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  1. 10.5.7 Released

    Both my desktop and my netbook have been updated to 10.5.7 with no problems. My desktop mobo is an ASUS P5KPL-CM with an Intel G31 chipset. I don't use the onboard GMA3100 video, in favor of an nvidia graphics card. I used the combo update and it installed flawlessly without a need for further tweaks. For my MSI Wind U100, I also used the combo update. When the update finished installing, the installer presented me with a button to restart. I did not reboot right away. I first re-applied the patches developed by CyberGreg specifically for the MSI Wind before rebooting. Everything installed just fine.
  2. I recently upgraded my motherboard in order to double my memory from a 2GB max on my old mobo to 4GB on my new mobo. I also did a clean install of Leopard and used migration assistant to copy most of my apps and settings to the new install. Leopard installed just fine and everything seems to be working correctly except virtualization. I originally had been using Parallels Desktop to run an XP virtual guest OS. I did a clean install of Parallels on the new machine, but used copied the old XP vm to the new hard drive. The problem is that now, XP runs so painfully slow, that it is virtually useless. I tried creating a new XP vm, but that too is painfully slow. I also tried using VMware Fusion and Virtualbox. Both were also painfully slow. I can't for the life of me figure out what is wrong. I've enabled VT on the mobo's BIOS. My old mobo was a Gigabyte 945GCMX-S2. My new mobo is an Asus P5KPL-CM. Does anyone have any ideas?
  3. I recently replaced a defective DVD burner with an HP DVD 1070i burner and the noise it makes when reading a DVD is really loud. The drive works well other than the noise. Its a 20x speed DVD burner and the noise difference with my older 16x DVD burner is decidedly noticeable. Is there a utility for OSX that throttles down the speed of an optical drive? I know there are utilities for MS Windows, but unaware of anything for OSX.
  4. I'm going to upgrade the motherboard for my Hackintosh and relegate the old mobo to file server duty. On the old mobo, I'd like to run Ubuntu Server 8.10 as the host OS then run FreeNAS as a guest OS on VMware Server. I don't really intend to run many services under Ubuntu and FreeNAS, so I don't think I need a very powerful CPU...I was thinking an affordable Celeron 430 should suffice, but I've no first hand experience with a 430. So, does the Celeron 430 have enough mojo to run VMware Server? I'd like to hear some thoughts from Celeron 430 owners before I commit to buying equipment. Thanks, Zoomie
  5. I use an Apple Wireless Keyboard and a bluetooth mouse. Neither device would to connect to the USB bluetooth dongle attached to my Hackintosh after the 10.5.6 update. I had to dig through my closet to find a USB keyboard & mouse to fix things. I fixed it by replacing the IOBluetoothFamily and IOBluetoothHIDDriver kexts in the /System/Library/Extensions directory. The kexts installed in my 10.5.6 system were version 2.1.3. I extracted older versions of the kexts from a retail 10.5.4 DVD, using Pacifist. The older kexts were version 2.1. After downgrading to older versions of the kexts, my bluetooth devices connected right away.
  6. Ok...on another thread, I found a solution. Booting with Parted Magic 3.3, a Linux based LiveCD, I used a a program called Test Disk which analyses a hard drive and attempts to recover lost partitions. Whew!!!!!
  7. Can you please be more specific when you say you were "fiddling a bit about" with Disk Edit? I have the same problem when I used PM8. I booted Parted Magic 3.3, but I couldn't find "Disk Edit" in the GUI...is it a command line program? EDIT: Nevermind...I checked again, and used a program in Parted Magic 3.3 called Test Disk. It fixed my problem. Thanks, Zoomie
  8. I seriously screwed up a perfectly good working Leopard system. I have a Leopard 10.5.5 system installed on a SATA drive with a single GUID partition. The system also had an additional SATA drive with a single GUID partition. I just added a spare IDE drive to my system, with the intent of installing Ubuntu on it. I attempted to partition that IDE drive with Partition Magic. My mistake was not disconnecting my Leopard drives before attempting to partition the IDE drive. I think Partition Magic changed the partitioning scheme of my SATA drives from GUID to MBR. Now the Leopard install does not boot....all I get is the infamous "waiting for root device" error message. I booted to a Leopard install on a USB drive and Disk Utility is unable to mount the partition of my screwed up drive. Disk Utility now shows the drive as MBR instead of GUID. Disk Warrior also didn't recognize the drive. My theory is that the data on the actual partition is still intact...its just the partition map or boot sectors are screwed up. From both Leopard and Ubuntu command lines, I've tried using dd to copy the partition to another hard drive that was partitioned as a single GUID partition. That didn't work...when dd was done copying the partition to the new drive, the new drive also changed from GUID to MBR. And the copied drive was also unrecognized my OSX. Does anyone have any ideas?
  9. Is Apple "Worth It"?

