Ahh..i do digress about verification. Was having no problems when burning memorex with my slow factory installed mac drive. But now**...when trying to use my Plextor (with memorex disks)...have had a few veification problems that resulted in some problems with the final burnt copy...and a few other errors during the burn process (aside from the verification stage) as well.
So...i should probably check the plextor site for recommended media?....and just let popcorn burn at "best" speed (rather than setting it to 16x)? You think that's a step in the right direction?
Hopefully there's no other bugs with simply running popcorn on my mac through an external? The plextor IS working on my mac mini..playing disks fine...and "kind of" working with popcorn. You don't think there's anything else i'm missing (aside from checking for more appropriate media & the other things i mentioned)? I'm downloading the popcorn patch (again) for my newly downloaded version of popcorn 2. Also i downloaded the "MAC PATCH" to ensure that everything w. the Plextor is 100%. Yet..i did have some start up problems after the Mac Patch required a restart. I hope i didn't do anything wrong there? If you ever downloaded the Mac Patch..did you find any problems with that?
Well..obviously i'm totally new to the Mac platform...and new to popcorn...AND...formatting everything properly for an external burner. If you might have any other recommendations / suggestions i'm all ears!!!
Oh..one more thing (which again should maybe be in a new post..or a "mac" post): Do you know of any specifications or requirements i may need for ensuring my external burner is running at top speed? I heard that i needed an 80-WIRE IDE CABLE to ensure fastest times...but...then i heard those are only used with internal drives. Other stuff: Should a high speed usb 2.0 cord work just fine..or does fire wire work faster......and.....lastly......I've seen all sorts of recommendations that Toast Lite is needed for properly running my mac w. an external burner. But again, the plextor works. I mean is it that i just need "any" software (like Popcorn, obviously)..or should i also check into Toast as well?
Sorry for the information overload. Just with this new mac mini i've had quite a few problems...and am really needing all the help i can get.
Should you decide to reply to some of this excessively long inquiry you're awesome. If not i'll just keep checking all the different forums on here & mac.
THANKS AGAIN TSANTEE!!!!!!!!!
Can't resist the temptation to be awesome. It sounds like you've got everything well in hand. Memorex does cause problems for lots of users and the newer faster discs of most brands is worse than the older slower media. It seems the drives have had problems with 16X speeds and media. If you ever get to burning dual-layer discs I definitely suggest staying with Verbatim DVD+R DL for compatibility with most drives.
When you select Best with Popcorn the disc will be burned as fast as the drive and the media will allow. It may be very slow or very fast. Some brands of media rated at the same speed may burn faster than other brands.
One thing to be aware of is the Save as Disc Image feature in the Popcorn File menu. Sometimes it can be better to save the disc image file and then burn that to DVD using the Image File setting. Do this if you ever run into problems.
As for needing Toast, that depends on the drive. Apple has native support for many but not all drives. Even if the drive is natively supported for burning from iTunes, iPhoto, iDVD and the Finder you may want Toast 7 any way for its features and ease of use.
I prefer connecting my drive via Firewire rather than USB 2. You can try it both ways to see which one works best for you.