Mac OS X: About the Mac OS X 10.2.5 Update

This software updates Mac OS X 10.2.4 to version 10.2.5.
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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 10.2.5, you must enter the password for an administrator account. The password cannot contain a space or special characters typed by pressing the Option key

    If you need to change an administrator 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.

    4. If you are installing on a PowerBook G4 (17-inch), iMac (17-inch 1GHz), or a Power Mac G4 computer with an NVidia GeForce 4MX or NVidia GeForce 4 Titanium display card connected to an LCD display, first review technical document 25434: "Mac OS X 10.2.5 Update: Set Display to Native Resolution Before Installing".


There are two ways to update to Mac OS X 10.2.5: Software Update or standalone installer.

Automatic Software Update Installation

You may have been referred to this document by Automatic Software Update. For more information on this feature, see "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 (such as this one).

Standalone Installers

An installer is also available from Apple Downloads. For example, you can go there and search on "10.2.5" to find the standalone installer.

There are two versions of the standalone update installer available:

Mac OS X 10.2.5 Update updates Mac OS X 10.2.4 to the new version. This document describes how to use this installer.

Mac OS X 10.2.5 Update (Combo) updates Mac OS X 10.2 through 10.2.4 to version 10.2.5. If you need to use the Combo installer, see technical document 25406, "Mac OS X: About the Mac OS X 10.2.5 Update (Combo)".


Enhancements delivered with this update include:

Digital hub and disc burning

Bluetooth Setup Assistant now works with certain Microsoft keyboards and mouse devices.

Includes Bluetooth support for Nokia 7650 and Sony Ericsson P800 phones, allowing for pairing and implementing an Internet connection through the phone.

Improves compatibility for discs burned with certain Panasonic consumer burners.

Adds Image Capture support for Canon EOS 10D, ZR65, and ZR 70 cameras.

Adds disc burning support for several device-LaCie d2 DVD Multi U&I Drive and d2 CD-RW 52x24x52x, Visual Frontier COHH-B1-A48 and COSP-B1-C24, MacPower Cold Chisel 24x12x24x8x, and these BUSlink devices: FW5252FM FireWire 52x24x52x CD-RW drive, FW4848FM FireWire 48x12x48x CD-RW Drive, RW4040FM FireWire 40x12x40 CD-RW Drive.

Networking and Internet

Addresses an issue in which domain name lookups could fail if the DNS server responded with a very large reply packet.

Improves the way that LDAPv3 connections time out when idle.

Addresses a potential data loss issue that could occur when copying certain files to an SMB volume.

Addresses issues with Internet Sharing when certain types of DSL or cable modem connections are shared.

Improves security by resolving an issue in which a guest could gain read access to the contents of a shared Drop Box folder remotely.

The Internet preference pane can now store .Mac passwords that are up to 32 characters long.

Addresses an issue in which some Apple internal modems could not establish or maintain a connection to certain Scandinavian Internet service providers.

For client AFP connections, it is no longer necessary to configure Windows 2000 Share Points to be owned by an administrator group.


Improves Mail's selection of character encoding for messages sent in these languages: Arabic, Bulgarian, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian.

Improves Mail responsiveness for accounts configured with multiple POP servers, when the servers are unavailable.

Addresses an issue in which an application could unexpectedly quit when printing, if /tmp was missing or unavailable.

Addresses an issue in which a damaged GIF file, such as a website graphic, could cause an application to unexpectedly quit.

Addresses an issue in which certain PICT graphics could not be displayed.

Addresses an issue in which the date may unexpectedly be set to 1969 or 1970 during startup.

Addresses an issue when using the Hanin input method for Traditional Chinese in which Carbon applications could unexpectedly quit if a modifier key (such as Control) was pressed when no text insertion point was available.

Addresses an issue in which Classic does not start ("Error 1016") when applications are restricted to accounts that are not administrator accounts.

Addresses an issue in which the Classic environment could become unresponsive after placing a Classic application's save confirmation dialog box in the background.

Addresses an issue in which using the Command-Option-Shift-Q keyboard shortcut would immediately quit the Classic environment.

Improves the reliability of AppleEvents traffic (inter-application communication) between software open in the Classic environment and native Mac OS X; addresses an issue in which a user might not be able to log out after using a Mac OS 9 version of America Online (AOL).

Address Book now supports the Siemens S55 phone.

Important: Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only, and does not constitute Apple's recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.

Document 17159, "Locating Vendor Information" can help you search for a particular vendor's address and phone number.

Published Date: Oct 10, 2016