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12.03.2008

Apple SuperDrive Firmware Update 2.1 crash your Super Drive

Apple, Calculatoare, Software

Pana acum 5 ore eram mare fan Apple si in special al laptop-urilor MacBok Pro. Ulterior mi-am schimbat radical parerea si nu datorita calculatoarelor efectiv ci celor de la echipa de suport Apple.

Ca sa intelegeti despre ce e vorba, anul trecut in Iunie Apple a lansat un update pentru Apple superdrive (cd/dvd+rw drive) si anume Firmware Update 2.1 care se anunta ca un update necesar ce va imbunatati vizibil performantele unitatilor cd/dvd de pe calculatoarele apple (iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro). In realitate nu numai ca nu face acest lucru dar efectiv iti transforma unitatea cd/dvd intr-o epava. Concret dupa aplicarea acestui miraculos update unitatea cd/dvd nu mai stie decat sa citeasca cd-uri sau dvd-uri deja scrise. Nu citeste nici un fel de cd/dvd goale si cu atat mai putin nu vei putea scrie vreun cd sau dvd. Nu merge nici pe Mac, nici pe Windows, nici pe Linux, nu mai merge DELOC!

Stupoare… dupa lungi ore de cautari si citit de sute si mii de posturi pe forumurile Apple am aflat oarecum ingrozit ca singura solutie este achizitionarea unei noi unitati cd/dvd care costa nici mai mult nici mai putin de 500$. Frumos nu? Ieftin ca braga… sau, daca esti norocos si ai calculatorul Apple in garantie te duci la un service autorizat Apple si ti-l schimba gratis. Presupun ca asta e usor de facut in US, ma indoiesc ca ti-l va schimba cineva in Romania.

Deci daca aveti Apple nu faceti acest update pt SuperDrive care de altfel a fost scos de pe site-ul Apple, orice referire la el a fost stearsa si culmea, nici un reprezentant Apple nu a raspuns vreodata mesajelor de la sute si mii de oameni disperati de aceasta idiotenie.

Acum solutia este una simpla, cel putin in cazul meu a functionat…

Bootare in Mac OS X Tiger sau Leopard, depinde pe care-l aveti instalat, downloadati SimpleFlash (http://www.anywhere.ro/simpleflash.zip. Unzip it, creaza un folder Simple Flash pe Desktop. Se ruleaza Terminal (din Applications), se acceseaza Desktop si apoi Simple Flash.

./simple_flash 0 UJ857-HAEA-MBP-rpc1.dat, yes, asteptam … scrie Finished. Si reluam inca odata operatiunea.

ShutDown… Pornim calculatorul si tinem apasate tastele: Mac Key (cea cu marul pe ea) + Alt (Option) + P + R timp de 3-5 secunde, display-ul flickare… Se opreste calculatorul, se porneste la loc si culmea… nu mai merge display-ul, merge dar luminozitatea scade singura la minim. Se opreste iar calculatorul, se porneste si minunea minunata, unitatea cd/dvd merge, scrie citeste, face tot ce-ar trebui sa faca.

Si pt ca am vazut mii de oameni disperati si eu ma numar printre cei bucurosi care au reusit sa-si faca la loc unitatea cd/dvd iata si o mica versiune in engleza:

“Anyway the story is like that… I downloaded the simpleflash utility from ben (I think is included in this post also, if not you can get it from here: http://www.anywhere.ro/simpleflash.zip

Unzip it, it will make a folder SimpleFlash (on your Desktop most probably).
Now I read all the posts and tried different ways of solving this Apple mess.

./simple_flash 0 UJ857-HAEA-MBP-rpc1.dat, yes, wait, says Finished…

Run it just one more time…
Also says finished..
Reboot, keep your computer like this for 10 seconds. Turn it on, press mac key + alt option + p + r (PRAM reset) for at least 3 seconds, you will get a strange screen like your computer is dead. Shut it down, turn it on… Now I got another big problem, my screen brightness was dead, keep on F2 for brightness, login, Shut Down

Turn it on again… For me my friends, IT WORKED! My drive burns cds again…
Apple Menu, About this Mac, More info, Disc Burning… Here is the current info:

MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-857D:
Firmware Revision: KBVB
Interconnect: ATAPI
Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipping Drive)
Cache: 2048 KB
Reads DVD: Yes
CD-Write: -R, -RW
DVD-Write: -R, -RW, +R, +R DL, +RW
Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, DVD-DAO
Media:
Type: CD-ROM
Blank: No
Erasable: No
Overwritable: No
Appendable: No

Previously was the updated **** from apple which was posted so much here… Not sure it will work for you but for me WORKED…

I tried all the versions of this simple patch, all the tips and tricks and nothing, the only working solution was the one related here.. Hope you will be lucky as I was.

GOOD LUCK! Apple makes great computers, but their support S*U*X !!!”

Check this link for a detalied version in english: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1029762&tstart=0





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