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Apple Announces Firmware Update for iMacs with SuperDrives
Posted Nov 8, 2002 Print Version     Page 1of 1
  

Apple has announced the availability of a firmware update for the Pioneer SuperDrive DVD drives in its iMacs. The update will prevent the drives from being damaged by attempts to use high-speed (4X) DVD discs. While the drives still won't be able to write at 4X speed, the update allows the drives to use 4X media for 2X recording without incident. Pioneer first announced the need for an update in October. The DVD Forum has established new standards for high-speed recordable discs (4X for DVD-R and 2X for DVD-RW). Various media manufacturers have begun production of these discs that will soon be available in the marketplace. The source of the problem is a firmware "bug" in certain Pioneer DVD-R/RW recorders and drives, and not with the high-speed media itself. As a result, use of the new high-speed discs for recording on these particular Pioneer products may cause damage to both the loaded disc and to the drive/recorder. The following drives and recorders may be affected:

* Pioneer DVR-7000 DVD recorder
* Pioneer PRV-9000 Professional DVD recorder
* Pioneer DVR-A03 computer drive
* Pioneer DVR-103 comuter drive
* Pioneer DVR-A04 computer drive
* Pioneer DVR-104 computer drive

In addition to the above models, certain OEM computer systems containing Pioneer-manufactured DVD-R/RW drives are affected. Anyone who owns or uses any of the above-listed products should conduct the free firmware update immediately, prior to using the new high-speed media. While the aforementioned drives will still be unable to record at 4X, the firmware update will prevent them from being damaged by attempting to record at 2X on 4X media. Drives supporting DVD-RAM and + RW formats are not affected by this issue.

(http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/apple/imacsuperdriveupdate.html), (http://www.pioneerelectronics.com)

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