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Authored by: barryjaylevine on Feb 14, '03 09:12:18PM

I spoke with Apple second level tech support and was told that the firmware update "made the drive look harder at the media" (that's a quote). In so doing, media which may have worked in the past (like Ritek 2X) will not longer work at 2X. I received some Apple 2X media and, sure enough, it does burn at 2X in both iDVD and Toast.

Now, a more interesting detail has emerged. When I returned the now-not 2x-media to the mail order vendor, he said that Pioneer's firmware updater for Windows -will- permit the Ritek 2X media to burn at 2X but Apple's version of the firmware update will not. I was able to trade the Ritek media for another "true 2x" brand that, allegedly, will work fine. The more interesting detail, of course, is that Apple's firmware updater makes the drive not work with media that works fine (at 2x) in a PC. You can decide for yourself if Apple is doing you a favor by forcing you to buy better media or if Steve is behaving like Bill.

Thanks to the users who posted their findings. This was a problem that got me quite hot under the collar when I thought that Apple's firmware updater had crippled my drive down to 1X for DVD-R!

Regards to all!

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DVD-R Writing Speed
Authored by: Gottesfreunde on Feb 14, '03 09:22:12PM

i have an MDD Dual 1Ghz Mac with the 104 superdrive. In Toast i have observed that i have only the 1x speed option. i purchased this computer in October 2002.

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Authored by: tdang on Sep 04, '03 03:05:10PM

Has there been anymore word on an additional firmware update to allow 4x media to be burned at 2x speeds? My boss is worried that 2x media will become obsolete and we will be forced to buy replacement drives or just burn everything veeeerrryy slowly at 1x.


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