    When taken purely from a productivity point of view, I'd say true Apple Macs deliver quite a bit of value. In my case, I love to tinker with my computers...I love finding problems and fixing them. And I also love tweaking to squeeze out as much performance out of my hardware as possible. But I also realize that not everyone is like me. Some people just want hassle free computing for basic tasks, as is the case in most of my family. In my family, I'm the designated tech weenie. I get many calls from family members to answer questions or to troubleshoot a computer problem. I often spend time driving to my mom's house to fix something or show her how to accomplish a task. I like tinkering with my own computers, but I hate fixing computers for other people. For Christmas, I purchased an iMac for my Mom. Her first week she spent a lot of time calling me because Leopard is so different from the XP that she is used to, but she's learning fast and now loves her Mac and all the new things she can do with it. I love her Mac because she doesn't call me three times a week now. I love my mom, but I hate talking on the phone with her, because she never shuts up...hehehe. My mom convinced her sister to get a Mac and now I get fewer calls from my aunt, as well. That was the best $1600 I've ever spent. BTW, even though my Hackintosh was fairly easy to get working, it still requires quite a bit of tweaking and the persistent worry that something will go wrong when the next update is released.
  10. 10.5.2

    Updating 10.5.2 using the Netkas method worked on my Kalyway - Guid install. I just needed to restore the older AppleSMBIOS.kext. Sleep works...Shutdown works....Reboot doesn't work completely - the process of a reboot starts, but it just blanks the screen and requires pressing the reset button on the computer to actually reboot
  11. I want an official Red Ryder carbine action two-hundred shot range model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time.
  12. syslogd consuming 100% of CPU

    ok, I tried it...it didn't change a thing
  13. syslogd consuming 100% of CPU

    After further investigation, CrashReporter has several instances of syslogd crashes. The syslogd crashes began yesterday, when I noticed that syslogd has been using up a lot of CPU time. Here's the latest crash log: syslogd_2007-11-29-094717_Leopard.crash Process: syslogd [13] Path: /usr/sbin/syslogd Identifier: syslogd Version: ??? (???) Code Type: X86 (Native) Parent Process: launchd [1] Date/Time: 2007-11-29 09:47:17.103 -0800 OS Version: Mac OS X 10.5.1 (9B18) Report Version: 6 Exception Type: EXC_BAD_ACCESS (SIGBUS) Exception Codes: KERN_PROTECTION_FAILURE at 0x0000000000000000 Crashed Thread: 1 Thread 0: 0 libSystem.B.dylib 0x947042ee read$NOCANCEL$UNIX2003 + 10 1 libSystem.B.dylib 0x9473baa9 __srefill + 295 2 libSystem.B.dylib 0x94740b3d fread + 159 3 syslogd 0x0000e018 asl_store_archive + 368 4 syslogd 0x00006ad8 db_archive + 343 5 syslogd 0x000075fc klog_in_close + 720 6 syslogd 0x0000888e main + 4210 7 syslogd 0x00001982 start + 54 Thread 1 Crashed: 0 libSystem.B.dylib 0x9477293c aslresponse_free + 22 1 syslogd 0x00007018 __asl_server_query + 443 2 syslogd 0x0000ef90 asl_ipc_server_routine + 344 3 syslogd 0x0000ee2d asl_ipc_server + 113 4 syslogd 0x00006df0 database_server + 415 5 libSystem.B.dylib 0x94734075 _pthread_start + 321 6 libSystem.B.dylib 0x94733f32 thread_start + 34 Thread 2: 0 libSystem.B.dylib 0x9470392e semaphore_wait_signal_trap + 10 1 libSystem.B.dylib 0x9470b405 pthread_mutex_lock + 569 2 syslogd 0x000065e5 db_worker + 162 3 libSystem.B.dylib 0x94734075 _pthread_start + 321 4 libSystem.B.dylib 0x94733f32 thread_start + 34 Thread 3: 0 libSystem.B.dylib 0x947038e6 mach_msg_trap + 10 1 libSystem.B.dylib 0x9470b0dc mach_msg + 72 2 libSystem.B.dylib 0x948263e4 vproc_mig_log_drain + 97 3 libSystem.B.dylib 0x94825996 _vprocmgr_log_drain + 75 4 syslogd 0x00005617 launchd_drain + 73 5 libSystem.B.dylib 0x94734075 _pthread_start + 321 6 libSystem.B.dylib 0x94733f32 thread_start + 34 Thread 1 crashed with X86 Thread State (32-bit): eax: 0x00000000 ebx: 0x00006e6e ecx: 0x00000001 edx: 0x00019000 edi: 0x001018f0 esi: 0x00000000 ebp: 0xb0080e18 esp: 0xb0080e00 ss: 0x0000001f efl: 0x00010213 eip: 0x9477293c cs: 0x00000017 ds: 0x0000001f es: 0x0000001f fs: 0x0000001f gs: 0x00000037 cr2: 0x00000000 Binary Images: 0x1000 - 0xfff7 +syslogd ??? (???) <afff45dbd9c0004baeb0c5e4e8437592> /usr/sbin/syslogd 0x8fe00000 - 0x8fe2d883 dyld 95.3 (???) <81592e798780564b5d46b988f7ee1a6a> /usr/lib/dyld 0x90003000 - 0x9000afe9 libgcc_s.1.dylib ??? (???) <f53c808e87d1184c0f9df63aef53ce0b> /usr/lib/libgcc_s.1.dylib 0x934ab000 - 0x934acfef libmathCommon.A.dylib ??? (???) /usr/lib/system/libmathCommon.A.dylib 0x94703000 - 0x9485dfe3 libSystem.B.dylib ??? (???) <8ecc83dc0399be3946f7a46e88cf4bbb> /usr/lib/libSystem.B.dylib 0xffff0000 - 0xffff1780 libSystem.B.dylib ??? (???) /usr/lib/libSystem.B.dylib All the other syslogd crash logs are basically the same. Does anyone have an idea?
  14. syslogd consuming 100% of CPU

