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1st June 2006, 09:59 AM
http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/sup...eupdatev20.html (http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/superdrivefirmwareupdatev20.html)

as taken from the website;

About this Update

The SuperDrive Firmware Update fixes burning speeds when writing to certain recordable DVD media.

You can print these instructions and refer to them while you are updating the firmware.

System Requirements

- Mac OS X v10.3.9 Panther or Mac OS X v10.4.6 Tiger

- One of the following products:
PowerBook G4 (12 -inch 1.5GHz)
PowerBook G4 (15-inch 1.33GHz, 1.5GHz, or 1.67GHz)
PowerBook G4 (17-inch 1.67GHz)
iMac G5 (17-inch 1.6GHz or 1.8GHz)
iMac G5 (20-inch 1.8GHz)
Mac mini G4

Installing the SuperDrive Firmware Update

Follow these steps to install the update:
1. Save all open documents and quit all applications.
2. Double-click the SuperDrive Firmware Update icon.

If you meet the system requirements and cannot update the firmware using this program, contact your local Apple Authorized Service Provider or an Apple Store retail location.

Important: Do not reset, shut down, or turn off power to your computer while updating the firmware. Doing so may damage your SuperDrive.

1st June 2006, 10:03 AM
I thought i'd reply again in case some admin wants to put that up somewhere as a sticky or something, but yeah... didn't work for me, it stated I didn't need the upgrade :\ (and I have what is mentioned above)

1st June 2006, 10:36 AM
I doesn't work for me either.
Powerbook G4 15" 1.5

1st June 2006, 11:13 AM
Worked on mine. Powerbook G4 12".

Firmware now reads as GAND/MMC-3.

1st June 2006, 12:44 PM
Won't work on a Powerbook G4 17 inch 1.67Ghz (not the Hi Res).

1st June 2006, 02:18 PM
Hopefully it makes drive dual-layer :D

1st June 2006, 02:48 PM
I am just hoping to burn 16x media at more than 2x speed.

1st June 2006, 03:35 PM
got a quote for an internal dual layer superdrive (8x)

$1040 believe it or not

1st June 2006, 05:40 PM
The firmware update, at least in my case has definatley fixed a few issues. I can now burn DVD+R and DVD-R 8x media at 8x speed. Previously DVD-R 8x would burn at 8x, but DVD+R 8x would only burn at max 2x speed. Also, 16x DVD-R now burns at 8x rather than the max of 2x. Certainly at step in the right direction. With respect to DL support. Does not look like it. I put in a blank DVD-R DL and it made strange noises for a while then ejected the disc.

1st June 2006, 07:38 PM
No update for 1.33 Powerbook 12 inch??? I thought the superdrives were the same in this model as in the others mentioned....

1st June 2006, 08:02 PM
Wasn't needed for my PowerBook G4 15inch 1.67Ghz. Waste of 7mb.

1st June 2006, 08:07 PM
worked on my G4 1.67 17inch

1st June 2006, 09:04 PM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(mechcon &#064; Jun 1 2006, 03&#58;35 PM) 178238</div>

got a quote for an internal dual layer superdrive (8x)
&#036;1040 believe it or not

I believe it. When NextByte got back to me on the same question after 13 weeks, they quoted more &#39;more than a thousand&#39;.

The update wasn&#39;t necessary on my PB15" 1.67Mhz.

2nd June 2006, 08:38 AM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(mechcon &#064; Jun 1 2006, 03&#58;35 PM) 178238</div>

got a quote for an internal dual layer superdrive (8x)
&#036;1040 believe it or not
It can be done way cheaper than this.
See the article (http://appletalk.com.au/articles/index.php?article=11706) I submitted last Sept. on upgrading a PB G4 15 to a SuperDrive.
A Matshita UJ-845 Master set drive (8x+/-, DVD RAM 3x, 2.4DL) can be had for &#036;US 95 + freight now.
If you don&#39;t want to install it yourself, an experienced tech should take about an hour to do it, so maybe 2hrs charge max. The drives were impossible to find on the shelf here in Oz.

2nd June 2006, 10:01 AM
Did not work on my Rev A G5 Imac 1.8 Ghz. This drive does have the problem as it will only burn 8x media at 2x, whereas it should be 4x.

Apple have added this to their support page

If you have a DVD drive UJ-845 this update will not apply and you will get the message "No devices were found that require this firmware update.

Still doesn&#39;t help the imac which has a UJ-825.

I have read on versiontracker.com that someone has looked into this update and found that it was only for UJ-835 drives.

2nd June 2006, 01:27 PM
I suggested this update to a colleague with a Mac Mini who had had some trouble burning in certain formats.
He ran the update and got the message that it was not required.
Immediately following this, a number of odd things happened.
For example: on launching MS Office (via Entourage) he was confronted with a "first run" situation: installing fonts, etc., etc.
Entourage treated him as a new user and asked for all his server details etc.
(These had been set by our in-house tech and aren&#39;t easy for the average punter to restore.)
Also, on running browsers (in this case Safari and Firefox), all the bookmarks etc. had disappeared.
There were also a few other apps that went into "first run" mode.
This user has an external HD backup that&#39;s about 4 weeks old.
Is there any way he can get all his prefs and settings back without doing a full re-clone (and losing files in the process)?
I suspect that the relevant info is in ~/Library and user/Library -- but that&#39;s just a guess.
All help would be appreciated.

Edit: Just called up and found it wasn&#39;t the MacMini involved here, it was an accidental installation on a G4 iBook.
Still the same problem remains.

2nd June 2006, 04:05 PM
Apple has altered the readme file to state that you require a UJ-835 now.