Apple Releases Mac Mini EFI Firmware and SuperDrive Firmware Updates

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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 improves compatibility with the latest memory kits.
    - SuperDrive Firmware Update 3.0 eliminates noise made by the SuperDrive during startup and wake.
    Apple's new Wake on Demand 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
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2008
    Canada, where we live in igloos.
    Now if they would just release an update for my UMBP as it sounds like a stalled car when it starts up.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2009
    +1. My dad's got the same drive in his dell, and doesn't sound nearly as bad
  4. macrumors 65816


    Jan 31, 2002
    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.
  5. macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    Maybe the MBP is the next firmware update for this issue.....
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 2, 2006
    a gasping dying planet
    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 . . .
  7. Mk2
    macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2009
    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.
  8. macrumors 68000

    After G

    Aug 27, 2003
    Tried installing it on my 2006 mini, didn't let me.

    I'm glad the installer is smart enough to know. :)
  9. sva
    macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2007
    Wales, near England.
    I wasn't brave enough to try it on mine. Thanks for guinea piging :D.
  10. macrumors 601


    Dec 31, 2007
    La La Land
    Worked for me.
  11. tuc
    macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2003
    It says: "For detailed information about this update, please visit this website: About EFI firmware updates."

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

    Jun 19, 2007
    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.
  13. macrumors 68040

    Jan 15, 2008
    Holocene Epoch
    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! ;)

    Attached Files:

  14. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 25, 2007
    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
  15. macrumors 68040

    Jan 15, 2008
    Holocene Epoch
    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.
  16. macrumors member

    Jun 1, 2009
    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)
  17. macrumors member


    Jul 11, 2008
    Lake Wylie, SC
    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?
  18. macrumors 603


    Jan 8, 2009
    Mac Pro

    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...
  19. macrumors 68040

    Jan 15, 2008
    Holocene Epoch
    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
  20. macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2009
    iMac 2009 firmware and drives models

    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

  21. macrumors 68040

    Jan 15, 2008
    Holocene Epoch
    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
  22. macrumors member


    Mar 10, 2006
    FEMA District X
    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:
  23. macrumors regular

    Kaptajn Haddock

    May 10, 2007
    I hope the EFI update fixes the SOS beep on my Mac Mini CTO 4GB RAM.
  24. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 25, 2007
    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.
  25. macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2009
    Same here.

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