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Apple Releases Mac OS X Update 10.5.7

software-updateThere was a lot of buzz that it might come today, and it has. Apple (s aapl) just released Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.7 for download via Software Update. As one, let us install and restart our computers. Maybe the Internet will pause for a second in our absence.

Here are some highlights from the new release:

  • Includes additional RAW image support for several third-party cameras.
  • Improves performance of video playback and cursor movements for recent Macs with NVIDIA graphics.
  • Improves the reliability and accuracy of Unit Converter, Stocks, Weather and Movies Dashboard widgets.
  • Addresses a situation that may cause issues when logging into Gmail.
  • Improves reliability when syncing contacts with Yahoo (s yhoo).
  • Improves network performance when connected to certain Ethernet switches that have Flow Control enabled.
  • Improves stability for network home directories hosted by Mac OS X Server v10.4.
  • Improves Finder search results for network volumes that may not support Spotlight searching, such as Mac OS X Server v10.4, Time Capsule, and third-party AFP servers.
  • Includes several improvements to Directory Service and Client Management, which are described in the About Mac OS X Server 10.5.7 Update article.

For a complete list of fixes and enhancements, check out Apple’s official support article detailing the release. As always, let us know if the update brings any unpleasant surprises.

61 Responses to “Apple Releases Mac OS X Update 10.5.7”

  1. Sam R

    I second Richard Sim’s comment: I had no problem copying and pasting between X11 and other applications before doing the 10.5.7 update. Now I can’t go in either direction! I use emacs (via ssh) every day, and this is a seriously frustrating outcome of the update. Like an idiot, I did not back up my Macbook before doing the update, so I really hope Apple comes out with a fix for this immediately.

  2. Kelly Eshpeter

    Major problems after the 10.5.7 update. Would run fine for an hour or so after booting up but soon after would slow right down that it became unusable. Links would not respond, Time Machine backup (the drive and the icon) stuttered. System would not recognize my external Sata drive. After rebooting, would work okay for a while then slow right back down again. Restored system via Time Machine to 10.5.6, everything went back to normal. Mac Pro 2 x 2.66 MHz, 10 GB RAM

  3. Richard Sims

    10.5.7 was inadequately tested: it breaks the X11 utility’s ability to copy-paste with other applications, and the ability to cycle through X11 windows. Has been reported to Apple. If you use X11, avoid 10.5.7.

    • yes, my beautiful new mbp does not allow paste to x11, very frustrating, and limiting. (terminal serves as a work around for my needs of this moment)

  4. Niccolo M

    Since 10.5.7 my iMac (late 2006 model, aluminum wireless kbd) does not properly sleep any more. The first few minutes(?) after putting it to sleep everything is as expected (drive down, screen black, white light blinking), but whenever I come back after a while it is awake. I already reset the SMC, but this did not show any effect.

  5. toddZ

    possible work around:

    According to several reports around support forums and from e-mail correspondence from our readers, this issue appears to be related to the Ethernet settings on notebooks.

    MacFixIt reader “Andreas S.” reports:

    “It appears that if the Ethernet is not enabled (airport only network settings) that on the MacBook Pro the sleep only works once and crashes the second time.”

    To re-enable the Ethernet port settings:

    1. Open System Preferences > Network
    2-1. If you see your Ethernet port in your list of network ports (on the left-side of the window) and it says “Inactive,” activate the port by clicking the gear wheel icon and selecting “Make Service Active.” Click “Apply.”
    2-2. If you do not see your Ethernet port in your list of network ports (on the left-side of the window), click the “+” button in the bottom-left corner.
    3. In the “Interface” drop-down menu, select “Ethernet.”
    4. Enter a name and select “Create.” You should see your new Ethernet connection appear.
    5. Click “Apply.”

    Note: If you are having this issue and your Ethernet port is already enabled, try disabling it (using the gear wheel icon menu > “Make Service Inactive”). Log out or restart your Mac, then enable it. Be sure to “Apply” your changes.

    Test your MacBook or MacBook Pro by closing the clamshell. Be sure to try this twice as most reports point to the second attempt at sleep as being the culprit for the freeze. If it does not work, try resetting your Mac and test again.

  6. maniac

    my macbook pro 2.33 (2007) with 10.5.7 is waking from sleep without any user intervention.
    on top of that i’m quite frequently seeing keyboard disconnect during work (apple aluminium bluetooth keyboard).

  7. toddZ

    i switched back to 10.5.6 and no more trouble… my last back-up was 2 weeks ago, though, so that kinda sucked. Last time I make that mistake!

    I wonder how widespread the problem is… I’m surprised we haven’t heard anything from Apple yet.

