MacPro 2008: Help Updating Intel SSD F/W

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Matthewlee, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. Matthewlee macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2009
    Hi there! I have an Mac Pro 3,1 (early 2008). I've configured the drives as follows:

    -Intel X25-M 80 80 gb SSD drive in optical bay 1, connected via SATA port on motherboard: used exclusively for OSX (currently 10.6.1) and Apps
    -Pioneer SATA optical drive in optical bay 1, connected via 2nd SATA port on motherboard
    -HD Bays 1 & 2: two 1 TB drives, configured in a software striped RAID via Disk Utility
    -HD Bay 3: 1.5 TB drive used for Time Machine
    -HD Bay 4: clone of OSX & Apps for backup boot

    My Intel SSD currently has firmware 8610. In reality, since it's primarily a read drive instead of a write drive, I haven't experienced any performance degradation. However, I still would like to update the f/w to 8820.

    Following Intel's exact instructions, I downloaded the ISO image via Firefox instead of Safari. I then burned the ISO image onto a CD-R via Disk Utility.

    Where I'm running into problems is that my system simply won't into the ISO image on the CD-R, no matter what I try. I simply get a white screen. I have tried to boot into the CD-R by: a) changing the start up drive in Sys Pref to the CD-R, b) keeping "C"" pressed down as I re-start, or c) keeping CMD-Shift-Option-Del pressed down as I re-start. Nothing happens. I do not get an Intel dialogue box.

    My only thoughts on possible problems:

    a) the Intel instructions said that Disk Utility would take about 5 minutes to burn the ISO image. However, it took me maybe 30 seconds. The image is only 3,000k or so, so it shouldn't take long at all. Could I possibly be doing something wrong here? (I doubt it).

    b) The MacPro orignally came with an optical drive attached via ATA/ATAPI. I replaced it with a SATA optical drive. I've had no problems with that latter SATA drive - it reads and writes just fine. But might there be a problem with using a SATA optical drive as a boot drive?

    c) could my mirrored RAID configuration, even if its on two non-SSD drives, be somehow impacting this?

    That's all that I can think of. I anyone has any other ideas on what the possible problem might be, I'm all ears.

    If the issue is #b, above, I'd also appreciate your thoughts if the following solution might work:

    -I also have a 2007 MBP.
    -I could buy a SATA to USB connector.
    -Remove SSD drive from MP, connect it to USB Port on MBP via the connector
    -Download ISO disk image from Intel; burn it to CD-R on MBP
    -Boot from CD-R on MBP; update SSD firmware.

    Thanks for your help!
  2. gugucom macrumors 68020


    May 21, 2009
    Munich, Germany
    Only Nehalem 2009 machines boot from SATA. You need to fit a IDE -> Sata converter to do that.

    You could also use a USB -> SATA converter but IDE would be faster.

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