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PatchBurn is a tool to patch existing CD/DVD-drivers or to generate and install new device profiles.

It allows many, otherwise unsupported burners to be used directly with Mac OS X, iTunes and DiscBurner.

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Version 4.0.5:
  • This is just a maintenance release. No major changes! This version will never expire!


Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Pacman Member IconComment+89

I couldn't get the download-button to work, but I found it here...

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Version 4.0.5
G3 Enthusiast Member IconComment+0
G3 Enthusiast

I have a G3 OSX (10.4), with 768 MB mem. and patchburn 4.0.5 running a Pioneer DVD-RW DVR-112D on a firewire 400 port.
The unit was working fine until one day it would present this problem for burning:

BE Error - Sense Error
(02h,04h,08h) Not ready
Logical unit not ready, long write in progress

Thinking the unit broke, I checked it with another mac and it worked fine.

The firewire ports work fine with external HD and all other gadgets.

The burning process just stops, the busy light stops blinking but the unit seems to have the disk spinning for a while until it stops and shows the error.

I have guessed that the firmware of the unit may be faulty. Can it be updated?

Thank you for any insights.

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Version 4.0.5
Mok.In.Touch™ Member IconComment+24

The downloaded zip file is good for relaunching desktop. Every time you click on it, it just relaunching your desktop for you and nothing else.

Can't even contact the developer coz his email is 'closed'.

This is crap!

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Version 4.0.5

Something is wrong with your Mac. I just downloaded this file and the .zip file opens with no issues.


Every zip file in my machine opens without issue except just this one. I have downloaded it 5 times from different sources and it reacts the same.



I have no idea but there is nothing wrong with the file, and that is for certain.

EchoRob Member IconComment+269

Why is this application needed ? I recently bought a External firewire case and Dvd/CD writer and it's fully supported by the os with firewire or USB2 under tiger and leopard

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Version 4.0.5
Scroop Moth Member IconComment+0
Scroop Moth

PatchBurn used to work beautifully on my g3 imac. After I updated Tiger, however, apple dvdPlayer stopped opening. It used I've to play video TS files and discs on my firewire dvd drive. But now dvdPlayer presents the message, "There was an initialization error. A valid DVD drive could not be found [-70012]"

I've deleted the old PatchBurn file and installed PatchBurn 4.03, but the error message still appears whenever I try to open Apple DVDPlayer.

I'm sorry I donate to the developer when PatchBurn was working. I will if I can can figure out how to make it work again.

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Version 4.0.3

Have you tried deleting the Apple DVD Player preferences file? It is named com.apple.DVDPlayer.plist

andyj4577 Member IconComment+0

I used Patchburn 3.1.6 on my G4 Dual 1.25GHz MDD running OS X 10.3.9 and it now recognizes my PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-111D. Unfortunately, all the menu items in Apple's System Profiler are now in German, how do I change these back to English?

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Version 4.0.3
patddfan1 Member IconComment+0

I tried it with my DVD Burner (Sony DRX-830UL-T) and Patch Burn 3 (OS X 10.3.9) called it 'sony DRU-830A' and also stated no profile! how do I fix this problem so I can use my DVD burner w/ the finder?

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Version 4.0.2

patchburn 4 is for tiger, go to the website an download version 3 for panther

Juki Member IconReview+3

I've got a 5 year old Powerbook stored in a closet; haven't used it in a long time since i upgraded to a newer model. It doesn't have CD burn capability, so I acquired a Sandisk external CD burner from a friend; it's also about 5 years old.
Installed PatchBurn 4.0.1, hooked up my Sandisk burner and voila!, Cds burn easily and without problems.
PatchBurn is really simple to use; integrates seamlessly with my PB's OS. It's a real class act.... Kudos to the developer!

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Version 4.0.1
attentionwandered Member IconReview+3

If i could give this more then five stars i would.

It saved me mucccchhh money and time and lets me finally burn cds quickly and effectively.

i used some magicspin cd burner i got from radio shack and it works flawlessly, burning full speed with toast and after restarting my computer a couple times.

its funny how the cd burner is bigger then my entire mac mini though

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Version 4.0.1
Etnier Member IconComment+16

Patchburn fixed the problem I had wherin moving to 10.4.3 meant my optical drive would eject recorded disks.

Can't contact the developer. Does anyone know if I have to do anything other than run Patchburn again when installing a new optical drive??? I have one on order

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Version 4.0a4
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Downloads 41,322
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Date 31 Oct 2007
Platform OS X / PPC 32
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