Macally iShock/iShock II
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Macally iShock/iShock II1.0.4

26 February 2005

Fixes OS X 10.3.8 issues.

Overview

Recent Mac OS X 10.3.8 release caused conflicts with Macally iShock OS X driver. The first symptom is that system.log file grows quickly in size due to ongoing generation of error log related to iShockXDriver, it will fill up the whole hard drive space if not stopped in time. The second symptom is CPU usage by iShockXDriver process can reach as high as 90% for single processor, or up to 120% for dual processor, therefore the system gets very slow.

If you already upgraded to 10.3.8 and experienced the problems, you need to clear the huge log file and remove iShock software temporarily with these four steps,:

  • run Activity Monitor in Utilities folder, open CPU page, find the process iShockXDriver and quit it.
  • run Console in Utilities folder, click on Logs icon, highlight system.log, click on Clear icon to empty it. If Console program freezes up, please contact our techsupport for further assistance
  • remove iShockXDriver from Startup Items from Accounts in System Preferences.
  • click on the downloaded ishockXDriver 1.0.4 and install it. New installation will overwrite old driver files.
  • What's new in Macally iShock/iShock II

    Version 1.0.4: iShockXDriverInstaller is updated to 1.0.4. Clean up the installer folders/files. No driver change.

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    How would you rate Macally iShock/iShock II app?

    13 Reviews of Macally iShock/iShock II

    4.25
    Anonymous
    29 October 2002
    Version: 1.0b3

    Most helpful

    Fixed some odd problems which prevented my iShock II from working with Bugdom 2.After installing this driver, everything works just great, and FFB works!
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    Patddfan66
    10 November 2008
    Version: 1.0.4
    Works perfectly fine for me. drivers are not required for mac os 10.3.9 or higher!
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    Anonymous
    16 June 2005
    Version: 1.0.4
    1.0.4 driver still pegs cpu usage, but doesn't appear to fill my log. Tried under both 10.3.9 and 10.4.1. Worthless piece of junk even when it sort of worked. The thumb sticks barely work and are sporadic when moving from one axis to another. Fortunately I bought it from the super duper bargain table
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    Anonymous
    20 February 2005
    Version: 1.0.3
    May fix the problems with other Mac but with Dual G5 the problems persist.
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    Anonymous
    19 February 2005
    Version: 1.0.3
    Version 1.0.3 works again. It might help if the people writing the support had actually used a Mac... The first three steps given are okay, but then it goes all pear-shaped at "Manually remove these files" Here's how to remove driver properly, once and for all: Open a Terminal (from /Applications/Utilities/), and paste each of the following lines into it in turn. You'll be asked for your password after the first command. sudo find /Users -name com.macally.ishockx.plist -exec rm {} \; -print sudo rm -rf /Library/Application\ Support/iShockXDriver.app sudo rm -rf /Library/Application\ Support/iShockXForceSupport.bundle sudo rm -rf /Library/Receipts/iShockXDriver.pkg/ sudo rm -rf /Applications/iShockXManager.app/ The difference here is that the "find" command goes looking in all users' home directories: it doesn't assume you're the only user! Lastly, you don't need to reboot after installing the replacement driver, just command-Q to quit the installer when it threatens to reboot. All the reboot does is to launch the driver when you log in. So you can skip the reboot by (duh!) launching the driver, (from /Applications/iShockXManager.app) First time, you need the iShock plugged in. Now for some review of the features etc.: Having the sticks function as a mouse kinda works, but isn't useful in all situations, because the sensitivity isn't tweakable. Being able to map the buttons to keys is great. Other than that, this is functional. Nothing more to say. Seems to be fixed.
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    Anonymous
    13 February 2005
    Version: 1.0.2
    Yeah watch out for this one, I was away from my computer for a day and it was running at 50% cpu and syslogd was running at 30% CPU and they managed to fill my 80 free GB of hard drive space with log entries, my HD was completely full and golive,the app i left open, dumped its prefs. This is super annoying. For a company that has the phrase Mac in their name, they seem to make the shittiest software there is for their controllers. As far as pure hardware goes, the iShock (one) was really nice but the iShock II sucks ass anyway. Don't put this thing on your computer.
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    Anonymous
    11 February 2005
    Version: 1.0.2
    This was working fine for me with an original iShock, but since 10.3.8, app uses 55% CPU time. I guess that's because it's generating rather a lot of errors in the system log... The driver (an application) resides in /Library/Application Support/iShockXDriver.app - remove it from your login items. The log in question is /var/log/system.log You might want to use an app like OnyX to run your cron jobs - it compresses the old logs, and you can delete the old zipped ones (system.log.0.gz etc) The driver normally returns nine log entries as it starts up, ending with "starting run loop". Since installing 10.3.8, it gets to the sixth entry: "Got request..." and then gets stuck in a loop: read error on reqfd read reqfd EOF error reading datalen Reading request... Got request... Those five lines are repeated about 85 times a second. It's a shame, because I was just about to start using my iShock with PCSX after a long time gathering dust... typical!
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    Anonymous
    21 December 2004
    Version: 1.0.2
    Hopeless device... I have installed driver come from the CD, (OS9), not working. Downloaded and installed driver (OSX) from internet, not working. Wonder who is the idiot desiged and developed such a junk device. DON'T BUY....
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    Frank Franke
    13 October 2004
    Version: 1.0.2
    unfortunately, all the above is true. All the Xbox, playstation and PC players have cheap controllers who simply work.... not so the iShock II under OS X.. not even the iShock manager installs properly and inot configurable at all, when installed.. Don't buy!
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    Anonymous
    02 September 2004
    Version: 1.0.2
    Thanks Macally, for making such a wonderful device and then making a driver that not only doesnt work for it, but renders a Mac unbootable . I cant begin to tell you how much I appreciate it .
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    Anonymous
    13 February 2004
    Version: 1.0.2
    Why can't Macally make a driver for the iStick USB. There are alot of these sticks still out there and on the whole Macally supports very few sticks under OS X. (and the drivers for the ones it does support are not well tested and often crash the system.) Macally just needs to support their products better.
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    Anonymous
    05 December 2003
    Version: 1.0.1
    DO NOT INSTALL. I just spent 3-4 hours reinstalling and updating my computer from 10.2 to 10.2.8, and reinstalling system software/programs, etc. Made my computer UNBOOTABLE!!!!!
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    Splig
    05 December 2003
    Version: 1.0.1
    don't use it without doing a backup first. It can make your system unbootable
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    4.25
    Anonymous
    29 October 2002
    Version: 1.0b3
    Fixed some odd problems which prevented my iShock II from working with Bugdom 2.After installing this driver, everything works just great, and FFB works!
    (0)