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Help required please- not able to do software update

by kildair / December 29, 2009 1:21 AM PST

Hi All,

Please help

I have a Macbook Core2Duo running version 10.5.8. I have 2 problems which I am not sure if they are related:

1) when trying to do a 'Software Update' it just keeps trying to search forever saying 'checking for new software'

2) I have just been to relocated to Dubai. I keep trying to download news.bbc.co.uk and it goes on for a very long time if not forever. However, it will download bbc.co.uk. Same problem with cnn.com

I would be grateful for your help.

Oh and by the way Happy New Year

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Blame the servers
by rnauth1418 / December 29, 2009 4:31 AM PST

Odds are there are no apple servers or mirror servers close to dubai... thus no way to feasibly attain updates... I dont know what else you can do other than go into the "local" apple store to update your computer.
What ISP are you using? I know several asian ISP's are forced to filter content. I can't imagine they would be killing apple update packets but who knows.

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DNS Servers?
by GNJ / January 2, 2010 4:37 AM PST

You failed to say how you were connected --- through what ISP ---. You could be dealing with "latency", some third party ISP (like hotel service?),

It could just be a matter of your ISP's DNS servers being limited. Just for grins, try Open DNS
DNS Servers 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220. You can do that either in your Mac's network preferences ---- or in your router

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