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(@softraid-support)
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@dgiffin

Its sad how unreliable the process of updating drivers has become with macOS. Supposedly this will be fixed in version 13 (post monterey), with a new driver kit mechanism, but such a kit has still not been delivered to developers, so I am doubtful on when this transition will happen.

In the meantime, updating drivers appears to be a crapshoot, because of the bugs in the security mechanisms.

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Posted : 12/10/2021 1:57 am
(@dgiffin)
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I understand - well, once again, thank you for the fantastic level of support you provide, it's really appreciated!

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Topic starter Posted : 12/10/2021 2:05 am
(@rudimovie)
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@softraid-support I have tried this but it still does not solve the problem of persistent login requests and attempting to install a new driver every time. Any other suggestions?

 

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Posted : 15/10/2021 2:02 pm
(@softraid-support)
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I am surprised the kextutil commands did not work.

try "uninstall SoftRAID" all components, then install again.

(you need to "Allow" OWC again)

Hopefully that will empty out the extensions cache.

You can test yourself which driver version is loading by this command in terminal:

sudo kextstat -b com.softraid.driver.SoftRAID

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Posted : 15/10/2021 9:48 pm
(@rudimovie)
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@softraid-support I uninstalled all SoftRAID components via SoftRAID, and reinstalled 6.1. Even though SoftRAID is properly approved in Apple Privacy, the problems of rechecking admin login and wanting to update drivers every launch still persists. What is more puzzling is that checking for driver version in Terminal confirms that only the 6.0.5 driver is installed. 

117    0 0xffffff7f9cd07000 0x2f000    0x2f000    com.softraid.driver.SoftRAID (6.0.5) E6447899-F7A5-3524-B637-5BAEB4A09DAA <30 6 5 3>

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Posted : 16/10/2021 8:16 pm
(@softraid-support)
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@rudimovie

You will also find that 6.1 is installed in the extensions folder. the culprit is the "StagedExtensions folder, where 6.0.5 is located. For some reason, macOS is not clearing it, even with the flush extensions commands above. That is where the bug is.

I think your issue is unique, the bug is common, but uninstalling and flushing the kextcache's generally clears this up.

Maybe you need to reinstall macOS.Startup into internet recovery mode (command r) and select Reinstall macOS. This will not destroy your existing system volume, just update all the System components. I think this should revert SoftRAID to the 6.0 version and let you update to 6.1.

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Posted : 17/10/2021 2:00 am
(@rudimovie)
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@softraid-support

Between version 6.0.5 and 6.1 I had to move to a bootable external SSD which required a reinstall of the OS. In that circumstance, is there another solution or no? 

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Posted : 17/10/2021 3:31 am
(@softraid-support)
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@rudimovie

I do not know. This is a macOS bug, where it is not updating the Staged Extensions. It won't hurt to try the reinstall, outside of the time it takes. Something is wrong, but I am not clear what.

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Posted : 17/10/2021 10:48 am
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