Pioneer Electronics has announced that some of its DVD rewritable drives and DVD recorders may freeze when writing data to high-speed media. 2x DVD-RW and 4x DVD-R discs are the culprits, and the freeze, if unattended, may cause the optical lens within the drive to overheat and suffer permanent damage. The discs themselves may also be damaged, which could result in loss of data.
The two new high-speed standards have only recently been approved by the DVD Forum, though the problem is due to a bug in the drives' firmware. The drives affected are Pioneer's DVR-7000 DVD and PRV-9000 Professional recorders, and its DVR-A03, DVR-103, DVR-A04, DVR-104 computer drives, as well as some Pioneer-manufactured OEM models.
There is a fix, however, available from http://www.pioneerelectronics.com, which updates the firmware to version 1.32 and eliminates the problem. For OEM drives, individual computer manufacturers will be releasing their own updates, but this may be a slower process. Compaq, for instance, is still working on a firmware update, which is expected to be released on October 5.