Tuesday, August 23, 2005
I Hate To Say “I Told You So,” but…
“…I told you so!”
Every cottin-pickin’ OS X upgrade from 10.3.6 to 10.3.9, I’d heard grief stories. Thus, I stuck with 10.3.5 all this time. Even though I have my copy of 10.4, I haven’t really been ready to tackle upgrading to that yet.
Well, I’m supposed to be turning in a review of a product that requires 10.3.9 minimum, so I bit the bullet and upgraded to this last incarnation of Panther. That seemed to be a mistake. I’ll probably never know what all was afoul, but I do know that Safari would “unexpectedly quit” on me just moments after launching—every time. I also know that every time I attempted to normally shut down or restart, it stops all processes (at least I think it does) but doesn’t actually shut down. It just sits on a blank screen with the pointer that I can move around. Bringing up the Force Quit menu, there is nothing in there to try and quit. The dock is gone, the menu bar is gone. I can hit the power button and get the standard option box for restart, shutdown, sleep, cancel, but hitting any of those options just makes the box go away and I’m right back where I was. I can do nothing but hold the power button for a hard shut down.
And just now, as I type this entry, the plot thickens. I retrieved my installation disc for Tiger, 10.4, and began installing it. After a great many minutes of “checking the installation DVD,” and only a few moments after installation actually began, I get a message that there were errors in the installation and my only option at that point is to restart!!!
I’m trying Tiger for a second time now. If it fails again, looks like I’m going to have to pony up a credit card for an out-of-warranty Apple support call.
I repeat. Dammit.
Update: the PADD appears to be healthy again. An Apple support article described exactly what I was seeing, so I followed the advanced instructions at the bottom of the page. (Like hell I’m willing to completely erase the drive and start over!) In any case, I only link to this article in the hopes that maybe someone else who’s suffering the same problems might be able to spend less time than I did to troubleshoot.
So now, I’m just a little bit crippled in that I need to re-install a few system-level applications and utilities, but I’m up on Tiger now! w00t! I may not have even needed to lose some of these system-level things, except that in order to make sure all problems were cleared out, I chose to do an archive and install flavor of Tiger which retained my user home folder, but set the old Panther system aside and installed Tiger clean.
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