News Archive for: Monday Dec. 17, 2007 (later added items first)
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Apple posts Security Update 2007-009 for Leopard and Tiger
Appears in Software update now and available at these download pages:

Each page has some summary info but more details are in this doc About Security Update 2007-009. I used the download updater version and even though run without any apps running, not touched during the entire update/'optimizing' (prebinding) process, after the reboot I later noticed a string of com.apple.launchd Throttling respawn messages in the system log (again). So I did another force prebinding from the terminal - i.e. "sudo update_prebinding -force -root /" and then rebooted. (That old tip seems to help.)

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Warning about Quickbooks Auto Update
"Major Quickbooks for Mac Issue
Mike, Apparently the latest auto update DELETES the OSX desktop directory. This appears to be a major issue and I'd recommend anyone using QB to read the intuit forums before they do ANYTHING. Check it out:
http://www.quickbooksgroup.com/webx/forums/mac/1907
Official thread
http://www.quickbooksgroup.com/webx/forums/mac/1917
Hopefully you can save a few people from this major headache.
-Matt"

That 2nd thread is from an Intuit employee and includes a link to an Intuit kbase item on the problem:

"The files from my desktop are missing or I cannot copy files to my desktop
There was a problem with the update for QuickBooks Pro MAC for version 2006 and 2007. The update was prompting that "there is not enough space to install." If this message is displayed, click the No button. DO NOT install the update. It could remove files from the desktop folder of your computer.

Intuit has resolved the problem that caused this on the server. Do not install the update if it prompts that there is not enough free space. Close and re-open QuickBooks and it should no longer prompt you to install the update. The latest release for QuickBooks MAC 2006 is currently R4 and the latest release for QuickBooks Pro for Mac 2007 is R6...."

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    Mac Mini (Intel) Benchmarks in Leopard
    Amin sent a reminder I'd missed a previous mail with link to his Mac Mini (1.83GHz) Leopard Benchmarks including Cinebench R10 and R9.5, Xbench, UT2004 and WoW FPS.
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    Noise in recordings using iMic in Leopard
    Updated with 3 other iMic/Leopard user replies (see below)

    " Griffin Technology iMic Problems in Leopard
    Hello Mike, Just wanted to see if anyone else was having trouble with the Griffin Technology' iMic in Leopard. I have a dual PM G5 2.5 GHz with Leopard installed (This is a clean install), and every time I try to record audio in Leopard it has a lot of static and noise. (It happened in 10.5 and on 10.5.1 the update did not make a difference.)
    I am using the Latest version of Toast's CD Spin Doctor to record as well as the latest version of Soundtrack Pro. When I switch back to 10.4.11 on my second drive I don't see a problem.
    Is anyone else out there with a similar configuration having any trouble out there?
    -Francisco V."

    Update - Tuesday's news has a follow-up from Francisco with notes on his 2 iMic models used, workarounds and comments he only has the problem with the G5 tower, not his other Macs.
    If you're using an iMic with OS X 10.5.1 let me know if you've seen this - please include info on Mac model/if using onboard USB or a PCI card (or Hub) and info on the iMic from Apple System Profiler. (BTW - Speaking of Leopard, this weekend after seeing a string of com.apple.launchd Throttling respawn messages in the system log I did a force rebinding from the terminal - i.e. "sudo update_prebinding -force -root /" and then reboot. Tip that came up earlier.)
    Three other iMic/Leopard users today replied to this post:

    "I have no problem with iMic with Leopard (Intel iMac, 2.8GHz). I use QuickTime Pro, Garage Band, Sound Studio. The sound quality is just as good as it was with Tiger

    I'm curious to find out if the version of iMac makes a difference. If you go to the System Profiler, under USB, you can find the version of iMic. Mine is 0.06. Some years ago, my old iMic wasn't compatible with 10.2 (I think it was, but I'm not sure) and I had to buy a new iMic.
    Satoru S."

    There was a firmware update for the early iMic model (I posted a request for it earlier this year and got some replies) for OS X compatibility. But Francisco (above) noted using it fine in OS X Tiger so I don't think his problem is due to a hardware incompatibility with OS X. But it would be good to include info on the iMic version. (I've had a lot of USB related 10.5 problem reports - many not 100% common as is often the case with OS X issues.)

    "Yes, I too have encountered the terrible static buzz when using iMic with Leopard. (FWIW I also have a lot of problems with CD Spin Doctor as well...crashing)
    -Rick"

    I asked Rick for more info (mac model, if using direct USB port connection or PCI card/hub, etc.)

    "The iMic works fine in the Mini in 10.5.1. Not sure if it works with the apps you mentioned but it does work with VMWare's fusion. I did have trouble setting it up the first time though.
    First try to see if the setting is set correctly to iMic (instead of built in mic) in System Preferences > Sound > Input.
    Second on the iMic there's a small switch, try to put it in the other position. Check the input levels in system preferences to see if it works.
    Third try to stick the microphone in the other port on the iMic. Who knows it might work... I can't confirm this but I think when I set mine up it didn't make sense how I got it to work, I just left it as is after it worked. I think the switch on the iMic was set to speaker and the microphone was hooked up in the microphone port.

    Try to record via iMovie, or Quicktime Pro if you have one (or any Apple apps) in case its the 3rd party program is at fault with Leopard. It could be that the sound that has static/noise is from your internal mic, but that's just my wild guess.
    cheers, Amin"

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    Tips for Font Cache problems/Finder Not Fully Loading
    (from a reader mail)

    "the final answer to font cache related problems
    At work I had a problem with an intel-iMac which hung after logging into one specific user account. The problem was a screwed up font cache which blocked proper Finder loading (you only see the spotlight icon in the upper right corner then).
    (FYI - Apple also has a kbase doc on Mac OS X 10.5: Finder may not fully "load" with a similar note (only spotlight icon shown, etc.) which includes info on removing a "Divxnetworks.prev" from Lib/apps support.-Mike)

    The solution for this problem is to clear the font cache. There are many ways to do this job (for example: empty the font cache directory on the disk by hand, use some utility to do it). I found the probably simplest and best way to solve all font cache problems on the Apple forum. A user, Gerrit DeWitt, had an really simple solution
    Christian V."

    BTW - a reader replied he had "issues" after using this tip and wanted to "undo" it. Although a regular reader, he sent zero details on what that the "issues" were unfortunately so I wrote to ask for specifics. He replied his mac was not reconnecting to an Airport network on restarts. (Which I've seen before here for years with several macs and many OS X versions - I'd try repairing keychains, rebinding, resetting the System Prefs/Network/Airport settings, etc.)

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    Guitar Hero III and Leopard Firewall
    " I just received my Mac/PC Hybrid Guitar Hero III (Aspyr) and installed it. I chose not to do an online setup - just wanted to get it installed under Leopard - I have to get a USB hub for the included Guitar as we're out of USB ports. Anyway I quit the game after seeing that it did launch OK under 10.5.1.
    I had set already had Leopard's (Apps) Firewall set to option 3 "Set access for specific apps and services" and later noticed that GH III was added to the list of apps in the firewall (and was set to block incoming connections). I've not been prompted for the Key yet but hopefully won't see any issues that WoW users did when adding it to the Firewall in 10.5.0...
    -Eddie "
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    Updated 8PM Monday (includes recently updated Apple Support docs)

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