eMac with a SuperDrive

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in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
Does anyone know if there is or if there will be a SuperDrive version of the eMac any time soon?
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  • Reply 1 of 34
    franckfranck Posts: 135member
    eMac is definitely a "Low-end" computer.

    I highly doubt Apple will ship it with a Superdrive anytime soon.
  • Reply 2 of 34
    Well, it isn't very cost effective, but if you REALLY want one, you could always just follow these simple instructions:



    1. Purchase eMac



    2. Purchase SuperDrive-equipped PowerMac



    3. Once each is recieved in mail, remove SuperDrive from PowerMac



    4. Perform warranty-killing operation on eMac to transplant CD-RW drive with newly acquired SuperDrive.



    5. Pray it works



  • Reply 3 of 34
    leonisleonis Posts: 3,427member
    Get an "aftermaket" IDE SuperDrive from Pioneer and then snap it into an external Firewire/IDE case and you are set.



    Yes, iDVD won't work with this but DVD SP does.



    I don't understand why people are so tighten up with the internal solution



    [ 06-05-2002: Message edited by: Leonis ]</p>
  • Reply 4 of 34
    mrbilldatamrbilldata Posts: 489member
    Leonis, I have read and heard that people have had problems using external DVD writers with their Macs, so I was hoping there might be an internal option for the eMac.
  • Reply 5 of 34
    thuh freakthuh freak Posts: 2,664member
    i think it'll be a while, but is very likely to happen. iMac was lowend, and now it has 1. its only in 1 of the 3 permutations, but its there. it might be a few years tho b4 the eMac gets won.
  • Reply 6 of 34
    vr6vr6 Posts: 77member
    This is what I emailed Steve Jobs and asked for, primarily because I think that my 2 year old would destroy one of the new iMacs, and also because I want a superdrive but I don't want to pay for an LCD display (the eMac has a larger, higher resolution, FLAT screen than the iMac).



    I don't know why they don't make this available.
  • Reply 7 of 34
    noahjnoahj Posts: 4,503member
    I would be willing to bet that within 6-9 months there will be a superdrive equipped eMac.
  • Reply 8 of 34
    andersanders Posts: 6,523member
    Now we are at it I want a LCD equipped eMac.
  • Reply 9 of 34
    emaneman Posts: 7,204member
    Within a year I bet there'll be an eMac with a Superdrive.
  • Reply 10 of 34
    agtagt Posts: 5member
    [quote]Originally posted by vr6:

    <strong>the eMac has a larger, higher resolution, FLAT screen than the iMac</strong><hr></blockquote>



    The eMac's screen isn't bigger than the iMac's. 17 inches CRT is equivalent to 15 inches LCD.



    Agt "an ipod, my kingdom for an iPod!"
  • Reply 11 of 34
    flounderflounder Posts: 2,674member
    [quote]Originally posted by Agt:

    <strong>



    The eMac's screen isn't bigger than the iMac's. 17 inches CRT is equivalent to 15 inches LCD.



    Agt "an ipod, my kingdom for an iPod!"</strong><hr></blockquote>



    16" viewable versus 15.

    Plus a higher resolution. I'd say it's bigger.....
  • Reply 12 of 34
    scott f.scott f. Posts: 276member
    [quote]Originally posted by Leonis:

    <strong>Get an "aftermaket" IDE SuperDrive from Pioneer and then snap it into an external Firewire/IDE case and you are set.



    Yes, iDVD won't work with this but DVD SP does.



    I don't understand why people are so tighten up with the internal solution



    [ 06-05-2002: Message edited by: Leonis ]</strong><hr></blockquote>



    External FireWire drives do NOT (fully) work with DVD-StudioPro. It will NOT allow you to preview your work or test the code before burning... which is *almost* useless. With the external, you cannot use iDVD, DVD Player or DVD-StudioPro (to it's fullest extent).



