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Intel reacts quickly to minimize fallout

A lot of excitement and demand has been built up for Intel's second generation SSDs which use 34nm NAND flash chips produced through a joint venture with Micron. There is a slight reduction in latency, but the big news at launch was the massive price cuts that Intel was introducing.

However, Intel has confirmed that it is delaying shipments of its new SSDs due to a data corruption issue affecting all of the new drives.

The problem occurs when a user sets a BIOS drive password on the new SSDs and then disables or changes the password. If the user powers off the computer, the drive will become inoperable and the data stored on it will remain inaccessible.

However, the problem will not occur if the user has not set a BIOS drive password. This erratum does not apply to computer, network or operating system passwords. Intel claims that the root cause has been identified and a new fix is currently under validation. The company expects to post an end user firmware update to fix this erratum in the next two weeks. It is not yet clear whether the new fix will be able to restore access to data on those drives, or if the firmware update would overwrite that data.
Intel is advising their SSD customers to not disable or change their BIOS drive password if they have already created a BIOS drive password.

The issue is reminiscent of Seagate's firmware problems, although on a much smaller scale.
Meanwhile, Intel has suspended all shipments of the new SSDs until the firmware fix is validated and installed on the drives. Online retailers like Newegg and ZipZoomFly have also pulled the new drives from their ordering systems.

Update: Data that has been locked out will not be recoverable, according to a email from a representative of Intel.

"The data on a user's drive is only at risk if they have enabled the BIOS
password, then disabled or changed it, rendering the SSD inoperable. The
data on those drives data is not recoverable. The firmware fix will prevent
the drive from becoming inoperable when using and modifying the BIOS

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RE: Problem? serious one?
By Souka on 7/30/2009 11:29:37 AM , Rating: 2
My old PCI (not PCIe) SB X-FI Fata1ity-pro card runs great under Windows 7 64-bit. Increased my framerate in Crysis about 2FPS and sounds are absolutely richer and deep.

Originally used the Windows drivers (can't remember if they were built in or downloaded via Windows Updadte) but didn't see any FPS difference in Crysis and it had only basic controls. After downloading Creative's drivers it worked as it should. :)

I also didn't have problems with this card using Vista 32bit, XP 32bit, and Ubuntu...

RE: Problem? serious one?
By steven975 on 7/30/2009 5:19:21 PM , Rating: 2
Yea, me too. I've had no problem with my PCI Xfi all.

the DVD Audio isn't supported in x64...but it might work...never tried. Note that DVD Audio and DVD movie audio are not the same thing. DVD Audio is MLP compressed...much like Dolby TrueHD.

RE: Problem? serious one?
By MrPoletski on 8/5/2009 6:08:31 AM , Rating: 2
Have you tried enabling any other sound card with your x-fi (I have the elite pro)?

I wouldn't...

what about performing a live mobo bios update with your x-fi drivers loaded (I am NEVER doing that again)?

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