Intel pulls SSD update
Users claim it hoses Windows 7
Intel has pulled the solid-state drive firmware update it released this week after an unspecified number of users claimed the software wasn't entirely compatible with Windows 7.
In a statement, the chip giant said: "We take all sightings and issues seriously and are working toward resolution. We have temporarily taken down the firmware update while we investigate."
It didn't specify what the problem or problems are. However, forum posters around the net have alleged that the update left their SSDs dead. Others claim that the update sooner or later forces Windows 7 to restart, after which the OS will not run.
The update was designed solely for the latest, 34nm generation of Intel's X25-M SSDs and not the earlier models. At this time, it's impossible to say whether the claimed drive deaths are due to users applying the update inappropriately or whether there's a serious flaw in Intel's code.
The update adds support for the Sata command Trim, an SSD-oriented option that helps the operating system write data to the drive in large chunks, allowing it to leverage Flash memory's high sequential write speeds rather than fall back on much slower random write speeds.
According to Intel, it ensures performance remains at "out-of-the-box levels" rather than gradually slowing, as is the case with many SSDs that don't support Trim.
Intel said the new software will bring a performance increase to PC users running Windows XP and Vista. Windows 7 supports Trim natively, but Intel has separately released a utility called SSD Optimizer, part of its SSD Toolbox suite, which adds Trim to the older operating systems. ®
Everybody was all for trim, so here it is!
Q. What do you call somebody that buys version 1.0 of anything for the PC?
A. A fool
It was true in the eighties and still holds true today.
"I'm I the only one that thinks that products should be released tried and tested?"
No, but no economist would agree with you. In a year or so's time, Intel will be able to point to their "lead" in getting this technology into the marketplace, but the customers whose machines were trashed in the process will be forgotten. Sounds like a win to me. The same argument is why Microsoft never fix (non-security) bugs found after RTM. Any such effort just takes resources away from the development of the next version and discourages punters from upgrading to it when it finally arrives. Where's the profit in that?
Until consumers start LOATHING the industry with a PASSION and DRIPPING CONTEMPT on every word uttered by their VILE marketing departments, I can't see why anything will change.
I'm I the only one that thinks that products should be released tried and tested?
I read the warnings... and applied it anyway.
In my spare time, I also do base jumping and a spot of Russian roulette.