Friday, September 7, 2012

Remove / Uninstall Kies on a mac completely (getting downloadingfirmware message)



Kies firmware update screen shot

Do you keep getting the "Finished downloading firware for SGH-l717. Check which model you use, and click here to quickly upgrade using previously downloaded firmware" Use the guide below to help fix this issue.

A friend recently used my mac to update his android phone.  After the phone was updated I used the Kies Samsung uninstaller to remove the program.  After using the uninstaller every time I would start up my computer I would get a message pop up that read "Finished downloading firware for SGH-l717. Check which model you use, and click here to quickly upgrade using previously downloaded firmware." I went manually through my folders to make sure every bit of the application was removed and it still would show every time I started my copmuter.  I finally found the file that was causing all the problems.  It was visually hidden in the Application Support Folder. You will need to show hidden files using terminal. Terminal is located in the Applications/Utilites folder, please use at your own risk. Terminal can get messy fast. Type or copy and paste the below into Terminal:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
killall Finder

Hit the Return button to activate command.

Now you should see a few hidden files. Go to your Username/Library/Application Support folder.  You will hopefully see a file called ".FUS" just delete that file and you are done.




To no longer show hidden files type or copy and paste the below in terminal:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
killall Finder

Hit the Return button to activate command.

Alternatively you can use an automator action I did awhile back. It's simplistic but works for me. Please use at your own risk.  This has only been tested on Snow Leopard but should work on anything released after that OS.

Download Here:Hide:Show Automator App

I really question Samsung hiding this file in the first place, but I'm glad I was able to figure it out and I hope I can save many others from wasting their time on this. Let me know if this worked for you or if you like my Automator hide show apps.

5 comments:

  1. Thanks for the instructions!
    And - by the way -
    These are the credits for this piece of software:

    Engineering:
    Some people

    Human Interface Design:
    Some other people

    Testing:
    Hopefully not nobody

    Documentation:
    Whoever

    With special thanks to:
    Mom

    ...

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  2. I have the feeling lately most companies have 1 person writing mac software. Very funny

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  3. Thanks so MUCH!! This message was driving me nuts....

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  4. Unfortunately I have wasted a fair amount of time attempting this in the past. However MANY MANY THANKS for posting this. Bye bye KIES and Samsung, you will not be missed. Big thumbs up!!!

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