News Archive for Monday, November 12th, 2012

Mac Upgrades/Mods | CPU Upgrades | Storage | Video | Audio/HT | Apps/OS/Network | Search
Miss a Day?  See the Archives
= Recent Articles/Updates =

Updates on My Tests with 2012 Mac Mini HDMI Video (Monitor, HDTV, AVR)
I've updated/added to my previous comments from Oct. 29th on what I've seen with a 2012 Mac Mini using HDMI Video. Previously tested with an older Samsung LCD Display and over the weekend used it with a current model LG HDTV with a direct HDMI-HDMI connection and passing HDMI video through an AVR to the TV. (Unlike many other owners, to date I've not seen any HDMI video dropouts/flicker, etc. although I did have 1 occurance of audio stutter/loss of audio using DVD Player. No loss of video though and not repeated since.)
   Includes notes on HDTV settings/aspect ratio, colorsync profile used and recap on config. (Farther up the page are previous notes/links to Apple forum threads on HDMI video problems, Intel's forum thread/tip on HD4000 flicker and more.)

BTW: I've known about the HDMI video flicker/dropout problem since the beginning and have always watched for it after seeing many reports from other owners. During this weekend's tests, I kept an eye on the screen almost constantly with minimal interruptions, including hours of Movie/Video playback (with max concentration/focus on the screen) - but of course nobody can spend 100% of the time all day focused only on the display.
   Some affected owners have said they saw the problem almost once an hour, others rarely (once a day or so). Some have said they noticed the problem the first day (again) with replacement / exchanged systems. I would think by now I'd have seen something but I watch for it closely with every use. However the mini is not the primary work machine. (And since the config/setup is not typical, I've listed specifics on that as well in case that's a factor.)

[I'd forgotten how much I liked this show until last weekend's DVD tests, but if you can find "Worst Week: The complete series" (cancelled after 1 season) for $3 at Big Lots as I did - Buy it. Without a doubt the most laughs (out loud) I've had even for 10 times the price.]
  

Aperture 3.4.3 Update (bugfixes for S/N prompts and quits)
(download page linked)
"About Aperture 3.4.3 (550.73 MB)
Addresses an issue that could cause a licensed copy of Aperture to prompt for a serial number with each launch."

The 3.4.3 Release Notes also say: "Addresses an installer issue that could cause the Mac App Store version of Aperture 3.4.2 to quit unexpectedly when you open it."
  

Problems reported after Mid-2012 MacBook Pro/MacBook Air Update 2.0
(reply to post in Friday's news w/Apple forum comments/problems after the update)
"A note on the (Mid-2012) MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Update 2.0:
It seems that if you've used pmset to disable "safe sleep" (writing the contents of RAM to disk before sleep), this update will not respect that and write the file regardless.

A solution is here (create unchangeable 0-byte sleepimage file):
Unable to disable hibernatemode since update 2.0 (apple forums)
-Ryan"

Many others later noted repeated keychain access prompts, authentication problems in Mail or Safari and some unable to eject a disc after that update as well.
BTW: Speaking of Hibernate, I had also noticed if a late 2012 Mini is left in sleep mode for more than a hour or so it seems to hibernate/power off with default PM settings. (Here's an apple forum thread on that - Mini hibernates despite pmset saying it shouldn't)
   Although the Mini is a 'desktop', that behavior reminded me of an Apple support article Mac notebooks: About standby mode.

[FYI (Update Pulled): As of Nov 17th, The Download/page for the "Mid-2012 MacBook Pro/Air 2.0 update" had been pulled. There were other Apple forum threads/posts on problems from users and I assume those were verifed/common enough for Apple to pull it.]

Update (Nov. 20th): Apple posted OS X 10.8.2 Supplemental Update 2.0 that says it fixes Keychain problems so hopefully it will fix problems seen by those that installed the MBP/MBA 2.0 update.First reports in MacBook Pro forums said it seems to hvae fixed that problem.

  

Apple/product related Reviews/Tips/SW Updates/PR:


  
New/Updated Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Articles: (incl weekend)


  
Other News/Reviews/Alerts/Op-Ed/OT:


  
Recent Articles/Tips/Tweaks/Reviews:
Listing/links to updates, articles, tips and reviews you may have missed.

  
Previous News Pages:
For links to older news pages, see the Archives.

  

Click for 6G SSDs!


OWC XYM SPECIALS!
(click for list)

= UPGRADES by Model =
Upgrades for YOUR Mac!

= Used Macs =
(Click for Current List)

SSDs from under $50!
SSDs for Most Macs!
480GB from under $300!

= ThunderBolt =
Drives & More

= HARD DRIVES =
Up to 6 TB HDs!
Hitachi, WD, Seagate, Samsung HDs

= 2.5" HDs & DIY Kits =
Notebook Hard Drives and DIY drive/case kit bundles

= MEMORY =
Lifetime warranty RAM Upgrades!

= OPTICAL DRIVES =
Internal and External Superdrives/Blu-Ray drives

= VIDEO/LCDs/TV =
Graphics cards, TV tuners, DVR, adapters and more.

= SOFTWARE =
Apps, Utilities, OS, VM, Games and more

= WIRELESS =
WiFi and Bluetooth Devices/Adapters/More

= Repair Service =
for iPhone, iPad, Macs

= iPad/iPhone/iPod =
Accessories, Cases & More

NuGuard KX iPhone Case *Extreme* Drop Tested!


XLR8YourMac T-Shirts


FasterMac.net
ISP/Hosting

Help Fight Hunger


= back to www.XLR8YOURMAC.com =
Copyright © 1997-2014. All Rights Reserved
All brand or product names mentioned here are properties of their respective companies.
Legal: Site Privacy and terms of use.