I've sent DVD+R DL to a bunch of PowerPC G4/G5 users and some said the disk was ejected after few seconds.

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I noticed on some MacBooks and MacBook Pro(s), that the internal "media/super-drives" are very picky, especially when it comes to DVDs and other problems, which in this case are not much relevant. (Individual user experience maybe?)

  • You can always try to use a different DVD brand/producer. That might do the trick, at least in my experience.
  • It sometimes is a good idea to use "low burn speed rates", depending on the contents you are going to burn and also to use buffer settings within the application itself, to prevent faulty sectors/errors.
  • Though it shouldn't be a problem at all, it is a good idea to use common applications, like "Disk Utility.app" or "Toast.app", which are common on the other users system too.

If they've a PowerPC G4/G5 machine make sure 100% they do actually have SuperDrives. No SuperDrive means no DVD compatibility, and it'll eject it when it finds it can't read it.

i.e. The iBook line didn't get SuperDrives unless they were the high end option or built to order, so there were a lot of machines out there without DVD support.

  • How would they install Leopard for example without DVD compatibility ?? Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 14:37
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    Have they got Leopard installed? If they do (which as far as I know was DVD only) then something about your specific DVD is causing the drives to fail to read them, I remember having issues with specific formats and sticking to DVD-R (or similar, long time ago) to work around. Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 14:43

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