What the new firmware has done to my Macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by LSK6453, Nov 16, 2006.

  1. LSK6453 macrumors member

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    Well, I was not having the issues that this update repaired, but I always keep my computer up to date.

    Here is how my machine in focked up now:

    1. Runs 20 degrees hotter where I can not even use it on my lap any longer.

    2. The percentage charged was reading 100%, now it was reading 99%. I tried to reboot it and now it just sits at 96%. Under power in the system profiler, the remaining charge number has dropped significantly in 2 days.

    3. Ability to control the fans either with smcfan or the fan pref pane is limited. When I make a change, it either does not respond or takes upwards of 1 hr to make the change.

    I am very upset and I am in the process of contacting my mac genius friends!
     
  2. asherman13 macrumors 6502a

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  3. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    Have you tried to reset PRAM/NVRAM and/or PMU?
     
  4. LSK6453 thread starter macrumors member

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    I have not
     
  5. asherman13 macrumors 6502a

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    Nor have I...what will resetting these do? Will I lose any preferences, metadata, etc? What exactly gets reset?
     
  6. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    It has nothing to do with your software. It will reset the parameters that monitors and controls the hardware.

    The PRAM (parameter random access memory) controls the following:
    * Status of AppleTalk
    * Serial Port Configuration and Port definition
    * Alarm clock setting
    * Application font
    * Serial printer location
    * Autokey rate
    * Autokey delay
    * Speaker volume
    * Attention (beep) sound
    * Double-click time
    * Caret blink time (insertion point rate)
    * Mouse scaling (mouse speed)
    * Startup disk
    * Menu blink count
    * Monitor depth
    * 32-bit addressing
    * Virtual memory
    * RAM disk
    * Disk cache

    PMU (Power Management Unit) are quite self explanatory of what it covers (power, backlighting, battery etc).

    If you call AppleCare, this is usually the first two steps they ask you to do, followed by a complete reinstall of Mac OS X.
     
  7. LSK6453 thread starter macrumors member

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    What are the key strokes to do this again, I forget

    Thanks
     
  8. the rock macrumors newbie

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    PRAM: P+R+command+alt straight after the chime
    PMU/SMC: Remove AC adapter and battery, hold down power key for 5 seconds.

    Btw, it is called SMC and not PMU on the Intel machines. SMC stands for System Management Controller, and does everything the PMU did as well as controls the fans. *smc*FanControl, get it? ;)
     
  9. LSK6453 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks..Is there any special order that these should be done in?

    SMC first then PRAM or the reverse?
     
  10. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    Usually do a PRAM first, but keep the key combination pressed down until you have heard the "chiirrp" boot sound 3 times.
     
  11. LSK6453 thread starter macrumors member

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    I'll try that when I get home from work tonight..

    Thanks
     
  12. hood macrumors member

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    Since the firmware update the auto hide function of the dock has also become screwy. I now need to click where my dock is hidden. In addition, the ability to access menus while right clicking such as open with no longer work. I have talked with applecare and done a pram resets, pmu and reinstall of OSX with and without perserving data and the problem still persists. Anyone have any thoughts?
     
  13. LSK6453 thread starter macrumors member

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    it appears that resetting PRAM and SMC fixed my issues...

    Is this something that needs to be done often?
     
  14. Grakkle macrumors 6502a

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    Mine seems to be fine. The only change I notice is that CoreDuoTemp now displays the temperature correctly- before it displayed the temp as much lower than it actually was.
     
  15. deadpixels macrumors 6502a

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    only if you have issues with your machine :D
     
  16. the rock macrumors newbie

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    farqueue: Did you try smc reset and pram reset?
     
  17. LawGirl macrumors newbie

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    I experienced the same problems as OP: after installing EFI Firmware Update 1.0 for MacBook (I should have done my research first before clicking Install!), Temperature Monitor soared from being in 35 Celsius range to 65-70 Celsius range on the two CPU cores! (Strangely, the Toshiba "S.M.A.R.T." Hard Drive is still reading at around 32 Celsius.)

    I also had the same issue with my battery icon stalling at 95%. After doing an SMC and a PRAM reset, the battery seems to be operating normally again.

    But I'm still really worried. This is a relatively new computer (two months old) and I don't want to think that a firmware update that might be a panacea from Apple for serious hardware issues is going to screw up my perfectly good computer. Here's my concern: I experienced NONE of the mooing, whining, fan problems, or Random Shutdowns that other Mac users did (my laptop was made in September, with a "safe" production week later than the problematic Macbooks). Now I'm hearing that this firmware update is just Apple's cheap way of masking the problem of those overheating cables/heatsinks--apparently the firmware prevents the random shutdowns by de-sensitizing the computer to high temperatures?

    So is the high CPU reading on Temperature Monitor indication that my Macbook is actually RUNNING HOTTER than before? Or does the CPU reading now reflect accurately the operating temperature whereas before the update, somehow the readouts were wrong?

    I'd REALLY hate to think that updating a firmware patch that was sent out to everyone single Mac user regardless of their existing problems of lack therefore might now make my computer run 20 degrees hotter. Anyone know the answer?
     
  18. wildmac macrumors 65816

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    From what I have read, the earlier readouts were wrong. But remember that there are many production runs of the logic board, etc. and so we son't all see the same responses from our MBs. But, you don't have to apply the firmware patch....

    It does seem that the firmware is solving issues for others.. so....
     
  19. tuftywhite macrumors member

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    hard drive filling up

    My MacBook's HD has started filling up on its own.

    If I look at the folder sizes at the root level it all adds up to about 40GB but its saying that I only have 1.22 GB left on my 60GB drive.

    Any ideas?
     
  20. Romulus macrumors regular

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    Run the omnigroup disksweep to see where the space is gone...
     
  21. tuftywhite macrumors member

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    Romulus,

    Thanks for your post. I got someone to look at it. They used Disk Inventory which looks really groovy and shows you exactly what's on your disk.

    I had a log file (windowserver_last.log) which kept filling up until I rebooted my machine. The file size had got to 11GB. Any road up, the guy went into a terminal session and deleted the offending file and now it's all better.

    Hooray!

    :)
     

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