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Troubleshooting Mac OS X 10.3.x (#22): Problem with desktop pictures and the dock; US Robotics; more

Troubleshooting Mac OS X 10.3.x (#22): Problem with desktop pictures and the dock; US Robotics; more

Problem with desktop pictures and the dock There is an apparent bug in Mac OS X 10.3.x's Desktop Pictures mechanism that causes problems with the dock when a Desktop Picture is set to rotate every few seconds. MacFixIt reader Bud Kuenzli writes:

"Recently I began to have problems with my dock. It would freeze while hidden and nothing I could do would activate it other than a restart. Running Top from Terminal showed the Dock taking 95 percent of my CPU on a dual gig Quicksilver. A tech call to Apple suggested reinstalling the OS (maybe the call was forwarded to Microsoft :) ). Then I noticed that my desktop background was blocky, like giant .jpg artifacts. I have four pictures of the Northern Lights set to rotate at 5 second intervals for my desktop background."

Setting the desktop to a static picture (via System Preferences > Desktop and Screensaver) will resolve this issue in most instances.

US Robotics may not update drivers for Panther US Robotics modem owners are finding it difficult to obtain official word on whether or not drivers will be updated for Panther compatibility. One MacFixIt reader recently received the following response to a support inquiry:

"Thank you for contacting U.S.Robotics. Your satisfaction is of the utmost importance to us. Unfortunately, model USR9000 is not going to work under Mac OS 10.3."

HP identifies some Panther issues, says All-in-One's not compatible A technical support reply sent to MacFixIt reader Kevin Hiebert explains HP's current position on Mac OS X 10.3.x support, and indicates a mailing list that will notify users when updated drivers are released:

"As the completed version of Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) was only recently made available, we have not yet completed the testing of our All-in-One drivers with this new operating system.  As a result, our existing All-in-One drivers may experience reliability issues when used with Mac OS X 10.3.  Apple's new operating system does ship with integrated print-only drivers for many of our products.  For a list of these products, please visit the following Apple technical document that describes which printers are already supported.  This document has been released, and is maintained, by Apple alone; HP is not responsible for the information contained within this document. Mac OS X 10.3: Raster (Inkjet) Printer Drivers Included:

"HP is currently working with Apple to develop drivers that will provide full functionality for our products.  We recommend subscribing to our driver notification service at the URL provided below. 

"Subscriber's choice: This will provide an e-mail alert when a new driver becomes available for a particular product being used. However, the Officejet D155xi should function with Print Only features.  When adding the Officejet D155xi through the Print Center, select the AppleTalk plug-in rather than IP printing.  Printing with IP printing may cause garbled text in the printed document."

Cisco Airnet having problems Several readers are reporting that their Cisco Airnet cards no longer work after upgrading to Mac OS X 10.3.x. The Cisco site only mentions Mac OS 9.x and Mac OS X 10.2.x compatibility.

If you are using a Cisco Aironet card with Panther, please drop us a line.

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