View Full Version : part # of new Powerbook 2X superdrive?

Sep 21, 2003, 12:34 AM
can someone please tell me the Mat****a/Panasonic part number of the new 2X superdrive in the just released Powerbooks? I am trying to see if it is the same 1X drive that I have in my TiBook with just a firmware upgrade. My part number is UJ-815. i *think* the firmware upgraded Superdrive is part number UJ-815A (according to some posts i have read)


Sep 24, 2003, 10:20 AM


Sep 24, 2003, 08:29 PM
I'm very interested in this too. I wish there was technical documentation available for this laptop. I'm sure someone will take theirs apart but we'll probably have to wait a couple weeks.
Sorry i couldn't help,

Sep 25, 2003, 12:16 AM
you dont need to take it apart, you need to go to the system profiler and it tells you right there.

Sep 25, 2003, 01:19 AM
PB 15 1.25ghz with 2x SD says it is a UJ-816 Mat****a

Sep 25, 2003, 10:43 PM
Mine says Mat****a UJ-816, revision DXJ3

Sep 25, 2003, 11:08 PM
Hey Shecky - I have been following this closely too as I own a 'crippled' superdrive also. Apparently the 'new' drive is the 816 but its' firmware runs fine on the 815.

Read the last couple of pages in this very extensive forum on the topic

The guy cynikal was, I believe, the first person to track down the uncrippled firmware - his site with the download is:


I am still holding off flashing my drive as I rely on it too much for work - but I see very few problems reported yet so I am very close to taking the plunge especially now that the 2x drives are released in the 17" PB.

I hope that this helps - good luck!!:)

Sep 26, 2003, 01:42 AM
Hey Kiwi-Todd & Shecky,

Cynikal's Firmware update worked on a 1GHz PB with SuperDrive (-815 before, -815A after). Cynikal has also posted a 'downgrade' which has been confirmed to work.

No issues here, burns DVD-R at 2X & CD-R at 16X. :D

Sep 27, 2003, 03:41 PM
Thanks for that confidence booster there Moby1 - I may have a superdrive firmware BBQ this afternoon!!:)