Mac OS X: About the Mac OS X 10.2.4 Update

This software updates Mac OS X 10.2.3 to version 10.2.4.
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Important: Read Before Installing

    1. 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.

    2. To install Mac OS X 10.2.4, you must enter the password for an Admin account. The password cannot contain a space or special characters typed by pressing the Option key

    If you need to change an Admin account password, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then choose View > Accounts. Select the account name and click Edit User. Type the current password and press Return, then type the new password in both text boxes. Click OK when you are done.

    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 Featured Software to install.


There are two ways to update to Mac OS X 10.2.4.

Automatic Software Update Installation

You may have been referred to this document by Automatic 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.

Standalone Installers

An installer is also available from Apple Featured Software (

There are two versions of the update installer available:
  • Mac OS X 10.2.4 Update updates Mac OS X 10.2.3 to the new version. This document describes how to use this installer.
  • Mac OS X 10.2.4 Update (Combo) updates Mac OS X 10.2, 10.2.1, 10.2.2, or 10.2.3 to version 10.2.4. If you need to use the Combo installer, see technical document 107363, "Mac OS X: About the Mac OS X 10.2.4 Update (Combo)".


Enhancements delivered with this update include:

Digital Hub and Audio Enhancements
  • Further improves an enhancement introduced with Mac OS X 10.2.3, in which files and folders specific to Mac OS file systems are no longer copied to the disc when burning a CD.
  • Improves audio quality for FireWire audio devices.
  • Enhances support for mLAN devices.
  • Adds support for LaCie d2 48x12x48x disc burners.
  • Improves the way voice-activated applications work in Classic.
  • Addresses an issue in which audio may not be sampled when using some Mac OS 9 audio applications in the Classic environment.

Printing Enhancements
  • The Paper Size pop-up menu in the Page Setup dialog now has submenus if the selected printer has several margin settings for a paper size.
  • Includes software for Brother printers that work with Rendezvous.
  • Addresses a potential security issues with the CUPS printing software; for more information see technical document 61798 "Apple Security Updates."
  • The Shared Printers list now appears by default in the "Format for:" pop-up menu in Page Setup dialog boxes.

Networking, Modem, and Internet-Related Enhancements
  • You may turn on or off the ability to log into AFP servers using an Admin account password.
  • Allows for use of a hardware Ethernet address with the ifconfig command in Terminal.
  • Improves results when copying large files (4 GB or larger) to a Windows file sharing (SMB) server.
  • Addresses an issue in which connecting to an AFP or other server could cause a Finder window to open displaying the contents of the Volumes directory, instead of the target volume.
  • Addresses an issue in which the Web browser selection could unexpectedly change to a different browser after updating your default browser.
  • Addresses a potential kernel panic situation when receiving a phone call on the same line that connects a DSL modem to the Internet.
  • Includes sendmail version 8.12.6; for more information see technical document 61798 "Apple Security Updates."
  • Dialing with the modem sound turned on produces sound on a portable computer.
  • Rendezvous-enabled computers that have personal web sharing turned on appear in the Safari Rendezvous bookmark collection.

Address Book and Mail Enhancements
  • Addresses a situation in which an application making use of Address Book could unexpectedly quit when certain text is deleted from the Show People search box.
  • For German-localizations: addresses an issue in which sent messages in Mail may be deleted even if the "Delete sent mail when" preference setting is Never, except for sent messages transferred to a different mailbox.
  • Address Book remains open after closing all of its windows.
  • Address Book edit mode now includes an Undo feature.
  • Resolves an issue that could occur when quitting Address Book after creating a new group.
  • Improves Address Book formatting for Irish and Japanese addresses.

Finder Enhancements
  • Addresses an issue that could occur when dropping items near the far left or top of the desktop in which existing item icons are "pushed away" from the dropped items.
  • Resolves a situation in which the Finder could become temporarily unresponsive after closing a Get Info window.
  • Improves behavior when pasting a custom icon over an existing custom icon.
  • Dragging an alias from the preview column to the Trash no longer deletes the original item.
  • Improves wording in the progress indicator window when copying a large file to an iDisk or WebDAV volume ("5 seconds remaining" could previously for much longer than five seconds).

Other Enhancements
  • The Traditional Chinese Input Method now includes Hanin; using Hanin with either Zhuyinfuhao or Pinyin results in significantly more accurate typing.
  • Reduces issues that could be caused by a damaged font within the Fonts folder of the System Folder used by the Classic environment, even if Classic is not running.
  • Sherlock allows for typed selection of search results.
  • Addresses an issue that could lead to a kernel panic when logging out.
  • Addresses some situations in which Apple System Profiler 3.0 may unexpectedly quit.
  • Addresses an issue in which the computer may not sleep when idle after disconnecting a FireWire or USB device.
  • Selecting several items in a dialog list by Shift-clicking now works better in some Mac OS X (Carbon) applications.
  • Turning on Folder Actions no longer results in increasing amounts of disk space being used.
  • The Classic environment no longer draws the Mac OS 9 desktop picture on both monitors if you are using Display preferences to arrange your displays while Classic is starting.
  • Addresses an issue in which the Classic environment could unexpectedly stop on a portable computer while the computer is in sleep mode and certain USB devices are attached.
  • Resolves an issue in which System Preferences could unexpectedly quit if the Speech preference pane was open, Speakable Items was on, and sound was detected by the microphone.
  • Improves compatibility with Firaxis Civilization III when the application's "Quartz text rendering" option is selected.
  • The computer sleeps as expected if certain Ethernet cards are installed but the network port configuration is turned off in Network preferences.
  • Addresses an issue with Disk Utility (10.3 v88.11), that could result in some disk repair utilities inaccurately finding issues with the "HFS wrapper" of a newly-formatted disk; the issue would not cause data loss.
  • For Swedish-localizations, addresses an issue in which some advanced calculator conversions could result in zero.
  • Reduces likelihood of a situation in which an inaccurate message, "You are now running on reserve battery power," may appear when waking an iBook or PowerBook.
  • Includes Hiragino fonts version 7.11.
  • Improves results when a large user dictionary is used with Kotoeri conversions.
  • Addresses an issue in which, after using the Repair Disk Permissions feature of Disk Utility, Kotoeri stalls when the candidate window is shown.
  • Improves support for USB-based MIDI devices in Classic.
Published Date: Oct 11, 2016