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post May 4 2007, 06:15 PM
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post May 4 2007, 07:43 PM
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I'll add my thanks to Larry and his group.

I had a couple of minor issues. First, to get the DFC to run, I needed to unlock/lock CPUD. Now DFC works great! The second, was when I rebooted, I got a kernel panic just before the login dialog. This was solved by booting in safe mode (hold down the shift key during boot).

It's great to have the speed back.
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YAY! I can update now! lol.gif


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post May 5 2007, 07:23 AM
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post May 5 2007, 07:35 AM
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I keep getting kernel panics since I installed it. I'm having 2 torrent applications running at the background and iTunes and I'm trying to work some files on Illustrator CS3 and after a while without warning I'm seeing the black curtain... sad.gif


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post May 5 2007, 10:36 AM
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Kernel panics are usually traced to three events.

1) The CPU is overheating or drawing too much current from the VRM. You probably have VRM by-pass, so the latter would be unlikely. What temperatures do you see before the panics? You should be about 70C if running full out, less if the DFC is kicking in.

2) Memory problems such as a bad stick or not enough memory. You have enough RAM, so check the memory with Rember. Also, get an utility like MenuMeters to monitor the RAM usage. You may have an application that does not release memory properly.

3) Disk problems. You are running a lot of programs that must access your hard drive in a timely fashion. You could be running into access conflicts. Is the drive beginning to go, or does the directory need to be rebuilt? Does dropping one background application help?
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post May 5 2007, 02:59 PM
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well, I had some problems with my hard drive 1 month ago and I had to back up my data and restore them after the format, but I checked it with Disk Utility and it seems fine. The temperatures that you mention was very low around 40-45 C. But you got me thinking about the RAM because lately I installed a new 512 chip that I got from a friend of mine and it was used for a lot of years... I will check it right away. Thank you for your suggestions.

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QUOTE(lefkasboy @ May 5 2007, 02:01 PM) *

well, I had some problems with my hard drive 1 month ago and I had to back up my data and restore them after the format, but I checked it with Disk Utility and it seems fine. The temperatures that you mention was very low around 40-45 C. But you got me thinking about the RAM because lately I installed a new 512 chip that I got from a friend of mine and it was used for a lot of years... I will check it right away. Thank you for your suggestions.


Lefkasboy, you have some hot things running in your cube. After my experience with my dual 1.7, I think you are having heat problems. Short term, things aren't a problem, but if I scan a lot of medium format images my cube is running full bore for to long, heat builds up, and kernal panics result. Just my 2 cents.
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post May 6 2007, 08:17 AM
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I checked my RAM and everything seems OK. Maybe the answer to my problem is what is written under the "troubleshooting" section in Powerlogix's "read me" file:

Under Mac OS X 10.4, the OS is very aggressive during the boot process and tries to load the Finder as quickly as possible. In this case, Startup Items, including the PLKEXT, may not have finished loading by the time the Finder is ready for use if the machine is set to boot directly into the Finder rather than to the Login window. CPU Director can become confused if it is run before the PLKEXT has finished loading, so it is best to wait 20 or 30 seconds before launching CPU Director after a fresh boot. This problem will be addressed in a future release.

Still it doesn't mention anything about kernel panic... Anyway things are looking stable for now for some reason.
Maybe the only thing my Cube wanted was a little time to catch up with all the sudden changes in this world!!! smile.gif


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post May 7 2007, 09:27 PM
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QUOTE(lefkasboy @ May 6 2007, 04:19 AM) *

I checked my RAM and everything seems OK. Maybe the answer to my problem is what is written under the "troubleshooting" section in Powerlogix's "read me" file:

Under Mac OS X 10.4, the OS is very aggressive during the boot process and tries to load the Finder as quickly as possible. In this case, Startup Items, including the PLKEXT, may not have finished loading by the time the Finder is ready for use if the machine is set to boot directly into the Finder rather than to the Login window. CPU Director can become confused if it is run before the PLKEXT has finished loading, so it is best to wait 20 or 30 seconds before launching CPU Director after a fresh boot. This problem will be addressed in a future release.

