(Latest reports first -except for tips in reply to problem posts)
Software Update ran almost automatically after booting into X. [must have had auto update checking enabled-Mike] The 12MB update ran without a hitch. Everything feels a zippier, especially the finder. Classic launches faster although I cannot back it with timed tests. The speed-bump is very subtle but enough to be noticed.
One thing to note though- I've lost sound in Quicktime Player. Any reason for this?
i7300/200 with a
powerlogix/440 and xlr8/usbpci/scrollmouse.
still waiting for someone to port those
linux 3dfx video drivers.."
It appears that a new version of ssh that was installed with OS 10.0.4
may have some issues.
I am no longer able to ssh into a Sun Box at Ga Tech. I am able to ssh
into my personal Linux box. I went to openssh.org and searched the
mailing list and found some issues there dealing with the same error
"Disconnecting: Bad packet length -1993379553."
I had no trouble until I installed OS 10.0.4
Here's a link if you want to read the thread.
I'd be curious to know if any other users are experiencing this problem.
Thanks for spreading the word.
[Update:] A reader sent a tip in reply to the above post:
The ssh issue can be corrected by forcing version one of the ssh protocol.
ssh -1 hostname
Just wanted to let you know that the new update has an audio fix my Beige G3
minitower. The last update (10.0.3) had the G3's audio play simultaneously
out of its internal speaker and the line out. I bit annoying. But once I
installed the new update this afternoon, the first thing I noticed on
rebooting was that OS X was recognizing that I had something plugged in the
audio out port and didn't play sound out of the G3's own speaker. Just like
Also, I find that menus in apps like Internet Explorer 5.1 are much more
responsive, and scrolling is a bit better (but there is still a big lag
behind the cursor movements).
Another Beige G3 owner also noted the audio fix (but asked his comments/name not be posted). However this reader didn't agree:
Incase anyone was wondering, the sound
problem that was introduced in 10.0.2
is back in 10.0.4 for the unsupported
and beige machines. and the fix that
James Denton came up with works again,
Thank you very much James.
[link to Jame's page with previous fix-Mike]
I've asked Ryan if he owned a beige g3 or a different (unsupported) mac model.
Confirmed (tiny) speed increase:
B/W G3 400MHz, 320MB RAM
Time in seconds. OS 10.0.3/10.0.4
Boot time : 125s/118s
System Preferences: 4s / 3s
I.Explorer 5.1: 9s / 7s
Graphic Converter: 4s / 4s
QuickTime 5 : 5s / 4s
Classic (ext.disabled): 25s / 20s
Classic (ext.enabled) : 47s / 42s
Quick Time Movie Player:
"Phantom menace" trailer, double size : no dropped frames, 24 fps.
"Phantom menace" + "1984.mov" : few dropped frames
( beween 20 and 24 fps under 10.0.3 and under 10.0.4 )
Finder seems a bit snappier (Menus, genie effect ) but it's hard to measure.
Window resizing ( list view ) is still slow.
The volume controls on the keyboard also work again.
Plus, minus and mute all work on the pro keyboard. It's nice to see that back again.
The list of new FireWire CDRW's also looks good since I need to get one.
Overall, this build seems a bit smoother. (Crazy audiophile talk, but I don't know how else to put it.)
Here's looking forward to MacWorld NY.
Thankfully the "Classic" problem with PPP is fixed now!
Appears Opera's Copy Paste works in X now Too!
A Yikes (G4/PCI) owner noted that Sleep mode finally works also.
Some users had problems installing the 10.0.4 update as noted in this forum thread.
Brett wrote with a terminal tip on how to list all the changed files in 10.0.4:
% cd /Library/Receipts/10.0.4Update.pkg/Contents/Resources
% lsbom 10.0.4Update.bom
He posted a stuffed text file of the output listing but it's over 300K unstuffed, so it's too large to list here.
Here is a list from Apple's web site of the improvements in OS X 10.0.4:
- Improvements for USB devices, including additional external device support for iTunes CD burning
- Improved battery life for many PowerBook G3 systems
- Improved Classic compatibility
- Security updates to OpenSSH and "sudo" services
- Support for the new active-matrix 17-inch Apple
Here's a list of OS X 10.0.4 TILs from last night's listing: