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  • 15. Re: Need help with Disc Utitily
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,465 points)

    Learning is good, good luck Tom, & do drop in again!

  • 16. Re: Need help with Disc Utitily
    plastermaster Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    so I installed the new 4GB memory and Activity Monitor and I are enjoying a cold one I used to quit programs to keep my computer running faster, or from bogging down. Now its the oposite. I keep them open and memory spits them up faster when I need them than if they were starting up again.

     

    I also have my Snow Leopard disc reay to install. I want to get some experienced opinions if any of you can help with that...I do not have my back ups with me at this time. I am away from home for a couple weeks. So I am a little leary of doing the install and having ? happen. Will I loose passwords that are remembered on my mac? Will anything I have now somehow become buried? I can always call applecare for that, but they can only work with what they have. Snow leopard is what it is. Am I correct in thinking that the upgrade will not have any effect on what is on my disc, cookies, and so forth?

     

    Thanks

    Ron

  • 17. Re: Need help with Disc Utitily
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,465 points)

    Great to hear Ron. in THEORY you won't lose anything, I still wouldn't do it on the road!

     

    But if you mus, at least do this first...

     

    "Try Disk Utility

     

    1. Insert the Mac OS X Install disc, then restart the computer while holding the C key.

    2. When your computer finishes starting up from the disc, choose Disk Utility from the Installer menu at the top of the screen. (In Mac OS X 10.4 or later, you must select your language first.)

    Important: Do not click Continue in the first screen of the Installer. If you do, you must restart from the disc again to access Disk Utility.

    3. Click the First Aid tab.

    4. Select your Mac OS X volume.

    5. Click Repair. Disk Utility checks and repairs the disk."

     

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106214

     

    Then try a Safe Boot, (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight your drive, click on Repair Permissions, reboot when it completes.

     

    (Safe boot may stay on the gray radian for a long time, let it go, it's trying to repair the Hard Drive.)

  • 18. Re: Need help with Disc Utitily
    plastermaster Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    By "C" key do you mean the command key or the actual letter C key like for typing "cat" "cart" etc?

     

    The OS X install disc: is that the disc that came with my Macbook or the Snow leopard disc? (I thought all the operating systems were OS X variants).

     

    #5. Click repair. Is the disc in need of repair or is this sort of a pairing with the new SL disc?

     

    Since you said at the beginning "Do this first? It sounds like this is b4 installing SL and what we are doing is preparing the hard drive (disc) to recieve SL with less chance of a problem? Sorry for the bone head questions.

  • 19. Re: Need help with Disc Utitily
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,465 points)

    letter c.

     

    The newest OSX Disc you have, SL/10.6 in this case.

     

    WE don't know if it needs repairor not, but it won't hurt to do it whether it does or not.

     

    Yes, before installing, if there are any errors on the Disk then nobody can predict what'll get borked, Repairing it helps insure that things will go right as possible.

     

    Hey, no worry on the questions... it's the right thing to do if you have questions... despite my dear old dad whopping you upside the head for asking when you should know, then whopping you upside the head because you should've asked if you didn't know when you messed it up!???

  • 20. Re: Need help with Disc Utitily
    plastermaster Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Another question: After this whole process you recommended ealier (being done with SL disc installed) and permissions repair completed in safe mode, Then I restart again NOT in safe mode, and with the SL disc ejected? In other words Once I have done the install in safe mode and repaired any possible problems do I then do an install in regular mode or after the safe mode install am I all done and the upgrade complete.

     

     

    To sum it up. I am going to upgrade to SL in safe mode and do the disc and permissions repair as you directed and then I'm done. (as long as it is working OK. )

     

     

    If worst comes to worst I do have my 10.5 disc with me, but That might be even more of a problem as I probably cannot get updates for it since Apple does not support 10.5 now.

  • 21. Re: Need help with Disc Utitily
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,465 points)

    Then I restart again NOT in safe mode, and with the SL disc ejected?

    Doesn't really matter.

    To sum it up. I am going to upgrade to SL in safe mode and do the disc and permissions repair as you directed and then I'm done. (as long as it is working OK. )

    Yes, after install, try Safe mode first for updates, but that's just triple/quadruple safety, you can do it otherwise.

