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Matshita UJ-815 SuperDrive Firmware Updater available... for the brave. (Page 2)
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Freizeitalki
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Jun 16, 2003, 08:47 AM
 
Hi folks,

I just got an 15" Powerbook G4 from Singapore. Just as a short update I want to report that my Superdrive also uses the firmware version D0CB (not D0C4) so it really seems to be the newest one.

And one question,... does the size (of the powerbook) really matter? Do they use differnet superdrives for the different TFT's or is the firmware the only thing that matters?
     
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Jun 16, 2003, 10:17 AM
 
Thanks for the info Freizeitalki, and welcome to MacNN.

To the 17" owners out there, I repeat: Do NOT use this firmware in the 17" PowerBook. They already come with the DWDB firmware, which is superior to both D0CB and D0C4.

It seems the drives in the 17" are likely the same though, since a few owners of the 17" PBs made the mistake of not reading the description of the D0CB firmware, and "updated" their 17" PowerBooks from DWDB to D0CB. The update worked fine, but now they have D0CB, and have lost DVD-RW burning and 16X CD-R capabilities (just like us 12" and 15" PB owners).
     
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Jun 16, 2003, 10:53 AM
 
...but there's NO reason known to run the updater, right?
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Jun 16, 2003, 11:02 AM
 
- What does this firmware do? region free? or some other thing??
- I want to use this on my 12" PB, after I use it, will I lose the warranty?
- And how do I restore the original firmware??

Thank you
Got a 12" Powerbook ^__^
     
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Jun 16, 2003, 11:11 AM
 
...but there's NO reason known to run the updater, right?
Other than the fact that D0CB is a later firmware than the D0C4, no there is no real reason to run it. (The old 15" TiBooks come with D0C4.)

- What does this firmware do? region free? or some other thing??
- I want to use this on my 12" PB, after I use it, will I lose the warranty?
- And how do I restore the original firmware??
This is just the 12" PB firmware. If you "update" it, you'll get the exact same firmware. No region free or anything.
     
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Jun 16, 2003, 11:15 AM
 
So a later firmware just means that there must be something they fixed that we can't determine, correct?
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Jun 16, 2003, 11:59 AM
 
Originally posted by Eug:
Other than the fact that D0CB is a later firmware than the D0C4, no there is no real reason to run it. (The old 15" TiBooks come with D0C4.)

This is just the 12" PB firmware. If you "update" it, you'll get the exact same firmware. No region free or anything.
Are there any region free firmware or firmware which enable the dvd-rw/dvd ram burning on 12" PB?

Thx
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Jun 16, 2003, 12:05 PM
 
Nope....at least not that's in the public, perhaps someone has inside access though. The 15" folks also want RW writing.
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Jun 22, 2003, 11:04 PM
 
RW/RAM read/write support would be KILLER. Why does apple do this to its beloved constituents? Its not like RW and RAM are not supported by the DVD-forum. Toshiba has come out with a DVD-multi notebook, maybe I will switch back! Nah... But please apple comeon with DVD-multi!!!!
     
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Jun 25, 2003, 11:09 AM
 
I agree, we should have this capability if it is available, I love using DVD-RW on my tower and I'm bummed we can't on the PowerBooks. I hope someone at Apple is listening.

Anyone know where to make feedback like this?
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Jul 17, 2003, 09:12 PM
 
From here:

PowerBook G4 SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW)
The MKE (MATSHITA) UJ-815 SuperDrive requires firmware revision D0CB or later and Retrospect 5.0 with Retrospect Driver Update 3.6.106 or later.

The Apple UF-815 firmware updater is for customers with earlier versions of the PowerBook G4 with pre-D0CB firmware. It updates the UJ-815 firmware to D0CB. The Apple UJ-815 firmware update requires Mac OS X to update.

Although the Apple UJ-815 firmware updater is available for download from the Dantz Web site, it is provided "as is" by Dantz Development. Please contact Apple in the unlikely event that you encounter problems with the UJ-815 firmware updater or with non Retrospect CD or DVD authoring software after applying the firmware update.

This update is available from:

ftp://ftp.dantz.com/pub/updates/fw_UJ-815.sit

Directions for installing the UJ-815 firmware update:
1. Boot the computer into Mac OS X. This updater does not support Mac OS 9.
2. Uncompress the download archive using Stuffit Expander.
3. Quit all running applications and close all open windows.
4. Eject any media that is in the drive.
5. Launch "Update UJ-815 to D0CB" to start the firmware update process.
6. Enter your user name and password then click OK.
7. Read the attention notice and then click Continue if your drive is ready to be updated.
8. Click Update. The update process can take up to a few minutes to complete. Please be patient.
9. Click Restart when the update is complete.
     
 
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