Pioneer has noted a
potential overheating problem
with its DVD-R optical drive mechanisms. These mechanisms are used by a number of computer and peripheral manufacturers, including Apple.
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Pioneer explained that certain drive mechanisms would require a firmware upgrade in order to avoid potential damage when used with new high-speed recordable 4x DVD-R and 2x DVD-RW discs.
“Various media manufacturers have begun production of these discs that will soon be available in the marketplace,” explained Pioneer, calling the discs a new standard established by the DVD Forum.
The company explained that the problem is related to a firmware bug in certain Pioneer-made DVD-R/RW recorders and drives that can cause the units and the media to, under certain circumstances, get damaged. The problem can be fixed with the application of a firmware upgrade.
Among those devices affected are the DVR-A03, DVR-103, DVR-A04 and DVR-104 computer drive mechanisms, along with “certain OEM computer systems containing Pioneer-manufactured DVD-R/RW drives.”
Pioneer has set up a Web page with links to firmware updaters, including a “Macintosh Updaters” link that yielded an “Under Construction” place marker as MacCentral posted this article.