News Archive for Monday Nov. 24, 2008 (later added items first)
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Apple posts Safari 3.2.1
Stewart sent a heads-up it's available via software update and at http://www.apple.com/safari/download/ (page says Safari 3.2 currently but download filename shows safari321 - I'm going to use the DL updater). Here's the info from SU:

"This update includes stability improvements and is recommended for all Safari users."

Hopefully this helps with the problems some have seen with Safari 3.2 - especially OS X Tiger users that reported prebinding failed after the Safari 3.2 update. (NOTE: Two OS X Tiger users wrote 3.2.1 didn't fix that problem (-debug option still shows libxml2.2.dylib not prebound).)
If you update to Safari 3.2.1, let me know if you see any problems (include mac/OS X version, etc.)
(BTW - Stewart was one of the Safari 3.2 users with major problems after the software update last time (he ended up reinstalling the OS) and said he's not going to install Safari 3.2.1, at least not yet. Several other readers have replied they're leery of 3.2.1 after their previous experience. I used the D/L updater for Safari 3.2 OK on a 10.5.5/AL iMac, although there were problems reported with some safari addons as mentioned here previously as well as some other problems reported in Apple's Safari forums - there's already some v3.2.1 related posts there now.)

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ATI X800 w/Accelero S1 Rev 2 cooler (in PowerMac G5 Tower)
A G5 tower owner sent notes and a pix of the passive Accelero S1 Rev 2 cooler installed on an ATI X800, including a mod (cutout) to the clear plastic Air Deflector for clearance. (There's an earlier article here on the Accelero S1 Rev 2 on an Nvidia 8800GT in a Mac Pro)
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OS X 10.5.5/ATI X1900 OpenGL Video Display issues (DVD Player, EyeTV)
(Update: Chris later wrote that the OS X 10.5.6 update (released Dec. 15th, 2008) solved this problem.)
(original post from Nov. 24th follows:)
I remember getting a mail like this some time back (after 10.5.5 update) but thought it might have been related to a 3rd party addon/codec, etc. (The mail referred to similar problems with windows media file (WMA) playback IIRC.)

" Power Mac G5 with Radeon x1900 - OS X 10.5.5
Hi Mike, I don't remember seeing anybody report on this. I just got a retail ATI Radeon x1900 for my Power Mac G5 quad. It seems that there is a conflict with the Leopard 10.5.5 update. There have been a few discussion threads on apple's forums about green and purple garbled pictures when using applications that use Open GL. Applications like, aperture, eyetv, and apple DVD Player are affected. Here's a link to a knowledge base document on el gato's website: http://support.elgato.com/index.php?_m=knowledgebase&_a=viewarticle&kbarticleid=3097
(see below for info)
It seems this problem showed up once 10.5.5 was installed. Going to go back to 10.5.4 is supposed to solve the problem. I hope Apple has a fix for this when they release 10.5.6.
(he later wrote)
I originally updated to 10.5.5 using the combo update. The only codec I have is Perian. By the way, I did revert back to 10.5.4 and don't have any issues. I did an archieve and install with the 10.5.4 combo.
Thanks, Chris"

If anyone seeing this problem w/10.5.5 has found a fix (other than reverting back to 10.5.4), let me know the details. (I don't have any problems with DVD Playback, EyeTV 3.0.x playback, etc. with my AL iMac (ATI 2600 graphics) running 10.5.5 w/all updates, but don't own any macs with an X1900 card.)
Here's info from ElGato's FAQ item titled OS X 10.5.5 update causes EyeTV to display green/purple video

"After the OS X 10.5.5 Update, a few users have found that EyeTV, Apple DVD Player, and other applications now display video with a green and purple cast.

This is an extremely rare issue, that seems to only happen to users with a PowerMac G5 tower (single or multiple processor), with a ATI Radeon X1900 Graphics Card (256MB).

Currently, we don't have an explanation as to why this is happening, but it seems to be due to the latest version of OpenGL that was included in OS X 10.5.5. EyeTV and other applications use OpenGL for video and other graphics. This is an OS level issue, that doesn't seem to happen with other Macs and graphic cards.

We do have a workaround.

1) Quit EyeTV
2) Open the Applications folder, and find the Utilities folder
3) Find and open the Terminal application
4) Type in the following:
defaults write com.elgato.eyetv "use OpenGL" -bool NO
5) Press the Return key to activate the change
6) Start EyeTV again

This change will disable EyeTV's use of OpenGL, and EyeTV will use QuickTime instead. This change will not solve the problem in other applications like the Apple DVD Player.

To turn OpenGL usage back on:
defaults write com.elgato.eyetv "use OpenGL" -bool YES

QuickTime playback isn't as efficient as EyeTV's engine, so this may cause slightly reduced performance, particularly with HD images.

Even if we are able to find out the true cause of this issue, it may require adjustments in OS X or in the graphic card drivers to fix."

Another G5/X1900 owner wrote:

" I'm only writing to affirm that the x1900 PCIe G5 Edition I have in a Quad G5 does indeed have green/purple video display issue. I'm holding out for a 10.5.6 update as well and though it was rumored to be their problem to fix, ATI hasn't posted a driver update since Jan 2007. (Normally the only OS X driver ATI driver updates are those included with Apple's OS X releases, unlike on the PC where ATI and Nvidia frequently post driver updates separately.)
DVD Player and also any Windows Media files played via the Flip For Mac add-on for Quicktime are affected.

One small workaround is to play video that appears green/purple with the open-source VLC instead of Quicktime. The performance isn't as good, but you can at least watch the video.
-Eric"

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Mac Drive Upgrades/Compatibility Reports Database Updated
The Mac Drive/Storage Upgrades Database had 2 more reports added. Current total - 16,535. (Searching by drive type, brand, mac model etc. listed below will show full reports, most recent first)

    DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-116D in (2008) Mac Pro (OS X 10.5.5)
    (includes notes on DVR_Flash (OS X) firmware updates and tweaks using a (windows only) bitsetting utility)

    Hard Drives:
  • SATA Western Digital Scorpio Black WD3200BEKT (7200rpm, 16MB cache) in MacBook Pro (OS X 10.5.5)

You can read full reports (latest shown first) by searching the database by drive type/brand/interface/mac models. Includes reports on Optical Drives (Blu-Ray, DVD, CD/CDR, etc.), Hard Drives, SSD, Tape drives, Removable media (ORB, ZIP, MO drives), NAS (Network Attached Storage), in all interface types (IDE, SATA, Firewire, SCSI, USB, adapters). To widen search results you can leave drive brand, OS version (or other fields) blank.
If you've added/upgraded a drive in your Mac send me the details (drive info/speed rating/mac model/OS version used, etc.). Note: Please use the drive for at least a week before reporting on it and test for booting from Disc with Optical Drives (as well as burning discs). Thanks.

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Updated Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Docs
(Later added items first)

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Other News/Articles, Software Updates
Later added items first (some from over the weekend)

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