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Apple Releases SuperDrive Firmware Update v2.0 [Updated:]

 
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2006 2:31 pm    Post subject: Apple Releases SuperDrive Firmware Update v2.0 [Updated:] Reply with quote

Apple Releases SuperDrive Firmware Update v2.0
Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Apple has released the SuperDrive Firmware Update v2.0 for PPC-based Mac minis with a SuperDrive. The update fixes burning speeds when writing to certain recordable DVD media. It requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, and is offered as a one-click installation. You should not reset, shut down, or turn off power to your computer while updating the firmware. Doing so may damage your SuperDrive. If you cannot update the firmware using this program, Apple suggests that you contact your local Apple Authorized Service Provider or an Apple Store retail location.

[Update:] The SuperDrive Firmware Update v2.0 will only work with a PPC-based Mac mini that has either a MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-835E or UJ-835F SuperDrive.



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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2006 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, is this safe to perform? I updated the SMC firmware, and some software just stopped to function. I had to phone both Apple and Adobe, and the guy at Adobe mailed me a workaround because I couldĀ“nt reinstall the Adobe suite afer the upgrade. Do the guys at Apple really test out these upgrades against major softwares? Smile) Strata
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2006 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Be aware that this is for G4 (PPC) Mac Minis only.
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2006 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

should i install this update for my ppc mini? whenever i go to the apple menu and choose "software update," it doesn't show up in the list of suggested updates. i should note, however, that my superdrive was installed after the fact and was not shipped with my machine. it is the panasonic dvr-k05 and not whatever stock model that you'd get if you ordered a superdrive at the time of purchase. should i update or not? thoughts?
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2006 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Strange, wont install for me. I am using a 1.5 Ghz PPC Mac Mini.

This is what the About This Mac thing says:

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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2006 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's about time they released an update for this issue! I will be installing it on my mini and iMac tonight.

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Strange, wont install for me. I am using a 1.5 Ghz PPC Mac Mini.


Did you quit all open applications?
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2006 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to the site, my G4 Mini qualifies.

According to the installer, no applicable hardware was found.

I have a "Matshita DVD-R UJ-825" Super Drive. Maybe some models update and others don't?

I have a feeling we're going to hear more about this.

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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2006 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got this from the macbidouille site:
http://www.macbidouille.com/news/2006-05-31/#12867

-> according to the code, this only concerns the following ones:

MATSHITA UJ-835E and UJ-835F


Here's another site:
http://xlr8yourmac.com/
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2006 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

techpusa wrote:
-> according to the code, this only concerns the following ones:

MATSHITA UJ-835E and UJ-835F


Yep. Mine is a UJ-845C and the update indicates no applicable hardware as well.
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2006 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

greg wrote:
techpusa wrote:
-> according to the code, this only concerns the following ones:

MATSHITA UJ-835E and UJ-835F


Yep. Mine is a UJ-845C and the update indicates no applicable hardware as well.


FWIW, I have a UJ-835 and got the Firmware message when I ran Software Update.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 6:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

greg wrote:


Yep. Mine is a UJ-845C and the update indicates no applicable hardware as well.


I got home from work and it turns out that I have the UJ-845C in my mini (BTO option) and Pioneer DVR-K04 in my iMac. Looks like a no go here.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apple blew this one, in my estimation. A little extra information included on the download page would have saved time and frustration for a lot of people.

Of the people who successfully updated the firmware, has anyone noticed an improvement?

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the UJ-845 so no go for me.

What kind of problems were there with the other models?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

macinabox wrote:
What kind of problems were there with the other models?


They were only able to burn at 2x with certain brands of blank DVDs.
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