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My Mac Pro came with a Sony/NEC AT-7170A CD/DVD writer installed.  The only thing I use it for is watching rented DVDs, but lately it fails to read 1 out of 2.  I have tested it several times and it's always the same discs that do and don't work, so I don't think it's an optical problem.  Neither Sony nor NEC offer's a Mac firmware update, and necflash for Mac, which I only got to work once, did not solve the problem.  Fine - DVD readers and even writers are cheap so I'll just get a new one.  But I don't know what to get.  Pretty much anything will work in a Windows system, but how do I know if a given drive from my local electronics store will work in a Mac?  Do they all work, much the same as magnetic media, or is it OS specific?  Does anyone have a recommendation?  I should add that just a reader is fine - the writer in the one I have works fine and I have two bays.

Mike

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Hi,

Just ask for a drive to work specifically in your Apple appliance.

That way if it doesn't then surely you can return it as being unfit for the purpose they supplied it for?

HTH,

Alan.
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Doesn't work that way in Japan, unfortunately.  If you want certified Mac compliant hardware, you gotta go to the Mac store and buy the one and only thing they sell, which invariably is a ridiculously overpriced brick of junk made by LaCie.  Anyway, I took the chance and bought a Pioneer.  Works perfectly.  If you do not object, I will ask that this question be deleted.

Mike
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No objection - I learnt something about Japan along the way anyway!
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To be fair to Japanese retailers, some bigger stores DO carry officially Mac-ready stuff (a major change from 10 years ago) but if it does not explicitly say "Mac OS X" on the box somewhere, they offer no help.  There's places in Akihabara that are a little more accomodating, but that's about it.

Cheers,

Mike

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