A handful of updates from now available Apple, all fixes: Nearest and dearest to us is EFI firmware update 1.8, which promises to mute the optical drive's munchy sounds on startup in MacBook Pros and should alleviate some of the wonkiness from update 1.7. [Apple]
MacBook EFI Firmware Update 1.8 Muffles Noisy Optical Drives
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