Apple Mac OS X 10.4.5 Update eliminates iMac Front Row video redraw issues

“Apple Computer has released an update to the Mac operating system that it hopes will alleviate the video problems that consumers had experienced with the first Intel-based Macs,” Ina Fried reports for CNET News. “On Tuesday, Apple released Mac OS X 10.4.5, an update to Mac OS X Tiger. Although the update offers a number of fixes for both Power PC and Intel-based Macs, the most noteworthy update is a fix Apple says solves a pesky video problem with its Front Row remote-controlled media software. In the release notes for the update, Apple says the update ‘eliminates some potential video redraw issues when using Front Row on Intel-based Macs.'”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: This is good news for Apple as it confirms that the problem was software issue and not a hardware glitch which could have possibly involved a potentially costly recall.

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Apple looks into reports of iMac Core Duo video issues – February 09, 2006


  1. This is not a surprise. It was proven that is was only a software glitch over a week ago. Some media (not MDN) continued to report it as a probable hardware issue though despite the fact it was already known that it wasn’t.

  2. Too bad they still haven’t fixed Safari. Hasn’t worked properly since I loaded Tiger — now through numerous updates. If it wasn’t for Camino I would be still waiting for last week’s Safari page to load.

  3. “Or it is a hardware problem and Apple tech team was able to get around it with a software patch.”

    It was shown that there were two builds of OS X 10.4.4. that shipped on 20″ iMacs, and one particular build experienced the issue and the other didn’t. It was a software issue.

  4. The problem only showed up if you had the upgraded video card (ATY,RadeonX1600 with 256MB RAM) and the 8G1171 build. It didn’t affect the 8G1165 build. I had it. The build is now changed with this update. It now reads 8G1454. I was surprised they had two different builds out there. I thought they would have had only one build.

  5. Mudflapper: From what I’ve seen, Safari works great on G5’s or other new Macs. But on my upgraded Sawtooth (and my year-old iBook G4) it completely sucks. Worked great in Panther. The Mac Safari forum is full full of complaints regarding Tiger/Safari. Even zeroing and reinstalling does not fix it.

  6. Tarzan and mudflapper,

    Just curious how much RAM you’ve got installed in your machines. I’ve had Safari running via Tiger in two 4+ year-old TiBooks (512MB and 1GB RAM, respectively), and a single processor 733MHz Quicksilver 2001 PowerMac with 768MB RAM — in addition to my 17PB (1.5GB RAM) and my new QUAD PM. No problems whatsover (of course, the newer machines are much faster, as expected, but Safari has not run noticeably slower in comparison to the other apps on the older machines).

  7. nsapap,

    Both are maxed out. 2 Gig for the Sawtooth (recognized by OSX) and 1.25 for the iBook The Sawtooth also has a 1.4ghz Giga Design upgrade that’s been in for at least two years.

    If I boot to backup Panther drives, both run Safari perfectly. In Tiger, it’s SSS (Slow Safari Syndrome) all the way, with errors and bad rendering.

    Like I said, check the Mac Safari forum!

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