CD-RW frtzed out in G4 Quicksilver

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CD-RW frtzed out in G4 Quicksilver

Today while burning a CD, I got an error message. Now my CD-RW doesn;t recognize any discs, and the door seems to open at random times.

Anyone know if this sounds like something easy for a clueless clutz to fix, or is this my excuse to replace it with a DVD-R Superdrive?

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I always check cables first.

I always check cables first. Pull both ends of the IDE cable (or three connections if you've got a zip or second optical drive), re-insert.

Unless you're inside the case a lot, or haven't owned it long and don't know the G4's maintenance history, I doubt the cable would need replacing. But if you've got one on hand...

If your problems persist, then I'd put money on the drive needing replacement.

And, er...it's a good excuse to get a DVD/R. (Note you don't need an Apple-specific drive. I've used a cheap Phillips 16x dual-layer with no problems)

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Really? I thought I heard, t

Really? I thought I heard, though, that you needed one of the regular drives to use iDVD, which I would really like to.

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Most drives work just fine ...

iDVD, iTunes, etc., can be "fooled" into supporting non-supported drives using PatchBurn. It's free, and you can download it here:

http://www.patchburn.de

I believe it's just the Toshiba drives that still cause problems.

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Cool! Thanks!

Cool! Thanks!

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With more recent OS X release

With more recent OS X release more and more drives "Just Work" anyway, even without PatchBurn.

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