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Hello! Try booting with the shift key held down or startup from the install disc and run the repair disc function of disk utility. Once finished you will probably need to repair permissions in disk utility and then re-apply the software update. TomG-4/Sawtooth/1.2ghz Sonnet/10.3.9/2gig ram-G-4 1.8ghz Sawtooth 9.2.2 & 10.3.9, Mac OS X (10.3.6)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 17, 2007 10:23 AM (in response to Thomas Bryant)How do you re-apply the software update running from the install disk. My computer won't seem to boot from the shift key.
I have a disk IMAGE i created after the 10.4.9 update problem.
I also have additional MAC to use if there is a way to apply the update while placing the problem computer in target disk mode.
Thanks in advance for any help.MacBook Pro 15", Mac OS X (10.4.9)
I'm having the same problem, I've tried everything including repairing the disk and permissions but no joy.
I'm doing a re-install now from the startup disk to hopefully see if that works, and then try an figure out how to do the update.
MacBook Mac OS X (10.4.8)
Problems arising right after installing a system update are usually the result of some filesystem corruption that should have been fixed first, or not having installed the update properly (e.g. applications running while installing it), or having ignored Apple’s “Important: Please read before installing” warnings, etc.
If you have an external HD with Mac OS X 10.4 installed from which to boot your Mac, or have access to another Mac with Mac OS X 10.4 installed and with a FireWire port to which connect your Mac in Target Disk Mode, you should be able to fix the problem by starting up that way, verifying/repairing the disk (not just permissions), as described here:
The Repair functions of Disk Utility: what's it all about?
then reinstalling the update using the combo installer (on the disk that doesn’t boot, not on the disk from which you’re booting to do this):
About the Mac OS X 10.4.9 Combo Update
Mac OS X 10.4.9 Combo Update for PPC
Mac OS X 10.4.9 Combo Update for Intel
Take a look at the following articles for guidelines on how to properly install system updates:
Troubleshooting installation and software updates
Installing software updatesiMac G5 17" (iSight), Mac OS X (10.4.9)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 18, 2007 7:22 AM (in response to David Gimeno Gost)Before you start:
~Have both of your original installation disks handy.
~Make sure you have your power cable plugged into an outlet... battery just won't cut it.
Ok... ok... It was MY fault! I attempted to install an automatic update of my OS to 10.4.9 while I was running Parallels with XP. The install failed and after a couple of re-attempts (to no avail) the system became unresponsive to any keyboard inputs. I forced a power down (10 seconds) with the power button.
Re-Boot? Nada. Got the startup tone, and the logo... then the eternal status wheel of ****. Bummer. Go make a pot of coffee.
Thanks to David Gimeno Gost (and all other contributors) I managed to get back on track.
First of all... I haven't been backing up my system... not infrequent backups... NONE!!! Secondly, I didn't make a startup disk... the penalty for which is... I got what I deserved!
I used the the original installation disk that came with the computer to boot the system. Incidentally, you hold down the 'C' key until the logo and status wheel appear and the machine will boot from that disk.
At first blush, it looks pretty daunting! What languange do you want?! Go ahead... click English, unless of course you can't read this; then perhaps you should re-consider. When you get to the installation screen you will notice a Utilities menu. Go there.
On the utilities menu you'll find a disk utility that will allow you to repair permissions, (under the first aid option button). I did that. There were several permissions that needed to be repaired. Then I performed the repair disk utility, which found no errors. Now theres some good news.
Crossed my fingers and said a little prayer. Tried to re-boot... nada... same logo and wheel of ****. Go get another cup of coffee.
I read everything that I could about repairing the issue but ultimately it all came to the same cul de sac. Then I found the article on Archive & Repair.
I followed the step by step instructions (imprudently not making a backup first) and voila! About 45 minutes later and I'm pushing the restart button. This resulted in a request for Disk 2 of the original install set. Make sure you have that with you BTW, and get another cup of coffee.
Of course, every 10 min or so I've got a 9 year old asking me "how much longer this is gonna take" so he can play Diablo on the machine I'm using to look all of this up with.
Another 45 minutes and I get... an installer shutdown message and the MacBook Pro graciously returns my Disk 2 installation CD. The OS comes up and everything appears to be in place! (With the exception of Google Earth)
There is a new folder on the Mac HD called Previous Systems
Photoshop boots and my pictures are present.
Microsoft Office for Mac is installed and working properly. (complete with previous files) When you open any of the office applications it does say that it's the first time it's been opened but it works just the same.
Bummer Note: Parallels isn't working and apparently needs to be re-installed. Hope I can find the previous XP file in the
Lessons Learned: (nothing new here)
~Never install an OS update without completely shutting down every open application. (personally, I'd recommend a fresh system boot prior to doing the update... just in case)
~Always have a current startup disk handy.
~Backup your system regularly.
~Do routine maintenance on your system to keep things running smoothly.
MacBook Pro Mac OS X (10.4.8) Has Parallels installed on it as well.
Amen, Brother Copenhagen. I now see the wisdom in file backup. I too was running other software (Soliloquy IRC) while updating and ended up staring at an endlessly swirling vortex beneath a cold, gray Apple logo. Alas, I had never, ever backed up a gosh-darn thing on my computer since buying it in July. Accordingly, I'll give your solution a whirl and chalk this whole mess up to experience (and hopefully not lose about a GB of vacation pictures in the process.)
MacBook Mac OS X (10.4.9) Presently only functioning in Windows XP (Gah!)
MacBook Mac OS X (10.4.9) Presently only functioning in Windows XP
Everything worked out just fine. I had to re-install Parallels but the install went great and everything is working perfectly. I really have to hand it to Apple for their OS design... considering the magnitude of the problem, their "Archive Install" went smooth as glass.
Have a Good Day!MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.9), Has Parallels installed on it as well. (Love that app)