If you’ve installed an internal DVD-R drive sold by a third party and you want to make sure its firmware is updated for compatibility with the new, faster media now becoming available, visit
Pioneer’s Web site.
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Pioneer’s firmware update is specifically for Mac users who have installed internally Pioneer A03/DVR-103 or DVR-A04/DVR-104 mechanisms sold by third parties, not for Macs that have SuperDrives equipped from the factory. The firmware update runs in Mac OS 9.2.2, and will not run natively in Mac OS X or the “Classic” environment. Pioneer said they are investigating methods to update its DVD-R mechanisms in external FireWire configurations as well, although it won’t promise that such updates will be available.
Pioneer first noted that older DVD-R drives — including certain mechanisms installed as Apple “SuperDrives” and some sold by third-party peripheral makers — needed a firmware update in order to avoid being physically damaged by using “high-speed” DVD-R media now coming to market.
Apple has since released an
iMac SuperDrive Update aimed specifically at some 15 inch flat panel iMacs afflicted with the problem, and has outlined some technical issues on
its own Web site, including a promise that updates will be provided for Power Mac G4s equipped with the SuperDrive.