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Applequickly silenced its singing hard drives.  (Source: Apple)
Apple appears to be working hard to fix its hardware issues

Last week DailyTech reported that the 500 GB hard drives on some of the new MacBook Pros were beeping randomly and performing poorly.  Apple said it was aware of these issues and that it considered fixing them one of its top priorities.  It apparently didn't take them long to deliver on that assurance.

Apple has just released Hard Drive Firmware Update 2.0 to its Mac users.  The firmware update "reduces certain infrequent noises  made by 7200-rpm drives."  The new firmware ID is 0007APM2, for those curious.

Apple claims that the issues are confined to the new MacBook Pros it began shipping in June (13" and 15") -- but it can't hurt for those who purchased the 17" MacBook Pro in January to update as well.

Another fix also came down the pipe for Mac users.  All unibody Macs and Macs shipped in 2009 likely use the Broadcom chipset for Bluetooth wireless.  The chipset had performed poorly, according to some, leading to difficulties using Apple's wireless mice and keyboards.  With Bluetooth Firmware Update 2.0.1, various bugs are fixed and the wireless performance is increased.

While its always disappointing to see hardware issues escape pre-launch quality testing, it's good to see that Apple is at least trying hard to solve some of the hardware issues on its Macs.  Now if Apple can figure out a way to fix the display problems that some users have experienced.



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Wait... how is this possible?
By therealnickdanger on 8/20/2009 9:21:15 AM , Rating: 3
Can someone explain to me how you can possible fix that which is perfect? My head is seriously about to asplode over here!




RE: Wait... how is this possible?
By amanojaku on 8/20/2009 9:26:51 AM , Rating: 5
Why are you asking a bunch of men? Only a woman can explain that! ;-)


RE: Wait... how is this possible?
By Moishe on 8/20/2009 9:35:04 AM , Rating: 2
The firmware just keeps track of the beeps and only allows them to occur 25% of the time... hahaha.

No really, I hope that they're really fixing something :P


RE: Wait... how is this possible?
By smeg off on 8/20/2009 9:37:20 AM , Rating: 5
Someone has written down the beeps emitted over a 12 hour period. The findings were:

-.-- --- ..- .-. .-.. .. ..-. . .. ... -. --- - -.-. --- -- .--. .-.. . - . ..- -. - .. .-.. -.-- --- ..- -... ..- -.-- . ...- . .-. -.-- ... .. -. --. .-.. . .- .--. .--. .-.. . .--. .-. --- -.. ..- -.-. - . ...- . .-. .--. .-. --- -.. ..- -.-. - . -..

Which in morse code translates to:

"Your life is not complete until you buy every single apple product ever producted."

Interesting.


RE: Wait... how is this possible?
By amanojaku on 8/20/2009 11:40:12 AM , Rating: 2
If you listen long enough you'll also hear:

"All your electronics are belong to us..."

and

"We are the nerds. Lower your IQ and surrender your patents. Your technological achievements will be slightly enhanced and added to our own products so we can keep you from using them. Your clients will become zombified and buy our products exclusively. Resistance is futile, but we'd like to see you squirm, anyway."


Hypocrisy
By Morgjorg on 8/20/2009 9:39:26 AM , Rating: 5
What's funny is that when Microsoft releases a fix, they're terrible people for allowing the problem to occur in the first place.

When Apple releases a fix, it means they are great at supporting their product.




RE: Hypocrisy
By psychobriggsy on 8/20/2009 10:09:37 AM , Rating: 3
I think most people are aware that software is hard to get flawless, and that small problems like these will occur. What people don't forgive is when something is broken by design (or lack of design), or ties you in to its other products. You can work out if I'm talking about Microsoft, Apple, Linux or Ikea here.


RE: Hypocrisy
By Alexstarfire on 8/21/2009 3:56:20 AM , Rating: 2
Yea, this isn't software, this is hardware. HDDs are quite old technology and were pretty much perfected long ago. Granted certain things have changed. Haven't heard of any serious problems since the whole IBM "Deathstar" issue.


RE: Hypocrisy
By Visual on 8/20/2009 12:01:56 PM , Rating: 1
What's funny is that when there is an article about Apple, never mentioning Microsoft anywhere at all, there's still always someone that posts a comment like yours.


RE: Hypocrisy
By ertomas on 8/20/2009 1:10:25 PM , Rating: 2
That may be because whenever there's an article about problem on a MS product there will be someone (not saying it's you) writing about how it does not happen on Apple o Linux...


Is anyone at Dailtech going to....
By damianrobertjones on 8/20/2009 11:26:14 AM , Rating: 3
...Post this story??

"According to Rescuecom's Computer Reliability Report, Asus took the title of having the most reliable computers for the second time in a row for the firm's studies. Asus scored better numbers than Apple, IBM/Lenovo, Toshiba and HP/Compaq, in that order."

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/rescuecom-apple-a...




RE: Is anyone at Dailtech going to....
By Einy0 on 8/21/2009 12:05:03 PM , Rating: 2
That's interesting because ASUS used to and probably still does a crap load of contract work for Apple. ASUS has been building motherboards, etc... for Apple for years. I'm sure they are not the only manufacturer Apple deals with. Still it's kinda funny...


By dark matter on 8/22/2009 8:42:17 PM , Rating: 2
Actually all that says is that Asus makes its own products better than the contract work they do for Apple.

Hence the reason why its Asus, THEN apple.


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