Why a firmware upgrade that FU's 13" MBP

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  1. duggram macrumors 6502

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    Two weeks ago I let Apple install a firmware upgrade for my new 13" MBP. Immediately it won't boot any more. Found out that putting the application disk in the optical allows a boot. Now if I repair permissions and disk on every boot I have no problems.

    Called Apple Care last weekend they said the problem has to do with the firmware upgrade and the only resolution is to reinstall the OS. ?????????

    What a pain. How much of my precious time off do I have to waste on my Mac? With Windows you reboot. With Mac you have to reinstall!!

    OK, I had to rant a little. Does anyone have a more acceptable resolution to this problem?
     
  2. duggram thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Forgot to mention another noticed problem. Now in iTunes when I try to access Movies I get a spinning ball that won't quit. I have to do a force quit to kill iTunes then I can play music, but i can't access my videos.

    Any suggestions on this problem?
     
  3. altecXP macrumors 65816

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    Sounds like a HDD failure will be happening soon.
     
  4. duggram thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Now that's interesting. I didn't mention that I put a new Intel SSD in just after getting the laptop. The SSD was in my '08 MBP, used very little and was working just fine in the '08 and before the firmware upgrade in the '11 MBP. Do you still think it's the HD?
     
  5. nunes013 macrumors 65816

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    that itunes thing happens to me too. when i try to import movies it freezes. i just bought a western digital scorpio black three months ago. it sounds more like an itunes bug than hard drive failure. are you running itunes 10.3 as i am.

    EDIT: i just tried it again. what i was trying to do was add about 60 movies from an airport disk to the library. maybe it froze because there were so many movies it was processing because when i do a few at a time its ok.
     
  6. altecXP macrumors 65816

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    Have you run Disk Utility to verify it and see if it checks out?
     
  7. duggram thread starter macrumors 6502

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    10.3.1 which I just moved to my usr folder. Just downloaded a fresh install of iTunes. maybe this will help.
     
  8. h00ligan macrumors 68030

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    Clearly you are set on believing the firmware update has something to do with it.

    Unlikely.

    You installed a 3rd party drive, ssd's are known unknowns, you presumably installed it from your old system without a reinstall

    Choose a cause, any cause.

    Stop being so certain, take the 10 minutes to reinstall your os.
     
  9. duggram thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes. I do that with ever boot.
     
  10. jenzjen macrumors 68000

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    This; clean install the OS inside your new machine. 30 minutes later, problem solved. You've spent the same amount of time posting here as doing a clean install.
     
  11. duggram thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Please go back and read my OP. It is Apple Care that says it is the firmware upgrade. I'm just relying on what I'm told by Apple Care.

    Why do you say unlikely?

    No, I did a fresh install.

    10 or 30 min, I don't think so. I also would have to reinstall MS Office, VMWare, Win7, Visual Studio, SQL Server, Access, and all the other Windows apps I use. It takes quite a while.

    And, because I work on the road I get one day off at home each week. I don't have everything with me while I'm traveling to do the reinstall. Although I'm thinking about putting everything possible on the original 500GB HDD which is now in an inclosure so that I can take it with me.

    Like I said, my time off is precious. I'm just trying to not waste it on reinstalls.
     
  12. jenzjen macrumors 68000

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    Ok, so you did a clean install on your SSD in the new machine? If so, then I'm not sure what you want us to do since Apple themselves told you to do a clean install.

    I understand time is precious, but what's more important, taking the time to do a clean install now or continuing to live with a machine that doesn't work properly? Seems like the latter is even worse, so you're still left with having to do a clean install.
     
  13. duggram thread starter macrumors 6502

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    You are right, I'm at that point. I hate it but it's time. Thanks for the help all of you.
     
  14. diamond.g macrumors 603

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    Most likely, it is the SSD that isn't compatible. Can you check to see if there is a firmware update for the SSD itself?
     
  15. duggram thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Really? Even though it worked perfectly in my '08 and in the '11 before the upgrade, you think the problem is the SSD? Even Apple Care said it was how the firmware affected the file system in place on the OS. BTW one of the first things I said to the AC tech was that I was using this SSD and where it had been, etc.

    But I will look around for an Intel firmware upgrade for that drive. Good suggest that can't hurt.
     
  16. duggram thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The only firmware upgrade for that SSD is Windows.
     
  17. h00ligan macrumors 68030

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    You can reinstall just the os, just don't erase the drive. With an sad it will take next to no time.
     
  18. diamond.g macrumors 603

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    Interesting. It seems like something in Apples FW update screwed with the SSD. Too bad there is no way of going back.
     
  19. duggram thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the advice but the complete rebuild is underway. I started it earlier then went to the garage to get some work done. Now I'm transferring the pre-firmware-upgrade Time Machine image. I won't have to think about whether the problem was replaced or not. It will get done today, just not all at one time.
     
  20. h00ligan macrumors 68030

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    Probably a smart move to rebuild. At the end of it, you will have a lot more firm idea.
     

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