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Intel starts shipping SSDs again

Firmware fix
Wed Aug 12 2009, 13:44

CHIPZILLA has restarted shipping its latest solid-state drives (SSDs) after fixing a password bug that made the drives inoperable.

Intel said that it had issued updated firmware for the Intel X25-M consumer SSDs which can be found on its website.

An Intel spokesman said that shipments of the drives to retailers have also resumed with the bug now fixed.

Shipments were halted when users complained that when they set a BIOS drive password on the newly released SSDs the whole lot would be bricked.

The new X25-M and X18-M SSDs were released on 21 July and were targeted at laptop and desktop PCs.

However the SSD's new firmware does have some known problems. Some systems, including Macs with Nvidia chipsets, do not instantly recognise an Intel SSD.

You have to complete the SSD firmware upgrade on a system without an Nvidia chipset, and then reinstall the drive in the system with an Nvidia chipset while standing on one foot and facing Cappuccino shouting "Imasmuggit", which we understand is standard for an Apple upgrade these days. µ



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