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mark palmos
FastMac BluRay installation problems (nightmare)
on Feb 12, 2008 at 4:25:15 pm

Hello all

I bought a FastMac Bluray just before New Year and have not got it to work yet... in part due to terriible lack of instructions by FastMac, but that has been patially sorted, the drive is now installed (not a job for the faint-hearted as you have to remove large quantities of your MacPro JUST to plug in the SATA cable (unbelievable)), but there are a bunch of problems.

If it is set to Slave (as FastMac say it should) then both the Eject and Alt-Eject commands cause the default DVD drive to open.

If it is set to Master, then Alt-eject opens the FastMac

BUT

No jumper setting will allow me to use the drive! I can put a CD, DVD, blank or with media into the FastMac Drive, and it never shows up in the Finder like the default DVD burner does. FastMac are looking into it, but I was wondering if having 4 SATA drives and then a SATA BluRay burner could be problematic.

Im a bit bamboozled and frustrated. FastMac are in the USA and my drive had to get shipped from there to the UK, so I would like to avoid sending it back if I can.

System profiler for this drive just has this info:

ATAPI BD B DH4B1S:

Model: ATAPI BD B DH4B1S
Revision: 7111
Serial Number: 0000030363
Native Command Queuing: No
Detachable Drive: No

Disk burning in system profiler says:
ATAPI BD B DH4B1S:

Firmware Revision: 7111
Interconnect: ATAPI
Burn Support: Yes (Generic Drive Support)
Profile Path: None
Cache: 2048 KB
Reads DVD: Yes
CD-Write: -R, -RW
DVD-Write: -R, -R DL, -RW, +R, +R DL, +RW
BD-Write: -R, -RE
Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw, DVD-DAO
Media: Insert media and refresh to show available burn speeds

Any tips anyone?
Thanks
Mark.


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Jeff Carpenter
Re: FastMac BluRay installation problems (nightmare)
on Feb 12, 2008 at 5:45:33 pm

I always thought you needed a program like Toast to burn Blu-Ray discs. I didn't think Finder supported it. (I know DVD Studio Pro doesn't.)

Is FastMac saying otherwise? I'm not saying I'm correct, but if they ARE saying that Finder can burn Blu-Rays, it's news to me.



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mark palmos
Re: FastMac BluRay installation problems (nightmare)
on Feb 12, 2008 at 6:03:26 pm

Finder does not burn BluRay disks.

What I was saying is that Finder does not show anything when you put a CD or a DVD into the FastMac drive (it should)

Mark.


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mark palmos
Re: FastMac BluRay installation problems (nightmare)
on Feb 12, 2008 at 6:03:28 pm

Finder does not burn BluRay disks.

What I was saying is that Finder does not show anything when you put a CD or a DVD into the FastMac drive (it should)

Mark.


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Mark Palmos
Re: FastMac BluRay installation problems (nightmare)
on Feb 13, 2008 at 4:35:43 pm

Hello all
FastMac sent me an RMA to return the machine. I tried it in my PC at home, had similar lack of response and some clunking noises... so it must be a faulty drive.
Its pretty lame this seems to be about the only drive out there for mac.
Ta
Mark.


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Gary Milligan
Re: FastMac BluRay installation problems (nightmare)
on Feb 14, 2008 at 7:37:53 am

[Mark Palmos] "Its pretty lame this seems to be about the only drive out there for mac."

Not so. Check this out: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/optical-drives/superdrives/

I've been using an internal Bluray drive from these guys for over a year now (data only) and it plays very well with my system. I don't know if they ship overseas though. Good luck.

Gary

This is me - this is what I do - http://web.mac.com/garymmw


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Mark Palmos
Re: FastMac BluRay installation problems (nightmare)
on Feb 14, 2008 at 7:50:53 am

hmmm
the external is tempting since i have a macbookpro too...
maybe i will ask for a refund instead of another one.
thanks for the headsup.
mark.


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