Pioneer 105 not playing nice help!

in Genius Bar edited January 2014
Joyfully Christmas morning I unwrapped a Pioneer DVR-A05 for my Quicksilver G4 867. I intalled it quickly but carefully and everything seemed fine and dandy. Both OS X.2 and 9.2 indicated that they recognized it as a superdrive. It plays DVDs with no problem. The problem has 2 symptoms. First when something has been in the drive for awhile it won't eject. I receive an error message which I unfortunatley didn't write down, and then the icon disappears from the desktop, but the media will not eject. From that point on the computer ignores the drive completely, in either OS. It will not mount it, nor eject it until restarted.

The second symptom is for more frustrating. It can't keep stable long enough to burn a DVD. I managed to burn 1.8 gigs of DVD-RW using Roxio Toast, but the built in disc burning software couldn't initialize the blank DVD. When I attempted to burn a 5 minute movie for my niece in iDVD 2 under OS X.2 it reached the burning stage and then became unresponsive 2 minutes before completing stage 4. Since all I have is the DVD-R that came with it I can't try again until some orders come in.

I fear that this may have been caused by Apple. When it booted up it automatically downloaded and installed the Superdrive update for high speed media, which if I'm not mistaken, is meant for the DVR-104. I can't say if this is the case for certain because I never had the opportunity to use it without this firmware update.

This will be the third year in a row that my big wow major cool Christmas gift was a complete and total dud unless someone out there can give me the magic secret to make it all behave itself.

please please please, I'm literally pulling my hair out out here.


  • Reply 1 of 4
    xaqtlyxaqtly Posts: 450member
    Well I haven't tried using a DVR-105 yet, so I can't say for sure what sort of problems you should expect. But I would wait till you get your media and try one of those.
  • Reply 2 of 4
    defiantdefiant Posts: 4,876member
    did you get those dvd's ?
  • Reply 3 of 4
    paulpaul Posts: 5,278member
    I don't think that firmware update was for you man...

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  • Reply 4 of 4
    rodukroduk Posts: 706member
    It might be worth looking at the drive compatibility database at <a href=""; target="_blank">xlr8yourmac</a>. There are a number of reports concerning the Pioneer DVR-A05/DVR-105. Apparently the non ejecting of CDs/DVDs can be 'fixed' by switching off the OS X sleep options, including the hard drive sleep option.

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