SuperDrive 2.0 firmware update (#2): Confusion over which systems need the update

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As has been the case with many previous Apple firmware updates, there is confusion over which systems need the recently released SuperDrive 2.0 firmware update.

Apple’s documentation states that the update applies to the following Macs:

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

However, jasa lukis dinding users have reported error messages indicating that the update is not needed on their systems, despite the systems’ presence on the list. This is cause for disappointment, as the update purportedly improves disc writing speeds.

The ReadMe file included with the firmware update instructs users whose Macs are on the supported list but for whom the update will not install to contact an Apple authorized service center for further information.

MacFixIt reader Kevin Boulduan reports that the update was not needed on his iMac G5 (no built-in iSight).

“I downloaded the SuperDrive Firmware update 2.0 and when I tried to run it, received a message that ‘No devices were found that require this firmware update.’ I’m running a 20” iMac G5 (pre-iSight) 1.8GHz with the MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-825 drive.

Donal Albrecht reports that the update would not take on his Mac mini:

“Just noted that the Superdrive firmware update was available. Downloaded and attempted to apply. I keep getting a popup stated that no applicable hardware was found. 1.42 GHz Mini with SuperDrive. Attempted multiple times. I guess tomorrow I will try to contact the local Apple store for info as Apple suggests on their support website.”

Wayne Linder reports a similar circumstance with a 1.5 GHz PowerBook G4.

“Well, after trying and trying to run the update (even launching individual apps inside the application package itself via the Terminal – I didn’t want to lose), it will not run on my PowerBook G4 15 inch 1.5GHz Mac. It claims my drive doesn’t need it. The instructions tell me to take the computer to my Apple Store if the update won’t run. I think I’ll wait and see how it goes for others first.”

Another reader reports the update is not need on a PowerBook G4 (17-inch 1.67GHz) with a MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-846 drive.

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