Mac OS X: About the Mac OS X 10.2.2 Update

This software updates Mac OS X 10.2.1 to version 10.2.2.
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Important: Read Before Installing
    1. An Admin user password that does not contain spaces or Option-keyed characters is required to install. The password may not be blank. If your password must be changed, then follow these steps: Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu. Choose Accounts from the View menu. Select an Admin user and click Edit User. Type your current password, and press Return. Change the password, and click OK.

    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. This precautionary statement does not apply to the normal installation of application software.

    3. The installation process should not be interrupted. Monitor progress by clicking the Detailed Progress disclosure triangle. If a power outage or other interruption occurs during installation, use the standalone installer (see below) from Apple Software Downloads to install.


There are two ways to update to Mac OS X 10.2.2.

I. Automatic Software Update Installation

You may have been referred to this document by Software Update. For more information on this feature, see technical document 106704, "Mac OS X: How to Update Your Software".

Because some updates are prerequisites for others, you may need to use Software Update more than once to get all desired updates.

II. Standalone Installers

An installer is also available from Apple Software Downloads (

Two versions of the installer are available. One is for updating version 10.2.1 to 10.2.2, the other 10.2 to 10.2.2 (a "Combo" update). This document describes the former. If you need to use the Combo update, see technical document 107141, "Mac OS X: About the Mac OS X 10.2.2 Update (Combo)".

Enhancements Delivered with this update

This update delivers many enhancements as outlined below.

Digital Hub and Peripheral Device Enhancements
  • Improves playback of large media files and peripheral device file copying.
  • Resolves a rare situation in which an inadvertently-ejected CD does not become available to the file system when reinserted and applications that accessed the disc cannot be quit.
  • Addresses an issue in which an enhanced CD's data and audio sessions do not appear as expected on the desktop when using iTunes and inserting the disc more than once.
  • Addresses a formatting issue that could occur when printing or previewing some TIFF documents.
  • Addresses an issue in which ColorSync settings for some third-party displays are not retained after restarting or logging out.
  • Addresses an issue when printing more than one copy of a file to a postscript printer from Adobe Photoshop 7.0.
  • Improves compatibility with HP 4MV printers when printing over an Ethernet network.
  • Includes drivers for additional third-party disc burners, including: LaCie d2 48x24x48x, Sony CRX-820E, Toshiba SD-R2212 and SD-R1202, Pioneer DVR-105, and Yamaha CDW-F1 44x24x44x models.

Networking and Modem Enhancements
  • Windows File Sharing (SMB) shared volumes may now be browsed by their user-assigned name.
  • Resolves an issue in which an incorrect "Change Password Failed" alert may appear when changing a Mac OS X 10.2 Server client's password via AFP.
  • Addresses an issue in which some internal Apple modems may fail to respond, displaying a "Could not open the communication device" alert.
  • Addresses an issue in which no sound is produced by some internal Apple modems until several seconds after making a connection.
  • Resolves an issue in which some internal Apple modems fail to respond when connecting to the Internet.
  • Alerts and warnings no longer appear when you cancel a connection to your iDisk in the connection dialog.
  • Addresses a startup issue that could occur if an LDAP server designated in Directory Access is not available.
  • Addresses a data loss issue that could occur when copying a file whose filename ends with "#02," or other hexadecimal number, via AFP.
  • Available disk space on an iDisk is updated more quickly after deleting files.
  • Addresses an issue in which an iDisk would appear with an inaccurate 1 GB capacity and 1023 MB available.
  • Addresses some issues that could cause a "error -36" alert when copying files to an iDisk.

Address Book and Mail Enhancements
  • Resolves an issue in which Address Book could become unresponsive when using the Large Type menu and switching between applications.
  • Address Book can now better import groups from prior versions of Address Book.
  • Resolves a potential issue when transferring vCards from Address Book to a mobile phone via Bluetooth.
  • Allows address information to be imported when dragging vCards to Address Book that were created with Address Book from any version of Mac OS X 10.1.
  • Corrects Address Book address format for Australian entries.
  • Improves responsiveness when switching in and out of edit mode in the Address Book.
  • Address Book entries without a name included now appear in the All group list with the email address as the name, instead of "<No Name>".
  • Addresses the rare issue in which Mail may unexpectedly quit when replying to a message.
  • Improves the responsiveness of the Mail application's date column and thread highlighting feature.
  • Improves the reliability of transitioning a Mac OS X 10.1.5 "Address Book.addressbook" file to an Address Book for Mac OS X 10.2 format.

Application Enhancements
  • Improves compatibility for Microsoft PowerPoint presentations that use animations.
  • Addresses a potential Disk Copy volume imaging permissions issue that could affect non-Admin users.
  • Applications installed with Mac OS X (Mail, Address Book, and so forth), are properly updated--even if you have dragged them from the Applications folder to another location.
  • Addresses a display issue that may occur when Command-clicking a URL in some third-party applications, including BBEdit and Mailsmith.
  • Addresses a situation in which the menu bar and Dock are not shown until you click the desktop is clicked after quitting a third-party game application.
  • Addresses an issue in which some PDF files created with Mac OS X do not open as expected with Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.
  • Reduces occurrences of "missing text" when browsing some webpages.
  • Improves compatibility for FAXstf when a fax is being sent while the computer is restarted, shut down, or entering sleep mode.
  • Disk Copy no longer requires multiple authentications when creating New Image from Device.
  • Resolves an issue that could occur when selecting the Address Book card of an AIM Buddy in iChat.

Other Enhancements
  • Improves security when using a read-write disk image volume in which "Ignore ownership on this volume" has been deselected.
  • Addresses an issue in which Software Update notifications are turned off when upgrading from Mac OS X 10.1 to Mac OS X 10.2.
  • Addresses an issue in which, after upgrading to Mac OS X 10.2, an unexpected value in a user's file could prevent proper startup.
  • Addresses a potential kernel panic situation when using three video cards and more than 512 MB of RAM.
  • Addresses a potential issue in which an unauthorized user could log in as a deleted user.
  • Improves the Find function of the Finder by no longer finding items in invisible folders.
  • Reduces the time required for switching between Sherlock channels when using a low-bandwidth connection
  • Sherlock channels may now be saved as a file.
  • Allows automatic login to work as expected following an Archive and Install.
  • Improves time needed to wake some portable computers.
  • Addresses a potential loss of video when waking some PowerBook computers from sleep after using DVD Player.
  • Addresses a potential issue in which the computer does not respond when quitting DVD Player on some portable computers.
  • Includes Apache version 1.3.27.
  • Addresses a potential security issue in which access to system daemons could be blocked when RPC-based services are enabled.
Published Date: Oct 11, 2016