News Archive for: 9/22/2005 Thursday's News
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Security Update 2005-008 for 10.3.9 and 10.4.2
It's available via Software Update for each OS or you can download from the links below. Here's the info on the 10.3.9 version:

" Security Update 2005-008 delivers a number of security enhancements and is recommended for all Macintosh users.
This update includes the following components:
LibSystem
LoginWindow
Mail
QuickDraw
QuickTimeJava
Safari
SecurityAgent
SecurityServer
For detailed information on this Update, please visit this website:
http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n61798 "

The 10.4.2 version of the update lists:

"About Security Update 2005-008 (Mac OS X 10.4.2)
Delivers a number of security enhancements and is recommended for all Macintosh users.
This update includes the following components:
ImageIO
LibSystem
Mail
QuickDraw
Ruby
SecurityAgent
securityd
For detailed information on this Update, please visit this website:
http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n61798 "

The above apple doc is a summary of security updates and has a link to a page About Security Update 2005-008 which has specific details on the fixes. Here's Apple's support pages with download links:

(Thanks to Rick, Tim and Tracy for the heads up.)

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iPod software update 2005-09-23
Also appeared in Software Update tonight.

"Pod software update 2005-09-23 delivers iPod Software 1.1.2 for iPod shuffle, iPod Software 1.0 for iPod nano, iPod Software 1.2 for iPod with color display, iPod Software 1.4 for iPod mini, and iPod Software 3.1 for iPod with Click Wheel.
Features of iPod Software 1.1.2 for iPod shuffle:
Bug fixes for iPod shuffle"

It's also available for download at:
www.apple.com/support/downloads/ipodupdater20050923.html.

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Doom 3 Mac Demo available
MU has a download (460MB+) of Mac Doom 3 Demo. It's also available from 3dGamers doom3 files page (doom3macdemo.dmg) which has several mirrors.
Like the full version, the system requirements listed are steep - 1.5GHz G4 or better, 64 MB VRAM or more graphics card and Mac OS X 10.3.8 or later. (The latest CPU upgrades review here has some Mac Doom3 performance tests with an upgraded QS G4 tower as well as tests with Call of Duty, Halo, Splinter Cell, etc..)
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G5-optimized Firefox 1.0.7 available
" I've just posted the G5-optimized build of Firefox 1.0.7 to my site. The following link will always point to the most current release:
http://www.beatnikpad.com/firefoxG5release
Here's a direct link to the 1.0.7 entry in case you prefer to use a static link:
http://www.beatnikpad.com/archives/2005/09/22/optimized-firefox107. Thanks for helping to get the word out!
Best, Neil "

The standard build of Firefox 1.0.7 is available at http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/.

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More 9600 Mac/PC Edition reports (including note on resolving problem)
Although not everyone that wrote about this card reported a problem (several MDD owners were fine they said), several recently noted no video out of the box and one noted no video after several days of use. (These problem reports were typically from Quicksilver or Digital audio system owners which do have 4x AGP slots. The card won't work with 2x AGP older Macs like the Sawtooth/Gigabit (100MHz bus) models.)
Here's the latest 9600 Mac/PC Edition owner reports from the last 24 hours. One mentioning he was finally able to get it working after a firm reseating of the card.

" I saw the reader reports on 9600 Mac/PC edition cards and wanted to add my experiences. My workplace got me one for a Quicksilver G4 933MHz, and out of the box the card did not work. I tried zapping the PRAM, and reseating the card (have had issues with AGP cards in PCs being not all the way in before...) but it still did not work.
Over the weekend I thought the Quicksilver didn't have an AGP 4x slot (the physical connector was an AGP universal slot), but looking at Apple hardware docs, Quicksilvers sure are 4x. We had a G5 lying around and i tried the card in that, which was somewhat amusing to install because of the AGP Pro slot. The 9600 worked fine. Hmmm.

Took it back to the Quicksilver, tried it again, was still dead. I ssh'ed into the box and found that the display driver never initialized (from dmesg). Frustrated, I took the card out and put it back in one last time, but I pressed down far harder than normal and got a resounding click out of the slot. Worked fine this time. Very strange.

Also strange was that when I went to put the nVidia card back into the borrowed G5 the kernel panic'ed because of a corrupted nVidia driver... but that's a different story I guess :)
Regards, Mike "

I had asked other owners that had no video out of the box if they reseated the card (as even a slightly unseated card will result in no video) and they said yes but after the above maybe they should try again. (Assuming the card wasn't bad, my other question was if the monitor was being detected properly.)