Still it doesn't mention anything about kernel panic... Anyway things are looking stable for now for some reason.
Maybe the only thing my Cube wanted was a little time to catch up with all the sudden changes in this world!!! smile.gif


Kernal panics during startup were my problem with previous versions. My particular problem seemed to be a corrupt font in the Systems fonts. Why there? I haven't figured it out. Since you are now stablized, font problems are an unlikely cause for you.


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post May 8 2007, 06:49 PM
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Thank you for the news and link Laurie!

After reading Dave post reporting his minor issues, I've decided to act carefully, so...

1. Manually removed/trashed all CPU Director software. This is not difficult if you know where their components are located in the system:

HD / System / Library / StartupItems / PowerLogix Startup -> Delete this folder

HD / System / Library / Extensions / PL...kext -> Delete all the extensions that start with "PL" in their name

HD / Applications / CPU Director 2.3bx -> Delete this folder or its contents


2. Installed Mac OS X v10.4.9 (combined update) and rebooted
3. Installed Security Update 004-2007 for Tiger and rebooted
4. Installed Apple QuickTime 7.1.6 update and rebooted
5. Ran Disk Utility and repaired permissions on Startup Disk/System and rebooted
6. Moved CPU Director 2.3b6 (folder) into Applications and opened CPU Director.app that asked to install all the components back in their place, so I've allowed and rebooted
7. Perfect startup. No kernel panics or troubles for me this time

Finally... thanks to all the OWC staff and their commitment in supporting PowerLogix products!

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hi there
did like JoMel listed, through the old CPU directer out and dragged the new into the application folder. But the CPU Director application is white, and nothing happens when I double klik it.
I'v tried to download it again, and the CPU Director application still turns up white. So now I dont have a CPU directer and dont know what to do, am I missing something.

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post May 9 2007, 05:56 PM
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QUOTE(granquist @ May 9 2007, 06:14 PM) *

hi there
did like JoMel listed, through the old CPU directer out and dragged the new into the application folder. But the CPU Director application is white, and nothing happens when I double klik it.
I'v tried to download it again, and the CPU Director application still turns up white. So now I dont have a CPU directer and dont know what to do, am I missing something.

Thanks
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Kristian,

Sorry to hear about your experience, but this was the first time (since 10.4 as far as I remember) that a CPU Director update didn't result in a kernel panic for me after updating.

Have you also removed/trashed the "PowerLogix Startup" folder and all "PL-----.kext" extensions first from your system? This will force the v2.3b6 of CPU Director software to install the new components.

You can also "force" this deinstall process as described here (though it never took positive results in my previous updates).

You could also try to repair disk permissions and reset the PRAM.

Hope this was helpful,


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After deleting all traces of CPUD b5, restarting, repairing permission, updating os, restarting, repairing permission, updating QT and security patch, restarting, repairing permission, installing CPUD b6, I have noticed that my idle temp has increased about 5 degrees C for a couple days now. (From 35 to 40 degrees at idle.)

Does anyone else have this symptom?


QUOTE(JoMel @ May 9 2007, 01:58 PM) *

Kristian,

Sorry to hear about your experience, but this was the first time (since 10.4 as far as I remember) that a CPU Director update didn't result in a kernel panic for me after updating.

Have you also removed/trashed the "PowerLogix Startup" folder and all "PL-----.kext" extensions first from your system? This will force the v2.3b6 of CPU Director software to install the new components.

You can also "force" this deinstall process as described here (though it never took positive results in my previous updates).

You could also try to repair disk permissions and reset the PRAM.

Hope this was helpful,

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QUOTE(500cubeowner @ May 10 2007, 05:26 AM) *

After deleting all traces of CPUD b5, restarting, repairing permission, updating os, restarting, repairing permission, updating QT and security patch, restarting, repairing permission, installing CPUD b6, I have noticed that my idle temp has increased about 5 degrees C for a couple days now. (From 35 to 40 degrees at idle.)

Does anyone else have this symptom?


Yes, 500cubeowner, I second that.

Back in X.4.8/CPUD 2.3b5 I was having the lowest idle temperatures since the old 450MHz CPU days (33/35º C) and now with X.4.9/CPUD 2.3b6 temperatures idle at 40/42º C.

The good news though are the 'chirps' have lower audible levels now...

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