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User disktool and System Profiler to eject stubborn CDROM discs
Authored by: PeterV on Dec 10, '03 11:44:07AM

I had this self same problem when I first installed my Pioneer A03 drive. I tracked the problem down to the drive going to sleep when my G4 went to sleep. I stopped my G4 from sleeping and haven't had a problem since.

I do remember seeing a mention of a utility that sets a preference to tell drives to never sleep, separate to the Mac's sleep. I've no idea what it's called or whether that would stop the problem and still allow your Mac to sleep. I never bothered trying it... I'd got the thing working, so worked on the premise of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!" :-)

Peter



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Spindownfix utility
Authored by: kdawg on Dec 10, '03 12:45:15PM

I think the utility your thinking of is called Spindownfix. This problem is documented on xlr8yourmac.com within the drive database archive. I too have the same problem. I have a Memorex 52MAXX 3252AJ. My solution has been not to leave a CD in the drive long enough to let the drive sleep. This seems to be a problem with OSX and third party CD drives not Toast.

The never put your Mac to sleep option doesn't seem to be the best solution because I leave my Mac on 24/7 as I'm sure most of you do too. Hopefully Apple has a fix for this in the near future.



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Spindownfix utility
Authored by: taikahn on Dec 10, '03 01:00:52PM

same problem here --

I simply choose to not sleep... and mine is on 24/7 ... not much else we can do ...

has anyone tried flashing the firmware (to the newest pioneer version) in a pc and then returning it to a mac... ???

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Firmware update
Authored by: acalado on Dec 10, '03 01:06:44PM

I searched the Pioneer support web site and couldn't find any firmware updates for my drive (Pioneer DVR-A06U). Probably aren't any yet as this drive is still pretty new I think...

Andy



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Firmware update
Authored by: kdawg on Dec 10, '03 02:24:33PM

Did you look here.
http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/pna/article/0,,2076_4249_2370254,00.html



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Firmware update
Authored by: acalado on Dec 10, '03 03:06:41PM

Guess I didn't search hard enough...

Do they make Mac updaters available? I really don't feel like moving the drive to a PC to install it. An alternative would be to run the updater in Virtual PC, but I'd be worried what would happen if it didn't work...

Andy



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Firmware update
Authored by: PigDawg on Dec 11, '03 11:11:55AM

The updater won't work in Virtual PC without some extra hardware. VPC doesn't have direct hardware access to an ATA drive such as your Pioneer drive (I have the same one.) But for some reason VPC does have direct hardware access to the drive if its connected through USB. This means that if you have an external USB case and you install your Pioneer drive in it you should be able to run the firmware updater in VPC.

Note: external firewire will not work. Only USB will work.

That latest firmware version for the A06/106 is 1.07. There is a cracked, region free version available out there if you know where to look. Also, there is no native Mac firmware updater for this drive.



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User disktool and System Profiler to eject stubborn CDROM discs
Authored by: Lt. Dan on Dec 10, '03 09:00:18PM

I also upgraded my G4/400 to an A05. Under Jaguar, my computer will go into a total kernel panic (Black screen and white text over my OS X desktop) if I leave any CD, DVD in the drive for any length of time without using. It is totally unrecoverable without a power button reboot. I tried updating firmware through Pioneer with no success. I avoid the crash by not leaving CD's in the drive. Everything else work fine. I am going to try the Spin utility mentioned. I have since upgraded to Panther but have not put the machine in a condition to crash ... Yet. I wish Apple would provide the neccesary Firmware that they put in "factory" drives.



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User disktool and System Profiler to eject stubborn CDROM discs
Authored by: Juan Cardona on Dec 11, '03 10:59:04AM

Simpler than all of comments:
1. Put your mac to sleep,
2. Wake-up it
3. The CDROM appears in the desktop as always, is ejectable again.

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