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TITLE iMac: When to Install Available Updaters
Article ID: 58174
Created: 11/9/98
Modified: 4/14/99
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TOPIC
Apple has released a number of updates for the iMac. Is there some easy reference as to when I need to install one or all of the available updates?
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DISCUSSION
The following tables should clarify when to use the available updates, depending upon which version of iMac you own.
There are a number of updates currently available that you may or may not need. The tables below outline which updates are or are not necessary for each version of iMac.

Update Name

Required for 233MHz slash A iMac running Mac OS 8.1 (M6709x/A)

Required for 233 MHz slash A iMac upgraded to Mac OS 8.5 (M6709x/A)

Required for slash B iMac(M6709x/B)

Notes

iMac Update 1.0

Yes

No

No

1

iMac v.34 Only Modem Script

Maybe

Maybe

No

2

Apple Modem Updater 1.2.1

Yes

Yes

Maybe

3

Apple Modem Updater 1.3.5

Yes

Yes

Maybe

3

iMac CD Update

Yes

Yes

Maybe

4

Mac OS 8.5.1 Update

No

Yes

Yes

5

iMac Firmware Update

Yes

Yes

Yes

6

iMac Update 1.1

No

Yes

Yes

7, 9

Update Name

Required for 266 MHz iMacs:
M7389LL/A Strawberry M7392LL/A Lime M7391LL/A Tangerine M7390LL/A Grape M7345LL/A Blueberry

Localized version of update required for localized Mac OS

Notes

iMac Update 1.0

No

Yes

1

iMac v.34 Only Modem Script

No

No

2

Apple Modem Updater 1.2.1

No

Yes

3

Apple Modem Updater 1.3.5

No

Yes

3

iMac CD Update

No

No

4

Mac OS 8.5.1 Update

No

Yes

5

iMac Firmware Update

No

No (8)

6

iMac Update 1.1

No

Yes (8)

7, 9

Notes:
1. The contents of the iMac update 1.0 have been incorporated into Mac OS 8.5. You will not need to install this update on any M6709x/B (Rev. B) iMac, or on any original iMac which has been upgraded to Mac OS 8.5 in any language.
2. This file is only needed if you are having difficulty making and maintaining modem connections. It is installed by the Mac OS 8.5 that ships with the Rev. B iMac. It is not part of the retail Mac OS 8.5 package.
3. In early versions of the Rev. B iMac, the modems will not have the version 2.2 firmware installed. As such, you should run the modem updater located in the CD Extras folder of the System Software CD bundled with iMac.
4. This is similar to Note 3 above. Early versions of the Rev. B iMac CD-ROM drives will not have the firmware update installed. The iMac CD Update needs to be downloaded from the Apple Software Updates site and is not on any CD that ships with the updated iMac.
5. Apple recommends all Mac OS 8.5 owners install this update.
6. Apple recommends all iMac owners install this update.
7. Customers outside the United States should use the localized version of the update to ensure proper operation.
8. Localized versions of the installation instructions are available. Check Apple Software updates for availability.
9. The iMac Update 1.1 requires Mac OS 8.5 or 8.5.1 and that the iMac Firmware Update has been installed. If you have an original iMac running Mac OS 8.1, you cannot use the iMac Update 1.1.

From www.verstiontracker.com 9/8/99
 
iMac updates
Pick your OS version:
* Mac OS 8.6
* Mac OS 8.5.x
* Mac OS 8.1
 
Updates below MAY not be needed depending on your iMac model:
Check this page for full details
Updates needed if running OS 8.6
iMac CD Update 2.0 - (8/12/99) Places new firmware on the CD-ROM drive to reduce the amount of disc vibration. This vibration is typically caused by unbalanced CDs spinning at higher speeds in the internal CD-ROM drive. This vibration may cause the drive to have difficulty reading the CD. The update also corrects an intermittent delay that can occur on some iMac models when there is no CD in the CD-ROM drive
iMac Firmware Update 1.2 - (5/25/99) Prevent problems with starting up your computer. Should be installed on all iMac computers used in NetBoot client environments. Features delivered with this update include improved support of NetBooting and minor improvements to Open Firmware for Mac OS X Server. The update also corrects a rare condition wherein SGRAM amounts over 2MB may not be properly identified at startup. This update incorporates the iMac Firmware Update 1.1 software.
iMac Internal 56k (v.34 Only) Modem Script - (8/25/98) If you are having difficulty making and maintaining connections, try the iMac Internal 56k (v.34 Only) script. This script forces the modem to connect at 33.6 kbps or lower speeds. These connections are more robust in situations where the phone line quality is marginal. The modem script must be placed inside the Modem Scripts folder. The path to the Modem Scripts folder is: System Folder > Extensions > Modem Scripts. Open the Modem control panel and select the script you wish to use. It is not necessary to restart your iMac in order to use the new script.
Mac OS ROM Update 1.0 - (6/28/99) replaces the Mac OS ROM version 1.4 with version 1.6, which includes the following fixes: Fixed an intermittent issue where after startup the keyboard/mouse does not respond when a mouse is attached to the top (or left) USB port and a keyboard attached to the bottom (or right) USB port. Apple recommends that this update is used on Netboot client images for connecting to Mac OS X Server.
 

Updates needed if running OS 8.5.x

Note: Mac OS 8.5.x users can upgrade to Mac OS 8.6 for free.
iMac CD Update 2.0 - (8/12/99) See Description Above
Apple Modem Updater 1.3.5 - (3/29/99) The Apple Modem Updater will update all modems in the iMac and the PowerBook G3 Series computers (both the K56flex only modem shipping in earlier PowerBook G3 Series and the V.90 compliant modem currently shipping in the PowerBook G3 Series). The updater installs version 2.2 of the Rockwell firmware which contains the latest versions of both the V.90 and the K56flex protocols. The modems can use either the K56flex or V.90 protocols and will automatically negotiate with the service provider to use the appropriate one. The modem scripts have been revised to properly reflect the new V.90 connection speeds, and to resolve a European blind dialing issue.
iMac Firmware Update 1.2 - (5/25/99) See Description Above
iMac Internal 56k (v.34 Only) See Description Above
iMac Update 1.1 - (12/17/98) Improvements to the USB software. The iMac Update 1.1 includes these new improvements and those previously released in iMac Update 1.0. This update improves the iMac's ability to identify USB devices when starting up, improves the startup time when many USB devices are connected, and enables new USB solutions.
 

Updates needed if running OS 8.1

iMac CD Update 2.0 - (8/12/99) See Description Above
Apple Modem Updater 1.3.5 - (3/29/99) See Description Above
iMac Firmware Update 1.2 - (5/25/99) See Description Above
iMac Internal 56k (v.34 Only) Modem Script - (8/25/98) See Description Above

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