centic

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This update is for 20-inch and 24-inch aluminum iMac computers with the ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro graphics running Mac OS X 10.4.10 with iMac software update 1.2.1 or Leopard with iMac software update 1.3

It updates the graphics firmware on the ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro to improve system stability

Installing this now, hopefully it makes my freezing issues go away.. just popped up for me in Software Update
 

Mindflux

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Installing this now, hopefully it makes my freezing issues go away.. just popped up for me in Software Update

Where are you seeing this? :rolleyes:

This update is for 20-inch and 24-inch aluminum iMac computers with the ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO graphics processor, running Mac OS X 10.4.10 with iMac Software Update 1.2.1 for Tiger, or Mac OS X 10.5 with iMac Software Update 1.3 for Leopard.

It updates the graphics firmware on the ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO card to address issues that may have caused the computer to freeze.

Not every 20-inch and 24-inch aluminum iMac computer requires this update. If you are not automatically presented with this update, your computer does not need it.

If you manually download this update and attempt to install it on an ineligible computer, you will receive an error message.

If you manually download the update and receive the following error message when selecting a volume, "You cannot install iMac Graphics Firmware Update on this volume. Your computer does not need this update," one of two conditions exist:

* You have not installed the iMac Software Update 1.2.1 for Tiger or iMac Software Update 1.3 for Leopard. From the Apple menu, select Software Update and install the appropriate software update, and then reinstall iMac Graphics Firmware Update 1.0.

* You have already installed this update.

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=307008
 
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Nick12QB

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It came up on my software update... but I'm not a freezer. Going to wait and see some exit polls before I go through with this one...
 
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centic

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I saw that 10.5.1 came out and checked Software Update and it popped up.

So far so good, but it's only been about 5 minutes so we'll see.
 
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centic

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I've tried a bit, and have yet to even get the pixel artifacts on the screen.. this might be it guys :D
 
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EMU1337

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My update for the graphics firmware came up after I did the 10.5.1 update but not when I initially did the software update to get 10.5.1. The 1.2.1 firmware update could be dependent on 10.5.1. Just a thought.
 
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kkat69

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so did they just clock down the card to fix the heat issues?

Hold on, lemme drive home, install the update, call the engineer i know at apple and ask him.

At this point I dont believe anyone would really know. Pure speculation seeing as how the card is already clocked down as it is.
 
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nando2323

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Hold on, lemme drive home, install the update, call the engineer i know at apple and ask him.

At this point I dont believe anyone would really know. Pure speculation seeing as how the card is already clocked down as it is.

Lets not get hostile now. We all just have hopes that this issue is gone for good. Some of us wonder how it was accomplished that's all. Also with the speed of the internet these days, I would not be surprised that someone not within Apple already knows this info.
 
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Nick12QB

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no, i have not updated to 10.5.1 and I have the update.

Im not a freezer but my memory ID was 600, which had significantly more freezers. Possibly, this is the factor that decides who gets the update?

If they did just clock the gfx card down, then is there any point in updating if I don't freeze?

And secondly, doesn't that mean that those who do have the 2600 and don't need it to be underclocked have a better product? what are the legal implications of this... I think if they needed to clock it down they would be forced to give the update to everyone so no one could call foul. Maybe they actually found the problem, and it wasn't heat related.
 
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kkat69

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Lets not get hostile now. We all just have hopes that this issue is gone for good. Some of us wonder how it was accomplished that's all. Also with the speed of the internet these days, I would not be surprised that someone not within Apple already knows this info.

I'm never hostile, but sarcastic? That's a different story. I'm stuck at work, stuffed from turkey lunch, in front of (above all things) a DELL LAPTOP and I sOooooOOooOooOoOOooOOo wanna go check this update out.

I was talking to a fellow Mac user at work about best steps to get my hardware replaced for this very reason. Hmm hope I don't have to do that now so I'm patiently reading these forums as well as Apple discussions to see how things are going.

Maybe even sneak out of work early to go install it.
 
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kkat69

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For those that don't go regularly to at least read the Apple Discussion forums, so far there (although minimal posts) everyone is pleased with this update.

I'd say give it a day or 2 plus a couple reboots and we'll see if we can truely call it a Success Story.

Surely this is a very welcome update and my hats off to Apple for finally getting it out.
 
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Cobra2001

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For those that don't go regularly to at least read the Apple Discussion forums, so far there (although minimal posts) everyone is pleased with this update.

I'd say give it a day or 2 plus a couple reboots and we'll see if we can truely call it a Success Story.

Surely this is a very welcome update and my hats off to Apple for finally getting it out.

Which thread specifically are you reading this in on the Apple forums? This way I can follow along too ;)

Thanks.
 
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MattyP30

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I may benchmark my imac before and after as i don't have a freezer and it woul dbe interesting to know if there is any change to the speed of the 2600
 
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kkat69

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Which thread specifically are you reading this in on the Apple forums? This way I can follow along too ;)

Thanks.

First page of Intel iMac discussions has them up at the top.

I may benchmark my imac before and after as i don't have a freezer and it woul dbe interesting to know if there is any change to the speed of the 2600

Damn good idea. Since I haven't installed yet (I have a freezer but I can get a few days before a freeze most times) I would love to do that as well.

What exactly are you using for the benchmark. I used a tool when I first got my iMac but forgot it's name.
 
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MattyP30

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i dunno yet - i am new to macs so will do a bit of searching! maybe not even benchmark but something like cpuz but for the mac - which woul djust give me the graphics card info such as mhz etc
 
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teiresias

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Hmmm, I've done the Leopard 10.5.1 update, but have yet to see this graphics firmware update on my 24" iMac.

I've never had a freezing problem though.
 
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JordanNZ

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so did they just clock down the card to fix the heat issues?

I doubt it, for most I don't think it was a heat issue. Considering only SOME people need to install it, my guess is it fixes the firmware to deal with the type of video memory that was giving people problems.

If you don't have this type of memory.. No update?:confused:
 
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~Shard~

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This is excellent news - now I feel a lot more confident in buying a new iMac! Perhaps I won't have to wait until 2008 to buy one now after alll! ;)
 
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