I do what it says, I make the OCZ NOT the C drive, apparently you can't do a fimware update when it's a C drive.
So I boot to the D drive and run toolbox, get a progess bar and everythiing and ultimately it says it failed.
Pc has been running like a champ the past few hours, I've been quite happy.
Now we've established that you have an older firmware revision (current is 2.22 for the Vertex 3), we can look at other reasons the update may be failing. There are a couple of possibilities that immediately come to mind, in order of most to least likely:
1> Drivers - you mentioned Windows drivers from 2006, these are just the most generic SATA II drivers available & probably don't know how to handle tech that's 5 years newer. Update to the AMD AHCI driver I linked earlier. Even if they don't fix the problem, they will improve performance maximizing your SATA II throughput on the SSD.
2> Old BIOS version - check for newer BIOS from ASUS
3> Bad SATA data cable - swap SATA data cable
4> Bad SATA connector on motherboard - connect to a different SATA port on motherboard.
5> Bad RAM
When all-else fails, try the Linux Bootable CD, it really is the best way to go, at least from my experience. It already has more up to date drivers than Windows, so it should eliminate any potential driver issue, and it works regardless of where you have the SSD plugged in and even if you have a pair of them in RAID... or at least it does with the Vertex 4 drives.
However, looking at what 2.22 fixed from 2.15, I don't see a significant reason to update for most users...
• Improved handling on prolonged resume from partial to slumber state
• Fixed an issue when abnormal amounts of secure erases could cause incorrect block P/E counts to be reported in SMART data.
• Performance improvement on some benchmarksThis leads me to believe that your initial problem might simply be the generic Windows drivers.