Apple Releases MacBook Air Software Update

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  1. bobsaget611 macrumors member

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    Its finally here ran software update and this is now available and says:

    This update is recommended for all MacBook Air computers, and addresses issues with video playback and processor core idling. Third-party software that modifies processor operating characteristics such as frequency and voltage is not supported and should be removed before installing this update.
     
  2. shrtmkr macrumors regular

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    OMG, is this real :) I will report right back as soon as I install the update.

    I AM HAVING A CORE SHUTDOWN AS I TYPE RIGHT NOW!
     
  3. costabunny macrumors 68020

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    Well I have been fortunate enough not to have seen a core shutdown, but this is good news (if it works).
     
  4. ducatidoc macrumors regular

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    honestly, regardless of if it works or not i am still going to CL my 1st gen mba in a few weeks for these new penryns due out any day... am REALLY hoping that apple has put these past 200+ days to good use in their engineering dept and worked out all of the kinks.
     
  5. shoulin333 macrumors 6502a

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    Just updated!!

    w00t going to try it out now, if nothing im going to get some AS3 tomorrow
     
  6. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Ooh, must call father to tell him to update… he only updates when I tell him :rolleyes: He's not exactly a computer wiz.

    EDIT:

    Only 83KB?! I didn't know that was still possible!
     
  7. MacRumors macrumors bot

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    Apple Releases MacBook Air Software Update

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    Apple today released MacBook Air Update, addressing issues with video playback and processor core idling.

    The update weighs in at 368 KB and requires OS X 10.5.4.

    Article Link
     
  8. Some_Big_Spoon macrumors 6502a

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    Will this stop the BS one core at 100%, the other core at zero, and the computer turning into a useless $3000 doorstop until you shut it down, take a walk around the block and boot back up? :-/
     
  9. Mindflux macrumors 68000

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    No. It'll fix the whiny users that are about as intelligent as a door stop. Happy?
     
  10. CWallace macrumors 601

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    Well at only 368K I am guessing it is modifying OS X and not the actual firmware.
     
  11. Some_Big_Spoon macrumors 6502a

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    Knew I'd get a quote like that, just knew it. Serves me right for posting anything remotely negative...

     
  12. costabunny macrumors 68020

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    Ouch harsh! lol

    Personaly I haven't experienced this 'shutsown'thing, but anything that stops repeated threads about it is a good thing....
     
  13. Rocketman macrumors 603

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    "Third-party software that modifies processor operating characteristics such as frequency and voltage is not supported and should be removed before installing this update."

    What I want to know is what software that is so I can install it immediately.

    Rocketman
     
  14. gcmexico macrumors 6502a

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  15. ayeying macrumors 601

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    Its coolbook. Furthermore, it seems to be on the OS level and not the firmware level because installing 10.6 doesn't give core shutdowns even passing over 100 deg C.

    Edit, I installed this patch and it seems to be keeping my CPU pretty cool even with youtube running.
     
  16. lidomkj macrumors regular

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    I do not know if this was fixed as part of my repair by apple or if it was the download, but I just watched an entire movie in iTunes without any problems, temps hovered at 58* without any stutter or core shutdown.

    I was not able to do that before and this is the first movie I watched that was over 2 hours since the repair and just installed the update tonight.

    Thought I would share.
     
  17. ayeying macrumors 601

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    This update just changes 2 files.

    /System/Library/Extensions/AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement.kext
    /System/Library/Extensions/IOPlatformPluginFamily.kext
     
  18. gcmexico macrumors 6502a

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    I deactivated coolbook to install this...my temps immediately shut up 10 degrees after reboot!

    this happen to anyone else?
     
  19. ayeying macrumors 601

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    Im at 71 deg C right now with 6200rpm fan. Im connected to a external monitor while running internal and booting up vista in vmware fusion. So far, the temps aren't going any more higher then with coolbook enabled for me.

    Edit: oh, and im on youtube on the external screen. my cpu is at 100% both cores but no shut downs and my temps aren't going above 75 deg C. Its actually down to 69 now.

    Edit 2: I believe this patch has fixed the core shutdowns. I cannot get the core to shutdown no matter what I do and I've pegged the CPU to 100% for nearly 5 minutes now.

    Edit 3: Okay, apparently, the fix is just to fix the core shutdown, however, you basically run at a 0.8GHz CPU to prevent overheating. Using the MSR Tools from this link:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=459306

    You can test it out yourself. I'm running at 50% (0.80GHz) instead of 1.60GHz but my cores don't shutdown.
     
  20. mac jones macrumors 68040

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    Wow.. seems sort of specific.

    They even mention Coolbook. (indirectly)


    perhaps I won't need that any longer :D
     
  21. ducatidoc macrumors regular

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    so basically we now have 800MHz core duo's? no performance beyond 800 MHz at all?
     
  22. ayeying macrumors 601

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    It drops to 800MHz when you're maxing the system out and pushing it onto the brink of overheating. After I closed off youtube I was able to get 75% speed back until my temps reached low enough until i got 100% throttle back
     
  23. gcmexico macrumors 6502a

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    my temps are high but no shutdowns...this update definitely addresses the core shutdown issue...job well done Apple?
     
  24. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

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    The only way to test this is Logic Studio and play the tutorial file, Shiny Toy Guns - Le Disko (the 5.1 version to a sound card)
     
  25. ayeying macrumors 601

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    or you can just run "yes" in terminal. there's many ways to create a core shutdown. It appears that Apple has fixed this problem
     

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