    Apple does not support 10.5 now.

    Well, you can still get the 10.5 updates for 10.5 as far asthey go thouggh.

  • 22. Re: Need help with Disc Utitily
    plastermaster Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    With the 4GB of memory, no more page outs. Nice!

     

    Snow Leopard is now installed. I started to update but shortly into it I realised I better wait until I get back to my normal IP. I am currently using a verzon card that is a 1GB/month plan and the updates are over 1GB. Also it looked like it would take 4 hours! I might go to a nearby coffee shop and see if it is faster there.

     

    My main question now is how I have so much more space on my HD. IT concerns me a little. WIth 10.5 I had 47 GB free space on my HD now that 10.6 is installed I have 93 GB free! Any ideas as to what happened there?

     

    Are there any programs that come with SL that I would be better off scrapping? There was the option for custom install but I could not use if for some reason and I am always hesitant to delete anything that I do not know what it is and that is most of the content.

     

    I remember my old PC in safe mode was really different than reg mode. With my macbook I am still in safe mode (just finished the upgrade and haven't gone to reg mode yet) and it doesn't look any different than normal. Does that sound correct?

     

    Thanks

    Ron

  • 23. Re: Need help with Disc Utitily
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,465 points)

    might go to a nearby coffee shop and see if it is faster there.

    Good idea.

    WIth 10.5 I had 47 GB free space on my HD now that 10.6 is installed I have 93 GB free! Any ideas as to what happened there?

    Pretty strange, I could guess, but too little to go on really.

    Are there any programs that come with SL that I would be better off scrapping?

    Not much to be gained with any APPs, unused Langes & Printer Drivers would be the biggest things.

    I am still in safe mode (just finished the upgrade and haven't gone to reg mode yet) and it doesn't look any different than normal. Does that sound correct?

    Really tough to tell the diff, some high end APPs won't run because of lesser drivers, like for Video, that & the Login with the rred Safe Mode line are about it.

  • 24. Re: Need help with Disc Utitily
    plastermaster Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So I went to the coffee shop and downloaded 4 of the 5 software updates. The updates hit a snag a couple times and stopped so I had to start the process over again, but fortunately it picked up at the beginning of the update that it was working on at the time. When I shut down the macbook they installed prior to shutting down. However when I click on "about this mac" it still says 10.6.3. I was expecting it would say 10.6.7 since I supposedly downloaded 4 updates. At least that is how 10.5 worked IIRC. Is this something I should look into further, or call apple maybe?

     

    As far as scrapping anything useless form SL, with 93 GB free on a 111GB drive, I guess that would be a little obsessive-compulsive, unless there is something that is a known problem.

     

    I called apple and asked about SL freeing up 45GB on my HD. They had no idea. Most people gain 8-15 GB. I googled it and found one person who had a case where for some reason their mac just mis-represented the free space.

  • 25. Re: Need help with Disc Utitily
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,465 points)

    Sometimes correcting the Disk Directory, like with a Safe Boot, will correct eroneous free Space reports.

     

    You need the big 10.6.8 Combo...

     

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1399

  • 26. Re: Need help with Disc Utitily
    plastermaster Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So, I'm thinking that I was overstated PRIOR to SL and installing SL in safe mode corrected it. WHen I bought this Mac, the apple store loaded my old PC's content into it under admin documents. A lot of that content was also in user documents. I don't know if it is possible but I wonder if it was counted twice when it was only taking up space once...For now I'll stick to questions more than answers.

     

    Thanks for the link to 6.8! I guess the time I spent downloading softwear updates was kind of a waste as they were probably just 6.3 updates. I should have been downloading the 6.8 from the store. Oh Well...

  • 27. Re: Need help with Disc Utitily
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,465 points)

    Slight possibility, but I'm pretty sure it was the Safe Boot which repairs the Directory, things like block counts, free space, used space, etc. that did it, the Install of 10.6 was not really a factor after that.

  • 28. Re: Need help with Disc Utitily
    plastermaster Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yeah thats what I meant, the safe boot part.

     

    **** your fast!

  • 29. Re: Need help with Disc Utitily
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,465 points)

    Happy Holidays!

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