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Apple releases Mac OS X 10.4.5 update

updated 04:50 pm EST, Tue February 14, 2006

Mac OS X 10.4.5 update

Apple today released the Mac OS X 10.4.5 Update (PowerPC), which is available via the Software Update and is recommended for all users; it includes general operating system fixes, as well as specific fixes for iChat video conferencing, Safari rendering of web pages, usability of Dashboard and widgets, viewing of QuickTime streaming media behind a firewall, printing to some Epson printer models, iDisk and Portable Home Directory syncing, time zone and daylight savings for 2006 and 2007, VPN connections to Cisco servers when using NAT, compatibility with third-party applications and devices, and previous standalone security updates. A version is also available for Intel Macs and as a Combo update. It is also available for Mac OS X Server. The specific improvements are listed on the web, while Apple also said it included an important security fix for an issue, which could allow a malicious local user to cause a system crash.

Apple said that a malicious local user may trigger a system crash by invoking an undocumented system call. Apple has addressed the issue by removing the system call from the kernel, according to its documentation.

The Mac OS X Server version also includes separate fixes to address issues when using MySQL on systems with more than 4GB of RAM and printing problems to some Epson printer models.

Internet, iDisk, and networking

  • Safari no longer quits unexpectedly when deleting AOL mail messages via AOL webmail.

  • Apple's IPSec VPN client now works with Cisco servers whether or not NAT is used.

  • Addresses an issue in which you could not sync with an iDisk larger than 4 GB.

  • Files copied across a network via Portable Home Directories are now copied as temporary files until the transfer is complete, in case the network connection is interrupted before the transfer finished.

  • Addresses an issue in which some Epson printers could not successfully print via AirPort Extreme.


  • Allows the rotating cube effect to appear as expected on both a primary and a mirrored display, when switching users via Fast User switching.

  • Addresses an issue for Mac OS X 10.4.4 in which background columns of text within the RSS Visualizer screen saver are sometimes superimposed over one another.

  • Dragging a widget out of the widget bar while the desktop picture is changing (automatically, for example) no longer stops the animation on an Intel-based Mac.

  • On an Intel-based Mac, Telestream Flip4Mac now installs correctly.

  • Prevents the Setup Assistant from unexpectedly quitting if Kotoeri is selected as the keyboard type following an English language installation of Mac OS X.

  • Allows applications that run using Rosetta on an Intel-based Mac to successfully open files that are located via an Open window's "search" field.

  • Addresses an issue in which Rosetta-translated applications running on Intel-based Macs would not correctly receive Keychain notifications.

  • Console no longer reports a series of "Quartz Composer QuickTime Component" messages for iMovie '06 when applying a Ken Burns clip or image.

  • Addresses an issue for iMovie HD and Mac OS X 10.4.4 in which iMovie could unexpectedly quit when switching themes.

  • Eliminates some potential video redraw issues when using Front Row on Intel-based Macs.

  • Updated the rules for time zones and Daylight Savings Time to conform to changes in the law for the United States, Australia, and other locations, for 2006 and later.

  • Addresses a potential issue that could cause the system process "configd" to unexpectedly stall.

  • Addresses an issue when viewing streaming media behind a firewall on Intel Macs.

by MacNN Staff





  1. DeepDish

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "Portable Home Directory

    "Portable Home Directory syncing"

    What is this? Is this new? I want to know more about this, can someone enlighten me please?

  1. Person Man

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Portable home directory

    Portable home directory syncing is part of Mac OS X server.

  1. djc6

    Joined: Dec 1969


    System won't boot

    So, I updated my 700Mhz eMac, and now it won't boot.

    I closed all applications before applying the 10.4.5 update, and I used the combo installer out of superstition. I get the grey apple on the screen, but not the swirling progress meter below it. I also can't use cmd-V to boot in verbose mode. Good times!!! Any suggestions?

  1. Sinemacula

    Joined: Dec 1969


    dual 2ghz g5 won't boot

    Aw c***... I used the software update, and now my dual 2ghz G5 won't boot. I also get the grey screen, then it goes blue and just stays there, no swirling progress meter for me either.

    I also thought I heard an odd "popping" sound coming faintly from the G5.

    I hope this is easily fixable.

  1. Sinemacula

    Joined: Dec 1969


    safe mode saves the day

    After talking with a very friendly Apple Support guy, I booted in "Safe Mode" and trashed my /Library/StartupItems and then rebooted fine. I then started putting stuff I still needed back and rebooting... all is now good -- the possible culprits (in my case, at least) are related to VirtualPC, the Wacom Tablet, DNSUpdate, or Peer Visual Server - since I don't need any of those, I didn't add them back to test, but without them I'm doing fine.

  1. umijin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    boot probs

    I had similar issues, but...

    I had some minor problem after install on my 12" G4 PB. The reboot stalled on the grey screen with spinning dial. There was no hard drive noise, and it stayed this way for a few minutes.

    After holding down the startup button and restarting, it made it past this screen, then took its time with the desktop appearance. However, it seems to be OK after this. I'll see after a day's usage.

    I guess I would hold off if I were others. In fact I will hold off for my G5 iMac.

  1. Faceplant

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The restart wasn't snapp

    but once I mashed down on the button for a spell, why it started by and by, and it took a few minutes, enough to beat my wife and have some corn mash. But now it's snappy and works just fine.

  1. JustenBias

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Dual Mac G5...

    Also didn't go well. I made it up to the login screen, and logged in... I briefly saw a black Darwin screen, now I just have blue. :(

    Very poor QA, Apple!


  1. Macaholic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    dual g5...

    worked fine for me... I used the combo updater (as always) with permission repairs before and after the update. I had the expected long startup and heard a lot of hard drive activity for about five minutes after startup but then everything was back to normal.

  1. alamomac

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0 with Safari

    anyone having trouble opening quicktime movies in safari after 10.4.5?

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