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OS X 10.5.8 update and Security Update 2009-003 (for Tiger) released
Appears in software update now but I use the download updaters (delta for my current macs that are troublefree - combo update if any problems are seen. Updater download links are below.)

"The 10.5.8 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac, as well as specific fixes for:

    compatibility and reliability issues when joining AirPort networks.
  • an issue that could cause some monitor resolutions to no longer appear in Displays System Preferences.
  • issues that may affect Bluetooth reliability.

For detailed information on this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3606.
For information on the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222. "

Here's direct links to the related docs. (Including OS X Tiger security update.)

BTW: Although it's not mentioned in the Apple doc, 10.5.8 should include updated ATI drivers to fix the issue with 3D in VM Fusion w/10.5.7. (As mentioned here previously, it only affected Fusion, not other VM's like Parallels Desktop or (freeware) VirtualBox.)
Here's the download pages:

If you update to 10.5.8 and see any major pros or cons (including driver/app issues), let me know the details.
(I keep a current TM/backup and clone of my existing boot HD just in case.)

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Latest MacBook Pro/SSD reports
(Also added to the searchable drive db this morning)

"I have a first generation (late 2008) unibody MacBook Pro that I have just upgraded to an ssd drive. I did some research and found the Corsair P128 ssd drive. This particular model uses a Samsung controller instead of the popular Indilinx ("BareFoot") controller OCZ and others use. The pc review sites said this corsiar ssd is basically a rebranded Samsung drive. Anyway, many reviews had very good things to say about it. It did very well in many of the "real world" tests.

I found one on Amazon for $325.99 (it's about $345 now), which was about the cheapest among the 128GB drives. The OCZ was a bit more.
(As of Aug 5th (this post date) the Crucial's 128GB SSD was $315 (w/5yr warranty) and uses the same Indilinx "Barefoot" controller as the OCZ Vertex. (BUT there were price increases in Sept and Oct. - it's now $65 or so higher.) Although OCZ seems to be the most aggressive as far as firmware update frequency. Intel also cut prices on their 2nd Gen X25M SSDs, although reportedly they've halted shipments until a firmware fix for a bug is finished.-Mike)
Installation was easy. The ssd was replacing a Seagate 7200 RPM 320GB drive.

After I installed the corsair drive into my notebook, I put the seagate into an OWC USB enclosure. From the booted external seagate, I cloned it onto the ssd. Afterward, everything is much faster. I don't have any benchmarking software, but apps load really fast. iTunes launches in just one bounce.
(BTW - iTunes opens to my Video thumbnails listing in 1.3 seconds on a M225 Crucial 256GB SSD (1/3 the time of the 7200rpm HD) in a 2009 Mac Pro.-Mike)

I'm very pleased with ssd. I have had no problems as of yet. As it turns out, when I got the P128, Corsair released an new line of drives based on the Indilinx controller. They call them the extreme line or something like that. Amazon is now selling them. The X128 is about $382.

(I asked if he could check apple system profiler info and let me know the SSD drive 'revision' (usually drive firmware version reported as "revision" by ASP). Also asked if he had disabled Hibernate mode (and delete sleepimage file), disable spotlight indexing, SMS etc. (tips to reduce writes to SSDs and save space) - just curious. (I'd do that before cloning the original drive personally and I used Disk Utility restore to clone drives now (rather than 3rd party utils).-Mike)
Here is the info from Apple System Profiler:
NVidia MCP79 AHCI:
Vendor: NVidia
Product: MCP79 AHCI
Speed: 3 Gigabit
Description: AHCI Version 1.20 Supported

CORSAIR CMFSSD-128GBG2D:
Capacity: 119.24 GB (binary)
Model: CORSAIR CMFSSD-128GBG2D
Revision: VBM1801Q
Serial Number: 09230615-8971270
Native Command Queuing: Yes
Queue Depth: 32
Partition Map Type: GPT (GUID Partition Table)
S.M.A.R.T. status: Verified
Volumes:
Macintosh SSD:
Capacity: 118.92 GB
Available: 92.58 GB
File System: Journaled HFS+

The late 2008 MacBook Pros have 3 Gigabit SATA (SATA-II) functionality. I have disabled the hibernate function and I deleted the spleepimage file. I never had to do a firmware update to get this transfer speed. I'm not sure why Apple changed things with the 2009 Models. Just an FYI, I was at Best Buy the other day, and looked at the MacBook Pros they had. The 15 inch model reported 1.5 Gigabit SATA and the 17 inch model reported 3 Gigabit SATA.
-Chris"

That reported SATA speed difference with some models of the mid-2009 MBP's generated a lot of complaints from new owners, which resulted in Apple releasing "EFI Firmware Update 1.7" (June 22nd) to address that (although they had a disclaimer on 3Gbps support in the doc) - some had major problems after that update (with some upgraded drives) - although not all did. (I posted a recap on that/past posts, apple forum thread links, etc. again yesterday.)


" Super Talent UltraDrive ME (STT_FTM56GX25H)
Capacity: 238.47 GB (binary)
Model: STT_FTM56GX25H
Revision: 1370
(Nn Aug. 5th I checked ST's website and there was a firmware v1571 for this drive (released late may 2009) but the release notes say 1571 was for S/N "xxxx-xDIX-xxxx" drives, your "FCIX" drive latest firmware per their doc is 1370. (Update: - on Aug 12th I saw a new firmware v1711 but the release notes say its for " xxxxxxx-xEBX-xxxxxxx S/N drives - your S/N has "FCIX".))
Serial Number: P563157-FCIX-5229013

Macbook Pro Unibody 2008 15"
Model Name: MacBook Pro
Model Identifier: MacBookPro5,1
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor Speed: 2.53 GHz
L2 Cache: 6 MB
Memory: 4 GB
Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz
Boot ROM Version: MBP51.0074.B01
SMC Version (system): 1.33f8

Freezes and lockups approximately every 15 minutes. Computer unusable. Updated SSD firmware as per Supertalent support. Doesn't help, computer still locks up every 15 minutes or so. Ended up just reverting to original OEM drive.

I upgraded to the new ST firmware (1370 is latest as of early Aug. 2009 for the "FCIX" S/N drives-Mike) and it didn't help with using it in my Macbook Pro, it had the same problems. I wrote ST and they didn't have any further suggestions. I may retry the firmware upgrade to double check but so far the ST SSD hasn't worked for me.
-Rob B. "

The new M225 series Crucial drives are reported (by one review I read) as literally the same drive (internally, controller, etc. - maybe same OEM/mfr) - although Crucial's have a 5 year warranty vs 2 years from ST (on this MLC).
The M225 256GB I have is reported by ASP as 1571 firmware (drive revision) - the same as the latest ST firmware (and I wondered if the ST "performance refresh tool" for their 1571 firmware drives would work on it. I wrote a new M225 256GB SSD owner (Mac Pro owner with Windows 7 64Bit RC on it) that said the utility warned of a possible data loss with 64bit OS's however.)

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