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Mac Pro/X1900 XT owner notes on WoW FPS Cap preventing artifacts/freezing
" Well, I have just about had it with the overheating problems I am having with my early revision ATI x1900xt card. I finally decided to contact Apple to see if they would replace the card for me (I called from work but didn't have my serial number so I will have to try again tomorrow) While I was on the phone with Apple I decided to check out the online store to investigate the option of of buying a new replacement ATI x1900xt. Well, to my surprise the ship time for a new ATI x1900xt (Kit/separate card) is listed as 7-10 weeks. I'm thinking that 7-10 weeks is a pretty long time; I am also thinking that this might signal a possible graphics card refresh on the horizon....

(The X1900 XT artifacts (overheating) sounded familiar, so I asked if he had Checked the X1900 XT heatsink for Dust clogging the fins)

Yeah, I have checked for dust. In fact I clean the card on a regular basis (compressed air) I thought you would like to know that one of the hints I found on the Blizzard website (this hint only applies while playing WoW) has helped immensely. I have found that if I limit the fps in WoW that I no longer see any of the artifacts or freezing that I was experiencing before. All one needs to do is: in the chat field type:

    /console maxfps XX (XX being the desired fps frame limit)

I currently have mine set at 40 fps and am seeing zero problems. With that said, I hope that there is GPU refresh on the horizon...
Thanks, Julian "

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Apple doc w/Tips on Rosetta Apps problems after QT 7.2 Update
(7/17/2007) Apple posted a kbase doc titled Mac OS X: Some applications may not open after QuickTime 7.2 Update:

" Issue or symptom
After updating to QuickTime 7.2 on Intel-based Macs, some applications may not open. This issue only occurs with applications that rely on Mac OS X's Rosetta technology for compatibility on Intel-based Macs.

Products affected
* Intel-based Macs
* Power PC-only applications

* Download and install the Mac OS X 10.4.10 Combo Update.
Note: You can install the Mac OS X 10.4.10 Combo Update even if your computer is already running Mac OS X 10.4.10.

* If the issue still occurs after running the Mac OS X 10.4.10 Combo Update, follow the steps below.
Note: These steps include entering commands in the Terminal application. If you are unfamiliar with Terminal and UNIX-style environments, proceed with caution.

  1. Save your work. You will need to restart the computer at the end.
  2. Open Terminal from /Applications/Utilities/.
  3. Type (or cut and paste) the following command in the Terminal window:
      sudo update_prebinding -root / -force
  4. Press Return.
  5. Enter your password when prompted.
  6. The prebinding operation may take a few minutes. When the operation is complete, a new command line prompt will appear.
  7. When the new command line prompt appears, quit Terminal.
  8. Restart your computer.

This document will be updated as more information becomes available."

I had asked a couple readers that this problem after the QT 7.2 update if they had quit all running apps and left the Mac alone until it was completed (incl. 'optimizating'/prebinding) and they said no, they had used the mac for browsing, mail, etc. during the update process. I wish Apple would just have updates force a quit of all running apps, etc. (as done in OS 9.x when repairing the boot drive with Disk First Aid...)

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