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Problems after a Lion install...

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macfoxpro Calculating status...
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Sep 4, 2011 5:43 AM

First of all I installed Lion from the App Store just like everyone else...for the most part. I am running a 15" MBP Late 2008 Unibody.

The FIRST PROBLEM I encountered was that at my Log In Screen there was NO where to login in! After moving my cursor around a bit I noticed that when i move it in the spot that the login and password box would have been it flashed as if i could type info in. So that's what I did. Low and behold I was able to log in by guessing which box was which typing the onfo in. After all that I noticed that my Finder was not showing any of my icons! I could not see anything. I looked into Spotlight and still NOTHING. It was as if everything was deleted or something. Also I could no longer copy and paste. Every time I copied something it would get stuck on my cursor and would not let it go. After messing around for hrs. I finally looked in my System Prefs>Energy and switched my graphics to "Higher Performance" graphics. After that then I could see my all my data etc. I sill could not copy and paste though. Lion has been a terrible experience for me. Needless to say I re-installed Snow Leopard. I LOVE SNOW LEOPARD!! Always have! Even after the first install right when it came out.

Has anyone else encountered these problems with Lion?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.7), MBP Late 2008
  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,980 points)
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    Sep 4, 2011 6:35 AM (in response to macfoxpro)

    I'm sure you'll be able to find someone else who had similar problems, but that doesn't make that behavior normal.  There was definitely something wrong.  Could be incompatible third-party software, could be a damaged install, could be something else entirely.


    Lion's smooth as silk here.  The only problem I had was that 4 GB of RAM wasn't really enough anymore for some of the tasks I do.  I saw a lot of spinning beachballs due to memory issues.  Upgrading to 8 GB of RAM cured all.  (Not that that is related to your problems, they don't sound like memory issues.)

  • Tech Guy Dre Calculating status...
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    Sep 4, 2011 7:18 AM (in response to macfoxpro)

    I would say, first backup your computer and see if your computer has te minimum requirements. Memory is very important on any computer as well as the processor. Also, look to see how much hard drive space you have before you install. I had a 320 gb when I ordered mine. In months I installed a 1 TB hard drive that is slow, but works great. The major factor on the Lion software is, if your computer is intel or not. I hope it is. The software is coded for intel CPU's.


    Things to check:

    -Macbook specs vs Lion minimum requirements?

    -Do you have enough hard drive space?

    -Do you have enough memory?

    -Processor compatibility?

    -Graphics card compatibility?

    -Do you know how to make a DMG file into a CD-Rom?

                Converting it to a DVD will help with loading the OS X better and having less issues.

    -Are you doing a fresh install or are you upgrading the OS X?



    Other guides that explain how to install:





    This link should be of some help with compatibility:



    My advise, browse other discussions on here and elsewhere. There seems to be a major issue with either memory or the graphics card. Start doing some research there. Also, make an appointment with the Genius Bar and see if they can help you with the install process.


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