Mac OS X 10.0: 10.0.4 Update and Before You Install Information

The Mac OS X 10.0.4 Update addresses certain issues and updates system software.

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There are two versions of the update available to bring your computer to Mac OS X 10.0.4. Use of this update does not require that you install prior updates.

10.0.4 Update (19.3 MB)

This updates any previous version (10.0, 10.0.1, 10.0.2, and 10.0.3) to Mac OS X 10.0.4.

10.0.4 Update (12 MB)
This smaller update updates Mac OS X 10.0.3 to Mac OS X 10.0.4.

There are two ways to get the Mac OS X 10.0.4 Update:

    1. Open System Preferences and use the Software Update feature. When you click Update Now, the Software Update pane automatically displays the correct version of the 10.0.4 Update for your computer.

    2. Download the appropriate installer from Apple Software Updates.


Related Software Downloads


75141 Mac OS X (10.0.4) Combined Update Information and Software
For Mac OS X (10.0.0 - 10.0.3)
75142 Mac OS X (10.0.4) Update Information and Software
For Mac OS X (10.0.3)

Important: Read Before Installing

    1. You must have an Admin user password to install this update. The password must not contain spaces and may not be blank. Certain characters may also produce unexpected results when used in a password. Generally, these characters are those you type using the Option key. To change your password, open System Preferences and click Users. Select an Admin user and click Edit User. Create a new password. For best security, put both numbers and letters within the first eight characters of the password.

    2. You may experience unexpected results if you have installed third-party system software modifications, or if you have modified the operating system through other means such as the Terminal. This precautionary statement does not apply to the normal installation of application software.

    3. The 10.0.4 Update installation process should not be interrupted. Monitor progress by clicking the Detailed Progress disclosure triangle. When viewing Detailed Progress, it is normal for the window to state "optimizing" for several minutes. If you experience a power outage or other interruption during installation, download the 10.0.4 Update standalone installer from Apple Software Updates and use it to install the update.

Steps to install the update using Automatic Software Update

(You must first be connected to the Internet.)

    1. Quit open applications, which are marked in the Dock with a small triangle. You cannot quit the Finder.
    2. Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu.
    3. Click Software Update.
    4. Click Update Now.

Note: You must install Software Update 1.3.1 in order to access other updates using the Software Update feature of System Preferences. After installing Software Update 1.3.1, repeat the above steps to install the 10.0.4 Update.

About the 10.0.4 Update

This update delivers enhancements included with the 10.0.1 and 10.0.3 Updates, as well as the following:

USB-Related Enhancements

  • PrintCenter compatibility with certain third-party USB inkjet printers has been improved.
  • Improves compatibility with many third-party USB devices including: "KVM" switchboxes, certain self-powered USB hubs, certain handheld devices that connect to a USB port, certain ADB-to-USB adapter devices, and third-party USB mouse and keyboard input devices.
  • Improves iTunes audio CD burning performance by offering only the most reliable burn speed choice(s).
  • Resolves a rare issue in which a USB device may not respond after the computer wakes from sleep.
  • Enriches the reliability of USB input devices that connect to a display's USB port.
  • USB modem reliability is improved.
  • Addresses issues that may have led to a USB mouse or keyboard input device becoming unresponsive unless it was disconnected and reconnected.
  • Resolves an isolated issue in which a Roland/Edirol UA-3 audio device may have not properly enumerated on the USB bus.
  • Addresses a potential kernel panic that may have occurred when disconnecting or hot swapping certain third-party USB devices.
  • Brings iTunes compatibility to additional third-party USB CD-RW drives, including: Toshiba DVD-ROM SD-R1102 Combo Drive, Que Plextor PX-W1610A, MKE CD-RW CW8571B, Que Lite-On LTR-12101B, Iomega ZipCD 650, and Iomega Predator ZipCD 650.
  • Resolves an issue in which simultaneous use of two Shift keys while typing with a USB keyboard may have unexpectedly resulted in lowercase characters.

Classic-Related Enhancements

  • Enhances reliability when remotely accessing a shared FileMaker Pro 5.0 document through TCP/IP in the Classic environment.
  • Addresses a rare issue in which no response was received when pinging a remote host in the Classic environment.
  • Enhances the reliability of the Classic environment after the computer wakes from sleep.
  • Addresses an isolated issue in which a key press may have repeated unexpectedly in a Classic application.
  • Addresses a potential issue in the Classic environment in which the mouse pointer cursor may have become temporarily transparent.
  • Enriches reliability of certain Classic mail applications when used with certain types of mail servers.
  • Addresses a potential issue in the Classic environment with products that provide firewall services.
  • General improvements allow third-party hardware device drivers to perform better in the Classic environment; future OS X hardware device drivers can be developed to co-exist with Classic device drivers for the same USB device.

Internet- and Networking-Related Enhancements

  • Addresses certain issues that may have occurred when copying files using Apple File Protocol (AFP), including: potential kernel panic when copying files, reliability on a VPN connection, and copying a file that has a long Japanese file name.
  • The advanced PPPoE option "Send PPP echo packets" now behaves as expected when disabled.
  • Addresses a potential issue where Internet Explorer 5.1 may have become temporarily unresponsive when viewing a QuickTime movie.
  • A later version of SSH is included.

Other Enhancements

  • Improves reliability when a large number of FireWire devices are disconnected and reconnected.
  • Enhances reliability when viewing certain types of PICT files.
  • Addresses a potential issue in which a copied file's modification date may be inaccurate.
  • Resolves an issue in which the restart button does not appear after the installation of software that requires a restart.
  • A Brightness slider bar is now available when used with the Apple Studio Display 17.
  • Improves reliability for applications that interact with SCSI devices and SCSI busses.
  • Optical media is made available more reliably from certain third-party FireWire and USB devices.
  • Enriches the reliability of some display resolution choices provided by certain ATI video cards.
  • Resolves a headphone volume and potential sound quality issue involving Power Macintosh G3 computers that use certain A/V personality cards.
  • Addresses a potential issue with certain PowerBook computers in which an undesirable sound may be heard while the computer is in sleep mode.
  • Enhances PowerBook battery power conservation when in sleep mode.
  • Improves responsiveness of application menus that are drawn with OpenGL.
  • Addresses a potential issue in which the startup hard disk volume could not be renamed after updating the version of Mac OS X.
  • Resolves an isolated issue when using paint frames in an AppleWorks 6.1 presentation document.
  • Addresses a rare issue in which an incomplete login window or graphics abnormality appears after waking from a period of sleep that began while a screen saver had been in use.
  • Resolves a potential issue when printing from applications localized for German.
  • A later version of sudo is included.
Published Date: Feb 20, 2012