Leopard Installer – Case of the disappearing Volumes!

31 10 2007

Discussions boards are filling with reports of odd behavior with the Leopard Installer. I joined that experience yesterday with my first attempt at the upgrade.Since I have some important apps in my workflow that have yet to be declared fully Leopard compatible, I decided to wait on upgrading the primary drive in my MacBook Pro. Instead, I planned to upgrade to an external hard drive; and to begin that journey, I cloned the entire contents of my notebook to a volume on a USB 2.0 HDD.

After rebooting into the Leopard Installer DVD, I began the process of clicking through various screens. Soon, I ran into a serious roadblock: in the “Destination” screen where we choose the volume to be upgraded, no volumes appeared. Nothing. Read the rest of this entry »

Mac OS X 10.6

30 10 2007

According to Wikipedia, Mac OS X 10.6 is the next operating system from Apple Inc., it is estimated to be released in 2009. It is speculated to possibly be named either “Cougar” or “Lynx“, as both names were also trademarked by Apple Inc. at the same time as “Leopard” and “Tiger“.

Lets just hope that atleast this OS will not be easily hacked and that it wont have any early issues.

Apple has responded for the Leopard installation issue

30 10 2007

Apple has posted a fix on its Web site for a serious problem that causes its Macintosh computers to seize up when users attempt to upgrade to the company’s new Leopard operating system.”It may be necessary to perform an Archive and Install installation of Leopard,” Apple says in the support bulletin, which appeared over the weekend.

The workaround moves existing files on a user’s computer to a folder named Previous System, over which the new software is installed. “Applications, plug-ins, and other software may have to be reinstalled after an ‘Archive and Install,'” Apple warns.

Apple launched Leopard — officially known as OS X 10.5 — on Friday amid considerable hype. The operating system offers numerous graphical and security enhancements designed to entice computer users away from Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT)’s Windows Vista. Within hours of the launch, however, users were reporting the so-called ‘Blue Screen of Death’ problem on the company’s online support forums.

“I was so excited to get my hands on this software and momentously disappointed with the results,” said a post from ‘Christian Jones1′ of North Wales, U.K. Jones said his Mac froze up after the Leopard installation process was only 5% complete.

Thousands of similar posts indicate the problem is widespread.

For its part, Apple says software on users’ machines that may not be Leopard-compatible is to blame. “You may have third-party ‘enhancement’ software installed that does not work with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard,” the company said in its support post.

Some on the Apple forum said the problem was due to a glitch in a third-party program called APE (Application Enhancer), created by developer Unsanity. “It looks like Application Enhancer is NOT compatible with Leopard,” wrote poster ‘Jon Thornburg.’

Leopard’s ‘Blue Screen of Death’ troubles could prove particularly embarrassing for Apple, which prides itself on offering a simpler, more user-friendly alternative to Microsoft’s computing environment. Now, as Apple aims for a bigger chunk of the OS market, its customers are encountering a problem all too familiar to Windows users.

Issues on Leopard installation

30 10 2007

Some users have experienced the blue screen of death while installing Mac OS X Leopard. Installation goes fine until your Mac reboots, but then you are stuck with the blue screen, with your mouse pointer being the only thing working.

A cold restart doesn’t help either, you come back to the blue screen again. Some users have contacted Apple and have been told to wait for 2 – 3 hours and the installation will continue (oh, yeah right!), but this seems to be going nowhere.

The problem seems to be a process or an application that loads at start up and then hangs.