    Thanks for the reply. That patch certainly fixed the error 35's that populated my syslog. However, syslogd is still using up a lot of CPU time. The system.log shows several instances of errors loading quicktime avi importer, so I think I'll investigate that a bit further.
  15. Today, I noticed that syslogd is using up 100% of CPU. Has anyone else experienced this...or know of any possible solutions? here's a snippet of my /var/log/system.log: Nov 28 22:35:07: --- last message repeated 1 time --- Nov 28 22:34:20 Leopard SystemUIServer[170]: MenuCracker: Loading 'iStatMenusCPU'. Nov 28 22:34:27 Leopard SyncServer[190]: _CFGetHostUUIDString: unable to determine UUID for host. Error: 35 Nov 28 22:34:27 Leopard mount_gentoo_nas.app[183]: Error loading /Library/QuickTime/AviImporter-r7 (Intel).component/Contents/MacOS/AviImporter: dlopen(/Library/QuickTime/AviImporter-r7 (Intel).component/Contents/MacOS/AviImporter, 262): no suitable image found. Did find:\n /Library/QuickTime/AviImporter-r7 (Intel).component/Contents/MacOS/AviImporter: mach-o, but wrong architecture Nov 28 22:35:07: --- last message repeated 2 times --- Nov 28 22:34:28 Leopard mount_gentoo_nas.app[183]: Error loading /Library/QuickTime/XviD_Codec-r58 (Intel).component/Contents/MacOS/XviD_Codec: dlopen(/Library/QuickTime/XviD_Codec-r58 (Intel).component/Contents/MacOS/XviD_Codec, 262): no suitable image found. Did find:\n /Library/QuickTime/XviD_Codec-r58 (Intel).component/Contents/MacOS/XviD_Codec: mach-o, but wrong architecture Nov 28 22:35:07: --- last message repeated 1 time --- Nov 28 22:34:29 Leopard Yojimbo Helper[191]: _CFGetHostUUIDString: unable to determine UUID for host. Error: 35 Nov 28 22:34:31 Leopard NetAuthAgent[192]: _CFGetHostUUIDString: unable to determine UUID for host. Error: 35 Nov 28 22:34:31 Leopard osascript[196]: _CFGetHostUUIDString: unable to determine UUID for host. Error: 35 Nov 28 22:34:31 Leopard ATSServer[198]: _CFGetHostUUIDString: unable to determine UUID for host. Error: 35 Nov 28 22:34:31 Leopard backupd-helper[199]: _CFGetHostUUIDString: unable to determine UUID for host. Error: 35 Nov 28 22:34:32 Leopard check_afp[201]: _CFGetHostUUIDString: unable to determine UUID for host. Error: 35 Nov 28 22:35:05 Leopard Terminal[204]: _CFGetHostUUIDString: unable to determine UUID for host. Error: 35 Nov 28 22:35:07 Leopard ReportCrash[206]: _CFGetHostUUIDString: unable to determine UUID for host. Error: 35 Nov 28 22:35:07 Leopard ReportCrash[206]: Formulating crash report for process syslogd[12] Nov 28 22:35:07 Leopard ReportCrash[206]: Saved crashreport to /Library/Logs/CrashReporter/syslogd_2007-11-28-223507_Leopard.crash using uid: 0 gid: 0, euid: 0 egid: 0 Nov 28 22:35:07 Leopard login[205]: USER_PROCESS: 205 ttys000 Nov 28 22:35:09 Leopard iStat menus Background Checker[219]: _CFGetHostUUIDString: unable to determine UUID for host. Error: 35 The rest of the system.log is much more of the same. Any ideas?