02-21-2014 09:00 AM - edited 02-21-2014 09:00 AM
(In case you did not read my previous posts, Lenovo HQ has my Intel SSD and they are investigating).
Received an update from NINE, it _seems_ they found something, they are investigating further now. Will keep you updated.
(edited for typo)
02-25-2014 08:16 AM
Lenovo actually sent us a new harddrive that seemed to work. The guy that installed it claimed it had a newer firmware but I have not been able to check the revision yet. The Thinkpad's owner seems happy; not even the dedicated SSD test program seems to be able to crash it, nor our regular heavy-usage SQLite application.
Thanks Lenovo, for not just saying "Linux? We don't support that!".
02-27-2014 07:47 AM
Do you meanwhile have any further information regarding the firmware version - or even better a link to this new firmware ?
Did Lenovo send any information?
I've searched the drivers for the x230 (and for my T430s, which uses the same ssd), but the latest version online was from 9th Dezember 2013 (and thats not the one which fixed the issue)...
04-28-2014 01:47 PM
We received the drive as mentioned above and our engineering reviewed it and when we received it, it had been wiped so we didn't initially have any logs to work from. We did additional testing and were able to reproduce some errors in an event log using fragger.
We sent the drive to the supplier for extensive analysis, but the conclusion was that there was nothing wrong with the drive itself, and as this has been reported across multiple models of systems X, W, T, etc, we don't believe there is a Lenovo specific problem at this time.
We are continuing to look at firmware and in the interrim, recommend that everyone ensure their drives are running the LF1i firmware level.
I have a newer firmware for Intel 520 series, LB3i that I have attached to this post. This is not yet released to the field by Lenovo via formal services, so I'm going to treat it as "beta"
To unzip it, use the password “Lenovo”. There are two executables: one is for 32-bit Windows and the other for 64-bit. The updater will need to be run with administrator rights. Once complete, reboot the system for the firmware to take effect; the new version is LB3i.
05-01-2014 02:44 AM - edited 05-01-2014 06:34 AM
For a hardware company that has a reputation as being "Linux friendly" I find it odd that lately you can find quite a few updates that would force me to use Windows.
Yeah, I know, highly experimental beta update and whatnot, but, seriously, I got loads of reliable tools at hand which could help me test that firmware. Linux-only tools.
05-02-2014 02:35 AM
Since this problem is more often seen on Linux I find it funny you attached a firmwareupdater for Windows instead of a bootable version.
My company uses T430s and others models for java development on Linux and several of our machines with the Intel 520 SSD has this problem most often triggered by sql work ("heavy" writing). It seems crazy the only solution is to go out and buy a Samsung SSD or similar.
Seems this problem is actually fairly common judging by this and other threads like:
If this beta firmware is an actual solution please post a bootable version.
05-02-2014 07:43 AM
I tried the Intel 520 firmware LB3i firmware you recently posted on a
Intel SSD 520 Series 180GB, drive model SSDSC2BW180A3L, firmware LF1i.
This drive happens to have a fresh Windows 7 64-bit install from the
Lenovo DVDs. My machine is a x230.
I successfully updated the drive firmware to LB3i after remembering to
run as Administrator. Note for others who try the install: running the
updater executable as non-administrator will lead to a "No supported
devices were found." message.
I then restarted the machine with a Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (in live DVD mode).
I re-partitioned the drive with ext3 partitions, and used the test-ssd
program I used in my original post:
./test-ssd-write /mnt/somefileondisk 209715200 1234 -z
(with a SSD drive partition mounted in /mnt)
The drive survived 30 minutes without any issue before I had to stop the
test and go back to work. It kept a good write throughput (about 4MB
written per second as seen with iostat) throughout the test. With the
previous firmwares (LE1i and LF1i), the drive stopped responding well
before the 5 minutes mark.
So those initial results are very good news. I'll let others confirm or
contradict my findings (I only had a few minutes of spare time to
quickly test this). It's been easy for me to test it out, because I now
use a Samsung drive for work, and keep the Intel SSD on my desk for
eventual testing. Making the firmware available with a bootable CD iso
would help making the testing procedure less time-expensive for those
05-07-2014 01:42 AM - edited 05-07-2014 01:42 AM
Yes, I also put one of the affected drives into a windows machine and upgraded firmware then put it back into affected machine and it so far seems to have helped.
The guy who posted the firmware did mention you needed to use Run as administrator so yes that needs to be done for it to work :-)
I would howver still like a bootable version of the firmware as I still have 10 machines or so I need to upgrade.
05-07-2014 02:44 PM
It sounds like intel is working on a bootable format for this. Perhaps a few weeks away - "soon".
I understand that this issue surfaced more frequently in the Linux community, and that delivering an update / fix that needs to be installed under Windows is not optimal. Thanks for your patience and continued feedback!