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Mac OS X 10.3.4 (#8): Radeon 9800 DVD artifacts, choppy video; possible fix; Permissions repair for non-mounting FireWire drives

Mac OS X 10.3.4 (#8): Radeon 9800 DVD artifacts, choppy video; possible fix; Permissions repair for non-mounting FireWire drives

Radeon 9800 DVD artifacts, choppy video; possible fix We continue to receive reports (see our initial coverage) of choppy, or artifact-ridden DVD playback with ATI Radeon 9800 graphics cards after applying the Mac OS X 10.3.4 update.

This problem manifested with Mac OS X 10.3.3 as well, and ATI offered a "HotFix" that does not work properly in Mac OS X 10.3.4.

A workaround we noted before the "HotFix" was issued for Mac OS X 10.3.3 also seems to work well for a number of readers under Mac OS X 10.3.4 -- replacing the DVD framework included with Mac OS X 10.3.4 for one included with either Mac OS X 10.3.2 or Mac OS X 10.3.3.

In order to replace the framework, which is located at /System/Library/Frameworks/DVDPlayback.framework, you will need a copy of either the Mac OS X 10.3.2 or Mac OS X 10.3.3 combo updater. Use the shareware utility Pacifist to find DVDPlayback.framework (using the search field). Then choose to install the file and ignore the warning that it already exists.

If you extract the framework from the Mac OS X 10.3.3 updater, you may need to re-apply ATI's HotFix.

Make sure to repair permissions using Apple's Disk Utility after performing this procedure.

More on Junk folder in Mail: showing messages when empty; fix We previously reported that Mail.app's Junk folder sometimes indicates that it contains messages even though the folder is empty; behavior confirmed by a number of readers.

MacFixIt reader Larry Wink has a process that has worked for him and a few other readers:
  1. Quit Mail.
  2. Navigate to your user/Library/Mail/ folder
  3. Go through each e-mail account (both IMAP and POP) and delete any and all Junk mboxes that you find.
  4. Make sure you get them all. The names all contain the work "Junk" but some have additional verbiage. In particular, look inside all the folders. The hotmail accounts store the Junk mboxes inside the Inbox folder.
  5. After you have trashes all Junk mboxes, restart Mail. The Junk mboxes will be recreated and the problem will be gone.

Virtual PC 6.1.1 issues may be isolated Yesterday we noted one user's problem with Virtual PC 6.1.1 operation under Mac OS X 10.3.4. We've since received a number of reports indicating no problems with the same configuration, leading us to believe that yesterday's example may be an isolated case.

Permissions repair for non-mounting FireWire drives Some users have had problems with FireWire devices not mounting after the Mac OS X 10.3.4 update. Specifically, some users are unable to mount FireWire hard drives and the iPod when they are first connected.

MacFixIt reader Charles is one of the readers who found that simply using Apple's Disk Utility to verify and repair the problematic volumes resolved the issue:

"Did a disk verify (and fix - I have a chain of two FW drives, plus the iPod) on both disks. Found an error which got fixed on one. And did a permissions repair on the boot volume. Now my iPod is recognized when I plug it in. (Turns out the iPod disk needed repair too.) And if I discover that if I unmount as usual and disconnect and put to sleep and wake up and reconnect, the disks are found."

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