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Old Dec 10, 2012, 02:20 PM   #1
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Apple Releases Mac Mini EFI Firmware Update 1.7 to Fix Flickering on HDMI External Displays




Apple has released an update for the Mac mini that was released earlier this fall, addressing an issue with flickering on external monitors connected via HDMI.
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About Mac mini EFI Firmware Update 1.7

This update addresses HDMI video flicker issues on Mac mini (Late 2012) computers and is recommended for all users.

The Mac mini EFI Firmware Update will update the EFI firmware on your computer.

Your computer's power cord must be connected and plugged into a working power source. When your Mac mini restarts, a gray screen will appear with a status bar to indicate the progress of the update. It will take several minutes for the update to complete. Do not disturb or shut off the power on your Mac mini during this update.

Mac mini EFI will be updated to 0106.03
The 4.53MB update can be downloaded via Apple's support website or via the App Store/Software Update on the Mac mini itself.

Article Link: Apple Releases Mac Mini EFI Firmware Update 1.7 to Fix Flickering on HDMI External Displays
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 02:21 PM   #2
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This will make folks happy, since many use the Mini as a media server.
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 02:25 PM   #3
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Good to know Apple stays on top of, and fixes, those pesky little annoyances.
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 02:27 PM   #4
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Glad to see they never bothered to fix the flickering on the 2011 model over HDMI.
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 03:02 PM   #5
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Glad to see they never bothered to fix the flickering on the 2011 model over HDMI.
You should have bought the Online Pass ... i mean Apple care
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 02:30 PM   #6
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Good to know Apple stays on top of, and fixes, those pesky little annoyances.
Do you call display flickering a "pesky annoyance"? I thought it was a major issue.
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 02:32 PM   #7
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"The Mac Mini doesn't have a problem. It is probably isolated to your machine only."

Insert fix.

"We've fixed the problem."
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 02:36 PM   #8
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Can finally order my new mini. Guess the battery operated one is not an option though.
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 02:36 PM   #9
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No love for any of the various other systems having the same issue via dp to hdmi?
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 08:47 PM   #10
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Wooohooo!

Been going strong now for 90 minutes since updating the firmware. No more black screens or snowy flashes. Colour/Saturation looks a little better.
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 09:13 PM   #11
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Updated and tried some flash intensive websites. Usually got a blink. Since updated, no more blinks (have been running for 3 hours). Hope it really fixed the issue.
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 02:40 PM   #12
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Good to know Apple stays on top of, and fixes, those pesky little annoyances.
So they release the computer months late compared to the laptops and still need to update the computer to make it actually functioning properly. I was about to say they need to stay on top of their Mac line.
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 02:43 PM   #13
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Hope it solved the color problems people were having too and also the snow screens.
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 09:23 PM   #14
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So they release the computer months late compared to the laptops and still need to update the computer to make it actually functioning properly. I was about to say they need to stay on top of their Mac line.
The issue was with the Intel HD4000 chipset. It was a problem with one of the CPU register's memory address. This was an Intel screw up, not Apple.

Other PCs and laptops which used the Intel HD4000 chipset also suffered this problem.

Get your facts straight.
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Old Dec 11, 2012, 07:42 AM   #15
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The issue was with the Intel HD4000 chipset. It was a problem with one of the CPU register's memory address. This was an Intel screw up, not Apple.

Other PCs and laptops which used the Intel HD4000 chipset also suffered this problem.

Get your facts straight.
True, my bad.
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The issue was with the Intel HD4000 chipset. It was a problem with one of the CPU register's memory address. This was an Intel screw up, not Apple.

Other PCs and laptops which used the Intel HD4000 chipset also suffered this problem.

Get your facts straight.
If I knowingly install faulty roof shingles and they fail, who do you think the homeowner is going to come to? "Oh it's not his fault, it's the shingle manufacturer."

Don't be naive. Apple knew about this problem and they still shipped them.

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Old Dec 10, 2012, 09:48 PM   #17
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Good to know Apple stays on top of, and fixes, those pesky little annoyances.
Given that the mini doesn't come with a screen and a significant number of people connect it to one via HDMI (often a television) this is considerably more than a pesky little annoyance.
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Given that the mini doesn't come with a screen and a significant number of people connect it to one via HDMI (often a television) this is considerably more than a pesky little annoyance.
All right, granted, it would be a major annoyance.
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 02:22 PM   #19
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Nice! Hope this works, as I have held off on buying one because of this issue.
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 02:45 PM   #20
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Nice! Hope this works, as I have held off on buying one because of this issue.
Same here...wanted to make sure I wasn't buying a product defective out of the gate. Hope this is the answer. I have my CC ready....
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It seems like every single mac for the last few years has had this issue and then was fixed with it's own patch a couple months later. Can they not just make this patch before they ship the damn things?
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It seems like every single mac for the last few years has had this issue and then was fixed with it's own patch a couple months later. Can they not just make this patch before they ship the damn things?
I guess we the consumers are the final testers, no matter how many hours they test units there is nothing like mass use in the real world. And as customers we want new things now.

Just hope there are no major bugs in the new iMac or Fusion Drive, I guess we now have a few weeks of testing by Mini users of the new FD and nothing bad has been reported?
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It seems like every single mac for the last few years has had this issue and then was fixed with it's own patch a couple months later. Can they not just make this patch before they ship the damn things?
Sure, if you give them the time...
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 02:23 PM   #24
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Your computer's power cord must be connected and plugged into a working power source.
This is a Mac mini. Is there any other way to do it?
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This is a Mac mini. Is there any other way to do it?
I chuckled at that one, especially when it prompted me while installing it too...
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