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idata
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Firmware update not working on early 2008 MBP with intel 320 120GB SSD

I've got a 2008 Macbook Pro 4.1 running 10.7.1 and an Intel 320 120GB SSD. I downloaded the Firmware update on the intel site and burned it too a CD. Booted up the CD and the fireware update says "Intel SSD is not attached or disabled." I've tried a couple times. Same thing. I've also read in other Mac forums that people with similar 2008 MBPs are having the exact same problem.

Any ideas?

thx

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idata
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try to switch controller mode to IDE in bios/efi or whatever mac have instead of it.

http://downloadmirror.intel.com/18363/eng/README.txt http://downloadmirror.intel.com/18363/eng/README.txt

BIOS STORAGE CONFIGURATION This tool will only function correctly with the BIOS SATA ports configured to "Legacy"/"Compatibility" mode or "AHCI" mode. Some BIOS configurations support SATA port modes such as "IRRT", "RAID", and "Native + IDE" mode, which are not supported by this utility.
idata
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Thanks for the reply.

Unfortunately you can't do that on Macs. They use EFI and OSX does not give you access to it. At least I've never heard of a way to do that.

len

idata
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This is not a fix, it's a workaround. Maybe you could take out the ssd from your mac and connect it on a PC and update the firmware from the other computer, then move it back to your mac. If you get the same error message while updating the firmware on the PC change drive mode to IDE on the BIOS.

idata
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Junpi,

Installing the intel 320 SSD in my early 2008 Macbook Pro was tough to say the least. Had to take apart almost the entire laptop. Was surprised I didn't break anything in the process. So taking the SSD drive out and finding someone with a windows machine to install it in and then reinstalling it in my MBP really isn't an option. Hopefully intel will do something to fix this firmware install problem.

thx

len

idata
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Same here. Early 2008 reboots to update cd just fine but update tool can't see my Series 320 300GB drive. And yes taking the drive out of this machine is next to impossible.

Intel PLEASE add support for our Macbook Pro's! This is my second Intel SSD (first was 160GB G2) AND I put these new drives in all our Salesmen'd laptops. VP of Sales 300GB drive actually had the error and had to be replaced. Please help me out here Intel.

Thanks,

 

Ken
idata
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Is your macbook's chipset nvidia based? This was an issue with the firmware for X25-M. Not sure if it's the same problem...but if it is, Intel won't fix it.

idata
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My early 2008 MBP 4.1 has the Intel ICH8-M AHCI chipset. The graphics card is the NVidia 8600M but that has nothing to do with the SATA bus.

len

idata
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Same Problem with my imac 7,1 and INTEL ICH8-M AHCI Chipset. Please, Intel, give us an update tool, which finds the SSD, WITHOUT removing the SSD from an imac.

Last time the firmware update (v1.7 or v1.8, I'm not sure about the version before) did find the SSD in my imac, why not in this update version?

Does an Installation of windows (via bootcamp) or 'The rEFIt Project' help?

Thanks in advance!

Mike

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