[QUOTE=evo69;2234560]I disagree to an extent… I had to use “Patchburn” to make some of my non-Mac supported drives useable with my G4 on several occasions. While Patchburn only made device profiles to make some drives accessible under PPC Macs, they wouldn’t work well (or not at all) if those device profiles weren’t present.[/QUOTE]
The device profiles don’t have anything to do with hardware compatibility, and they aren’t drivers. A profile simply lets the OS know what the drive is capable of and what features it supports. Every drive that works out of the box with OS X already has a device profile. The need to install them is a result of a failure on the part of pre-Leopard systems to have the proper information about a drive already installed or detected by the OS. It’s the most minor of tweaks, and everyone using Tiger or before uses it. That has nothing to do with PPC vs. Intel, or with actual compatibility. An issue of compatibility is when something is hardware incompatible, or requires a non-standard hack to get something to work. Device profiles are a standard part of the OS. All PatchBurn does is install what the OS should have done automatically when you plugged it in. This falls squarely on the shoulders of the software people, not the hardware people. It’s not about the machine, but the operating system.
As for the problem you had with the DVD-ROM and other drive, I’d really like to know what sort of error you had there. I never found a situation in which it didn’t work. As I said, it’s not doing anything special or non-standard.