[NTLK] Known problems with SR-8174-C model DVD drive in Apple Powerbook Pismo

Blake Hanes kissmyash933 at gmail.com
Fri Dec 11 17:31:08 EST 2009


You aren't alone. I've had numerous problems with Panasonic drives in my
Pismo's; However I've never had any problems with the drives in the
What you describe sounds exactly like the problems that I've had.

I've got a Pismo sitting here that I no longer use with a working drive in
it. I'm not sure what It'd cost to ship it to Germany, and I'm currently
very very broke. but perhaps we can work something out?


On Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 5:24 PM, Frank Gruendel <newtontalk at pda-soft.de>wrote:

> Hi folks,
> this post isn't off-topic although the subject makes you think so. I'm
> currently resurrecting my
> trusty ol' Powerbook Pismo for some Newton-related issues.
> This beast has a CD / DVD ROM drive, model number SR-8174-C, that is kind
> of unreliable. Some CDs
> and DVDs are mounted, some aren't. Quicktime even crashes when trying to
> play a particular Video CD.
> All these CDs and DVDs work fine in all other computers I've tried them in.
> This is why I bought an identical (used) drive at eBay last week. It
> arrived yesterday and, lo and
> behold, shows almost the same symptoms.
> Is this a known problem with the drives used in the Pismos and Lombards of
> that time? The drive in
> question was to the best of my knowledge manufactured by Panasonic. Does
> anybody here know of a
> different model that has the same form factor and would fit in the Pismo?
> Or would anybody here
> happen to have a drive that's definitely OK, or a Pismo he'd trade for
> Newton stuff or sell for
> parts?
> Thanks a lot
> Frank
> -- Newton software and hardware at http://www.pda-soft.de
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