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10.5.2 fixes some problems, creates others?

updated 07:50 pm EST, Wed February 13, 2008

10.5.2 problems

Mac OS X 10.5.2 and the accompanying graphics update were released to alleviate both minor and substantial issues, but may have instigated a few issued of its own. According to users in Apple's Discussion forums [1|2|3|4], the update has created some printing problems, compatibility issues with third-party wireless routers, sound-related glitches, software freezing, and failures when using Time Machine to back up data.

Several users are experiencing wireless printing issues, saying that printers which worked before installing the update now do not, when used with an Airport Extreme Base Station. A workaround is for those affected to connect the printer in question directly to the computer, and it will function.

Meanwhile, some users who use wireless routers from companies such as D-Link, Netgear, Linksys, and Zyxel are reporting intermittent connection issues that vary in circumstance. Some report that they cannot connect to their routers at all, while others claim that once a connection is achieved, the internet is not accessible. One of the more adventurous troubleshooters suggests replacing a kernel extension within the System Library, which can be risky for inexperienced users. Another solution revolves around changing fragmentation and frame thresholds, which can be similarly daunting.

DVD Player is causing strife for some, apparently causing system freezes and an issue that seems to kill the sound throughout the computer. Oddly enough, the problem also seems to trigger a reset of Mail's state for some, returning them to a blank mailbox.

Time Machine is generating problems for some users when backups occur, leaving incomplete files dangling, or simply failing to complete the backup. One user suggests checking for and removing a "Backup in Progress" file, which has remedied the issue in some circumstances. Others report that this file does not exist in their setup, instead opting to remove the failed files from the Time Machine drive and attempting the backup again.




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  1. MiMiC

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Runs like Vista

    this is getting worse, not better. Leopard is like a dumb blonde; looks great, but can't thing and chew gum at the same time...

  1. itrat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Disappointed in Apple

    I got my girlfriend to switch to a MacBook last year from Windows and she fell in love with the Mac. I upgraded her MacBook to Leopard when it came out and it has been nothing but problems: Wi-Fi issues, printing issues, forced reboots, and other general instability issues. Now she hates her Mac and I had to downgrade her machine back to Tiger so she could get any work done. The worst part is Apple's slogan for Leopard is "it just works." I've always trusted Apple OS upgrades as a step forward but this one has been really disappointing.

  1. ScottGG

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    HEY!!! "runs like vista"

    HEY!!! "runs like vista"!!!

    Are you sure you're not a Dumb Blonde? You can't spell Think as "thing".

    RULE #1 - THE OS: If it isn't broke, don't touch it.

    RULE #2 - Sit back and relax for 45 days for each update that comes out before you do the upgrade also. This way you can read the Apple Discussions of all the problems that are going on, and feel thankful that you didn't play follow the leader.

    RULE #3 - If you own a Mac with OSX it's real easy to just go back to 10.5.1 if you have Leopard or not. Have you tried to downgrade Vista ever? Like have teeth pulled, and paying for it.

    Rule #4 - Please read Rule Number One just one more time.

    Thank You



  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Update Correctly

    If people would take the time to correctly prepare and install System updates, most of these troubles would be moot.

    Run a utility like Cocktail or Onyx to clear caches, repair permissions, etc. Then run Disk Utility... until Alsoft gets it's act together and upgrades Disk Warrior for Leopard.

    Then download and install the COMBO UPDATE. Incremental updates can often be the cause of problems.

    Take a few extra minutes and do it right!

    I did all that and have had no trouble a whatsoever with either the 10.5.1 or 10.5.2 updates.

  1. anly

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    So far so good

    Upgraded to 10.5.2 last night, download went very very fast and updated without any problems as far as i can tell.

    Obviously I cannot speak for everyone, but I have to say Leopard is is great piece of work and a fine OS.

    Cheers~

  1. deVilliers

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    language correction

    In reply to scotgg who called into question the capacity of a person who misspelled 'think' as thing':

    Are you sure you're not a Dumb Blonde? You can't spell Think as "thing".

    Should be:

    Are you sure that you are not a 'dumb blonde'? You cannot spell 'think' as 'thing'. [The syntax in this sentence is beyond repair. A better sentence would be 'you misspelled 'think' as 'thing''.]

    RULE #1 - THE OS: If it isn't broke, don't touch it.

    Should be:

    If it is not broken then do not touch it. [Or if you wish to use the slang expression, 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it'.]

    RULE #2 - Sit back and relax for 45 days for each update that comes out before you do the upgrade also. This way you can read the Apple Discussions of all the problems that are going on, and feel thankful that you didn't play follow the leader.

    Should be: Also, sit back and relax for forty-five days for each update before you upgrade. This way, you can read the Apple discussions which comment upon all of the problems that are happening and feel thankful that you did not play 'follow the leader'.

    RULE #3 - If you own a Mac with OSX it's real easy to just go back to 10.5.1 if you have Leopard or not. Have you tried to downgrade Vista ever? Like have teeth pulled, and paying for it.

    Should be:

    If you own a Mac with OSX then it is really easy just to go back to 10.5.1 whether or not you have Leopard. Have you ever tried to downgrade to Vista? It is like having one's teeth pulled and then paying for it.

    Rule #4 - Please read Rule Number One just one more time.

    Should be:

    Please read the first rule one more time.

    Those who speak English as a first language often seem to be unfamiliar with the grammar and syntax of their own tongue. It is a shame, given the richness of it.

    Jacques de Villiers

  1. dynsight

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Agree with Mr. Jacques

    English is a beautiful language, and has a wonderful richness to it. However, before all of you start needlessly attacking him, (and potentially me), let me point out that he [possibly] was subtly pointing out to scottgg something about glass houses and stones.

    Let us attack ideas, not each other :)

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    upgrades working great

    I upgraded immediately after 10.5.2 became available via Software Update for both my iMac and MacBook. There have been no problems at all, and networking performance seems to have increased considerably.

  1. deVilliers

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    such beauty

    Absolutely, my friend! - as John McCain might say.

    In any event, let me for now declare my happiness with Leopard:

    "O, beauty, till now I never knew thee!"

    Shakespeare, Henry VIII, Act I, Scene 4.

    de Villiers

  1. dynsight

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    10.5.2 is good

    I have also found overall performance to be improved (and new icons on remote connections (oboy). I have not tried to print. I do have an epson 2200 attached to an older airport express. I have to print some photos for clients this weekend, hopefully I do not have to move that printer upstairs.

    Overall, Leopard has been very good. Screen Sharing, spaces and improved network navigation are better.

    Also, one pet peeve of mine finally went away:

    When my laptop was connected to another server, and then forgot to disconnect prior to packing up, the machine would freeze for 30-45 seconds while disconnecting. Now it happens in 4 to 5 seconds. Nice!

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