I also have a P7P55D mother board and SATA optical drive. I experienced the same issue after attempting to upgrade with IDE Enchanced mode.
If Windows requested a reboot because it recognized a new hardware, at 90% the firmware was changed.
I had the same exact issue on my Dell XPS 420 it freaked me out ... I was using a Sata dvd drive and a dvd with .iso on it .. I confused when i woke up and it was stuck on that so rebooted (scared i fried my new SSD) and Win 7 told me it was updated ... So i am guessing and hoping it is in fact updated
I don't have an A: drive, (Asus p7p55d Evo doesn't support floppy drives,) and I wonder how many other people with no A: drive are geting the same error.
I got the same error after running the update for about five minutes: "Error reading from drive A: Dos area: General Failure".
hit "r" for Retry, same response. I hit "i" for Ignore", same response. I hit "a" for Abort, same response.
I hit "F" for Fail (the only option left) and got a new error, at least: Batchfile A:\Autoexec.bat not found."
So I let it sit for 10 minutes, nada, of course. .
I called Intel support, the lady was super nice and super helpful, she said they'd escalate this to their engineers. She said try restarting on the CD again since the firmware update was definitely done running. When I did, the utility said it had indeed updated the firmware.
I just rebooted back from trying to update my SSD and had the exact same thing. I also thought that my CD was corrupted and I was just about to burn another copy of the ISO to see if it would help. I wonder is my SSD updated or not, I had to reset because after couple of aborts nothing happened
Just boot from the CD, and tell it to continue ("Have you read the file", etc), and it will tell you "The firmware on this SSD has been updated," if it has been updated, and it will give you the current firmware version number, hopefully version 2CV102HD, which is this latest downloadable release.