Superdrives can't read DVD+R & DVD+RW?
July 13, 2004 9:02PM
Current Mac Hardware
edited January 2014
Is it correct that the superdrives in Powerbooks are not capable of reading DVD+R & DVD+RW disks? What about the combo drives? Can they read DVD+R & DVD+RW? Or can they only read DVD-R and DVD-RAM? Thanks for the help.
Reply 1 of 4
July 14, 2004 12:14PM
I guess this was a stupid question, since the stats clearly do not mention DVD+R and DVD+RW. However, I'm still surprised that they would not support reading these formats.
Reply 2 of 4
July 14, 2004 12:42PM
I'm surprised too. I thought they only had the inability to BURN these types of media. However, most of the newer powerbooks have drives that support both, but are limited by the firmware due to politics. I found a 3rd party firmware update for mine a while ago, and it bumped the speed up to 2X and also added +R support. Slightly risky mod though.
Reply 3 of 4
July 14, 2004 1:08PM
I heard somewhere that they work but aren't offically supported. Dunno, I've never tested it.
Reply 4 of 4
July 14, 2004 2:23PM
I have a TiBook 867 with combo drive purchased in November 2002. It won't read the + format. However, I took a DVD+RW disc I had burned on my PM G4 to CompUSA and tried it on a G5, PM G4, a PB and iBook and it mounted on everyone. So I guess the newer drives will, the older ones won't.
If you can you might want to take a + disk to an Apple dealer and see if it'll mount.