not check here first bofore assuming i know what i'm doing lol :miner:
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    right guys changed the the jumpers to Master & Slave Patchburn can see both drive all okay.

    My problem now is why when i press the eject key on the keyboard does only the master Drive open. What do i need to do to get either top or bottom or both drives open when i want them to. I even swapped the drives about in postion in the carrier with no joy

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    You probably have to change jumpers so that the Master drive is where you want the eject button to work to. That's a good question, though; there are 2 5.25" optical drive bays, but the eject button only works for the drive set to Master???
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