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I've found the solution, if anyone is still interested.
Authored by: Bengt77 on Oct 12, '05 01:39:13AM

Download the firmware patch for your dvd-rw drive from this page. It's a self-executable zip-file. When double clicked, the file will expand itself. Alas, this only works on Windows, but with Virtual PC it will work like a charm. And else, do it on any PC you have access to. When opened, a command will open that gives you an error message saying the target drive could not be found. Ignore it and close the Command Prompt window. Look for the expanded folder/files. Notice the file that has a *.141 extension. Rename it to 1.41.

Now, download the right Pioneer firmware flasher for your drive from this page. Open the disk image, copy it as a folder and replace the firmware file (it should be called 1.40) file with the file you've renamed to 1.41 earlier.

Then comes the tricky part. Open the Terminal Command file (with the *.command extension) in TextEdit and replace all the references to the old firmware number (1.40) with the new number (1.41). Then double click the Terminal Command file and follow the steps. If the patching fails, just restart your Mac and try again. I had to restart too, and after that it worked beautifully. After the patch, restart again and check System Profiler. It will now list 1.41 as the revision number for your DVR-104 drive.

I've tested this method personally, yesterday. Works like a charm, with any media (even the really cheap ones, yes). Had to do a lot of dvd burning lately, and wish I'd found this hack earlier. But well, better late than never, right? So, for anyone still interested in giving your good old Pioneer DVR-104 drive 2x burning capabilities again, go ahead and do the trick...

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I got Bengt77's solution to work, eventually...
Authored by: rdaveh on Jan 21, '06 08:19:45PM

Thank you Bengt77 for this solution! For what it's worth, I couldn't get it to work under OSX 10.3.9. The Terminal Command file would get to a point where it would ask me if I wanted to continue, and would abort no matter how I responded to the question. On a hunch, I booted with an OSX 10.2.8 disk that I still have, and the process ran with no problem. I'm happy to report that my DVR-104 now burns at 2X! (NOTE: I only had to boot into 10.2.8 to run the updater; 10.3.9 recognized the drive's new firmware after the update)

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