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Apple posts HP Printer Drivers Update for 10.6.1
This was posted at Apple's downloads page tonight (Thursday) - but first see if Software Update shows any updates for your HP Printer (rather than downloading/installing this entire package). The Apple page/download previously had HP drivers already included on the 10.6.0 DVD, but was updated Thursday and now notes 10.6.1 required.

" HP Printer Drivers for Mac OS X v10.6.1
Version 2.1
This download includes the latest HP printing and scanning software for Snow Leopard. Requires Mac OS X v10.6.1 or later.

For information about supported printer models, see: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3669
(previous doc "OS X v10.6: Printer and scanner software" updated again. An "*" next to a printer/scanner model number denotes an updated driver, a "+" means a recently added model.-Mike)

If anyone finds this update/and or 10.6.1 helps with their HP printer, send a note. Thanks.
(BTW - Although an HP 970CXI printer user he still can print 2-sided (duplex), an HP Laserjet 2300dn user wrote that's now working for him in 10.6.1 w/updated HP driver for it.)

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iMac Graphics Firmware Update 1.0.2 for ATI 2600/2400 GPU models (doesn't apply here)
Another update spotted at Apple today. (But see notes below - it's deja vu from April 2008...) If you don't see this update appear in software update, I doubt it will apply using the download either.

"iMac Graphics FW Update 1.0.2
This update is for iMac computers with an ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro or ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT graphics card installed, running Mac OS X 10.5.2 or later.

It updates the graphics card firmware on the ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro or ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT graphics card in the iMac to improve system stability."

FYI - several owners of these iMacs are reporting this update was not needed/wouldn't apply. (Has -anyone- had this update apply?)
It did not appear in software update on a 2007 AL iMac here (w/ATI 2600 graphics). That reminded me of the previous iMac ATI Radeon HD Graphics Firmware Update 1.0.1 released in Late April 2008. That page had info on the ATI ROM version after the update. And even that update would not apply on my 2007 AL iMac w/2600 ATI graphics that had an -older- ATI Rom version than the updater supposedly had. But a day or so later, Apple revised that doc to note it was only for "Early 2008" models (not my fall 2007 model) - and again later revised the doc to note the 2 specific ATI rom versions it was actually targeted for.

So tonight after hearing the same thing on the 'new' 1.0.2 update, I tried the 1.0.2 download updater on this 2007 AL iMac w/ATI 2600 gpu - it reported "your computer does not need this update".
(I really wish Apple would be more specific about their firmware updates. But they may revise the doc later (as they did last time) to note more specific requirements/target. And I wonder if it's just an updated installer and not newer ATI firmware than the April 2008 1.0.1 update for 'early 2008' iMacs. Owners of that model may have already applied the earlier update, or later builds may already have that ROM. If I can get some spare time I'll dig into this and try to find out more details.)

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Apple RAID card (pre-2009 model) Firmware Update (bug fixes/10.6 compat.)
" Apple RAID Card Firmware Update
This update provides several fixes, including:
  • Reliability improvements during boot and power fail recovery
  • Addresses a potential issue when rebuilding a degraded RAID 5
  • Resolves an issue that can fill the on-board flash file system
  • Improves battery handling and reporting
    (FYI - the "About" Doc also lists " improves compatibility with Mac OS X v10.6 and Mac OS X Server v10.6.")

    The update is recommend for all Mac Pro (Late 2006, Early 2008) and Xserve (Late 2006, Early 2008) systems with the Apple RAID card.
    The updater application will be installed in the /Applications/Utilities folder and will launch automatically. Please follow the instructions in the updater application to complete the update process.
    For detailed information on this update, please visit http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3784."

  • That HT3784 link ("About Apple RAID Card Firmware Update 1.0") 404'd (not found) when I first posted this but is online now - it includes this note about firmware versions and requirements (this is just a clip, see doc for complete details).

    "About the Apple RAID Card Firmware Update 1.0
    ...This update requires Mac OS X or Mac OS X Server v10.5.8 or later and current EFI Boot ROM. You will need to reboot your computer as part of the update process.

    Apple RAID Card Firmware Update 1.0 updates RAID card firmware versions M-1.3.0.6 and M-2.0.3.3 to M-2.0.5.5. If your RAID card firmware version begins with E, you have a newer version of the Apple RAID Card, and you do not need this update.
    For more information about identifying which version of the card you have, see Mac Pro RAID Card: Identification and compatibility or Xserve RAID Card: Identification and compatibility..."

