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Mac OS X 10.5.6 update triggering errors

updated 12:05 pm EST, Tue December 16, 2008

Mac OS X 10.5.6 crashes

Some users attempting to download and install the Mac OS X 10.5.6 update are are running into critical errors, discussions on Apple's support forums reveal. The most common problem consists of crashing or hanging, whether in the middle of an install or immediately thereafter. The crashes may be accompanied by kernel panics, though the contents of these panics can vary.

A number of different solutions have been proposed, such as repairing from the Mac OS X Leopard install disc or downloading the Combo update from Apple's website, but no universal answers have so far been discovered; anecdotes suggest that Genius Bar technicians may decide to have a Mac's logic board replaced. One MacNN reader observes that in speaking with Apple's phone support, a representative claimed that Apple is already aware of installation problems.

Less serious issues have included USB devices attached to Apple keyboards ceasing to work, which may be fixed by connecting directly to a powered port, such as the ones on the back of an iMac. The update also appears to have disrupted a large number of Time Machine backups, failing to recognize drives properly or at all. No fix has been found, and the problem is ironic, as fixing the detection of Time Machine volumes was one of the intended purposes of v10.5.6.

by MacNN Staff



  1. derbbre

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Time Machine

    My Time Machine no longer recognized my backup drive after the update, but I only had to de-select it and re-select it in the Time Machine Preference Pane and it was happy.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple Combined Updater...

    The old rule of downloading and applying the large combined updater still applies.

    I encountered the frozen install process (during 'configuring' portion), and downloading the large 300mb update, and applying that worked like a charm and fixed the problem.

  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Remove Time Machine drive

    I backed up my system with Time machine and then unplugged it prior to downloading and installing the update. I also reset my dock/icons in Candybar and reset everything to Apple defaults in Visage.

    The only problem I had was with my Cepstral Voices which I had to uninstall and reinstall completely to get them working again.

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  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    People Please.

    Oh my god...I am flabergasted by the sheer number of computer illiterates still out there.

    People, Apple is just a marketing company and that's all.

    I am truly amazed that people buy these obsolete buggy iGarbage from apple...Hats off to their marketing department for conning and brainwashing so many idiots out there...But, I bought an HP iPaq for a couple of hundred dollars - it came with a phone, full featured GPS with voice directions, and oh yea a full Windows Mobile OS long before Crapple's iPhone ever existed.

    And why would anyone pay over $3000 for a crippled, obsolete-out-of the box Apple Mac OS X computer? I bought an HP pavillion laptop, fully loaded, with DVD/Blue Ray, Super Hi-res wide screen, 2 Gig RAM, HD Tuner, built-in web cam etc. etc. etc. for under $1000

    And Apple Mac OS X is based on FreeBSD, an open-source Unix look-alike, available FREE for the PC back in 1992, with a artsy-fartsy GUI. Whoopy Doo..

    It is too expensive, too buggy, and the only software available is a bunch of dinky puzzles written by 14 year olds. No engineering or scientific applications available for "Mac OS X"...

    Apple has a long history of fraud, racism and corruption...Steve Jobs and Nancy Heinen (and her shyster subordinates) are both knowing criminal participants in the stock options scam, and were caught trying to cover it up.

    They were caught red-handed in early 2006 when a former employee who was cheated out of all of his stock after being wrongfully dismissed, filed a lawsuit against Apple Con-puter.

    PS: If Apple was supposed to be "invulnerable" to viruses, why are there so many security fixes being passed around? Even with all of Apple's virus and spyware vulnerabilities...which i'Tard would target a virus against an con-puter "OS" used by 2% of people out there?

  1. rmoody

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Guest guest

    Um, exactly what the h*** does your accusation of a companies racism or the CEO's stock options have to do with issues with a major update? I could just as easily make a long off-topic rambling hate speech about Vista, Microsoft, HP, etc. I mean, I love my mac and all, it's not perfect, but damn, get a second job so you can afford a mac because it's clear that deep down you really want one. Oh, and if you want to post a hate rant, don't be a coward.

  1. doc e

    Joined: Dec 1969


    @ people please that you?

  1. Will C

    Joined: Dec 1969


    @ people please

    You posted that unrelated-to-the-topic-diatribe earlier on the Register today. Do websites share trolls now?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I still can't believe that the "safe" way to perform updates still involves disconnecting your external drives before updating.

    Of course, you still have people who'll say to "run repair disk permissions, get the combo update, reboot into a new account, run the update and reboot again, re-run permission checks, clear the caches, reboot again, you're all set!"

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Worked fine...

    on the two MacBook Pro models I installed on. Used software update as usual.

    I will be installing on various other hardware, but expect no problems...

  1. Wingsy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    @ People Please

    Speaking of computer illiterates, you do realize that Mac OS is only one of just a few certified Unix systems on the planet don't you? No, you didn't. And there is a lot of other stuff you obviously don't know too, and the number one thing is that you have no idea of what it's like to sit in front of a Mac for a month. (But as someone said, you want to, don't you?)

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