Jump to content

Error 206; atra.c assertion; does it even work?!?


Recommended Posts

Has anyone even gotten Retrospect 5.x to work with the PowerBook Titanium combo drive (Matshita/Panasonic CW-8121 Version AA12) with CD-RW media under MacOS X? This is ridiculous! I spent

 

$170 to upgrade to Retrospect v. 5.x and have yet to be able to use it. I'm up to version 5.0.205 and

 

MacOS v 10.1.4, and still it doesn't work. And for the $170, I can't even call support?!? The only

 

thing that keeps me from asking for my money back is the hope that Dantz will finally make this thing

 

work. I had such a wonder experience with prior versions. It saved my butt on more than one occassion. But between the steep upgrade cost, the lack of support, and the fact that I can't even get this version to work, Dantz has used up all that good faith.

 

 

 

Dantz's own compatability page states that this drive is supported and does NOT mention anything

 

about it not supporting CD-RW media. Yet with CompUSA media and two different kinds of TDK CD-RW media, Retrospect always kicks out the disk with error 206 (dirty heads). Toast works OK and can

 

write to the media. Retrospect seems to be able to erase the media, but as soon as it tries to write:

 

BAM. Error 206. It makes me wonder if ANYONE has gotten this to work on this drive EVER?

 

 

 

And now, to add to the joy, I've got this when I tried to quit the program:

 

 

 

Internal Consistency check failed.

 

Assertion check at atra.c - 1180

 

 

 

At least I was spared the elem.c assertion failure...

 

 

 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Just for the hell of it, I tried backing up under Mac OS 9 (9.2). It doesn't work there either (!) although, the error message is different. Instead of error 206 immediately upon writing to the CD-RW disc, I get this immediately upon writing:

 

 

 

Error 100 (device rejected command)

 

 

 

So... version 5.x doesn't work under OS 9 or OS X on an explicitly supported drive! Just how did Dantz determine that this device was supported?!?

 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Interesting. Then perhaps you should say so on the "Apple Optical Storage Device Compatability" page where it is listed as supported _without qualification_. See your own web site at:

 

 

 

http://www.dantz.com/index.php3?SCREEN=osx_apple_opt_compat_dev

 

 

 

Specifically, here is the text. Note that this is particularly misleading as _this_ page, which implies it _is_ supported fully, is linked to from the Dantz home page!

 

 

 

PowerBook G4 Titanium (December 2001)

 

MATSHITA CD-RW CW-7122 CD-RW

 

MATSHITA CD-RW CW-8121 CD-RW/DVD

 

 

 

Note how there are no qualifications saying that CD-RW is not supported. Had I but know this earlier, I could have saved a lot of trouble, though I also might not have bought the upgrade. :(

 

 

 

-- Mike

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 6 months later...

Panasonic CW-8121 (Apple) drive

 

 

 

Due to potential dataloss issues with this drive, the minimum supported drive firmware revision is AA21. This firmware revision (or later) is on drives included with the currently shipping PowerBook G4 computers new as of 11/2002. Firmware revision AA21 addresses a serious dataloss defect where used discs will have an "erased" status and drastically

 

improved performance when used with Retrospect. Dantz is working closely with Apple in regards to availability of the AA21 updater for earlier PowerBook G4 computers.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 4 months later...
  • 3 months later...

Dantz has worked very closely with Apple to improve Retrospect support for optical storage devices that ship with your Macintosh hardware.

 

Now available on the Dantz website are Apple firmware updates for the MATSHITA CW-8121 Combo Drive and MATSHITA UJ-815 SuperDrive.

 

The Apple CW-8121 firmware updater is for customers with earlier versions of the PowerBook G4. It updates the CW-8121 pre -AA21 firmware to AA21. The Apple CW-8121 firmware update requires Mac OS 9 to update.

 

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.

 

THE APPLE FIRMWARE UPDATES ONLY PROVIDE CHANGES NECESSARY FOR RETROSPECT SUPPORT AND ARE NOT NEEDED BY NON-RETROSPECT CUSTOMERS WITH OLDER DRIVE FIRMWARE.

 

Download info and critical upgrade directions are found at the following URL:

 

http://www.dantz.com/index.php3?SCREEN=kbase&ACTION=KBASE&id=28020

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

×
×
  • Create New...