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Ok guys just bought a vertex 3 120 and it had version 2.06 on it. I was hoping that I wasent going to have to update to 2.11. But after downloading Win7 and so forth to it I started to crash etc. So i decided to update to 2.11. Went through the whole downloading the OCZ toolbox and secure erasing my drive. Problem is that ill hit tools to update firmware and it says its complete but everytime i restart computer and reconform if the firmware has taken it still says im using 2.06. I've so far went through OCZ forum pages to see if there was anything that I saw that could help but im drawing a blank. If there is anyone that could help I would really appreciate it
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post #2 of 17
You can't use your V3 as a primary drive to update it.
You either have to have it as a slave drive or update it via USB Linux drive.
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I prefer using the bootable linux usb stick method myself. It's really easy.
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Yep, the bootable Linux USB updater I find is the easiest method. Updated my 120GB Vertex 3 from 2.08>2.09>2.11 without a single problem. 2.11 properly cured the BSOD / drive not found problem and I didn't bother doing a secure erase either. Maybe I got lucky
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Don't jinx yourself Tom. Already seeing too many people on the ocz forum with 2.11 having brought back bsod after they were stable with 2.09 for a month.

It's amusing seeing ocz saying the problem is with Intel's p67 sata 3 implementation not with their drives. Yet Crucial has no sata 3 bsod issues. And then you have the typical ocz fanboys defending them to the death.
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True. Forgot to mention I did initially have problems with 2.11 but a CMOS reset appears to have resolved it (touch wood). I did the thorough method that OCZ recommend on the forum of removing the CMOS battery and shorting the terminals. Keeping a close eye on things for the time being though!
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True. Forgot to mention I did initially have problems with 2.11 but a CMOS reset appears to have resolved it (touch wood). I did the thorough method that OCZ recommend on the forum of removing the CMOS battery and shorting the terminals. Keeping a close eye on things for the time being though!
I did the whole kit and kaboodle going to 2.11 myself. Unplug all drives, flash firmware through usb stick linux then secure erase. Then I moved the jumper to clear cmos and left it while I took the dog for a 30 min walk. That was the same day 2.11 was released and like you, I'd had no problems thus far.

However, when the drive was new, it took me 3 weeks for the first event to occur. So I'm sitting here wondering at this point if I should jump on a Crucial M4 and be done with it. I don't know if secure erase hurts a drive but mine's been done 6-7 times now because OCZ instructed us to.

The OCZ forum seems to be growing by leaps and bounds with users having the problem. Many that were "stable" on 2.09 are once again back to having bsod with 2.11 and want to flash back.

The forum support team appears overwhelmed at this point. I'm seeing people asking nicely for help repeatedly and being ignored. I actually kept bumping a thread there for a guy who was being nice as pie asking for help and you'd see support members come online and answer other questions and walk right by his.
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post #8 of 17
2.11 here, and no problems yet. I previously had 2.06 and got my 1st BSOD within 3 days.

I never had the chance to try 2.09 since the Linux USB updater took me straight to 2.11, but if I had 2.09 and it had no problems I wouldn't have updated at all. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

The same is true for the BIOS. If you don't need to upgrade for some particular issue you are having, leave it alone.
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2.11 here, and no problems yet. I previously had 2.06 and got my 1st BSOD within 3 days.

I never had the chance to try 2.09 since the Linux USB updater took me straight to 2.11, but if I had 2.09 and it had no problems I wouldn't have updated at all. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

The same is true for the BIOS. If you don't need to upgrade for some particular issue you are having, leave it alone.
There is a small story behind 2.09 actually.

OCZ said 2.09 was only for people having problems with 2.08

2.09 lowered benchmark test speeds. Sequential read dropped below 500 in as-ssd. It was noted in the 2.09 release notes. Yet, OCZ support repeatedly stated that 2.09 had no effect on speed of drives they updated themselves for testing. I noticed the drop as soon as I flashed to 2.09 and secure erased and reloaded. Lots of other users did as well.

So 2.09 fixes are supposed to be part of 2.11 fw. And speed is back to advertised amounts. But bsod is also back for a lot of people that were stable on 2.09 fw.
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