News Archive for Friday/Saturday Oct. 26/27, 2007 (later added items first)
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Apple posts Login & Keychain Update 1.0 for Leopard
(Saturday) Apple has released Login & Keychain Update 1.0 for Leopard that hopefully will address the issues some have seen (see below). Here's the info from the "About" doc:

" About the Login & Keychain Update 1.0
The Login & Keychain Update 1.0 for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard is recommended for all Leopard installations. It addresses issues you may encounter when:
  • Logging in with an account originally created in Mac OS X 10.1 or earlier that has a password of 8 or more characters.
  • Connecting to some 802.11b/g wireless networks.
  • Changing the password of a FileVault-protected account."
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    For those with Keychain, Administration or Privilege Issues after Upgrading to Leopard (Read This)
    (Saturday) For those that have seen keychain/priviliges/password or permissions problems (and even for those that haven't noticed it yet) - CHECK system prefs/accounts to see if your login shows as Administrator. Some users have not noticed this yet (thinking all was ok) but if you DON'T have administrator priviliges, Apple is reportedly working on a fix/update ASAP. (My question is if they release an update without admin priviliges will you be able to even install it from within Leopard.) Matthew called today around 2PM to ask I post a warning on this as he -thought- he was ok until he had problems with insufficient priviliges on some tasks. He said Apple is working on a fix to as soon as possible. Here's his mail:

    " Keychain-Administration or Privilege Issues after Upgrading to Leopard:

    If after installing Leopard as an upgrade or archive and install you experience any issues with not getting mail, can't run Disk Utility, can't login as administrator, can't print or anything that entering existing User name and/or passwords requires, you are not alone and Apple is working on it now.

    The fastest method of determining if you have been bitten by this, open System Preferences, click on Accounts and verify that you are the Administrator as opposed to Standard, and that the checkbox asking if you want this user to be an Administrator is checked. If you are Standard, and the box is unchecked and/or greyed out, you have a situation most likely, whether you know it or not, yet.
    Further verification can be done in the Accounts window by clicking the lock to make changes, entering your name and password and being denied access.
    (Note: some may have intentionally setup a login/user acct without admin permissions)

    Apple says the best thing to do right now is not to try too much voodoo and wait until later today for a solution, hopefully. I was told to close the lid and walk away until Apple calls me back. (Note: Within a couple hours of his mail Apple released Login & Keychain Update 1.0-Mike)

    The good news as I write this on my old reliable Pismo, is that I have a bootable Carbon Copy Cloned 10.4.10 complete back up on an OWC external FW disc. Thanks Mr. Bombich! I just hope I don't have to use it.
    Matthew "

    This is why I've mentioned several times to have a bootable/clone of your previous install before updating. Several readers have been bitten by this, although not all have seen the problem. (I'm not sure at this point if clean installs are immune - as some issues are just due to bugs in 10.5.) I'm still waiting for CCC 3.0.1 to finish a clone of my 10.4.10 drive to install Leopard but this is going to be the first thing I check after I upgrade over 10.4.10.

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    OS X 10.5 Leopard Reports/Tips/Issues page Updated
    (Saturday) I normally take the weekend off to catch up on email and do some non-computer related work but I've updated the page of OS X 10.5 reader feedback/tips/issues at Noon Saturday with more notes on application tests, performance, problem 3rd party addons (and tips to remove them), updates to previous reports on issues and more. A special thanks to readers that sent detailed notes on their Leopard install, apps tests, tips on problem software, etc. .
    (Feedback on 10.5 is coming in constantly but I have to take some time off to install my own copy which I just picked up along with a new Hitachi 7K1000 1TB HD for installing in the G5 tower. Going to check for updates to everything I have before cloning my Tiger HD to the new drive, remove any addons I know are trouble, although I avoid most of the addons/haxies that have been reported to have problems or cause problems in 10.5.)
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    Alsoft notes on DiskWarrior 4.0 and OS X 10.5 Compatibility
    Alsoft has updated their DiskWarrior 4 Support page with some notes on 10.5/Leopard compatibility. Here's a short clip but see the page for more info.

