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Superdrive replacement questions

by sowana / September 24, 2007 4:27 AM PDT


I have a 12" G4 Powerbook (1.5 GHz PowerPC G4, 512 MB DDR SDRAM) running OS 10.3.9, with one of those crap MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-835E Superdrives that I haven't had the cash to replace (until now).

There are two places I'm thinking of using:

MacService (
IResQ (

Both companies install the Panasonic 8x dual layer, which I understand is what Apple also uses.

My questions:

1) Is the Panasonic as unreliable and prone to breakdown as I understand the Matshita to have been?

2) Is there a better drive out there? I've heard that Pioneer DVR-K05 is more reliable.

3) If you think I should just go with the Panasonic, do you have anything positive/negative to say about either of these companies?

Thanks in advance for your help!

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One POC for another?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 25, 2007 1:19 AM PDT

While you may call the UJ-835E carp I want to share with you a problem I see in the industry. They didn't do a good job of relaying that all these low prices came at the cost of lower years of life in the products. So I want to warn you that your replacement drive will likely last just as long as your UJ-835E.

That being said, I try to shop at the usual Mac outlets since they'll get me the drive that will "just work."

I know I get to replace these things about every 1 to 3 years depending on a variety of factors.


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Re POC swapping
by sowana / September 29, 2007 7:56 AM PDT
In reply to: One POC for another?

Thanks, Bob. You're right on. I think I'm going with the Pioneer drive.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 29, 2007 8:13 AM PDT
In reply to: Re POC swapping

I hope I've saved you from the RMA dance.


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