" I also received a Radeon 9600 Mac/PC from OWC and it was DOA. At first, I thought it was an issue with my processor-upgraded Digital Audio so I'm happy to read that I wasn't alone. Unfortunately, my confidence in the product is shot. I expect the replacement on Friday and will send an update then. Thanks to everyone for the feedback.
-Eric G.
(I've asked Eric and the reader below if they still had the card to try reseating it again.-Mike)
I was ready to mail the old card back but I re- opened the packaged in the name of research and I'm sad to say that it still did not work. I tried reseating it about five times, each time pressing with both hands and nearly all my might.... "

" I had the same problem with a 9600 pro Mac/PC last week. However, it's unclear if it is my AGP port on my logic board or if it was a dead card. I don't have another AGP card to test. No I'm starting to wonder if it was a dead card and not my AGP slot like I thought.
-Matt M. "

I asked Matt what mac model he had (i.e. must be a Digital Audio or later tower.)

" Hi Mike, Federico from Rome, Italy!
I received my Ati 9600 Mac/Pc the 12 of september. I installed the card in a MDD dual 867, with 1.25GB ram and no other card or peripheral (except for an external FW Lacie HD). The OS is Tiger with all the latest upgrades.
The video out, through a DVI/VGA converter, feeds a Sony E400 monitor. Everything is perfect, from the first boot. No hangups, no kernel panics, no black video.
ciao!
Federico "

Another MDD owner reporting no problems:

" I've been running the ATI 9600 Pro since Sep. 12th with no problems. As others have noted, the documentation is inaccurate (no power connection). The card replaced the stock ATI 9000 card and there's a noticeable general speed increase. I'm not a gamer so I can't comment on game performance but Quicktime HD files (480p) work great and look incredible (the HD files were barely playable using the stock video card).
MDD 2003 single 1.25 Ghz, 10.4.2, 1.75GB RAM, old 17" VeiwSonic CRT monitor
--John "

I welcome other 9600 Mac/PC edition feedback and if you had a problem initially let me know if firmly reseating the card helps. (Also include your mac model/OS details in reports - thanks.)

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Notes on Apple fixing JavaScript Memory Leaks
(from a reader mail in reply to the notes on Widget CPU/memory use growth over time in yesterday's news)

" With regards to the World Clock Widget creeping RAM usage, you will be interested to know that Apple have recently been concentrating on plugging memory leaks in Webkit/WebCore/JavaScriptCore. Around the end of August, approximately 4000 leaks were plugged. You can read more about it at http://webkit.opendarwin.org/blog/.
Presumably, most of these fixes will be included in the 10.4.3 update, and will provide for improved RAM usage of Safari, Dashboard, Mail, and any other app that uses Webkit/WebCore/JavaScriptCore.
Cheers, Harry. "
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More iMac G5 owner reports on Temperatures
I've updated the reports section of the page on iMac G5 Cooling fan mod and temperatures with another reader report from an owner of a 1.8GHz/20in Display model.
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Other Net News/Misc. Software Updates
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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Storage Compatibility Database Update Listing
The Drive Compatibility Database had 2 new reports added. (Entries today are added the next newsday morning.) The database includes reports on CDRWs, Combo DVD-CDRW, DVD-ROM, DVD Burners, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, NAS, CF/Smartmedia readers, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, SATA, Firewire, SCSI, USB, adapters). Current total - 15,111 reports. (searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first - does not include updates to previous reports) iApps burn support mentioned in reports unless otherwise noted.

You can find full owner reports (latest shown first) by searching the database by drive/brand/interface/mac models (the latest reports are shown first in searches). For guides to installing CD/CDRW/DVD drives or Hard drives in many mac models, see the IDE Articles page. The Firewire articles page also has guides on case kits, installing drives, etc.
If you've added a IDE, SCSI, Firewire or USB hard drive, CDRW, tape drive, etc. make sure you add a report to the database. (If you post an updated entry - make sure you use the same name, etc. as you did before so I can find your past entry. Thanks.)
(Incomplete entries are deleted. Do not post questions in the database, it's for drive reports not questions on what drive to buy - for that try searching the database for reports from owners of your mac model on the drive type/brand/interface, etc. you're interested in.)

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