Well, I have just about had it with the overheating problems I am having with my early revision ATI x1900xt card. I finally decided to contact Apple to see if they would replace the card for me (I called from work but didn't have my serial number so I will have to try again tomorrow) While I was on the phone with Apple I decided to check out the online store to investigate the option of of buying a new replacement ATI x1900xt. Well, to my surprise the ship time for a new ATI x1900xt (Kit/separate card) is listed as 7-10 weeks. I'm thinking that 7-10 weeks is a pretty long time; I am also thinking that this might signal a possible graphics card refresh on the horizon....
Yeah, I have checked for dust. In fact I clean the card on a regular basis (compressed air) I thought you would like to know that one of the hints I found on the Blizzard website (this hint only applies while playing WoW) has helped immensely. I have found that if I limit the fps in WoW that I no longer see any of the artifacts or freezing that I was experiencing before. All one needs to do is: in the chat field type:
/console maxfps XX (XX being the desired fps frame limit)
I currently have mine set at 40 fps and am seeing zero problems. With that said, I hope that there is GPU refresh on the horizon...
Issue or symptom
After updating to QuickTime 7.2 on Intel-based Macs, some applications may
not open. This issue only occurs with applications that rely on Mac OS X's
Rosetta technology for compatibility on Intel-based Macs.
* Intel-based Macs
* Power PC-only applications
* Download and install the Mac OS X 10.4.10 Combo Update.
Note: You can install the Mac OS X 10.4.10 Combo Update even if your
computer is already running Mac OS X 10.4.10.
* If the issue still occurs after running the Mac OS X 10.4.10 Combo
Update, follow the steps below.
Note: These steps include entering commands in the Terminal application. If
you are unfamiliar with Terminal and UNIX-style environments, proceed with
Save your work. You will need to restart the computer at the end.
Open Terminal from /Applications/Utilities/.
Type (or cut and paste) the following command in the Terminal
sudo update_prebinding -root / -force
Enter your password when prompted.
The prebinding operation may take a few minutes. When the
operation is complete, a new command line prompt will appear.
When the new command line prompt appears, quit Terminal.
Restart your computer.
This document will be updated as more information becomes available."
I had asked a couple readers that this problem after the QT 7.2 update if they had quit all running apps and left the Mac alone until it was completed (incl. 'optimizating'/prebinding) and they said no, they had used the mac for browsing, mail, etc. during the update process. I wish Apple would just have updates force a quit of all running apps, etc. (as done in OS 9.x when repairing the boot drive with Disk First Aid...)