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Avoid Mac OS X 10.5.6

There are major bugs with the latest Leopard software update that Apple recently released. It's a massive update (200MB) and takes several minutes to install including two automated reboots. It's likely most people have already installed the update. However, if you have not, don't install it. You will likely experience random system hangs particularly when coming back from the screen saver and other issues that will deadlock your system requiring you to power reset your system.

According to some news articles Apple is flooded with support requests on these issues and working on the problems, but no information on how soon they will be resolved. Unfortunately, I updated all of my systems (laptop, work desktop and personal home desktop) and all of them have experienced these problems (Intel and PPC).



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Dec. 17th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
Good to know about these. Thanks! And sorry you had to be a canary for it. :-p
Dec. 17th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
200 MB and then it destroys your systems? Insult to injury, I say!

Thanks for the heads-up!
Dec. 17th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
My MAC is still running vs 10.5.5 so thanks for that heads up. I did recently update my Apple TV and it isn't functioning as well as it used to.

I generally like the updates because they usually come with better functionality, but sometimes they really screw it up. What a downer.
Dec. 17th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
I have not checked my AppleTV yet. Suppose I should check that later on. The update is really big and it does have lots of fixes and improvements, but some new bugs creeped in.
Dec. 17th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
Still on 10.5.5. I'll hold off updating for a week!
Dec. 17th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
Lovely to know! I'll have to tell my Mac no update for now...
Dec. 17th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm. Been running it on a PPC and an Intel Laptop since about 2 hours after release and haven't had a single hang...

I wonder what the deal is?
Dec. 17th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
Results are mixed. Some people have installed it on 100 systems and no problems. Other people have a 100% failure rate. There are some indications that downloading the combo update from Apple works around some of these problems due to a problem with the incremental update missing data, but that's still unconfirmed.

One of the most common problems is that the system does not wake-up when the screen saver kicks in and then the system deadlocks, but it happens randomly. In more extreme cases, systems have been rendered unbootable.
Dec. 17th, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
Apple does that too? :)
Dec. 18th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
Yikes - thanks for the warning!
Dec. 18th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC)
I haven't downloaded it. I'm done with being an early adopter.
Dec. 18th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
Mine just decided to not wake up after the automated reboots. It sat there in reboot cycle for about 5 tries before I finally kicked it in the head. Even after that it would not come up until completely power off rebooting.

So far, no other problems!

Dec. 18th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
For what it's worth, I've installed this on a total of 5 macs now (MacBook Pro, PPC Mac Pro, Intel Mac Pro, PPC Mac Mini, and PPC PowerBook) and didn't run into any problems.
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