Apple has posted a SuperDrive Update Web page that offers more details about the company’s efforts to maintain compatibility between its Pioneer-built DVD-R optical drives and new high-speed media that’s coming to market.
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The page features a link to the iMac SuperDrive Update MacCentral advised readers of earlier today, and noted that a Mac OS 9 version, as well as a version for Power Mac G4s, will be “posted shortly.” Apple advises readers to re-visit the page for details as they become available.
Details about the compatibility issues between certain SuperDrive models and new high-speed DVD-R and DVD-RW media are outlined on the page. A list of frequently asked questions and their answers has also been posted, along with instructions for how to apply the firmware update, if necessary.Apple also noted that 17 inch flat-panel equipped iMacs, SuperDrive-equipped eMacs, and new-model Power Mac G4 manufactured since August 2002 already sport compatibility with the new high-speed media.
“To verify if your SuperDrive-equipped Power Mac G4 or iMac needs the update, click the Devices and Volumes tab of the Apple System Profiler application, and then click the CD-RW/DVD-R disclosure triangle to see information about the device. If the Vendor Identification field names a manufacturer other than Pioneer, you don’t need the update. If the Vendor Identification field names Pioneer as the vendor, you may need the update. For drives with the Product Identification DVR-104, no update is required if the Device Revision number is A227 or higher. For drives with the product Product Identification DVR-103, no update is required if the Device Revision number is 1.90 or higher.”