News Archive for: Tuesday April 10, 2007 (later added items first)
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Follow-up on Display corruption/artifacts after 10.4.9 update
Late posting this mail from yesterday, in reply to a post on April 6th about Display corruption/artifacts seen by some users after the 10.4.9 update (and some troubleshooting/tips to try).

" Mike, This is odd. I was reading this (Apr. 6th news post from a G5/X800/Dell 24in user, although I hadn't seen this problem with a similar setup here-Mike) and realized, I had this happen twice on my office Dell 24" (A refurb I purchased three weeks ago from Dell for less than $575) and G5 Dual 2.0ghz. Running 10.4.9 as well (combo update).

Artifacts were pixels, scattered all over the screen in reds, greens and blues.

Last week I noticed it hasn't come back since I zapped the pram, nvram and ran Cocktail and Main Menu. Oh, and I also reseated the DVI cable (Dell's generic White-connector DVI). And deleted the display preferences. No unique video card mods or upclocking. No 3rd party app running.

Note: I usually let my G5 sleep and never turn it off (unless running tests/utilities/updates) as it's on a big UPS.

This was much different than the last time I saw "pink" artifacts after a system-OS upgrade. Glad I'm not the only one this happened to. I thought it was a defective monitor (refurb). (if it does happen again, I'll try a screen shot). Looks like 10.4.9 has many irks...
-Ed "

Knock on wood I've not seen this problem here on a 2003 G5/X800 XT/Dell 24in so far at least. Although an iMac user wrote he also had similar problems after the 10.4.9 update.

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Apple doc on iSync 2.4 (10.4.9) issues with some Sprint-based Motorola Phones
Apple has a support doc titled iSync 2.4: Some Sprint-based Motorola phones may not be recognized:

" Issue or symptom
iSync 2.4, included with the Mac OS X 10.4.9 Update, supports many phones. Due to firmware differences, some Sprint-based phones manufactured by Motorola may not be recognized by iSync 2.4.

    Products affected
  • Sprint-based Motorola KRZR (K1m)
  • Sprint-based Motorola RAZR v3c
  • Sprint-based Motorola RAZR v3m
  • Sprint-based Motorola SLVR L7c

Solution
The same versions of these Motorola phones offered for sale by other service providers are not affected by this issue.
This document will be updated as more information becomes available."

Apple has another updated doc today on Fixing Incorrect Song or Album Listings in iTunes.

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Feedback/Tips on AirPort Extreme Base 802.11n Firmware 7.1 Update
Due to the length, I've created a separate page of Feedback/Tips on Airport Extreme 802.11n Firmware 7.1. (Includes more notes/tips on the Double-NAT error, notes from a users of MiniStack (and similar) drives with builtin USB hubs (for printer sharing) and a note/link to Apple doc on XP connect problems with Wireless N base/router that links to a MS hotfix for the issue, although a reader said that still did not help with his Bootcamp/XP connect problems with his Airport Extreme N base.)
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Mercury Portable 160GB/7200rpm Hard Drives
Sponsor OWC has a press release on portable hard drives using a 160GB/7200rpm drive:

"Other World Computing (OWC) announced today the highest capacity, fastest portable storage drive solution on the market - the OWC 160GB Mercury On-The-Go portable hard drive. Equipped with FireWire 800/400 and USB2 interfaces, the OWC Mercury On-The-Go 160GB 7200RPM is a palm-sized, bus powered, high performance storage solution offering a full 60% greater capacity than the next available (2.5in) 7200RPM capacity in the market of only 100GB.

Priced at $279.99, the powerful OWC Mercury On-The-Go 160GB 7200RPM model is geared towards the demanding 'on-the-go' professional, who requires dependable, high-performance storage. The 'fits in your shirt pocket' portable drive is compatible with virtually all computers with an available FireWire or USB port, including all Macs and PCs...
It has two FireWire 800/400 and one USB 2.0/1.1 ports and ships with carrying case, FireWire 400, and FireWire 800 cables, USB cable, Prosoft DataRescue III for OS X and NovaStor NovaBackup for Windows. It is covered by a one-year warranty and is compatible with Apple OS Versions 8.5 through 9.2.x; Apple OS X 10.0.3 and higher (including OS X 10.4.x); and Microsoft Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP.
For more information, see: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/on-the-go. "

FYI - on April 13th a reader sent a report on one of these 160GB drives. He used the drive to upgrade his MacBook Pro and the reused the original internal drive in the OWC portable case. (Drive database report filed under Hard Drive/Seagate/MacBook Pro/IDE onboard SATA category.)

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Transintl shipping Seagate Momentus 160GB/7200rpm Notebook Drives
(from sponsor Transintl)

"Trans International is now shipping 160GB Seagate Momentus 7200 RPM SATA drive (2.5") as internal and external Storage Solution for The MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacMini (intel Core).
The Seagate Momentus hard drive is a perfect combination of value and performance increasing system productivity approximately 25 percent over that of 5400-RPM drives. Low power consumption maximizes battery life.Featuring SATA 3Gb/s interface with Native Command Queuing (NCQ), the fastest interface option available today with perpendicular recording technology enhancing data reliability.
Trans International is offering Seagate Momentus internal SATA 160GB drive for $199.00 and the external storage solution with miniXpress enclosure is also available for an additional $99.00 This affordable storage solution is ideal for upgrading MacBooks, MacBooks Pro and MacMinis as well as other computers and devices that use 2.5 inch, SATA hard drives."
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Rate Your Mac CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 1 new report added today. Total to date: 10,307. Here's a summary of the latest addition (search database by upgrade brand, mac model, etc. for a complete list/comments of all user reports on matching criteria - latest reports first).

  • Other World Computing G4 1.2GHz (7455) in (Gigabit Ethernet G4/400) G4/AGP tower (rated 8)

    (Full reviews of G4 and G3 upgrades compared to stock CPUs, including real world apps/game tests, install info, etc. are linked at the G4 upgrade reviews and G3 upgrade reviews pages. OC/CPU module articles are on the Systems page.)

You can find the full reports by searching the database selecting the indicated Mac model and upgrade card brand/type. If you've upgraded the CPU on your Mac, send a review with your experience (performance/stability/installation, etc.), Mac Model/Upgrade brand info and overall rating (1= worst to 10=best). Search the database for entries from most every upgradable Mac model *before* you buy. (Searchable by mac model/upgrade brand).

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Other News/Misc. Software Updates/Updated Apple Support Docs
(Updated 6PM)

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Recent Articles and Reviews
Listing/links to recent articles and reviews you may have missed.
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