Superdrive only burns DVD's at 1x !?!?

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  1. macrumors regular

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    I thought the Pioneer 103 was a 1x/2x DVD burner? I have 4x DVD-R media, so that's not the problem. I have the 1.90 firmware, so that's not the problem. Is it the burner, or is it Toast 5.2 ? Any ideas ?

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    funkywhat2

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    What machine is it? I'm not sure on which ones have what drive.
     
  3. macrumors regular

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    If you have a 2x SuperDrive it will burn high speed (4x) media at 1x. This is due to a firmware issue that originally would have caused the superdrive to melt. An update from pioneer prevented this by clocking high speed media to 1x. In order to burn at 2x on a 2x superdrive, get 2x media.
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    um... the 103 is a 1x drive... sorry....
     
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

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    everymac.com as well as Pioneer.com show the 103 to be a 2x burner.
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    then what is the a04? I have an A04 in my DP 867 and it's a 2x... wasn't the first superdrive only 1x??
     
  7. thread starter macrumors regular

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    The A04/104 was simply the second generation 1x/2x burner.

    I'm finding that the burn speed depends more on the media, than the burner !!
     
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    solvs

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    It is. Only the Laptop Superdrive is 1x. The A/104 is the next generation, but also 2x DVD-R.

    Use 2x media. Preferably good quality. As mentioned, the 4x will often burn at 1x. Even if you've upgraded the firmware.
     
  9. macrumors 6502a

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    I haven't even burnt 1 DVD yet and I have a superdrive. Dont know why i got it...I guess I got it for the "Just in Case" senario.
     
  10. thread starter macrumors regular

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    But where to find 'true 2x' media ? I have bought 1x/2x DVD-R's and they always burn at 1x. As mentioned, even the 4x burn at 1x. If you know of a particular brand that burns at 2x, please let me know.

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  11. macrumors member

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    I've had very good luck with 2x verbatim discs, I get them from TapeResources
     
  12. macrumors 6502

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    go to allmediaoutlet.com


    I buy Princo 2x but now I have a 4x 105 drive, I get the Princo 4x...

    no complaints
     
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    P-Worm

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    Give it a shot, you might end up loving it. DVD's aren't just for videos, but they are awesome backup. So mauch space on so few discs. Amazing.

    P-Worm
     
  14. acj
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    duh

    This makes no sense to me. Does 4x media have something that identifies it to the drive?
     
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    benixau

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    dunno - tell you this though, in aus Apple DVD-R media is half the price of any other brand. Why get anything else?
     
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    G4scott

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    If you have a 2x SuperDrive, get 2x DVD media. If you use 4x media, it will only burn at 1x.
     

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