    " Support News (10/26/2007)
    DiskWarrior 4.0 will successfully rebuild a disk that has Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard installed or a disk that has been attached to a computer running Leopard.

    However, some operating system functionality has changed within Leopard itself. As such, there are some compatibility issues when running an installed copy of DiskWarrior 4.0 while started up from Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. Alsoft currently recommends that you do not run DiskWarrior 4.0 while the computer is started from Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

    Instead, to run DiskWarrior, you should start up the computer from either:

    1) A DiskWarrior 4.0 CD.

    2) Any disk that starts up in 10.4.x and then run DiskWarrior 4.0.

    An updated version of DiskWarrior that has complete Leopard compatibility will be released soon as a free download for existing owners of DiskWarrior 4.0."

    Matthew said he had used DW 4.0 (booted from the DW 4 CD) on his MacBook/10.5 drive.

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    Mark James of SoftRAID comments on 10.5/SoftRAID 3.6.4 Problems
    I sent Mark James of SoftRAID a copy of a reader's mail on problems with 10.5 and SoftRAID 3.6.4. He cc'd me on a reply (long/detailed) that I've added to the OS X 10.5 feedback page.
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    Reader Feedback/Tips/Issues with 10.5 Leopard
    I've created a separate page of OS X 10.5 Leopard Feedback, Tips and Issues with the latest/updated reports today. Includes feedback from PPC and Intel-based Mac users from a Mac Pro (incl. 8 core) to a 400MHz G4 Tower as well as CPU Upgraded Macs with notes on SoftRaid 3.6.4 issues, CS3 apps, Word 11.3.8, Excel 11.3.7, Parallels Desktop, VMfusion, Photoshop 7, Photoshop Elements 2.0, Flip4Mac, SideTrack (problems), networking, performance with various Macs, gaming, etc. - and notes on some 3rd party utils/haxies also broken or causing problems. An AL iMac owner said the system freezes in 3D apps/games seem to be fixed also.
    If you've installed retail 10.5 Leopard, let me know of any issues you see (with install, apps/utils/games compatibility, etc. - include versions of any software you see a problem with and details on your Mac model and install type.) Thanks!
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    Hardware Monitor and Temperature Monitor Updates (for 10.5 support, more)
    Bresink has updated his popular utilities for 10.5 support and more (See version history pages for full details). The Widget versions added support for the 2007 AL iMacs.

    There's also updates to the Widget editions to add support for the AL/2007 iMacs.

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    Apple posts Backup 3.1.2 and Server Admin Tools 10.5
    Backup 3.1.2
    "Backup 3.1.2 is highly recommended for all users of Backup 3. This update includes reliability improvements and improves compatibility with Leopard and iWork '08.
    For Backup 3 support information, visit http://www.apple.com/support/dotmac/backup/
    System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.3.9, OS X 10.4.2 or later or OS X 10.5"

    Server Admin Tools 10.5
    "The Server Administration Software installer package contains tools for remote serveradministration. These applications require Mac OS X version 10.5 or later."
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    Notes/Tip for PPC Mac performance in Leopard
    A reply to an earlier post on 10.5 performance issues from a G5 tower owner:

    " Retail 10.5 is a lot faster than the betas btw. You were right about the debug (code) slowing it down a lot on ppc machine... (regarding our previous conversation on the beta-Mike)
    I too can confirm the bug with endless bouncing apps and jerky operation of system. I tracked this issue to AFP and not coverflow or graphics. This seems to happen on ppc machine if you are still connected to another mac over AFP. Unmount any network connections when not in use avoids this issue for me.
    Also on same issue I have found software update will appear to hang if connected to a network as well using admin account. As soon as you disconnect from any AFP connections software update immediately regains responsiveness and shows usual administrative password request. I suspect a bug in AFS somehow caused the pw request to be supressed until AFS was complete.
    Just things to look into for that user experiencing issues. 10.5 makes integration with other macs and network volumes so seamless you may not even notice you're connected. Pay attention to volumes with eject buttons in the finder side bar.