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    OS X 10.6.1 Update released
    Appears today in Software Update. (No D/L was online when I first posted this, but SU downloads the updater then quits everything to apply it.) Here's the list from the doc About the Mac OS X v10.6.1 Update:
    • Improves compatibility with some Sierra Wireless 3G modems
    • Addresses an issue in which some printer compatibility drivers might not appear properly in the Add Printer browser
    • Addresses an issue that might cause DVD playback to stop unexpectedly
    • Addresses an issue that might make it difficult to remove an item from the Dock
    • Resolves an issue in which the Command-Option-T keyboard shortcut would sometimes bring up the special characters menu in applications such as Mail and TextEdit
    • Addresses instances in which auto account setup in Mail might not work
    • Resolves issues when sending mail with certain SMTP servers
    • Addresses an issue in which Motion 4 could become unresponsive
    • Includes an update to Adobe Flash Player plug-in version 10.0.32.18

    The doc About the security content of the Mac OS X v10.6.1 Update simply lists the older Flash player plugin issues (10.6.0 installed older version) which are fixed in Flash 10.0.32.18.

    If the OS X 10.6.1 update fixes problems you had previously, let me know the details. Thanks. (Also check SU for updated HP Printer drivers - mentioned in later post above.)
    I've had tons of mails on OS X 10.6.0 printer problems, no duplex (2-sided) printing support, some mail/keychain problems, etc..
    (BTW - an HP 970CXI printer user said 10.6.1/HP drivers update did not enable duplex printing - although a HP Laserjet 2300dn user wrote it's now working for him in 10.6.1 + HP driver update.)
    These weren't online when I first posted the above, but here's the download pages for Mac OS X v10.6.1 Updater and Mac OS X Server v10.6.1 Updater.

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    Security Update 2009-005 for OS X Leopard and Tiger
    Appears in software update today (on 10.5.8 Mac - see below for downloads for both Leopard and Tiger). Here's the info from SU:

    "Security Update 2009-005 is recommended for all users and improves the security of Mac OS X. Previous security updates have been incorporated into this security update.

    For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222."

    Here's the specific doc with details About Security Update 2009-005
    Here's download pages for the update:

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    iPod Software Updates for new Nano (black camera screen fix?) and Classic 160GB
    I don't own any of the new iPods (yet), but while updating today's listing of Apple support docs, spotted two that refer to updates for the 5th Generation Nano and 160GB Classic.
    The Apple doc on iPod nano (5th gen): What to do if Video Camera preview screen is black, says to update to v1.0.1 software and if that doesn't help, have the Nano serviced.
    (FYI A sample 5th Gen Nano from a local Walmart already had v1.0.1 from the factory. Perhaps some early shipments didn't.)
    And here's the doc About iPod Software 2.0.2 for iPod classic 160GB (Late 2009), although it has no details on what was changed/fixed.

    I've updated today's Apple support/TS doc listing with more docs related to iTunes 9 (including confirmation the 'shopping cart' option is gone) and new iPod models.

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    Reviews of new iPod Nano (5th gen) and iPod Touch (3rd gen)
    PCMag has posted a review of the new iPod touch (3rd Generation), giving it 5 out of 5 stars/Editor's choice. They also have a review of the new iPod nano (5th Generation) giving it 4.5 stars/Editor's Choice. (Page 2 comments on video capture, FM tuner and Pedometer.)
    Cnet's also posted their editor's take on the iPod Nano (5 gen 8GB)
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    VirtualBox 3.0.6 update (freeware VM)
    I missed it yesterday but there's another update to the freeware VM (alternative to Fusion/Parallels Desktop) VirtualBox. Details are in the VirtualBox 3.0.6 changelog. (Also added a FYI to the previous page here with VirtualBox user feedback.)
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    Cocktail 4.5/Snow Leopard Edition
    The author of Cocktail has released a Snow Leopard/v4.5 update:

    Cocktail 4.5 (Snow Leopard Edition) is a new edition of Cocktail for users running Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. It adds Mac OS X 10.6 compatibility, 64-bit support and major speed improvements to Pilot. It also contains updated Sparkle software update framework, updated Automator actions and updated help files. This edition of Cocktail requires and is tested for compatibility with Mac OS X / Mac OS X Server 10.6.0.

    The Software Updates listing below has updates to other utilities (spotted during the day) including Snow Leopard Cache Cleaner and MacPilot.

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    Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Doc updates
    (updated during the day, later added first)

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    Other News/Articles, Misc. Software Updates
    (Last Updated: 7:41PM ET Thursday)

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    Recent Articles and Reviews
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