News Archive for: Friday Nov. 2, 2007
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First feedback on MacBook Pro Software Update 1.2 (w/Tip)
" I just applied the update 1.2 (SR MacBook Pro update - see link/info earlier today below) to my MacBook Pro via software update.
Now every time I move the cursor the screen wiggles! It shifts vertically or horizontally in a direction opposite to the travel of the curser. This is a stability improvement? Anybody else see this? Did I do something wrong or do I need to adjust something? Happens with the mouse or the trackpad, and on both the lcd and the external monitor with and without mirroring. This should make the lasso in PS fun!
I also notice that moving the curser over text cause that text to become distorted while the curser is above it. What's up with that?

(I asked if he tried a shutdown/reboot, if he had any 3rd party display, trackpad, keyboard or other controller addons/haxies, etc.)
tried reboot, I do have a logitec Nuloq mouse on it and am on the phone with apple now.... OK, Problem appears solved. Ivy (the techie) was very helpful. We found that apparently the update turned on the Zoom feature in Universal Access. Turning it off seems to have solved the problem.
So if this happens to anybody else I guess they should check universal access in system preferences and see if zoom is turned on. Hope this helps others.
-Barry H."

If you apply this update and see any specific pros/cons, let me know the details

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First feedback on iMac Software Update 1.2 for Tiger
First report on the Tiger version of the iMac software update 1.2 (see earlier news items below for info/links on both the Tiger and Leopard updates)

" Mike, The iMac software update 1.2 Tiger seems to have fixed one small annoying problem with my AL iMac. I did not have the same issues other readers have seen, but I did see problems when my kids quit from Lego Star Wars II. Prior to the update, the computer would be left pretty much unresponsive and could not get back to the desktop when quitting Lego Star Wars. II. Once I applied the update the problem went away.

(he also included a plug for his ebay auction...)
I thought also as an FYI if any of your readers needs an almost new AGP Nvidia 6800 GeForce Ultra DDL, Nicely priced here. (FYI - Ebay auction) I seem to remember that the radeon X800 gave you the same or better performance but this card gives you the ability to run two 30 inch monitors simultaneously. (I mentioned that in both of those reviews, although few users are fortunate enough to own two 30in Cinema Displays.-Mike)
Regards, Fran"

He's referring to the full reviews (see Video topics page, Graphics card section) I did a few years ago when I first got my Nvidia 6800 Ultra card and then ATI X800 Card. (I'm still running the X800 in my 2003 G5 Tower - the 6800 Ultra is back in the original box - make me an offer :-)

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Miglia working on fix for Alchemy DVR problems with Leopard
From a reader mail today (don't own one of these personally, I'm using an EyeTV Hybrid TV tuner/EyeTV 2.5.x OK in Leopard on my G5 tower)

" Subject: Alchemy DVR fix being developed for 10.5
Hi Mike, See below for the response I got from Miglia tech support. I'm glad they are working on a fix as the current version Alchemy DVR 2.5.1 crashes the machine under 10.5.
-Oliver

From: "Miglia Technical Support" (support@miglia.com)
Date: November 1, 2007 7:48:20 PM EDT
Subject: Ticket xxxx, TV Product Support Form

Hello, AlchemyTV DVR is currently not compatible with Mac OS X 10.5, but we are working on a fix. No precise date for the release of a patch has been communicated by the development team, but we expect this to be available towards the end of November.
If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us."

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Mac CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with another report this morning. Total to date: 10,333. 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 G4/1.5GHz (7455) in (Sawtooth) G4/AGP tower (rated 10)

    (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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Apple posts (2007) iMac Software Update 1.3 (Leopard)
" iMac Software Update 1.3 (Leopard)
This update provides important issue fixes and is recommended for the aluminum 20-inch and 24-inch iMac models with 2.0, 2.4, or 2.8 GHz processors.

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5, iMac (Mid 2007)

For further information on this Update, please visit this website:
http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n306851 (About doc with same info above currently)"

If you apply this update and see any specific pros or cons, let me know the details.

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Apple posts (2007) iMac Software Update 1.2 (Tiger)
(UPDATE - a check on Monday Nov. 5th showed the iMac Software Update 1.2 URL (http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/imacsoftwareupdate12tiger.html) no wonder working - page has been pulled and on Nov. 6th I spotted iMac Software Update 1.2.1 (Tiger) - which replaces the pulled v1.2 due to issues some owners saw with it.)

(Info from the original page on Nov. 1st follows)

"iMac Software Update 1.2 (Tiger)
This update provides important issue fixes and is recommended for the aluminum 20-inch and 24-inch iMac models with 2.0, 2.4, or 2.8 GHz processors.

System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4.10, iMac (Mid 2007)

For further information on this Update, please visit this website:
http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n306707 (About doc with same info above currently)"

If you were an AL iMac owner with system freezes in Tiger previously (reported on the AL/2007 iMac reports page) and this update solves it, let me know.
(Update - see later news item above for first feedback on this update)

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Apple posts (Mid-2007) MacBook Pro Software Update 1.2 (for Tiger)
"MacBook Pro Software Update 1.2
This update improves graphics stability and is recommended for all MacBook Pro (Mid 2007, 2.4/2.2GHz) computers running Mac OS 10.4 Tiger.

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4.9 or 10.4.10, MacBook Pro (2.4/2.2 GHz)

For further information on this Update, please visit this website:
http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n306708 (About doc with same info above)"

If you apply this update and see any specific pros/cons, let me know the details. (If you see a problem, try shutting down/restarting - and note if you have any 3rd party addons/haxies installed)
Update - see above for later news item with first feedback on this upate.

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Other News/Articles/Reviews, Apple Support Doc Updates
(later added items first)


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