View Full Version : CD ROM drive compatibility

12-06-2000, 05:09 PM
I have a 7200 that came with a 8x CD. I am upgrading a 7500 to a G3/G4

Could I swap CD's or would I even notice?

Is it more pain than gain?


12-06-2000, 06:26 PM
It's not much pain, but why would you consider it? Is there a speed difference?

12-06-2000, 07:48 PM
Oh sorry - The 7500 has a 4x CD and the 7200/120 was one of the last shippped and it came with a 8x.

They should just swap right?

Thanks again

12-06-2000, 07:58 PM
Yes; just swap; both have Apple ROMs.

12-08-2000, 04:35 PM
something to consider: i also have a 7500 with stock 4x CD ROM drive and for some unknown reason it will not recognize CD's that I have burned with either toast or DirectCD. my other machines all mount the discs fine (powerbook and B/W G3 and I have installed the appropriate extensions on the 7500. I even burned the CD with the 7500 using a Yamaha external CD-RW at 4x speed. just food for thought before you consider keeping the old stock drive in the 7500.

12-08-2000, 08:09 PM
Bif...huh. I have no problems using burned CD's on any Macs I have...except for total failures. No machine/CD-drive I have used is that particular. I have burned CD's on a 7500 and a 9600 (external and internal burner) and the discs work in iMacs, 86/9600's, 7300, 7200 and a fabulous Perf 6320.

12-09-2000, 12:45 PM
I can only repeat what I said, both my 7500 stock apple drive and the stock apple drive in my performa 5200 cannot see the CD's that I burn with Toast or DirectCD. Can't explain it, just know that if I put a CD in the tray, it does not show on the desktop. This is true if I write session or write disc and I have even tried to look things over using APS Powertools and other disc utilities. Strange voodoo.

12-09-2000, 03:54 PM
Hey Bif....I understand the flukes of CDR's. And I know that I have had good luck with discs...but not my darned Yamaha burner. 2 separate flash upgrades killed 2 separate dives. Still waiting (going on 45 days) for a warranty replacement. Santa got my wish list for a Plextor, among other things. On an unrelated note....I just wish Home Stereo DVD players recognized CDR's. Some do...most don't. Ah, well....the breaks.

12-09-2000, 04:10 PM

Your readabilty problems could come from the quality and color of the blank media, dirty laser lens in the players, etc.

12-09-2000, 05:38 PM
You know...it's always the things you hear about 850 times and forget about...those are the things you should mention. Right on, Louie!! I was reading something about only gold-colored CR-R media being truly reliable. But I have been using the blue-tinted stuff for over a year in home, car, Mac and Discman use just fine, with a minimal per cent of problems. Next batch, I will get the goldness and see what the fuss is about.

12-09-2000, 06:35 PM
A little fine tuning my last post: my son came home and told me that the CD-R discs show up just fine and the CD-RW discs are the ones we have problems with. Sure enough, we tried some of each and it proved that was the truth. I have been using CDRW discs to do a lot of backing up as I am replacing some hard drives and trying to archive data, none of them will mount. but all of our CDR discs mount alright.

12-09-2000, 07:05 PM
Kids are the gift of God. I have the same problems with some CD-RW media. Most, in fact. Lemme do some checking up...