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Old 02-24-2013, 01:30 AM
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Hi,

Thank you MacTella for the Linux firmware updater, it worked perfectly.

FYI, I used an USB Flash disk that I made bootable on an intel Macintosh using this tutorial :

http://studyblast.**************/2011...ssds-firmware/

I installed latest Lubuntu live CD on it and boot on it.


Here is how to do :

1 - Format a USB drive to provide a single FAT32 partition featuring MBR.
2 - Create the following directories on your USB drive: /efi and /efi/boot
3 - Copy the bootX64.efi from “ISO-2-USB EFI-Booter for Mac 0.01 beta” into /efi/boot on your USB Drive.
http://www.mediafire.com/?dpgorsfdkf6nn2c
4 - Copy the (L)ubuntu Mac image into /efi/boot/ on the USB Drive, too and rename it to “boot.iso”.
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/re...-amd64+mac.iso


I also had the files (flash tool + firmwares) on a second USB flash disk, and I copied them to the desktop of Lubuntu.

Flash Tool : http://media.Kingston.com/support/do..._503FW_Lnx.zip
Firmwares : http://forum.corsair.com/forums/showthread.php?t=110257

If I do remember, I also had to make the flashing tool executable.

I ran the flashing tool with sudo command (via a terminal) in order to recognize my SSD.

Thanks !

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Old 02-24-2013, 01:49 AM
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Exactly, no optical disk! Perhaps http://isostick.com/ would do the trick, but they're pricey. I imagine there's some way to make a bootable USB stick that will load the ISO, but I haven't found it yet. I came across some tools that sound like they'd do it (YUMI, SARDU, XBoot), but they'll all Windows apps. :-(
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:17 AM
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Thank you MacTalla for the Linux firmware updater, it worked perfectly.
Great to hear it worked for you and thanks for those instructions on making a bootable USB stick!

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I imagine there's some way to make a bootable USB stick that will load the ISO, but I haven't found it yet.
skybub posted just a few minutes before you with exactly what you're looking for. Try his instructions.
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:46 AM
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Hi skybub, thanks for posting.

I followed the steps with both an Ubuntu ISO and the ISO with the firmware loader.

With the Ubuntu ISO I got the EFI Booter welcome message, then it said loading linux, loading RAMdisk, booting kernel. I let it sit a couple minutes with no sign of progress.

With the firmware loader ISO, something flashes by really quickly -- perhaps the same messages? Then I get dumped into Grub, and I can't see how to convince Grub to boot the ISO. (Though it can see it: ls (hd0,msdos1)/efi/boot shows the file)

Perhaps this isn't a generic ISO booter but one that can only boot Linux kernels?
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:55 PM
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Hi Lorrin,

Sorry, I forgot to mention that this booting USB flash disk is for use on an intel Macintosh.

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Old 06-14-2013, 12:10 PM
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Thanks so much for this guide. It was relatively easy and worked a treat - I went from FW 1.2 to 5.05 on my 120GB Corsair Force 3 SSD. Everything going well since.

My personal spin on the approach for Mac OS X is as follows, as my Intel iMac 12,1 (21.5-inch, Mid 2011) can only boot CDs (no luck with the USB boot guide above)...

Preparation:

- download Ubuntu Live CD 64-bit
(burn it to CD)
- download the correct Corsair firmware for your drive
- download "SH103_503FW_Lnx.zip" which contains a firmware flashing utility - google it
(put both of these on a USB stick)

Steps:

- insert Ubuntu Live CD and hold alt key while booting Mac OS X
- copy "SH103_503FW_Lnx.zip" contents to Desktop
- copy your specific drive Corsair firmware files to Desktop
- open Terminal
- cd to ~/Desktop
- chmod +x the firmware updater
- run the updater with sudo permission

Updating:

- click scan for drives
- check signature of drive to verify which Corsair firmware file to use
- check box next to SSD you wish to update
- choose Corsair firmware file that matches drive signature
- firmware will be flashed
- wait a moment until the drive gets a positive check mark
- shutdown Ubuntu
- boot Mac OS X :)

One additional point:
It's crazy that Corsair don't offer this Linux tool officially. Shame on them!

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Old 09-15-2013, 08:32 AM
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Hello,
I'm on an iMac early 2006 (the first one with 32bit intel cpu) and a year ago I upgraded to a corsair force 3 120gb. My firmware version is 1.3.3 and I'm running into severals freezes.
Following the guide in the post above step by step, I could't update the firmware.
I succeeded in booting lubuntu latest version trough usb and cd both (using rEFIt), but the firmware updater utility posted above, launched with sudo command, doesn't recognize my ssd.
I followed the guide posted by mactalla in the first page of the thread in order to set my ssd in ahci mode instead of ide.
My mac as a intel ich7-m chipset, and I found out in the internet that the "magic number" mentioned in the guide to be used is 90.b=40. Doing so, the drive is finally set in ahci (I checked this with the command "lspci -vnn | grep SATA"), but the utility still won't see the ssd. I tried both with live cd through usb and cdrom.
What should I do? Trying to install the drive in a pc with windows, or trying to update the firmware with bootcamp + windows on the mac itself?

p.s. obviously I used the 32bit version of lubuntu and of the utility

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Old 09-21-2013, 02:35 AM
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How can i adapt that to run on a new PC where OS is not installed yet. I cannot find the terminal within Ubuntu 12.04??

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Originally Posted by gingerbeardman View Post
Thanks so much for this guide. It was relatively easy and worked a treat - I went from FW 1.2 to 5.05. Everything going well since.

My personal spin on the approach for Mac OS X is as follows, as my iMac can only boot CDs (no luck with the USB boot guide above)...

Preparation:

- download Ubuntu Live CD 64-bit
- download the correct Corsair firmware for your drive
- download "SH103_503FW_Lnx.zip" - google it

Steps:

- insert Ubuntu Live CD and hold alt key while booting Mac OS X
- copy "SH103_503FW_Lnx.zip" contents to Desktop
- copy your specific drive Corsair firmware files to Desktop
- open Terminal
- cd to ~/Desktop
- chmod +x the firmware updater
- run the updater with sudo permission

Updating:

- click scan for drives
- check signature of drive to verify which Corsair firmware file to use
- check box next to SSD you wish to update
- choose Corsair firmware file that matches drive signature
- firmware will be flashed
- wait a moment until the drive gets a positive check mark
- shutdown Ubuntu
- boot Mac OS X :)

One additional point:
It's crazy that Corsair don't offer this Linux tool officially. Shame on them!
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Old 09-21-2013, 03:45 AM
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I could follow all the steps, however, the corsair f60 ssd cannot be detected by the Kingston update tool. Thats it. This corsair update tool for the force series is a pain in the ***. I will go for a new samsung ssd.
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Why can't I access this link http://forum.corsair.com/forums/showthread.php?t=110257
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