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Mavericks install problems - repeatable

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baxtermcc Calculating status...
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Oct 29, 2013 1:46 AM

I have attempted to install Mavericks on my iMac 7,1 twice now with the same result.  The software will download and install until the progress bar reaches one minute, at which point it may take 5-15 minutes to complete.  Following that the system reboots, I get the chime followed by the spinning progress wheel and then the boot hangs.  I'm left with an iMac at a white desktop with the Apple logo, I can go no further.  This has happened twice and my Time Machine backups have restored my machine both time.  I very hesitant to attempt again without understanding the problem.


My machine configuration is:

Model - 7,1 (20")

OS 10.8.5

RAM - 4 GB

141/500 GB disk free


Thank you,


iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5), 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,160 points)
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    Oct 29, 2013 2:01 AM (in response to baxtermcc)

    7.1 ...


    You're sure your iMac can run Mavericks ?   >  OS X Mavericks: System Requirements

  • DCIFRTHS Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Oct 29, 2013 2:13 AM (in response to baxtermcc)

    I had this issue on a Mac mini. I chose to use the Recovey boot, restored my system a few times...rinse..repeat...


    At this point I ran Disk Utility instead of restoring my mac. I noticed that the Mavericks disk image was laoded, so I thought that I would try to boot holding down the OPTION key, and hope that the Mavericks disk appeared in the Starup Manager. It did. I chose to boot from the Mavericks disk, on the starup volume screen, and the install proceded without a hitch - all of my settings, files and programs were intact after the update to Mavericks.


    I am having Spotlight indexing issues now, but I see others are ahving the same problem, so I don't think it's related.


    Hope this helps.

  • DCIFRTHS Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Oct 29, 2013 3:49 PM (in response to baxtermcc)

    After several restores, using internet recovery, I downlaoded Mavericks again. I started the insatll, and when the machine rebooted, I got the kernal panic. It was at this point that I powered down the box, and reboted holding down the OPTION key. The Mavericks image was one of the disks available on the startup volume screen - which was what I was hoping for.


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