Mac OS X 10.6.5 Released; What to Do if You Have Major Problem After Updating

Apple has released Mac OS X 10.6.5, a significant update for Mac OS X 10.6.x (Leopard). The new release includes these enhancements, among others: improve reliability with Microsoft Exchange servers address performance of some image-processing operations in iPhoto and Aperture address stability and performance of graphics applications and games resolve a delay between print jobs […]

Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6.x) Graphics Update Fixes Portal, Aperture, StarCraft II Problems

Apple has released “Snow Leopard Graphics Update” for Mac OS X 10.6.x, which the company says “contains stability and performance fixes for graphics applications and games, including fixes that: address frame rate issues occurring in Portal and Team Fortress 2 on certain Macs resolve an issue that could cause Aperture 3 or StarCraft II to […]

Mac OS X 10.6.4 Troubleshooting Guide

Release Notes and Download Links What to do if you have a show-stopping problem right after updating Problems and fixes Graphics Problems: Slowness, Artifacts (garbled), OpenGL issues Photoshop CS5/After Effects CS5 Freeze No Internet Access Slow Startup Wi-Fi/AirPort Problems Spotlight Crashes or Doesn’t Work Mail.app Missing Subjects

Mac OS X 10.6.4: Slow, Garbled Graphics (Steam, Photoshop, etc.); More Fixes

We previously reported on various OpenGL-related graphics issues, including lags, stalls or slowdowns in video playback, artifacts or corruption (particularly when moving windows or scrolling) and more after updating to Mac OS X 10.6.4. This issue can affect various graphics-intensive applications, including a number of games (Steam, StarCraft 2, etc.), Photoshop, web browsers (Firefox, Safari) […]

Photoshop CS5, After Effects Freeze Under Mac OS X 10.6.4; Adobe Blames Apple

Continuing a series of potentially OpenGL-related issues under Mac OS X 10.6.4, some users are experiencing persistent crashes in Adobe Photoshop CS5 and After Effects CS5 after the update. Ironically, Apple’s Mac OS X 10.6.4 release notes stated that the update specifically addressed an issue that “may prevent some Adobe Creative Suite 3 applications from […]

Mac OS X 10.6.4: OpenGL Graphics Performance, Artifact Problems (VMware, Steam, Starcraft 2 etc.)

Some users have reported graphics issues, including lags, stalls or slowdowns in video playback, artifacts or corruption (particularly when moving windows) and more after updating to Mac OS X 10.6.4. Users have also reported complete system freezes when exiting a screen saver, sometime in conjunction with VMware. This problem may be accompanied by the error […]

Rosetta Triggers MacBook High-Performance Graphics

MacBook Pro (Mid-2010), Core i5 or Corei7, 15″ and 17″ models automatically switch between integrated Intel (lower power) and NVIDIA (higher power) graphics. Unfortunately, although there is a built-in option to keep the higher-power NVIDIA card on at all times, there is no option to keep it off at all times. This has resulted in significant […]

Utility Allows MacBook Pro (Mid-2010) Graphics Switching

gfxCardStatus, a tool initially designed to display which graphics subsystem is active in MacBook Pro (Mid-2010) models via ”i” and “n” icons that signify Intel HD Graphics, and NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics, respectively, has now been updated to allow on-the-fly switching between the cards. MacBook Pro (Mid-2010), Core i5 or Corei7, 15″ and 17″ models […]

MacBook Pro (Mid-2010) Graphics Switching: Which Apps Trigger, How to Monitor

MacBook Pro (Mid-2010), Core i5 or Corei7, 15″ and 17″ models automatically switch between integrated Intel (lower power) and NVIDIA (higher power) graphics. Unfortunately, although there is an option to keep the higher-power NVIDIA card on at all times, there is no option to keep it off at all times. This has resulted in significant reduction […]

MacBook Pros (April 2010): Poor Battery Life; Causes and Fixes

Some users of the new MacBook Pros (April 2010) report poor to mediocre battery life from the notebooks. Although real-world battery life often falls far short of manufacturer claims, several users are reporting battery life that is half or less of that indicated by some tests under similar usage conditions. These users are experience battery life […]