    • marcel

      toddz, how does one switch back to 10.5.6??

      would i have to wipe everything and start all over?
      what does it take to back up my mac??

  8. toddZ

    my MacBook is having the sleep problems as well… very frustrating. it won’t wake up! I have to restart my computer basically every time I close the clamshell for more than a few minutes.

    I’ve tried to reset the SMC ( but that doesn’t seem to work.

    This is the first major problem i’ve had with my Mac, and it’s a big one.

  9. chrisdm1978

    My macbook Pro 2.4Ghz is experiencing audio dropouts after this update. (MOTU Traveler Firewire interface) As well, some of my authorization codes for audio software (IK multimedia Amplitube 2) no longer work. Nice.

  10. Dick D

    I am having the same “sleep” problem with my MacBook Pro as the ones mentioned above. Disk drive runs continually while it is “asleep,” and case gets very hot. Will not awaken from the non-sleep “sleep” mode. Must reboot. Occasionally it goes to sleep and awakens as desired IF I have selected “sleep” from the Apple menu and not by closing the cover. As long as no programs, such as mail, were running when I put it to sleep, it awakens okay. Have not had this happen enough to ensure it is a real pattern yet.

  11. Robert

    Same problem as MaikaH, exactly. I took the machine to an independent Apple store, and they replaced the logic board. Didn’t do a thing, but now I have a new logic board. Going to the “genius bar” tomorrow. Wish me luck.

  12. MaikaH

    I am having the same sleep problem after downloading 10.5.7 Updater and Combo Updater. System freezes when I try to put it to sleep the second time around. The only option is to reboot. Have yet to see anyone post a solution. I’ve never had any problems previous to this update, so this is very frustrating.

  13. Richard Smith

    Catman, thanks for reaching out!

    I “religiously” download every update. Right now, I’m using 10.5.6, so I don’t understand why it won’t even recognize that I “need” 10.5.7.

    Although judging from some of the headaches I’m hearing about, maybe it’s not such a bad thing right now.


  14. AWarriorPoet

    Updted to 10.5.7 and can no longer find external USB HardDrive and having trouble sharing the network connection with a Parallels Desktop virtual machine. may have to roll-back.

  15. Catmanrog

    Richard – What OSX version are you running ? (Check under Apple/About This Mac) Open “Software Update” file in System Preferences. Have you done OSX Update 10.5.6 ? From Apple Support: The Mac OS X 10.5.7 Update is recommended for all versions of Mac OS X 10.5 through 10.5.6.

    * The delta update lets you update from Mac OS X 10.5.6 to 10.5.7
    * The combo update lets you update from Mac OS X 10.5, 10.5.1, 10.5.2, 10.5.3, 10.5.4, 10.5.5, or 10.5.6 to 10.5.7

    Your version may require you to use the Combo Updater available as a download from Apple

  16. Richard Smith

    My Software update does not recognize that 10.5.7 is available.

    It tells me “No software updates are available at this time”. I rebooted the computer as well.

    Does anyone have advice on this issue?


  17. Catmanrog

    Thanks for input. My MBP wouldn’t sleep when closed and froze when open. This is the first Apple Updater and Combo Updater to fail for me on my MBP. I have always repaired permissions with Disk Utility before and after the update. I have always backed up using SuperDuper and in this case, the reversion to 10.5.7 was easy. BTW, my MBP is a Duo 2.6 Intel with GeForce 8600M GT video chip and not the ATI referenced above by Macworld article.

  18. My MBP (Core2 Duo 2.3 Ghz) fails to boot and goes into a cycle of continuous reboot after installing the updated I downloaded from The reason I used instead of Software Update was because Software Update kept giving be checksum errors. Gonna have to slick and reinstall from TimeMachine. Thank God for TimeMachine!

  19. Catmanrog

    10.5.7 Updater and Combo Updater both produce a non-sleep condition on closing my Macbook Pro 17. System freezes upon opening; requiring a restart. May need to go back to 10.5.6….

  20. Craig Elliott

    Can’t seem to download 10.5.7. Digital something has been altered after signed by apple. I think I will wait until they work out the bugs. It seems a lot of people have been having problems with this already. When upgraded to 10.5.6 I got a tun of repair permission issues. My Imac seems fine so I will drive on. AND BACK UP!

  21. I’ve got it going on my Macbook and iMac. Haven’t tried notes syncing with iPhone beta 5 yet, but OS X finally recognizes my Windows partition with Win 7 installed in Startup Disk prefpane, which is awesome. Good update.

  22. I wasn’t able to download the update this afternoon. Kept getting checksum errors stating the download file had been changed since signed.

    Giving it another try tonight… I haven’t been able to sync notes with my iPhone since beta 4 and am looking forward to having that functionality back :)