Vertex 3 firmware

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by hehe299792458, May 27, 2011.

  1. hehe299792458 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2008
    I've heard that there's a new firmware for Vertex 3 drives. However, I can't seem to find that anywhere on the vertex website - the closest I got was the update utility itself, not the firmware. Is there a new firmware out? If so, what are the fixes/features?
  2. Kariya macrumors 68000


    Nov 3, 2010
    The utility is the one that downloads the correct firmware and flashes the drive for you.
  3. DustinT macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2011
    Yup. Just grap the updater and it will download the correct firmware for you.
  4. hehe299792458 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2008
    Thanks guys for the replies.

    But, I'm still can't seem to find out whether there is a new firmware out in the first place? I don't want to re-flash the drive with the same firmware.
  5. device manager macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2011
  6. DarkFlame macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2007
    Anyone know if this is worth upgrading to? I have a Vertex 3 in my 2011 13" MBP and it has been working great for about 5-6 months now. It has the original firmware (bought the drive 2 days after it came out) I have been one of the lucky ones - no hiccups, freezes - nothing.

    And of course, as the saying goes: if it ain't broke - don't fix it.


    The current firmware/drive DOES make my CPU run hot and it consumes a LOT of power (1W) for an SSD. I tried w/ an another SSD and the temps don't go up as high and the battery lasts longer.

    I've scoured the internet for release notes, anything I have found does not mention improvements in either of these areas.

    Anyone w/ any experience in my situation suggest I upgrade to firmware version 2.38? Is it possible I will see improvement in either of these two areas?

    Thanks for the input!
  7. Philflow macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2008
    Darkflame, FYI: the latest firmware is 2.09

    If you are running 2.01 or 2.02, you might see a slight improvement in power consumption.

    According to OCZ the 2.06 firmware brought the improvement (said so on the forum). I couldn't notice it though.

    Vertex 3 is fast but it sips quite a lot of power, the firmware won't change that as far as I know.
  8. superericla macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2010
    Actually, OCZ withdrew the 2.09 firmware and have a separate method of updating to it only if you absolutely need to.

    If you have a 2011 MacBook Pro without access to a Windows computer or Windows on your mac it's pretty complex to update the drive firmware. It is possible though. I recently updated my 15" 2011 MacBook Pro. If you need help upgrading the firmware then just ask.
  9. DarkFlame macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2007
    I'd love the help! Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.

    I just want a few more people to chime in to see if it is worth upgrading the firmware if my current setup if working perfectly.
  10. superericla macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2010
    This may sound really complex for many people but it's the only way I could upgrade the firmware on my 2011 MacBook Pro 15" without using Windows.

    1. Download Ubuntu 32bit.
    2. Burn that image to a CD using Disk Utility.
    3. Download this script.
    4. Download the Linux firmware update tool.
    5. Move both the script and firmware update tool to a MS-DOS (FAT) flash drive (you can partition a flash drive to FAT using Disk Utility).
    6. Put the CD that you burned in step 2 into your computer and restart while holding down the "C" key to boot from the disk.
    7. Once Ubuntu starts, find and open the Terminal.
    8. Move the files from the flash drive to the desktop.
    9. In the Terminal, first type sudo -s and press Enter.
    10. Next, type chmod +x then drag one of the two files you moved to the desktop to the terminal window and press Enter.
    11. Repeat step 10 with the other file.
    12. Next, type cd ~/Desktop into the Terminal and press Enter.
    13. In the top left corner of your screen look for what looks like a power symbol. Click that and choose suspend.
    14. Close your computer, wait a few seconds, then reopen.
    15. Type in ./IDE2ACHI into the Terminal and hit Enter then follow the directions in the terminal window. When it asks if you want to suspend, choose no.
    16. Type in ./fwupd -log /dev/sda and hit enter. This will update the firmware on your drive.

    If you don't feel up to doing this then don't worry about upgrading your firmware. It's a complicated process at this moment but there is someone at OCZ working on a mac compatible firmware update tool that should be done in a few months.
  11. jgz macrumors regular


    Mar 4, 2011
    will this work using rEFIt with Lion and an usb stick instead of a dvd?
  12. motoracer1486 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 26, 2006
    Just a side note...if you have a desktop, you can hook a SSD up as a secondary drive, and the update works seamlessly - much easier if you can do it this way.

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