News Archive for: 9/29/2005 Thursday's News
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Networking problems after recent Updates for 10.4.2
(Updated with notes and tip, see below)

" Ever since the last update came out last week to OS 10.4.2, (Security Update 2005-008 I assume?-Mike) our macs have started showing random "freezes".
They will stall loading web pages, IM windows get stuck in spinning beach balls and the only way around it at first thought was rebooting. However, I since discovered that unplugging and waiting 5 seconds on my ethernet cable disconnects everything and then when I plug back in, all is normal.
Our machines are on static IP addresses, and they*re on a variety of switches attached to a fiber network. I have the networking team at our computing services office investigating from their side, but I am wondering if anybody else is experiencing similar losses of connectivity since updating??
--John G. "

I asked John if the console log had any messages related to this. I think I saw this once on a G5 here (the only 10.4.2 system I have) using Airport (base shares a DSL modem) and turned Airport off then back on solved it. (I was going to try the usual voodoo... or maybe try running Applejack.)
Update: John later replied:

" I reinstalled 10.4.2 late yesterday and one of the networking guys on campus came by. We replaced ethernet cables as well for good measure. ...Giving today as the test to see if it resolves.
So far, I haven't frozen once yet. We'll see. I'll report back.
-John G. "

About a dozen readers replied to this post mentioning the problem is related to OS X's lookupd daemon being flooded/crashing after the recent Java update. (Not the 2005-008 security update). Several mentioned John Bafford's "Unlockupd" as a solution to the problem. Here's a clip from that site:

" Unlockupd works around a bug in lookupd, a system service which is required for proper operation of Mac OS X. If lookupd fails, the system quickly becomes unusable. Unlockupd periodically checks lookupd's status and forces it to restart should it fail.
Unlockupd has undergone a significant amount of testing since July 2004, with no reported problems. "

Thanks to all that wrote in about this.

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OWC Portable FW/USB Drive Price Drops
(from site sponsor OWC)

" OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro FireWire + USB2 Oxford911 Portable Solutions weigh less than 12 ounces and all include both a FireWire and USB Cable, Intech HD Speedtools, EMC/Dantz Retrospect Backup, Carrying Case, May be bus powered or powered with included AC Adapter. A 1-year OWC Warranty applies.
40GB 5400RPM w/16MB Buffer was $149.99, now $139.99
60GB 4200RPM w/ 8MB Buffer remains $159.99
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80GB 4200RPM w/ 8MB Buffer was $185.99, now $179.99
80GB 5400RPM w/16MB Buffer was $199.99, now $195.99
100GB 5400RPM w/ 8MB Buffer was $269.99, now $249.99
100GB 5400RPM w/16MB Buffer was $279.99, now $269.99
**NEW MODEL** 120GB 5400RPM w/8MB Data Buffer now $329.99
FireWire only versions of most of the above listed solutions are also now available again and listed via the same link, but $5 - $10 less.
Also available is the Mercury On-The-Go 2.5" Enclosure Kit for building with your own drive. All Kits include both a FireWire and USB Cable, Carrying Case, May be bus powered or powered with included AC Adapter. A 1-year OWC Warranty applies. Kit price - $69.95
Same Kit, for FireWire Only, was $65.99, now $59.99
Free UPS Delivery available on orders $149 and up. $5 UPS 2nd Day Air available for all listed items for delivery within the US.
Best Regards,
Lawrence R. O'Connor
Other World Computing"
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Apple kbase doc with Tips for Late 2004 PowerMac G5 1.8GHz problems
Andreas sent a note that Apple has a doc on Power Mac G5 (Late 2004) 1.8GHz models stop responding randomly that mentions several problems that may occur with them such as freezes during long periods of video intensive playback, optical drive failures to eject (reminds me of drive sleep issue), unresponsive Internet Connect and display wake problems.
The kbase doc suggests setting energy saver to disable system and display sleep (an old tip for drive sleep problems was to disable drive sleep option) and also setting the Processor performance option to "Highest" (prevents processor speed cycling/reduction).
BTW - one reader that owns one of the affected models and said the kbase doc tips didn't help. He also mentioned a site with more info on the single 1.8GHz G5 titled http://www.g5freeze.com/.
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Price Cut on Neptune Firewire Hard Drives
(from site sponsor OWC)

" Great for Audio/Video, Music, Backup(Dantz/EMC Backup Certified), or general storage. Fully bootable on any system with FireWire boot support. All models include: EMC/Dantz Retrospect Backup Software (Mac/PC), Intech HD Speedtools, FireWire Cable, Pretested/preformatted with 1yr OWC Warranty:
Price drops to existing models:
80GB 7200RPM w/2MB Data Buffer was $105.99, now $104.99
160GB 7200RPM w/8MB Data Buffer was $149.99, now $139.99
200GB 7200RPM w/8MB Data Buffer remains $164.99
250GB 7200RPM w/8MB Data Buffer was $189.99, now $179.99
320GB 7200RPM w/8MB Data Buffer was $239.99, now $219.99
Free UPS Ground available on orders $149 and greater. $5 UPS 2nd Day Air available within the US for any of the above capacities.
Neptune solutions listing online here:
http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/owc-neptune-drives/
Best Regards,
Lawrence R. O'Connor
Other World Computing"
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M-Audio USB Transit reports page updated
I've updated the Transit feedback page with an upgraded Cube owner's report of problems on noise and USB error messages (USB controller "dead" error messages).
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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Storage Compatibility Database Update Listing
The Drive Compatibility Database had 2 new reports added. (Entries later 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 - 15,132 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.

    DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
  • IDE GIGABYTE GO-W1616A in (MDD) Single G4 DDR (OS X 10.3)
    (listed under "other" brands. Using Patchburn3 for 10.3.x iApps burn support)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-509 (DVR-109) in G5 Tower (OS X 10.4)

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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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 1 new report (entries later today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 10,078. Here's a summary of the report added (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports always shown first):

  • Sonnet Dual G4 1.3GHz in (Quicksilver) G4/AGP (rated 9)
    (includes notes on performance, no video on wake from sleep)

    (Full reviews of G4 and G3 upgrades compared to stock CPUs, including real world apps/game tests, install info, etc. are linked at the CPU upgrades page. OC/CPU module articles are on the Systems page.)

(Warning - Overclocking may not be reliable and could lead to hardware failure or corrupted data.) 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, please post an entry in the database. Search the database for entries from most every upgradable Mac model *before* you buy. (Searchable by mac model/upgrade brand).

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