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MacRumors
Aug 31, 2009, 04:40 PM
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Apple today released a pair of firmware updates, one addressing memory compatibility in Mac minis and another addressing optical noises on startup and wake from sleep in the iMac and Mac mini.

- Mac mini EFI Firmware Update 1.2 (http://support.apple.com/downloads/Mac_mini_EFI_Firmware_Update_1_2) improves compatibility with the latest memory kits.This update improves compatibility with the latest Apple memory kits on Mac mini computers.

To complete the firmware update process, please follow the instructions in the updater application (/Applications/Utilities/Mac mini EFI Firmware Update.app). The updater will launch automatically when the installation is complete.- SuperDrive Firmware Update 3.0 (http://support.apple.com/downloads/SuperDrive_Firmware_Update_3_0) eliminates noise made by the SuperDrive during startup and wake.This update will eliminate the noise made by the optical disk drive during system startup and wake from sleep on your Mac. This update works with the following EFI updates:

- iMac EFI Firmware Update 1.4
- Mac mini EFI Firmware Update 1.2

To complete the firmware update process, please follow the instructions in the updater application (/Applications/Utilities/SuperDrive Update.app).Apple's new Wake on Demand (http://www.macrumors.com/2009/08/28/a-closer-look-at-snow-leopards-wake-on-demand-feature/) feature in OS X Snow Leopard requires machines to wake periodically to register with the Bonjour Sleep Proxy, and this update may be intended to address concerns over noises made by iMacs and Mac minis while using this feature.

Article Link: Apple Releases Mac Mini EFI Firmware and SuperDrive Firmware Updates (http://www.macrumors.com/2009/08/31/apple-releases-mac-mini-efi-firmware-and-superdrive-firmware-updates/)



cosmokanga2
Aug 31, 2009, 05:02 PM
Now if they would just release an update for my UMBP as it sounds like a stalled car when it starts up.

tooz
Aug 31, 2009, 05:06 PM
Now if they would just release an update for my UMBP as it sounds like a stalled car when it starts up.
+1. My dad's got the same drive in his dell, and doesn't sound nearly as bad

Stike
Aug 31, 2009, 05:11 PM
My early 2008 MBP has this sound as well. I got used to it, but it certainly isnt something that I love to hear... it is weird.

SFStateStudent
Aug 31, 2009, 05:16 PM
Maybe the MBP is the next firmware update for this issue.....

happydude
Aug 31, 2009, 05:43 PM
well, apple acknowledges that the mac mini exists in its current form at least. maybe they can update it. maybe give it blu ray, maybe give it apple tv functionality. maybe create a super hybrid of apple tv/iphone app like sdk/blu ray/tivo media monster to compete with current media hub and gaming consoles which make the mini and apple tv look like a joke . . .

Mk2
Aug 31, 2009, 06:02 PM
Just installed them both on a 2009 mini. Strangely, the drive still makes the sound on startup. Not that it really annoys me, but it's kinda strange that the update didn't do the one thing it was supposed to.

After G
Aug 31, 2009, 06:05 PM
Tried installing it on my 2006 mini, didn't let me.

I'm glad the installer is smart enough to know. :)

sva
Aug 31, 2009, 06:08 PM
Tried installing it on my 2006 mini, didn't let me.

I'm glad the installer is smart enough to know. :)

I wasn't brave enough to try it on mine. Thanks for guinea piging :D.

Krafty
Aug 31, 2009, 06:22 PM
Just installed them both on a 2009 mini. Strangely, the drive still makes the sound on startup. Not that it really annoys me, but it's kinda strange that the update didn't do the one thing it was supposed to.
Worked for me.

tuc
Aug 31, 2009, 06:33 PM
It says: "For detailed information about this update, please visit this website: About EFI firmware updates (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3706)."

However there is no actual information about the update on that page, just some information about updates in general.

westonm
Aug 31, 2009, 08:03 PM
On my '09 iMac the drive still makes the noise on startup, but not on wake-from-sleep.

While it would have been nice not to here the little whirling on startup, I'll survive somehow.