    (I asked Adam for details on his PPC Mac (as I think he has a 7448 CPU Upgraded G4 Tower IIRC).-Mike)
    My ppc mac is an (originally) 733MHz Digital Audio Tower with Newertech 7448 2GHz single processor upgrade. Sonnet branded sata card with two western digital 10k rpm raptor drives. Ati 9800 pro rohs card. And some walmart no name brand usb2.0 card. Performance is fantastic. I think the ati 9800 helps a lot since it supports core image that probably makes a big diff with coverflow and all those features lagging other ppc users.
    BTW with the sata card STILL no detection of hard drives what so ever in system profiler. Oh well. :)
    -Adam "

    Check under ATA (vs SATA) said another reader with PCI SATA card. I sent a copy of Adam's tip to the G5 tower owner that reported some performance issues earlier today (in first 10.5 feedback below) - he replied that was a factor.

    "Success! It is indeed caused by losing a AFP service connection.
    I have been sharing files with my MacBook, so it's when am closing its lid that my G5 loses the connection and thus it's mind.

    Within 30 seconds of losing the connection, I start getting beachballs, slow system performance, and an entirely broken coverflow (the 3'd stuff works but just black boxes instead of pictures).
    Good work
    - Marcus "

    Thanks to Adam for the tip.

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    Aperture 1.5.6 Update (improvements and OS X 10.5 compat.)
    "Aperture 1.5.6 Update
    Aperture 1.5.6 addresses issues related to performance, improves overall stability, and supports compatibility with Mac OS X v10.5. This update is recommended for all Aperture users.
    System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later (incl. OS X 10.5), Aperture 1.5 to 1.5.4

    For more information about this release, go to http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n306387.
    (That's a doc on Changes in Aperture 1.5.6 which says)

    The Aperture 1.5.6 Update addresses issues related to performance, improves overall stability, and supports compatibility with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.
    Other specific issues addressed in this release include:

  • Resolves some minor compatibility issues with iPhoto 7.1, which organizes images by Event rather than Roll.
  • Addresses issues related to metadata and sort order when sharing previews with iLife Media Browser.
  • Improves reliability of queries based on Import Session.
  • Addresses reliability when recovering an Aperture Library from a Vault. "
  • BTW - a reader said there's still no support for RAW files from his Canon 40D, so he's using a trial version of Lightroom.

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    Apple Docs on Installing, Using OS X 10.5
    Since pre-orders are to arrive today here's some Apple docs that may be useful. (Apologies to readers not interested for all the Leopard related posts today.)
    BTW - earlier today it was said that Software Update in 10.5 was not working (a reader said it is now - said an HP printer driver update showed up) - there were several 10.5 related updates yesterday (iLife Support 8.1.1, iDVD 6.0.4, etc.) that I linked to in yesterday's news (download pages). Just a FYI to check for updates (apple and otherwise) before (and after) installing 10.5.

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    Apple Doc with Performance Tip for Shake 4.1 on 8-Core Mac Pro
    Apple's posted a kbase doc with a Shake tip for 8-core Mac Pros under Leopard (from Shake 4: Tip for best performance on Mac Pro (8-core) with OS X 10.5 Leopard)

    Issue
    Shake 4.1 is supported on computers with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, but on a Mac Pro (8-core) configuration, Shake will achieve the best performance when it is configured to utilize just 4 CPU cores.

    When using Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Shake is able to utilize all 8 CPU cores in a Mac Pro (8-core).

    Solution
    Take the following steps to change Shake's Global settings so that 4 CPU cores will be utilized:

    1. In Shake, click the Globals tab.
    2. Click the minus sign next to renderControls to disclose the renderControls settings.
    3. Change the maxThread parameter to 4.

    Alternatively, (if you use scripts to manage Shake's configuration) you can create a file located in the ~/nreal/include/startup/ui directory, which includes the following line:

      sys.maxThread = 4;

    For more information on setting global parameters for Shake, refer to the Shake 4 User Manual. (PDF)

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    Apple Docs on Syncing Issues/Tips with OS X 10.5 Leopard
    (Updated)

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    Apple Docs, FAQ on Boot Camp (2.0) and OS X 10.5

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    Other News/Articles, Software 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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