Mac OS X 10.2.8, G5: About the Mac OS X 10.2.8 (G5) Update

This software updates Mac OS X 10.2.7 (G5) to version 10.2.8 (G5).

Important: This update works only with Power Mac G5 computers. To update a different kind of computer to Mac OS X 10.2.8, refer to technical document 25524, "Mac OS X: About the Mac OS X 10.2.8 Update".

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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 10.2.8, 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.


There are two ways to update to Mac OS X 10.2.8 (G5): using Software Update or a standalone installer.

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 available updates.

Standalone Installer

An installer is also available from Apple Featured Software ( Mac OS X 10.2.8 (G5) Update updates Mac OS X 10.2.7 (G5) to the later version.


These are some of the enhancements that are part of the Mac OS X 10.2.8 (G5) Update:

  • The computer will now wake from sleep if both an AirPort Extreme card and some kinds of PCI cards are installed.
  • iChat works better on AirPort networks.
  • Adds support for these third-party disc burners: Logitech Corp. LCW-E48F 48x24x48x, MCE Lucid-SD DVD-R/RW Drive, Formac Devideon FWD1496-3DVD-R 4x, TDK DVD+/-R/RW Drive - DED+440, LaCie d2 CD-RW FireWire 52x32x52x
  • Bluetooth devices are now available after the computer wakes from sleep.
  • Some FireWire devices will work better if you connect them after disconnecting certain kinds of digital cameras.
  • Keyspan Twin Serial adapters work better when connected to a USB 2.0 hub.
  • FireWire devices, including iPod, are now available when the computer wakes from sleep.
  • Prevents a kernel panic from happening if you start Classic with more than 2 GB of RAM installed.
  • Improves stability when using the "Return to command state" modem string command (;) with an Apple Internal USB Modem (v.92).
  • The Apple Internal USB Modem maintains better connections to some kinds of v.34 modems.
  • Includes updated security services and the latest Security Updates.

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 11, 2016