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Q: Generic internal Pioneer A05 DVD-R drive work with all iApps in G4/466? ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Generic internal Pioneer A05 DVD-R drive work with all iApps in G4/466?
Category: Computers > Hardware
Asked by: weegee-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 14 Apr 2003 23:35 PDT
Expires: 14 May 2003 23:35 PDT
Question ID: 190633
Can I put an internal Pioneer AO5 DVD-R drive in my Macintosh G4/466
and have it work with all the iApps from Apple?  (For example, Backup,
iDVD, iTunes, iMovie3, etc.)  My friend says you have to have an
"Apple-ROM" DVD-R (same drive but supposedly Apple puts some chip in
there)  but other people say Yes it works.  I don't want to buy one
until I know it will be 100% compatible.
Subject: Re: Generic internal Pioneer A05 DVD-R drive work with all iApps in G4/466?
Answered By: nishka-ga on 23 Apr 2003 20:07 PDT
Thanks for your question weegee!

Since I'm in the process of building a G4 based machine at the moment,
your question was one I had as well!  Thanks for giving me the
opportunity to research it.

The short answer is that yes, an internal Pioneer A05 DVD-R drive will
work with the iApps from Apple, as long as you're using OS X version

In my search I uncovered the following tidbits of information that may
be of interest to you:

Over at CNET, you'll find a comment from a satisifed A05 user who saw
the drive work on his machine with iDVD and other iApps:

One of the best Mac 'Tweak' sites,, has a few
discussions in their forums regarding the Pioneer drives.  Each of
these threads refers to the Pioneer A05/105 drive working with iDVD:

Finally, I came across a German thread on Google groups
(  I translated the thread and was able to get this
english translation in regards to the A05 drive:

"Yes, since Mac OS X 10,2,2 it fully supported. With iDVD functions
all internal DVD burner, which is built by Apple in the appropriate
models. Possibly also different models (however in each case Dvd r,
with iDVD 3 one is Dvd rw without also cheats to burn to be able). To
this topic always is/very recommendable"

You can find the German version of the thread here:

So, with reaction from literally across the globe, the answer to your
question is: yes.  It appears that if you're running OS X 10.2.2 you
should be able to use the A05 drive with your G4 and have full access
to the iApps.

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