News Archive for: Monday Nov. 26, 2007 (later added items first)
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Firefox released (w/security fixes)
Appeared tonight in FireFox's in-browser update check and also available via their downloads page. The Firefox release notes list several security fixes:
"Fixed in Firefox
MFSA 2007-39 Referer-spoofing via window.location race condition
MFSA 2007-38 Memory corruption vulnerabilities (rv:
MFSA 2007-37 jar: URI scheme XSS hazard"
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Get Info/Spotlight edit turns drive Invisible in Leopard
I've not tried to replicate this but has anyone else seen this happen?

"I experienced an interesting problem with Leopard this weekend. I have a G5/2.3GHz with 6GB RAM and a total of approximately 5TB of hard drive storage (lots of external storage via Firewire and SATA). I decided to add some comments to the Spotlight field in Get Info for several of the external drives.
When I made the entries and closed the Info window, the drive disappeared from both my desktop and the left hand pane in the Finder. Initially, nothing I tried would get the drives back. I could see them in Disk Utility, but they would not show up on the desktop/Finder so I could access them. I finally tried rebuilding the directory using Disk Warrior (version 4?), knowing that there may be problems running DW when booted in Leopard. Well, DW worked. When it finished rebuilding the directory for the affected drive, it indicated that it had to make the drive visible again. Somehow, when I made the Spotlight comment entries, it also made the drive invisible. I'm sure there are more efficient ways to make an invisible drive visible, but I'm not aware of them. Just glad DW saved my bacon.
-Mike F."

I've used utils over the years that allowed toggling file visibility (including Cocktail, Mac Pilot, etc. and there's been single purpose utils also) and here's a link to a thread on OS X 10.4.9 Invisible Hard Drive problem whose last post has examples of using the terminal to restore visibility.

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OWC Clearance page updated
(from site sponsor OWC)

" There is a wide variety of just posted Clearance/Garage Sale items now available! As these items are first come - first served they do tend to disappear fast. Some of the best deals include:
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  • FireWire Enclosure Kits from $27.50 - quite a large selection of 2.5" and 3.5" Kits, great for do-it-yourself or for using drive from computer after an upgrade.
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    And lots more. Items on the Clearance page are set to turn off when sold out and limit quantities to what is available at time of order being placed. Best efforts made to prevent over sales, but first come - first served is honored."

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    At least one Adaptec 39160 owner is using SCSI Hard Drives in Leopard
    Over the last 2 weeks or so I'd posted some reports from Adaptec SCSI card owners that tried the tip of reinstalling the last (old) Adaptec OS X drivers for their card model in Leopard - several 2906 and 2930 card owners said that got the card working again in Leopard with their scanners, but initial reports from 29160/39160 owners using hard drives wasn't good - a 29160 owner said the drivers got the card recognized but attached drives were read-only. The first 39160/10.5.x owner said neither of the 2 IBM SCSI drives were seen - but later wrote that was due to a cable issue and says he's now able to read and write to the drives OK in OS X 10.5.1:

    (combination of several mails, earliest first)
    "Powermac Quicksilver 733MHz 1.25GB RAM, OS X 10.5.1 Leopard, onboard IDE drives are 40GB (Master) and 60GB (Time Machine)

    I tried using the latest driver for the Adaptec 39160 SCSI card. I have two 36GB Ultra SCSI IBM's hooked up to the thing. There are valuable files on there but I can't seem to get the drives to mount... I haven't had any success at all in 10.5.0 or .1. It picks up the card as you can see in the attachment labelled: adaptec1. However, in the other picture it shows that it doesn't even think that there are any SCSI devices in the system. DU, nothing. No gray icons, nothing. The card's fine. I tested it on another one of my tiger systems.
    (Turns out it was a SCSI cable connection problem- he later wrote:)
    Got em' to work after all. Just a ribbon problem. Everything works fine now :-). Thanks for the help. Adapter: Adaptec PowerDomain 39160, Drives: IBM DDYS-T36950 (2)

    These are the exact specs/info on the 2 SCSI Drives used: 1. Model: DDYS-T36950
    Speed: 10,000RPM
    Technology: Ultra SCSI
    Capacity: 36.7 GB
    MLC: DS0S93
    Drive Jumpers:
    - Autostart
    - Jumpers on both pins 2,3. (Will send pics if necessary)
    (assuming that's the SCSI ID pins)

    2. Model: DDYS-T36950
    Speed: 10,000RPM
    Technology: Ultra SCSI
    Capacity: 36.7 GB
    MLC: DS0S93
    Drive Jumpers:
    - Autostart
    - Jumper on pin 3.

