MacOS 10.5 Leopard Bugs and fixes

I’m not thrilled with Leopard. I started this list to keep track of the bugs I’ve encountered with solutions as I find them – figured I might as well do it in public so others can benefit. I’ll try to update with links to the related topics on the Apple discussion forums also.

Update: If you upgrade to Leopard, make certain you run Software Update immediately. The 10.5.1 update fixes many stability issues and some major bugs.

If you haven’t upgraded yet, I’d advise against it unless you really need the new features (most of them can be done with 3rd party solutions in Tiger anyway).

  • .Mac sync seems to have problems:
    Some, if not all of these, seem to be the result of bad data in the SyncServices cache. This solution should fix it.

    • iCal – After upgrading only empty Work and Home calendars appear.
    • iCal won’t sync calendars – errors appear in log files.
    • Syncs calendars when calendar syncing has been turned off
    • Presented dialog with changes to every Address Book entry. Many of the changes were deletions to items labeled “other”.
    • When accepted to replace bookmarks on .Mac due to a reset from another computer, attempted instead to add 400+ bookmarks to all synced computers (presented “More than 25% of your bookmarks will be changed”) dialog. Canceling and resetting from one of the synced machines takes care of this, but I haven’t tried accepting the reset on mac.com again.
  • iCal won’t automatically delete past events when “Delete events __ days after they have passed” is checked in preferences > advanced.
  • iCal won’t automatically delete to-do items when “Delete To Do items __ days after they are completed” is checked in preferences > advanced. (Note that this and the previous issue may both be the result of “bad data” in the file – I was checking these options to delete the bad data…).
  • Logic Pro 8: Presents “Please Quit Rewire Applications” dialog when quitting when no rewire applications are running. Apple Discussion Thread. As of Jan 2008, I am no longer experiencing this. Be sure you’re running the most current version of Reason 3 or 4 and have installed all software updates from Apple. I suspect a Logic update fixed this issue.
  • Safari crashes frequently. Granted I use it “hard and fast” – I have multiple windows and tabs open, tab rapidly from one to the next, often with multiple tabs loading at the same time. But, it was more stable before the Leopard install (and I was already running Safari 3 before the install). This has been more stable since the 10.5.1 update.
  • Flash 9 player can’t launch the file selector (and other misc bugs): There is a beta version available which fixes the file selector issue, but still has other issues. (in particular, snocap.com’s upload system doesn’t work). It appears that the MacOS 10.5.1 update has fixed the other file selector issues (I’m still on the newer beta version, so I don’t know if 10.5.1 works with the release version of Flash Player 9)
  • Force Quit frequently is unable to quit applications, or takes a minute or two to do so. This appears to either be fixed in 10.5.1 or to be related to applications affected when an external drive cannot be read.
  • When Logging Out, the system will complain “Logout failed because the application ____ failed to Quit”, reporting applications that are not running. I haven’t seen this since 10.5.1.
  • “Archive and Install” option apparently deletes /usr/local without archiving it.
  • When a USB-powered external hard drive is used on a MacBook Pro running Leopard, Mail, iPhoto, Finder and iTunes crash frequently and cannot be force quit, nor can the system be shut down or restarted. The external drive must be unplugged. With the same drive, this did not occur in Tiger.
  • Mail will crash if allowed to run for more than a few hours.
  • Parallels 3.0 (build 5160) can render the system unbootable.
    After running Parallels for more than 3 hours using Netflix’s “Watch Now” feature, it started reporting low disk space on the startup volume. After 8 hours, I shut down Parallels and rebooted the MacBook pro and it would not boot. It hung on the “gray apple” screen, spinning the progress bar for over 5 minutes. An “Archive and Install” re-install made the computer usable again. Disk space remaining was 6GB according to the installer. It was 612MB before the reboot (I’m assuming the “PC” in Parallels had a memory problem and that Parallels was using a huge amount of VM space). The installer logs reported that the volume consistency check reported no problems with the startup volume.
  • The system will occasionally power-off without warning. I believe this has only happened 2-3 times, when running on battery power. However, the battery still shows some charge, and there was no warning regarding battery level or system temperature. (Edit: This is a battery problem – fix is here

Ghost Car

This happened about a month ago just outside the little town of Buffalo Creek, West Virginia, and while it sounds like an Alfred Hitchcock tale, it’s real. A guy was on the side of the road hitchhiking on a really dark night in the middle of a thunderstorm.

Time passed slowly and no cars went by. It was raining so hard he could hardly see his hand in front of his face. Suddenly he saw a car moving slowly, approaching and appearing ghost-like in the rain. It slowly crept toward him and stopped. Wanting a ride really bad, the guy jumped in the car and closed the door, only then did he realize that there was nobody behind the wheel. The car slowly started moving and the guy was terrified, too scared to think of jumping out and running.

The guy saw that the car was slowly approaching a sharp curve, still too scared to jump out, he started to pray and begging for his life; he was sure the ghost car would go off the road and into Buffalo Creek and he would surely drown, when just before the curve, a hand appeared through the driver’s window and turned the steering wheel, guiding the car safely around the bend.

Paralyzed with fear, the guy watched the hand reappear every time they reached a curve. Finally the guy, scared to near death, had all he could take and jumped out of the car and ran to Logan .

Wet and in shock, he went into a cafe and, voice quivering, ordered a cup of hot coffee, black, and then told everybody about his experience. A silence enveloped the cafe and everybody got goose bumps when they realized the guy was telling the truth and was not just some weirdo.

About half an hour later two guys walked into the cafe and one says to the other: “Look Bubba, there’s that idiot who rode in our car when we were pushing it in the rain”.