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Mac OS X 10.3.8 is the eighth update to Mac OS X 10.3. Released on February 9, 2005, the update has the build number 7U16.

What's New in Mac OS X 10.3.8

Previous stand-alone Security Updates have also been included.

Detailled improvements

  • Active Directory: An issue which could prevent clients using the Active Directory plugin from binding to their Active Directory server has been solved.
  • Address Book: Address Book and Mail LDAP lookups that are performed by a Cisco DistributedDirector DNS server have now been accelerated.
  • Applications: An issue was fixed where, under Mac OS X 10.3.7, iChat, Mail or other network-based applications could take a long time to open.
  • Portable Macs: The "jumping cursor" issues (which could occur when using a portable Mac's trackpad with the thumb, side thumb, or a "flat" finger") were solved.
  • PowerBook G4:
    • On some PowerBook G4s, a problem where a "flicker" occurred when navigating DVD menus in DVD Player was fixed.
    • A rare case where the PowerBook G4 would wake up from sleep with a black screen and not respond to any keyboard, mouse, or trackpad input was solved.
  • Power Macintosh G5: A fan would previously cycle at erratic, unexpected times. This update solved the error. However, according to MacFixIt [1], a new problem involving the fan on Power Mac G5s seemed to have jumped up.
  • Startup: An issue where the Mac would not restart automatically after a power failure, even when "Restart automatically after a power failure" option in the Energy Saver pane of System Preferences was checked, was dealt with.
  • World of Warcraft: The performance of World of Warcraft's "Full Screen Glow" video feature was improved.

Issues with Mac OS X 10.3.8

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  • MacFixIt reports some cases where fan activity increases on Power Macintosh G5 computers after Mac OS X 10.3.8 was installed. [2] Later reports, however, confirm a very successful update [3] for many, with only a few isolated cases dealing with FireWire and Software Update issues.
  • Reports are coming in warning anyone with a driver from Macally (specifically the iShock driver): The driver must be deleted before Mac OS X 10.3.8 is installed, or the driver may literally fill up a hard drive with swap or temp files.

Sources and References


Mac OS X Versions OSX Poster
Mac OS X Server: Mac OS X Server
Preview Release: Mac OS X DP | Mac OS X DP 2 | Mac OS X DP 3 | Mac OS X DP 4
Public Beta: Mac OS X Public Beta
Mac OS X 10.0 (Cheetah): 10.0.0 | 10.0.1 | 10.0.2 | 10.0.3 | 10.0.4
Mac OS X 10.1 (Puma): 10.1.0 | 10.1.1 | 10.1.2 | 10.1.3 | 10.1.4 | 10.1.5
Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar): 10.2.0 | 10.2.1 | 10.2.2 | 10.2.3 | 10.2.4 | 10.2.5 | 10.2.6 | 10.2.7 | 10.2.8 (6R73) | 10.2.8 (G5)
Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther): 10.3.0 | 10.3.1 | 10.3.2 | 10.3.3 | 10.3.4 | 10.3.5 | 10.3.6 | 10.3.7 | 10.3.8 | 10.3.9
Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger): 10.4.0 | 10.4.1 | 10.4.2 | 10.4.3 | 10.4.4 | 10.4.5 | 10.4.6 | 10.4.7 | 10.4.8 | 10.4.9 | 10.4.10 | 10.4.11
Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard): 10.5.0 | 10.5.1 | 10.5.2 | 10.5.3 | 10.5.4 | 10.5.5 | 10.5.6 | 10.5.7 | 10.5.8
Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard): 10.6.0 | 10.6.1 | 10.6.2 | 10.6.3 | 10.6.4 | 10.6.5 | 10.6.6 | 10.6.7 | 10.6.8
Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion): 10.7.0 | 10.7.1 | 10.7.2 | 10.7.3 | 10.7.4 | 10.7.5
Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion): 10.8 | 10.8.1 | 10.8.2 | 10.8.3 | 10.8.4 | 10.8.5
OS X 10.9 (Mavericks): 10.9 | 10.9.1 | 10.9.2 | 10.9.3 | 10.9.4 | 10.9.5
OS X 10.10 (Yosemite): 10.10.0 | 10.10.1 | 10.10.2 | 10.10.3 | 10.10.4 | 10.10.5
OS X 10.11 (El Capitan): 10.11.0 | 10.11.1 | 10.11.2 | 10.11.3 | 10.11.4 | 10.11.5 | 10.11.6
macOS 10.12 (Sierra): 10.12.0 | 10.12.1 | 10.12.2 | 10.12.3 | 10.12.4 | 10.12.5

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