John.B
Aug 31, 2009, 08:46 PM
I got the Mac mini EFI Firmware Update 1.2 OK from SU (which downloaded and launched a package, the package requires a reboot), but SU didn't recognize my SD as needing the SuperDrive Firmware Update 3.0. I downloaded that and ran the installer package (which did recognize my mini as needing the SD firmware, go figure).

Updating and rebooting now; if you don't hear from me, somebody organize a search party! ;)

PurrBall
Aug 31, 2009, 08:57 PM
I have a 2009 iMac and I'm getting an error that my computer does not need this update, but it has the same model drive and annoying noise. Help?

System Profiler says:
Model: OPTIARC DVD RW AD-5670S
Revision: 2AHC

John.B
Aug 31, 2009, 08:58 PM
Well it ran fine; I don't know why SU didn't pick it up but it's not like its the first time. :shrug:

My superdrive is really no quieter on bootup (it makes two quick seek noises over about a half second is all).

OTOH the superdrive is absolutely dead silent waking from sleep; I can barely hear the hard drive spinning up, but I hear nothing at all from the superdrive.

Good work, Apple! :cool:

FYI: Early 2009 Mac mini (Macmini3,1) with Optiarc DVD RW AD-5670S, if that helps anyone.

KyleAwesome
Aug 31, 2009, 09:44 PM
Software update said I needed the EFI firmware update but nothing about the SuperDrive update. Tried to directly run the installer but it came back reporting my superdrive doesnt need to be updated.

It is a PIONEER DVD-RW DVRTS08 out of a 2009 mac mini (3,1)

david803sc
Aug 31, 2009, 09:48 PM
Ran it both on my mini no problem, my iMAc with a superdrive cannot take the superdrive update because it requires firmware 1.4 to install the superdrive firmware, my iMac has firmware 1.3 and it cannot take the iMac update to 1.4 because I have a special ordered iMac with an upgraded NVIDIA 9800 instead of the standard NVIDIA, this does not make any sense, anyway for me to get the 1.4 EFI update for my iMac so I can update the superdrive?

bedifferent
Sep 1, 2009, 01:29 AM
I've been running Snow Leopard since it's first beta, and I've always wondered why it would periodically spin the drives, never thought to connect it with the new wake on demand feature (possibly the bonjour sleep proxy?). Wonder why there isn't a fix for the Mac Pro...

John.B
Sep 1, 2009, 01:40 AM
This is really great news from a HTMac perspective, in addition to the whole Wake-on-Wireless functionality that I think it was meant for. :apple: :D

deancs
Sep 1, 2009, 02:20 AM
I download iMac firmware 1.4 for my 2009 imac as it implied this was a dependency and received the same message, however the superdrive 3.0 firmware loaded OK. My imac firmware is 1.37f3, my drive model is HL-DT-ST DVDRW GA11N and is now (post update) revision KA16


I have a 2009 iMac and I'm getting an error that my computer does not need this update, but it has the same model drive and annoying noise. Help?

System Profiler says:
Model: OPTIARC DVD RW AD-5670S
Revision: 2AHC

John.B
Sep 1, 2009, 02:24 AM
I have a 2009 iMac and I'm getting an error that my computer does not need this update, but it has the same model drive and annoying noise. Help?

System Profiler says:
Model: OPTIARC DVD RW AD-5670S
Revision: 2AHC

Did you install the mini EFI Update 1.2 first (and restart)? Afterwards, I had to manually download the superdrive 3.0 update and install from there.

I'm up to revision: 2AHI
OPTIARC DVD RW AD-5670S:

Firmware Revision: 2AHI

iAlex
Sep 1, 2009, 04:09 AM
After applying the Mac Mini EFI Firmware update I've noticed what seems to be a more efficient use of memory by the OS and other applications then I was getting in 10.6 and 10.5.x. Anyone else??:cool:

Kaptajn Haddock
Sep 1, 2009, 04:23 AM
I hope the EFI update fixes the SOS beep on my Mac Mini CTO 4GB RAM.

PurrBall
Sep 1, 2009, 05:03 AM
Did you install the mini EFI Update 1.2 first (and restart)? Afterwards, I had to manually download the superdrive 3.0 update and install from there.

