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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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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."


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..."


"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."

"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan

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