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allenfrommorgantown Calculating status...
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Jul 21, 2011 6:05 PM

I have been downloading Mac Os X Lion for about 3 hours and look only 1/3 downloaded. Why such a long time to download. Beginning to think that they should have just stuck to the old fashioned way of using disks...

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,180 points)
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    Jul 21, 2011 6:28 PM (in response to allenfrommorgantown)

    They announced earlier today that over one million people had downloaded Lion today, its first day. So I would say the reason it is slow is that so many people are trying to download it at the same time.

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  • rhenning Calculating status...
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    Jul 27, 2011 4:00 PM (in response to Grant Bennet-Alder)

    It's now July 27 and the Lion download from the app store is crawling at a snails pace. And the latest Snow Leopard update has a VPN issue with Citrix, so I am forced to upgrade to Lion -- which has the same issue, but there is a work around on Lion and not on Snow Leopard. What a pain.

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    Nov 11, 2011 9:42 AM (in response to allenfrommorgantown)

    Now november 11 and still extremely slow to download.... what a pain indeed.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,600 points)
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    Nov 11, 2011 10:10 AM (in response to Hilarion)

    Poor capacity planning and poor scheduling... today is also iOS 5.01 rollout day which means 10s of millions of updates happening. The push of iOS 5.0 took a week to settle down but that included Lion 10.7.2 along with iTunes 10.5.

     

    So you waited to get Lion update by 3 weeks? only to be hit by a tidal wave again it seems.

     

    Why someone would "reboot" an old retired thread though... instead of say Lion Community? perhaps.

  • Hilarion Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 11, 2011 10:29 AM (in response to allenfrommorgantown)

    Thanks fot your answer The hatter. To answer about rebooting an old thread: this is where Google took me.

    When I try to find a Lion community : zilch !

     

    Why would a company like Apple provide such poor service?

  • MacVictimFL Calculating status...
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    Nov 29, 2011 10:59 AM (in response to Hilarion)

    Don't believe the Mac lies. Today is November 29th and it is still slower than mud. It's ridiculous and inexcusable not to be able purchase an upgrade disk. (no, I don't want to buy an over priced thumb drive so Apple can pad it's bottom line at my

     

    The day I moved from PC to Mac is one I regret so much. The previous Non-Mac operating system I used might have some problems, but nothing like the crapintosh. At least before I had options.

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    Nov 29, 2011 12:57 PM (in response to allenfrommorgantown)

    I can't believe I have waited till the 29th November to update this. I gave in after weeks of waiting thinking it might be a fast download after everyone else has done it. BUT NO! this is crazy.

    I sometimes wonder why I left windows to move to this!

    After 2 years of telling people how great a mac is............ I'm gonna keep my mouth shut.

    Dear Mac,

         You have alot to make up for.

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,180 points)
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    Nov 29, 2011 6:35 PM (in response to edwardfromdudley)

    If you are still having problems downloading, make an appointment at the genius Bar and get them to start it downloading while you are in the store. I expect there are problems other than slow servers at fault in these cases.

     

    I downloaded Lion a few days ago, and it was done in a few minutes. It's not Apple -- there is something wrong with your Mac or your local Network.

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    Dec 25, 2011 10:27 AM (in response to Grant Bennet-Alder)

    I don't agree.  It is a crawl download for me.  I"m posting north of 7MPS download speeds off the general web, but apple Lion is , thus far, looking like a 3 hour download for the <4GB file.  That's pathetic.  Apple forgets how they got where they are. Not a good sign longer term.

  • Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,255 points)
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    Dec 25, 2011 10:44 AM (in response to allenfrommorgantown)

    I would recommend that you purchase lion on a USB drive (and also make your own DVD).

     

    Having a physical backup of the operating system can save a lot of time during initial installation as well as during servicing needs.

  • MacFair Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 25, 2011 10:56 AM (in response to Ziatron)

    It is a free dowload to my new Air.  I'd expect Apple to be able to deliver the quality of product at their clearly premium price point.  To have to "buy" anything in order to avail myself of the offer for "Free" upgrade - is distinictly non-Apple-ish and a long term recipe for an Apple becoming a blackberry.

  • Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,255 points)
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    Dec 25, 2011 2:44 PM (in response to MacFair)

    I can understand that you don't want to buy something that you're entitled to get for free.

     

    I also got Lion for free.  (Although like others I have since switched back to Snow Leopard).

     

    After your download is complete but before installing lion be sure you make a DVD  of the lion installation program.   You will find this DVD helpful at various points in the future.

     

    http://www.macworld.com/article/161069/2011/07/make_a_bootable_lion_installer.ht ml

  • booziesuzie Calculating status...
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    Dec 29, 2011 5:54 PM (in response to allenfrommorgantown)

    Dec. 29, 2011 - ***?!? Slower than molasses. i've been downloading for over 3 hours and only 2/3 done. Not very impressed. i'm guessing It should be done downloading sometime 2012?

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