Upgraded Leopard to 10.5.4
By draks on Jul 14, 2008
I downloaded the latest Leopard (all 450 Mb of it) and upgraded my OS during a relatively quiet time. It took a few minutes to download the package (don't try this at home, I did it at the office which has huge pipes) and another 10 to execute, configure and restart my MacBook Pro. The upgrade seems to have worked perfectly. I don't notice much different behavior, but it seems to recover more consistently from sleep than it did before. I am somewhat wary of these gargantuan upgrades so I tend to wait until I have backed up everything (time machine works great) and perform a search to make sure that these upgrades go ok. Next step is to upgrade the firmware.
Update - I upgraded my firmware (this is always scary) and it worked well.
What I've noticed: 1) Laptop wakes up from sleep always (thanks Apple). No more annoying opening and closing the lid to get it to wake up. 2) it connects and properly formats display for external screen. I use a rectangular Sun 20" LCD external screen so the laptop has to recognize an external screen, change the format (from elongated to square) and change the resolution. It now does this easily. I can also get it to recognize the external screen whether the laptop is open OR closed. When closed (and sleeping) I plug in the ethernet, monitor cable, power THEN a USB mouse and the laptop awakens and formats for the screen. The power is key to get this to work.