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Apple Releases MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.7

 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:10 pm    Post subject: Apple Releases MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.7 Reply with quote

Apple Releases MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.7
Monday, June 22, 2009
Posted by: Fran

Apple has released the MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.7 via their Software Update utility and on the Web. According to the company, this update addresses an issue reported by a small number of customers using drives based on the SATA 3Gbps specification with the June 2009 MacBook Pro. While this update allows drives to use transfer rates greater than 1.5Gbps, Apple has not qualified or offered these drives for Mac notebooks and their use is unsupported. The MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.7 weighs in at 3.35MB and requires Mac OS X 10.5.7 or later.



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, Apple really responds fast to whining MacBook owners. Wouldn't it be nice to see them respond as fast to video issues with the 9400M? I think there are major problems with the Mac mini, iMac and MacBooks they aren't coming clean on when coming out of sleep mode or restarting with the Mini-DisplayPort and Mini-DVI port. I've had a 13" unibody MacBook and two Mac Minis that do the same thing. This is with multiple displays running at multiple resolutions.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 6:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm glad they issued an update, but aren't 99% of the new 2.5" drives out there SATA 3.0Gb/s? Why wouldn't you want to include or support them in your latest and greatest notebooks? I know 3.0Gb/s drives are backwards compatible with 1.5Gb/s, but that statement seems strange to me. The new speed of the drive would be 3.0Gb/s. They also go onto say that all previous and current Apple portables with a SATA drive interface include a SATA 1.5Gbps hard drive. Um, what am I missing here? I always thought the last models had a 3.0Gb/s interface and drives.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

While many notebook hard disks are SATA II drives, they aren't capable of transfer rates above 1.5Gb/s. That applies to both 5400RPM and 7200RPM models. SSD's are able to transfer data at faster than 1.5Gb/s, so this was only a problem if you were replacing the built-in drive with an SSD.
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