    I ended-up buying an internal and replaced my CD-RW drive... it all works fine now.
  • Reply 13 of 34
    bradbowerbradbower Posts: 1,068member
    I asked an edu rep this when it first came out (the day of, I believe), and he told me that Apple is still pursuing interest for this before they release such a product -- and education customers are basically cheap and would have had very little use for a SuperDrive, when they could use those hundreds of dollars elsewhere. At that time I don't think they even expected consumers to want it, or at least not seriously, so the story is probably different now, and they're probably holding off until the iMac has a few more good reasons for consumers to choose it over the eMac before they go and do that...
  • Reply 14 of 34
    junkyard dawgjunkyard dawg Posts: 2,801member
    [quote]Originally posted by Steve's Job:

    <strong>Well, it isn't very cost effective, but if you REALLY want one, you could always just follow these simple instructions:



    1. Purchase eMac



    2. Purchase SuperDrive-equipped PowerMac



    3. Once each is recieved in mail, remove SuperDrive from PowerMac



    4. Perform warranty-killing operation on eMac to transplant CD-RW drive with newly acquired SuperDrive.



    5. Pray it works



    </strong><hr></blockquote>





    I'd like to add to this:



    Before buying the Powermac, BE 100% CERTAIN that you can return it no questions asked, even if the box is open. I believe there are several mail order warehouses with such return policies.



    Once you receive both the eMac and the Powermac in the mail, swap the optical drives between the two. Repackage the Powermac (now containing a CD-RW drive) and send it back for a refund.



    Now you've got an eMac with a Superdrive and you only paid for a CD-RW eMac.



    Be sure that you're extremely careful not to leave any scratches or telltale marks when working on the Powermac, it's important that they can not detect any tampering. Be particularly careful with screws, you don't want any stripping! If you don't leave any marks on the Powermac, there is no way they can prove that it did not come with the CD-RW drive, and in fact it is very likely they will not notice until some poor bastard buys it as an open-box sale item. It would also be wise to purchase the eMac and the Powermac from different retailers to cover your tracks.



    Good luck!



  • Reply 15 of 34
    vr6vr6 Posts: 77member
    [quote]Originally posted by Scott F.:

    <strong>\\



    I ended-up buying an internal and replaced my CD-RW drive... it all works fine now.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    In what machine did you do this? Where did you get the internal drive? How much did you pay for it? And where did you get iDVD?
  • Reply 16 of 34
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,341member
    I hope someone dropping $995 on DVD SP is not looking at an eMac.



    I'm hoping that a few more companies come bring their DVD Creation apps to the Mac. iDvd is decent but I don't want to rely on free software.



    Roxio..are you listening?
  • Reply 17 of 34
    thuh freakthuh freak Posts: 2,664member
    [quote] I don't want to rely on free software. <hr></blockquote>



    why? the fact that you did NOT have to shell out extra dough for a product should not in any way be held against it. Studies have shown that free software is very reliable. the most popular web server (apache, which sits under many osx boxes) is free; and its reliable. You should check out the free software foundation (gnu.com), where everything is free + gratis.



    ow. my thinking hertz.
  • Reply 18 of 34
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,341member
    [quote]Originally posted by thuh Freak:

    <strong>



    why? the fact that you did NOT have to shell out extra dough for a product should not in any way be held against it. Studies have shown that free software is very reliable. the most popular web server (apache, which sits under many osx boxes) is free; and its reliable. You should check out the free software foundation (gnu.com), where everything is free + gratis.



    ow. my thinking hertz.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    It's not that I don't hold it against iDVD but my experience has shown :



    1. Paid software is more apt to have the features it's users want added quicker.



    2. Apache is the most prevalent Web Serving app but Zeus is faster with more features.



    <a href="http://www.zeus.com/library/articles/zeusvsapache.html"; target="_blank">A biased comparison </a>



    I don't want to worry about making sure that my DVD Burners are internal to use them to the fullest. FW is fast enough to support any Tech that Apple requires concerning DVD Burning.
  • Reply 19 of 34
    icruiseicruise Posts: 127member
    I know someone who took the superdrive out of an LCD iMac and put it into an eMac, so it is certainly possible. Not for the faint of heart, perhaps...
  • Reply 20 of 34
    powerdocpowerdoc Posts: 8,123member
    [quote]Originally posted by Anders:

    <strong>Now we are at it I want a LCD equipped eMac.</strong><hr></blockquote>



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