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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 6:03 pm    Post subject: Apple Releases Performance Update 1.0 Reply with quote

Apple Releases Performance Update 1.0
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Posted by: Glenn

Apple has released Performance Update 1.0 for Leopard and Snow Leopard via their Software Update utility and website. According to the company, this update addresses intermittent hard drive-related stalls reported by a small number of customers. More information about this update and qualifying Macs can be found here. The Performance Update 1.0 for Leopard weighs in at 322KB and requires Mac OS X 10.5.8. The update for Snow Leopard, on the other hand, weighs in at 300KB and requires Mac OS X 10.6.1.



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I never noticed my '09 Mac mini doing this before, but I installed it anyways. Cool Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't either Fazzy, but I'm a sucker for anything that says performance.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't ever remember there being a "Performance Update" in recent mac history. I'm game. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TonyMontana wrote:
I don't ever remember there being a "Performance Update" in recent mac history. I'm game. Smile


Maybe they should have called it the "Opps, I forgot that!" update!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, that's kind of a screwy name for an update. The word performance sort of implies more than just returning a hard drive to normal operation.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

devo wrote:
Yeah, that's kind of a screwy name for an update. The word performance sort of implies more than just returning a hard drive to normal operation.


Perhaps Apple is going to further segregate updates ie, security, performance and who know what else. This is just 1.0 and I guess they felt it fit under this category.

I personally don't care what Apple calls their updates as long as they are free and they make my machine run better and more secure.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did an Xbench disk test.

Before:
Results 62.62
System Info
Xbench Version 1.3
System Version 10.6.1 (10B504)
Physical RAM 4096 MB
Model Macmini3,1
Drive Type WDC WD5000BEVT-22ZAT0
Disk Test 62.62
Sequential 102.51
Uncached Write 126.53 77.69 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Write 125.69 71.11 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Uncached Read 60.74 17.77 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Read 149.29 75.03 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Random 45.08
Uncached Write 17.03 1.80 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Write 126.73 40.57 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Uncached Read 70.28 0.50 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Read 126.69 23.51 MB/sec [256K blocks]

After:
Results 62.53
System Info
Xbench Version 1.3
System Version 10.6.1 (10B504)
Physical RAM 4096 MB
Model Macmini3,1
Drive Type WDC WD5000BEVT-22ZAT0
Disk Test 62.53
Sequential 103.99
Uncached Write 125.21 76.88 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Write 125.82 71.19 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Uncached Read 63.33 18.53 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Read 148.39 74.58 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Random 44.70
Uncached Write 16.90 1.79 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Write 125.15 40.06 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Uncached Read 69.26 0.49 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Read 127.02 23.57 MB/sec [256K blocks]

I want a refund! Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This update messed my displays up for some reason. It changed my primary display from Mini DVI to Mini DisplayPort. Going into Displays and changing the menubar location didn't seem to hold after a restart. I had to physically unplug the display connected with Mini DisplayPort and just let it start with the one connected to Mini DVI. Then shutdown and reconnect the display with Mini DisplayPort. That seems to have reset it back now. I just thought that I would share this if anyone runs into the same problem.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't know why, but I installed it and Safari just screws now.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope this resolves the issue with a 17" MBP that a friend has with the 500GB 7200rpm drive. It pauses up for about 15 to 20 seconds every few minutes.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2009 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MalzyWheels wrote:
Don't know why, but I installed it and Safari just screws now.

When all else fails, just reset Safari. Smile

Luckily, Safari seems to be fine for me.

Wedge wrote:
I hope this resolves the issue with a 17" MBP that a friend has with the 500GB 7200rpm drive. It pauses up for about 15 to 20 seconds every few minutes.

The unibody MacBook Pros can't seem to catch a break with faster drives. It must all trace back to that 1.5Gbps situation Something just doesn't seem right with them. Here's hoping this helps your friend though.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2009 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, we have noticed that our mini seems to pause once in a while for no reason.

Let's see what happens.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2009 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FishKepr wrote:
Actually, we have noticed that our mini seems to pause once in a while for no reason.

Let's see what happens.

Same here with a WD Scorpio Black at 7200rpm while surfing and opening applications from time to time. It doesn't really seem consistent. What kind of drive do you have?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2009 3:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've noticed occasional stalling behavior after replacing the hard drive to 320 Go Seagate Momentus 7200.4. Hope this resolves the issue.
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