In order to bring top performance and stability from its industry-leading, SandForce-driven Solid State Drive line, Other World Computing has released its new proprietary firmware version, now available free for download.
With this update – compatible with most OWC SSD models – we’ve added the convenient ability to update your SSD from a bootable USB drive or a CD/DVD. The new firmware contains general performance enhancements and reliability fixes. And as an added convenience for our customers, OWC is now offering a bootable USB Key preloaded with the update.
As always, OWC reminds users that it’s important to stay updated with firmware to get the top performance from your SSD. OWC’s Mac-friendly firmware updater continues OWC’s unmatched firmware update support for Mac users of SandForce-based SSDs. OWC also provides update support for PCs running Windows or Linux operating systems.
Saturday, September 28th, 2013 | Author: OWC Jarrod
Some users of the newly-released iOS 7 have reported having trouble with photo management after downloading the operating system to their mobile device. iPhoto, Image Capture, and even third party apps such as Picasa are recognizing the device with iOS 7 installed, however, the photo apps are not detecting the photos on said device.
In most cases, this is a straightforward problem with a relatively simple fix.
In order for iOS 7 to function properly, and for these programs to recognize your photos, you just need to update your computer to iTunes 11.1 and “trust” your computer when connecting your device. These steps should solve this issue.
We at OWC know that even simple problems with photo management can cause that sinking “Oh, no! I’ve lost all my photos forever. My life is ruined!” kind of feeling. But luckily the fix on this issue is fairly simple!
Does your new blazing fast SSD appear to be sluggish when waking up from sleep?
There’s probably a good reason behind this, although I doubt it’s because you’re making it work too hard. Apple implemented a new Standby Mode with the Retina MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air Mid 2010 and newer units.
To see the full list of the affected computers, read Apple’s knowledgebase article.
But what if your computer isn’t listed there and you’re seeing these slow wake up speeds from your new SSD that you just put in? Some people have reported this issue with their MacBook Pro (Non-Retina) machines and have followed these steps and fixed the slow wake up issues. So it would seem that some computers not listed were also updated with this new Standby Mode. Article Continues…
When my neighbor asked me what he could do to fix his problems with browsing the internet on his G4 Mirrored Drive Door, my immediate response was to upgrade that machine to a Mac mini. He informed me that was the down the road plan, but it just isn’t in the budget quite yet. In the meantime he’s been using his daughter’s old PC laptop to get by, but he really misses having one machine for everything – web browsing on one and working on the other is getting a bit tedious.
OK, time to be neighborly and delve a bit into the details of what exactly the browsing problems were. He told me that browsing has pretty much slowed down to a snail’s pace and he kept getting the getting the spinning beachball of death when visiting some sites – Facebook in particular. None of the browsers he used could be updated to current because his computer was incompatible. I let him know I’d look into it and get back to him.
I asked a few others around the office here if anyone was still actively using a PowerPC machine. Interestingly enough, while several of us had the machines in question for tinkering, nostalgia, or stand-alone tasks (ie. as a media server, file server, print server, etc.), none of the co-workers I asked were actively using their machines for web browsing. But a few suggestions for some alternative browsers were made. After doing a little research on each, I settled on three to try. Article Continues…