    I also have an 2906 Adaptec card, untested however as I don't really need it because of the 39160. I can read and write to the Ultra SCSI's on the 39160. Everything's good with them. I used the beta 2004 Driver. (last OS X driver at Adaptec's site - v1.3beta1 for 39160 from Jan 8th, 2004) Hope this email clears up everything.

    Last week a G4 tower owner w/29160/29160N said with the driver reinstall the card was recognized but said mounted drives were read only - he later sent console log info showing "permission denied" when trying to format the SCSI drive, - I had asked if the drive was set for user permissions/ownership or not and if he could try toggling that in the finder but he said all options were grayed out - not selectable. He's going to try reformatting it on another Mac and then try again
    Today I had a mail from another 29160 owner that said he couldn't even get the driver to install under Leopard on his CPU upgraded Mac. (Sent a screenshot of the dialog box that said "! install failed.. the run preinstall script failed for Adaptec PowerDomain 29160/29160N...").

    The (years old now) Adaptec OS X Driver download page links for 2906, 2930, 29160/29160N and 39160 cards are in several previous posts here including this one on Nov. 14th.
    If anyone else has any success with a 29160 (or N) or 39160 card with SCSI drives in Leopard, let me know the details. Thanks.
    (BTW - there have been some firmware updates for some of these cards years ago but assuming those still using them had applied those previously and that they had used the card/drives in pre-Leopard OS's so as to rule out any drive jumper, termination, etc. issues. Years ago there were notes here on later Towers like the QS and MDD Macs needed a nvram tweak for the 29160/39160 cards to be bootable - that info is in the FAQ's SCSI Cards section.)

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    Mac Drive Upgrades/Compatibility Database Updated
    The Mac Drive Upgrades Database had 9 more reports added today. Current total - 16,307. (Searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first) iApps burn support mentioned in optical drive/burner reports unless otherwise noted.

      DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
    • IDE Lite-on DH-20A3P-12C in (QS) G4/AGP (OS X 10.4.11)
    • IDE Pioneer DVR-K06 in PowerBook G4 (OS X 10.3.9)
      (Using Patchburn 3 for 10.3.x iApps burn support. Not needed for OS X 10.4.x or later OS's)
    • IDE Sony DRU-190A (20x max) in Mac Pro Tower (OS X 10.5)
      (installed as 2nd drive in the Mac Pro's lower bay)
    • USB (cased) Lite-on LH-20A1P used with (QS) G4 AGP (OS X 10.4.11)

      Hard Drives:
    • IDE Hitachi Travelstar 7200rpm, 100GB in PowerBook G4 (OS X 10.3.9)
    • IDE SerialATA onboard Samsung Spinpoint HD501LJ 500GB in G5 Tower (OS X 10.4.11)
      (Noted installed in June and now has the "click of death" w/S.M.A.R.T. reporting the drive is failing)
    • IDE SerialATA onboard Samsung HM250JI 250GB in MacBook Pro (OS X 10.5)
      (Although I thought later shipments already had 008 firmware, he noted having to do the Firmware Update/Fix listed earlier this year here for Samsung HM250JI Issues with onboard SATA)
    • IDE SerialATA onboard Western Digital WD4000AAKS 400GB in G5 Tower (OS X 10.4.11)
      (I asked if he'd seen any issues with it as the original WD4000KD/YR series had some problems with onboard G5 SATA (old article here, as well as a WD tech note.)
    • IDE PCI Card connected Seagate 500GB (and Maxtor 300GB) in (QS) G4/AGP (OS X 10.4.x) (w/notes on SIIG ATA/133 card problems solved by Acard 6280M firmware update)

    You can find full owner reports (latest shown first) by searching the database by drive/brand/interface/mac models (the latest reports are shown first in searches). The database includes reports on DVD +/-R, CDRWs, Combo DVD-CDRW, DVD-ROM, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, NAS, CF/Smartmedia readers, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, SATA, Firewire, SCSI, USB, adapters).
    If you've added a IDE, SATA, Firewire, USB, or SCSI, hard drive, Optical drive/burner, NAS (including Airport Extreme base connected USB drive), tape drive, etc., send me the details (drive info/mac model/OS used, etc. - *Please take a minute to test for booting from CD with Optical drives*. Thanks.)

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    Other News/Articles, Misc. Software Updates
    (Includes updated Apple support docs. Some items released over the weekend)

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    Recent Articles and Reviews
    Listing/links to recent articles and reviews you may have missed.
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