Items tagged with Firmware

Back in April, we ran a pair of OCZ Vertex 4 SSDs (256GB and 512GB) through the benchmark grinder to see what they could do... Today, we’re testing another brother in the family, the 128GB OCZ Vertex 4.  When we first tested the aforementioned drives, we found that the latest generation of the Vertex series delivered somewhat uneven... Read more...
Back in April, we ran a pair of OCZ Vertex 4 SSDs (256GB and 512GB) through the benchmark grinder to see what they could do and also told you everything you ever wanted to know about them in the process. Today, we’re testing another brother in the family, the 128GB OCZ Vertex 4.  When we first tested the aforementioned drives, we... Read more...
Do you enjoy the sound of your own voice? Don't worry, we're not here to judge, and truth be sold, we sometimes feel the same way. The exception to our vanity is when we're playing a game and yelling at our teammates through a headset. That became a problem when Sony rolled out its v4.10 for the PlayStation 3, which... Read more...
Don't underestimate the power of finely tuned firmware. Underscoring this point is the release of new enhanced IOPS firmware (v1.13) for OCZ's Octane SATA 3.0 Series solid state drives (SSDs). With the new firmware applied, OCZ promises significant improvements to write performance, over double in some capacities. For all Octane SATA 6Gb/s... Read more...
Crucial, the Micron-owned maker of memory and storage products, made good on its promise to fix a strange issue plaguing some M4 solid state drive owners. Earlier this month, Crucial said it was hard at work on new firmware that would address an issue causing some M4 SSDs to stall out Windows and kick out a Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) with... Read more...
Users over on Crucial's support forum have been complaining about a strange error that manifests on certain M4 solid state drives (SSDs) after precisely 5,200 hours of use. It appears to only affect the 64GB models, with affected drives kicking Windows systems into a BSoD with an error code that reads 0x00000f4... Read more...
Overclocking used to be a dark art reserved for a power users who didn't mind taking potentially catastrophic risks in order to squeeze a few more ounces of free performance out of their components. Things have changed dramatically in recent years, but lest anyone forget, overclocking can still be dangerous, even with... Read more...
Earlier this year, HP took a serious amount of flack for some crazy "exploding printer" hoopla that the company swears was never true to begin with. But, there was still an issue with unauthorized access, which the company has just taken action to resolve. On Nov. 29, HP announced that the potential existed for a... Read more...
OCZ just made available new firmware that's supposed to fix a handful of stability issues with certain SandForce-based solid state drives (SSDs). Affected SSDs include the Vertex 3 series, Vertex 3 Max IOPS series, Agility 3 series, and Solid 3 series. According to the release notes, the firmware addresses the following: Fixed a rare condition... Read more...
Crucial announced the availability of a firmware update for its m4 SSDs (FW 0009). The update will both solve a problem or two and also provide performance enhancements. Specifically, FW 0009 will eliminate an issue wherein drives experience intermittent failures in cold boot ups on some host systems, and it will also compensate for some SATA-II... Read more...
We have some semi-good news for Intel 320 Series solid state drive owners who might be suffering from the notorious 8MB bug. No, we don't have a fix, and neither does Intel. However, the Santa Clara chip maker is fully aware of the problem and is promising a new firmware update that will supposedly stomp out the annoying bug for good. "Intel... Read more...
Of all the hundreds of thousands of computer viruses, trojans, rootkits, and worms that have been written since 'Elk Cloner' first appeared in the wild in 1981, the overwhelming majority of them have targeted computer software. Attacking computer hardware directly isn't impossible now (and wasn't then), but it tends to be extremely difficult... Read more...
Ah, Boxee Box. The little media streaming box that could. The D-Link box, which has officially been on sale for a few months now, has been improved on a fairly regular basis. A ton of new features have been added in recent months, and this month's no different. Version 1.1 of the Boxee Box firmware has just shipped, revamping a lot of stuff... Read more...
QNAP is increasing the performance and capabilities of its Turbo NAS Servers with the announcement of new NAS Management software. With the new software, users will get support for real-time remote replication capabilities, advanced folder permissions, virtual LAN support, and much more. The software will also enable RAID 10, giving users... Read more...
Barnes & Noble has released a small, bug significant firmware upgrade for the NOOKcolor. The new firmware fixes some bugs and adds a few new features including the ability to pinch-and-zoom from the Web browser. On its Website, Barnes & Noble provided a brief description for the update: Barnes & Noble is providing a minor update... Read more...
If you think the latest Intel SSD ToolBox is all the software you'll be getting with your new Intel solid state drive, a certain company would like you to know otherwise. Acronis Software has just announced that Intel SSDs now include Intel Data Migration Software, a set of hard disk utilities that are powered by Acronis. The software bundle... Read more...
AT&T has begun rolling out a software fix to fix an issue in Alcatel-Lucent equipment that was causing users in some parts of the country to experience slower uploads. The company said it hoped the problem could be resolved in 2-3 weeks. Although iPhone users were the most vocal when the issue first appeared, it wasn't device specific.... Read more...
So Apple has already sold over 600,000 iPads in less than a month, and a spate of other tablets will soon begin flooding the marketplace. All of these threaten to shake things up in the ebook reader market, but don't go counting Amazon's Kindle out of the game. Further blurring the line between standalone ebook readers and multifunctional... Read more...
Members of Apple's iPhone Developer Program now have access to the iPhone OS SDK 3.2 GM (Golden Master). Considering this is the first version of the operating system to support the iPad, this is a big deal. It's also perfect timing, since the first round of iPads hits store shelves this weekend. Before this update became available, developers... Read more...
Corsair announced new firmware with TRIM support for its Performance Series P64, P128 and P256 solid-state drives. The new firmware and firmware update tool were developed by Samsung and rigorously tested by both Samsung and Corsair to help ensure smooth performance. Additional details are available below... Read more...
Intel has re-released TRIM enabling firmware for its Intel X25-M and X18-M SSDs. TRIM is available in Windows 7, and its function is to prevent the performance degradation that SSDs see over time.  TRIM clears flash pages instead of marking them as available when users delete data. That is what happens for normal hard drives, and there's... Read more...
Amazon.com has an early Christmas present to Kindle purchasers: 85 percent more battery life if you're going wireless. The company announced today that the battery would last up to seven days, even if the wireless is turned on. That's three days more than the previous battery, which lasted four days. The battery life with the wireless turned... Read more...
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