Mike: Great site ! I learn something of real use almost every day.
This is a follow-up to your article last week (7/31 news page) about Ed Lai's use of a Dell combo drive in his Pismo.
Based upon your article, I decided to look for a similar drive at
something less than Dell or VST's [actually that's MCE's combo drive, noted in the 7/31 news post.-Mike] list price.
I found and bought a Matsushita UJDA 710 combo drive on eBay,
but it does contain address and phone number in Los Angeles. I paid
$147.50 plus tax ($11.80) and
shipping ($7.50, UPS ground) for a total of $166.80. (NOTE - prices now are as much as double this based on some reader's comments on bid pricing)
While I haven't found an english data sheet, this is apparently an
8X/4X/24X/8X drive. [Note - this is faster than the 4x4 Toshbia R2002 drives usually found in notebook models, including the 2001 iBook combo drive model-Mike]
In addition to the
Matsushita UJDA 710 on the label it has a part number CPO84335-01,
probably the part number of the PeeCee laptop
manufacturer the drive was intended for. The 50 pin miniature ATAPI
connector on the back of the drive is
identical to the stock LG drive and the Dell drive Ed Lai used. I moved
the 3-piece caddy/adapter from the stock Pismo drive
to the combo drive without any problem. All (4) screw holes lined up,
same threads, etc.
I put in in last nite and it works like a charm with stock Apple drivers
in MacOS 9.2:
[Note: A reader sent a note that this model is a 8x4 (4xCDRW), not an 8x8 model according to http://perso.club-internet.fr/farzeno/firmware/dvd/combo.htm.]
- DVD playback: perfect, indistinguishable from original LG DVD drive.
(Apple DVD software 2.7)
- Music CD playback: perfect. (AppleCD Audio Player 2.5.2)
- CD Booting: perfect, like original drive
- CDR: not supported in Apple Disc Burner 1.0.2, but works perfectly with
Roxio Toast Titanium 5.0.1 at 8X
- CDRW: same as CDR except that with the old media I have could only get 4X (which may actually be the max for this drive...will pick up a faster media and check again.)
This drive has a dark gray faceplate (similar to the Dell drive), but it
appears that it's shape is a bit closer to that of the
stock Pismo drive. To fit properly in the Pismo, I had to file a notch
in the lower right hand corner of the faceplate as
shown in the picture. I installed the drive temporarily without the
notch to get power to eject the mechanism. Faceplate
then removes with three screws so I could modify it off of the drive.
The pictures Ed sent seem to show a significant
(and fairly ugly!) gap around his Dell drive. This drive fits pretty
well, and the color is not objectionable, especially
as a trade-off for the added capability and excellent price for a faster
drive than the Dell.
UJDA710 before notch (as shipped
ComboDrive Atapi Connector
UJDA710 with Pismo Caddy
UJDA710 in Pismo (shows the "notch")
UJDA710 in Apple System Profiler (MacOS 9.2)
I'll put this info in your [drive] database as well...
iTunes/DiscBurner Support Mod Notes: On 8/13/2001 Bill sent a note on how he's gotten iTunes to support the drive:
Mike: Wow! Thanks for the coverage. If anyone else is half as happy as I
am with one of these UJDA710 drives in their Lombard or Pismo, they'll
still be ecstatic.
After three days of reading and burning with ZERO problems, I'm convinced
this is a slick, stable, and very cost effective addition to my Pismo.
I also looked at the "Authoring Support Files" folder from Apple's
Authoring Support Update 1.1.2 (AppleCareKnowledgeBase Article 120032).
There IS a "MatshitaCDR" file, but upon inspection of the Data Fork with
"BrainHex 1.1" the only laptop drive listed is a UJDA310 (a 4X/4X/20X
CDRW drive, I think...no DVD).
I used BrainHex 1.1 to change UJDA310 to UJDA710, and saved the modified
file as "MatshitaCDR (mod)", replaced the original file in the Authoring
Support Files folder in the extensions folder, and re-booted. (My
presumption/hope here being that Matsushita made little or no change in
the commands recognized between the UJDA310 and the newer UJDA710).
Now, BOTH Disc Burner and iTunes recognize the UJDA 710 as "supported"
and burn both CDRW and CDR discs without a hitch. I've include a capture
of the iTunes Advanced Preferences panel which shows the UJDA 710
recognized as a 8X CDR drive ! I'll probably still use Toast for most
burning, but having the drive play nice with ALL of the stock Appple
programs, after an almost trivial change to one extension file, is a
really nice plus.
Bill later sent the modified OS 9 iTunes support file for those that
do not want to make the modifications noted above. (Disclaimer: There are
no warranties or assurances that this support file will work for
OS X iTunes Support Mod File: (from the Nov 21st, 2001 main www.xlr8yourmac.com news page)
I asked the reader that sent the Expansion bay Matshita Combo DVD/CDRW drive OS X support file mod instructions (in last Friday's 11/16/2001 news) if he could stuff the modified file and send it here for readers that had asked for it. I don't have the drive to test this file with and you may need to use the terminal (root) or OS 9 to copy the file over the existing one. .
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