Apple has released a
Power Mac SuperDrive Update for Mac OS 9. It’s the last in a series of firmware updates the company has been releasing since November to correct problems with certain Mac models equipped with Pioneer-manufactured DVD-R optical drives.
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Pioneer noted that certain models of its DVD-R drives would need to be updated with new firmware to correct a potential problem involving the use of “high-speed” DVD-R and DVD-RW media now coming to market. Under certain circumstances, the affected drives could stop working if used with the new media.
Installed by Apple in various Mac models and referred to as the “SuperDrive,” Pioneer DVD-R mechanisms make it possible for Mac users to burn DVDs that can be played in regular home entertainment DVD players, along with data DVDs, CD-Rs and CD-RWs.
Apple responded to Pioneer’s warning by releasing firmware updates for SuperDrive iMacs and Power Mac G4s affected by the problem, and posted
a Web page
with specific information about the updates and what they do.
While Apple has previous released iMac updates for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X and a Power Mac G4 update for Mac OS X, this is the first time the company has offered a firmware update specifically for Power Mac G4 users continuing to run OS 9. It’s the last firmware update necessary to correct this issue.
Not all SuperDrive-equipped Macs needed to be updated with the new firmware, according to Apple. 17 inch iMacs, newer Power Mac G4s, and SuperDrive-equipped PowerBook G4s already have the latest firmware update installed at the factory. More details can be reviewed on Apple’s Web site.