As the DVD Forum (www.dvdforum.org) released the specs for new high-speed discs for DVD recording, Pioneer announced that many of its DVD-R/-RW computer drives and DVD recorders will require a firmware update in order to avoid potential damage to the units and the discs.
The following drives and recorders may be affected: Pioneer DVR-7000 DVD recorder; Pioneer PRV-9000 Professional DVD recorder; Pioneer DVR-A03 computer drive; Pioneer DVR-103 computer drive; Pioneer DVR-A04 computer drive; and Pioneer DVR-104 computer drive. In addition, certain OEM computer systems that contain Pioneer-manufactured DVD-R/-RW drives are affected.
According to Pioneer, the update is free and should be relatively simple; the company also urged owners of these products to make sure that the update is complete before using any new high-speed discs for recording.
Via Internet download (to update computer drives only): Log on to www.pioneerelectronics.com/hs/ and click on the appropriate DVD-R/-RW update utility icon.
Via disc (for both computer drives and stand-alone video recorders): An update disc for either product type can be obtained via the Website or by calling toll-free 800/421-1623. For computer drives, the update disc can be run on the host computer to complete the update. The update disc for stand-alone DVD recorders can be inserted into the DVD recorder to automatically complete the update.
For more on this issue, visit the Website or contact Pioneer at the toll-free number listed above.