Reader Kevin Rutledge is annoyed by an update that, after failing to do its job, tries, tries again. He writes:
The latest update I ran included a SuperDrive firmware update. However, when I restarted my computer the firmware update ran but said that the drive was not compatible with the update. The problem now is that that firmware update starts up every time I restart or turn on my computer. I am new to Macs so if you can offer any advice that would be great.
Fear not, even experienced Mac users have been stumped by this one.
The reason the update continues to run is because it feels like it hasn’t completed its mission. Normally, the thing would do its job and then delete itself. Hasn’t happened here.
You can make it stop by launching System Preferences, clicking the Accounts entry, selecting your user account, clicking the Login Items tab, locating and selecting the update, and clicking the Minus button. You do this because the update has been designated a login item—something that runs whenever your Mac boots. This disables this function.
Look in your Utilities folder (inside the Applications folder at the root level of your hard drive). You should find the updater in there. Given that it’s doing you no good you might care to toss it out.