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Mac OS X 10.3.4 (#14): AirPort disconnects sometimes solved by disabling network time; Reminder for Epson printers

Mac OS X 10.3.4 (#14): AirPort disconnects sometimes solved by disabling network time; Reminder for Epson printers

AirPort disconnects sometimes solved by disabling network time; We previously reported that some users are getting more frequent AirPort connection drops after applying the Mac OS X 10.3.4 updater. MacFixIt reader Brent reports that turning off "Set data and time automatically" in the Date and Time pane of System Preferences resulted in fewer drops:

" I found that if I set up my Airport Extreme to update the time and date through the NTP server, I have the same problem - frequent disconnects which can only be solved by unplugging and replugging the power. If I turn the NTP daemon off, the connection problems go away."

Reminder for Epson printers MacFixIt Bob Lazzarini was having some problems with his Epson Color R800 printer; namely an inability to get the device to be recognized by any of Apple?s software.

A call to Epson's technical support team provided a valuable reminder that, unlike some other printers, "Epson USB" must be selected for printer type in the Printer Setup Utility rather than simply "USB":

Lazzarini writes "This is the answer I get back from Epson:

"Open up 'Print Center/Printer Setup Utility' which is located in the 'OS X' 'Applications' 'Utilities' folder.

"Click on 'Add Printer'.

"In the pull down menu to select the connection type, select 'EPSON USB'. If you select 'USB' from the menu, the printer name will appear, but the printer will show up as 'Driver Not Installed' and you will not be able to select the printer.?

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