I'm up to revision: 2AHI

I already ran EFI Update 1.4. My drive's revision seems to be older than what the updater is looking for; I wonder if calling up Apple would get me anywhere.

SparkleX
Sep 1, 2009, 11:09 AM
Software update said I needed the EFI firmware update but nothing about the SuperDrive update. Tried to directly run the installer but it came back reporting my superdrive doesnt need to be updated.

It is a PIONEER DVD-RW DVRTS08 out of a 2009 mac mini (3,1)

Same here.

Sebby
Sep 1, 2009, 01:06 PM
I already have EFI 1.4 on my 2009 iMac but the SuperDrive updater says my Optiarc AD-5670S doesn't need the update. :confused:

PurrBall
Sep 1, 2009, 02:34 PM
I already have EFI 1.4 on my 2009 iMac but the SuperDrive updater says my Optiarc AD-5670S doesn't need the update. :confused:

Welcome to the club, I'm going to try calling Apple and see if I can get an engineer.

Edit: The product specialist says that my drive isn't supposed to have the firmware that it currently has and needs a replacement. :(

jzuena
Sep 1, 2009, 02:51 PM
My early 2008 MBP has this sound as well. I got used to it, but it certainly isnt something that I love to hear... it is weird.

I kind of like the optical drive sound when I wake my mini (or my late 2007 MBP)... then again, I don't use wake on demand yet.

Sebby
Sep 1, 2009, 03:18 PM
Welcome to the club, I'm going to try calling Apple and see if I can get an engineer.

Edit: The product specialist says that my drive isn't supposed to have the firmware that it currently has and needs a replacement. :(

Are you saying that the Optiarc needs replacing? Why?

PurrBall
Sep 1, 2009, 03:26 PM
Are you saying that the Optiarc needs replacing? Why?

It has an incorrect firmware revision.

Sebby
Sep 1, 2009, 04:55 PM
Mine has 2AHC. Yours?

Sebby
Sep 2, 2009, 03:40 PM
I spoke with Apple several times this evening about this issue, and they've come back to me and said that there is a problem with the updater and they will now be working on a new one, which should be released in about a week. :)

PurrBall
Sep 2, 2009, 04:03 PM
I spoke with Apple several times this evening about this issue, and they've come back to me and said that there is a problem with the updater and they will now be working on a new one, which should be released in about a week. :)

Great, they must have asked the engineers why our drives had the strange revision. Thanks for reporting! :D

Sebby
Sep 2, 2009, 05:12 PM
He never actually asked me for the firmware revision. He'd confirmed that my early 2009 iMac needed the update, and that the Mac mini he was using needed it, and that wouldn't update either. Fingers crossed a new update should be coming out soon. :)

bbotte
Sep 2, 2009, 10:15 PM
Just updated a friends Mac Mini 2009, did the EFI update and then the SD update. Still seeks upon startup. Installation was successful on both updates. Why does it still "seek"?

Sebby
Sep 4, 2009, 10:22 AM
Just had a call back from Apple - very impressive! They wanted to know the firmware version of my drive, so I told them - 2AHC. The guy referred me to the article, which says only 2AHG will be updated, and once updated it will be 2AHH.

I pointed out that 2AHC is earlier than 2AHG, and that I thought it was an oversight by Apple in that the engineers did not realise that a 2AHC existed when they wrote the updater, and therefore it is being dismissed as not needing the update.

The guy agreed and said he would pass on the information to the engineering team, but that he thought the chances of an update were slim.

PurrBall
Sep 4, 2009, 09:38 PM
Just had a call back from Apple - very impressive! They wanted to know the firmware version of my drive, so I told them - 2AHC. The guy referred me to the article, which says only 2AHG will be updated, and once updated it will be 2AHH.

I pointed out that 2AHC is earlier than 2AHG, and that I thought it was an oversight by Apple in that the engineers did not realise that a 2AHC existed when they wrote the updater, and therefore it is being dismissed as not needing the update.

The guy agreed and said he would pass on the information to the engineering team, but that he thought the chances of an update were slim.

Ugh. Hopefully they care :)