Monday, October 17th 2011

SandForce BSOD Firmware Bug: Fix Finally Available

Finally a fix for the BSOD/disconnect bug that has been plaguing users for months is available for SF-2200 based SSDs. OCZ uses these, has been testing this new firmware for several weeks and now believes that it's fit for release. The new firmware is at version 2.15 for OCZ drives and 3.3.2 for drives that SandForce's standard numbering system. As with any firmware update, it should be used cautiously, all data backed up and perhaps used on a non-mission critical Windows install for a while, for confidence. Note that there may be more unresolved issues and new ones introduced.

OCZ made this official statement:
OCZ is pleased to announce that the cause of a BSOD issue experienced by some SF-2000-based drive owners has been identified by OCZ and SandForce. A new firmware update which directly addresses this BSOD occurrence related to SF-2000 based SSDs is available here. All newly manufactured OCZ SF-2000 based SSDs will feature the new 2.15 firmware revision (which is based on SandForce firmware version 3.3.2.) We highly recommend that any customers that have experienced the BSOD issue update their firmware to 2.15.

We sincerely appreciate the support from our customers, and if any customers have any questions or require additional support please do not hesitate to contact a customer service representative and we will be happy to address any questions or concerns.
Release notesSource: AnandTech
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24 Comments on SandForce BSOD Firmware Bug: Fix Finally Available

#2
SteelSix
Good news hopefully. With a recent build, Raid 0 was failing due to one drive disconnecting. Hopefully this works.

:respect: TPU for news that matters..
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#3
[H]@RD5TUFF
by: LAN_deRf_HA
Well that took awhile.
No joke it took forever.
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#4
crazyeyesreaper
Chief Broken Rig
now to see if Adata will update my drives firmware or not since the S510 is a 120gb and the only drive in the S510 series.
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#5
Mussels
Moderprator
at least its fixed, instead of just releasing a new product.
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#6
Goodman
by: Mussels
at least its fixed, instead of just releasing a new product...Unlike AMD FX CPU's
:roll:
Sorry! i couldn't help myself ;)

It good news for me as i was looking to buy the OCZ SSD Agility 3 soon...
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#7
Fx
too late- I already bought an m4
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#8
TheOne
One has to wonder if drives using the latest SandForce controller will go back up in price.
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#9
sy5tem
ahh i see, i trought this firmware was going to be in same familly as the BD myth , but its released now , im relieved!
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#10
AsRock
TPU addict
by: LAN_deRf_HA
Well that took awhile.
Better late than never ?

by: Mussels
at least its fixed, instead of just releasing a new product.
Yes, just a week or so after getting mine

by: TheOne
One has to wonder if drives using the latest SandForce controller will go back up in price.
If it's truly fixed it just might do.. I got mine so it can go as high as it wants hehe.
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#11
1c3d0g
by: Fx
too late- I already bought an m4
Excellent choice! :rockout: I'm running an m4 as well, and it's been rock-solid since day 1. I'll take reliability over raw speed anytime. :cool:
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#12
Grings
Nice, i haven't actually had any troubles since the 1.3 firmware (Corsair force GT 120gb) , but saw that a lot of other people still were.
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#13
TheOne
by: AsRock
If it's truly fixed it just might do.. I got mine so it can go as high as it wants hehe.
Kind of makes me wish I had bought the Force 3 120GB weekend before last when it was on sale for $155.
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#14
Wrigleyvillain
PTFO or GTFO
I have a Vertex 2 not 3 do I need this?
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#15
Maban
by: Wrigleyvillain
I have a Vertex 2 not 3 do I need this?
No, this has nothing to do with V2 drives.
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#16
AsRock
TPU addict
by: TheOne
Kind of makes me wish I had bought the Force 3 120GB weekend before last when it was on sale for $155.
hehe, i wanted to pick up some ram too when i got mine and did not have enough for a higher one.. Although the Solid 3 does a good job though anyways.
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#17
Steevo
This "fix" doesn't fix shit. It broke my drives, now instead of a occasional issue my system locks up every few hours or minutes when anything involving small files comes up.


Thanks.
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#18
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
by: Steevo
This "fix" doesn't fix shit. It broke my drives, now instead of a occasional issue my system locks up every few hours or minutes when anything involving small files comes up.


Thanks.
Sorry to hear that. It sounds like you have a good case for RMAing it.
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#19
Steevo
I'm trying to work with their forums but so far I have been told its not the drives, its my controller card, or its something else. Despite them already locking 40+ pages of complaints from users and numerous threads springing up with the same issues.

I guess if nothing else I will be ordering some better drives and try to clone across and return these POS drives.
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#20
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
That's crap customer service. This is an area that really gets my goat. :mad:

Sounds like a good reason never to buy their products again, doesn't it?
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#21
Mussels
Moderprator
well to be fair, i had issues very similar to the reported ones with my SSD - yet i have a model thats not affected by this problem.


turns out my OC was slightly unstable (to the point nothing ever crashed) and my SSD really, really didnt like it.
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#22
Steevo
I will link them here. This is utter crap, hundreds of computers and I have never had an issue like this.
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#23
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
by: Mussels
well to be fair, i had issues very similar to the reported ones with my SSD - yet i have a model thats not affected by this problem.


turns out my OC was slightly unstable (to the point nothing ever crashed) and my SSD really, really didnt like it.
Yeah, it's funny how you can see the oddest of instabilites like this.

Take my PC for example. It's been overclocked to 4.11GHz since soon after I put it together and it's solid as a rock - for 99.99999% of the time. Just very occasionally, it will bsod. And when it does, pressing reset doesn't always help, as it sort of half boots and gets stuck. I may have to press that button another couple of times, or press the mains switch on the PSU to clear it. However, this is so rare that it's not worth troubleshooting and it's anyway gonna soon be upgraded to SB/SB-E.
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#24
Mussels
Moderprator
i had everything set with mine at 3.6GHz (turbo clocks, but on all cores) and a slight OC on the northbridge/mem controller - and i'd lock up from sleep mode maybe once a month, and the odd BSOD, that when googled hinted at the SSD (never BSOD'd before putting SSD in)

back to 3.2/stock NB to test, problem free for weeks. too lazy to re-OC again for now, as its been damned hot lately.
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