Saturday, February 04, 2006

More OS X problems...

Despite the problems I'd been having after finally getting round to upgrading to Tiger, I'd presumed that at least the stuff I already had working wouldn't break. Erm, nope...

Getting home on Friday night I opened up my laptop and it dutifully connected to my home wireless network. No problems? Big problems, it seems that Tiger has some serious issues with some third party routers. I've got a BT Voyager 2100 at home, and as soon as I opened up my laptop Gemma, who was typing away on hers, said, "The internet has just gone down...".

Fortunately there was a work around, but there were also two possible approaches to a proper fix. I'd installed 10.4.3 out of the box, but 10.4.4 is now available along with a patch to fix compatibility issues with "...some 3rd party Airport devices". Additionally, BT has made available a firmware upgrade for the Voyager 2100, although they haven't actually told anyone what this upgrade actually does, it looked hopeful.

So at this point did I carefully try each one in turn? Nope, I did both and one or the other solved things without breaking anything else badly enough to notice. Disappointingly though, the upgrade to 10.4.4 didn't solve my problems connecting to the SPV M5000. Pity...