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DVR-104 Firmware may restrict burning speed to 1x
Authored by: Levon River on Nov 03, '03 02:06:56PM

Although I posted my "me too" on this issue some months ago, I have renewed interest in it since I posted about this on Apple's discussion board, and my message was deleted! I have since reposted it there, and am posting more information here in hopes of bringing some focus and awareness to this for those who have been bitten by it. It's not just the imagination of people who have been so bot.

The problem in my case is on a Quicksilver 867 G4 with SuperDrive--PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-103.

Prior to succumbing to Apple's semi-hysterical warnings to update the firmware (to prevent the drive being fried with too-fast media), my SuperDrive uniformly wrote DVDs at 2x speed. I never even had to resort to paying for Apple's gouge-ware media: any 2x DVDs by any reputable manufacturer worked without incident.

Then, some many months ago, I saw the dire warnings, and--against my better judgement--downloaded the update and allowed it to be installed.

Ever since then, my SuperDrive will NOT write a DVD at 2x. Every attempt results in an error, usually (in Toast, at least) referring to something related to "underrun." Finally, in utter frustration, I broke down and paid for one box of Apple's overpriced discs (off-white, with a silver Apple logo), which claims to be "Certified for use with Apple DVD-R drives, 2x." On my very first attempt, with Toast set to 2x, I got the exact same error message.

There is absolutely no question in my mind that this change in performance began after installing the update, just as has been the case with others posting in this thread.

Yet there seems to be absolutely no address to this in the Apple Knowledge Base.

I'd like to know how and why this pathetic and unconscionable situation came about, and what can be done about it.

Levon River

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DVR-104 Firmware may restrict burning speed to 1x
Authored by: wantmore on Dec 28, '03 06:47:41PM


I bought some media and experience the problem described at This involves rebooting and SCRAPPING a dvd-r disc. I believe SCRAP is unacceptable.

My drive runs under version 1.20 (I have Superdrive update 1.0 installed) and Pioneer says this should be updated. My question: what is Apple waiting for? I want the same latest greatest firmware on my drive that Pioneer makes available for free for pc users!

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