Firmware Upgrade on DVD drive?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by WALoeIII, Aug 13, 2004.

  1. WALoeIII macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2004
    I've got a 15" 1.25 PB. I have started burning DVDs and realize that the maximum speed is only 2x (takes a looong time at this speed). Can I update my firmware to burn at 4x? I have 4x DVD-R media (Memorex), and I thought this drive had potential for upgrade.

    Mat****a DVD-R UJ-816
  2. seamuskrat macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2003
    New Jersey USA

    A firmware update can SOMETIMES on CERTAIN models allow locked out features, like faster burning. But on the powerbook model the DVD is maxed at 2X.

    You can apply a region free, and an ignore media speed firmware, but that will not help you much.

    As for speed, in my experience, there is not a huge savings between 2X and 4X. Maybe 7 to 10 minutes. 8x with 8X media is faster, but again, its not proportional.

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