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

Boyer Jason jasonandrewboyer at gmail.com
Fri Dec 11 17:34:55 EST 2009

I actually have an entire Lombard shell, including CD drive that you may be able to use.  Let me know.


On Dec 11, 2009, at 2:24 PM, Frank Gruendel 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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