Mac Pro SMC Firmware Update 8-8-07

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  1. apfhex macrumors 68030

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    mac pro SMC Firmware Update, version 1.1, 970 KB. Just showed up in my Software Update, wasn't there yesterday. I can't find any info on the net so it must have just been posted?

    Description:
    "The SMC Firmware Update adjusts fan behavior in Mac Pro. The updater application will be installed in the /Applications/Utilities folder and will launch automatically. Please follow the instructions in the updater application to complete the process."

    I just installed it and my SMC version is now 1.7f10. No problems or noticeable differences.
     
  2. flappo macrumors regular

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    To update the SMC firmware on your Mac Pro:

    1. Quit all other open applications.

    2. Click Restart in the Mac Pro SMC Firmware Update window and wait for your computer to restart.

    The SMC firmware update starts automatically. A status bar indicates the progress of the update. During the update your computer fans will run at full speed, but will return to normal once the update completes.

    Important: Do not interrupt the update.

    Your computer restarts automatically when the update is completed and opens the Mac Pro SMC Firmware Update.

    3. Click OK. The SMC firmware is now up-to-date.

    If these instructions appear on your screen again, the SMC firmware update was not successful. Repeat steps 2 and 3.
     
  3. FF_productions macrumors 68030

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    It took them a year to come up with that?

    Adjust fan behavior? Eh I don't need to reboot for that...
     
  4. dkoralek macrumors 6502

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    holy crap. i'd never cranked the fans up very high before. those suckers get loud (and the dust bunnies that didn't come out with compressed air a few weeks ago made their appearance to boot :D ).

    cheers.
     
  5. product26 macrumors 6502a

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    any idea if this breaks compatibility with other fan control software?
     
  6. filman408 macrumors regular

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    I try to install this update and it gives me an error message.

    An unexpected error occured (0). Your firmware can not be updated.
    See apple.com/support for more information.


    Does anyone know what could be causing this?
    I dont have SMCFanControl enabled. And I have 10.4.10.
     
  7. Peace macrumors P6

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    May be your 8-core doesn't need it?

    I installed it on my 2.66 and boy howdy. Those fans got a work-out for about 15 seconds.If that little spider is still in there he got toasted hehe.
     
  8. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    Tell me about it, sounded like a jet had just taken off. Shows just how quiet the machine really runs normally :).
     
  9. filman408 macrumors regular

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    Maybe - But my tower doesnt list the latest SMC firmware version in the Profiler.
     
  10. dlpmaster macrumors member

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    I was wondering if this was a fix to the fan problem I had about a day ago.
    I was in the bathroom taking a shower, when I came back my Fan was BLOWING hard, (hard I tell Ya). It was (I guess) because I had it on "sleep" mode, but iTunes was downloading some episodes of "Fallen."
    SO when the computer was woken, the Fan stopped blowing.

    It was pretty weird, so I ended up restarting.. I tried to recreate the same scenario, but nothing happened. I called Apple, because it conserned me that this would happen to a about 5 month Mac Pro Octa-core.
    All they told me that if I was running the latest software updates, and that if I had any Video running on my system (like compressing or something like that)
    Just troubleshooting. But all they suggested was to Keep my software up-to-date, and that they would document this problem for any future problems.

    But I guess, this will fix it, sounds great Apple...

    Anyone with this problem? (well, it not a problem anymore, or I don't know if it ever was...)
     
  11. maharajah macrumors member

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    It's snowing!

    Seriously, that was a lot of dust being blown out. Now I gotta go clean up my desk. Thanks Apple.
     
  12. YoYoMa macrumors 6502

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    Is your OS running from a RAID? If so, you cannot install firmware updates.
     
  13. filman408 macrumors regular

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    Nope - No RAID. No accessories attached, etc
     
  14. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    I can't get it to install either. I'm at 1.7f8 at the moment. Quad 2ghz, 2 GB RAM, all applications quit, I have a raid but I don't boot from that. Every time I run software update it tells me the SMC program is in the trash and to move it from the trash and run it... when I do that it just errors on me.
     

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  15. SolidShadow macrumors member

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    Mine sounded like a vacuum cleaner. I was feeding the cat during the installation and walked back in holding an open tin of cat food out of surprise at the noise.
    :D
     
  16. 3282872 macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, not to sound ungrateful, but this is the only Mac Pro update to speak of from Apple? No new Apple Cinema Displays, towers, front row, nothing, just a "hey guys, we didn't forget about the most expensive product in our line, we have a fan update for you." Whooooop dee doo Apple, thanks. :rolleyes:
     
  17. verniesgarden macrumors 6502a

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    yea it scared me i thought the firmware screwed it all up (not a good history with firmware updates, at least on a PC)

    and about the dust... my roommate asked if my mac pro had self cleaning:rolleyes:
     
  18. Lycanthrope macrumors 6502a

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    So what exactly is the point of this upgrade, just to set the fans on max for 15 seconds? Should I clean them out first, I don't want to make a big mess...

    And why is it ramping up the fans for 15 seconds? To clean them, to test? Will this happen on every reboot (mind-you that's not very often) or what?

    Etc.
     
  19. macenforcer macrumors 65816

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    So what does this update do? After the update do your fans run faster now or slower?
     
  20. verniesgarden macrumors 6502a

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    supposedly they change speeds better due to different ambient/load temps

    that or we now have self cleaning!
     
  21. wavelayer macrumors member

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    Quick and Easy

    Just installed update on my Quad 3ghz MP and it was a breeze. Fan spun for about 10 seconds and then booted back into the OS.

    I don't know...everything just seems snappier.:D
     
  22. pgwalsh macrumors 68000

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    You're not kidding.... That was nuts. Makes me feel like I need to get some compressed air and give it a once over.
     
  23. macenforcer macrumors 65816

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    so what are your fans idleing at now after the update?
     
  24. Elijahg macrumors regular

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    I took a screenie of Hardware Monitor before and after the update, and the base speed of the PSU fan has increased by... 10RPM.

    I can't really test how the fans speed up as the system heats up, but I would expect the fans to spin faster, sooner. Mac Pros are quite warm beasts. :)
     

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  25. macenforcer macrumors 65816

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    Thanks Elijahg.
     

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