11 Replies Latest reply: Jun 28, 2010 3:23 PM by JaimieV
Andrew Beswick Design Level 1 Level 1
Do i need to beaware of anything?

IM running an imac OSX10.6.3 with Nvidia Geforce 7600 GT (285) graphix card
its about 3 years old...runs fine..

does anything go wrong on upgrades..?
just concerned about upgrade as all desktop lose files vanish?
do i need to clone my old system?

any advice before i upgrade?

Imac, Mac OS X (10.5.3)
Reply by Carolyn Samit on Jun 27, 2010 1:52 AM Helpful
HI,

Good info here for upgrading to Snow Leopard. http://lifehacker.com/5348150/how-to-upgrade-from-leopard-to-snow-leopard

just concerned about upgrade as all desktop lose files vanish?


Backup all your important files (Audio / Video / Documents) before proceeding with an upgrade.

Make sure your Mac meets Snow Leopard's minimum system requirements, info here.
http://www.apple.com/macosx/specs.html



FYI. Third party software that runs on your current Mac OS X may not be compatible with Snow Leopard. Check the vendor sites for updates. Read the post by "a brody" here. http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=10180165#10180165


After the install is finished, repair disk permissions.


Launch Disk Utility. (Applications/Utilities) Select MacintoshHD in the panel on the left, select the FirstAid tab. Click: Repair Disk Permissions. When it's finished from the Menu Bar, Quit Disk Utility and restart your Mac. If you see a long list of "messages" in the permissions window, it's ok. That can be ignored. As long as you see, "Permissions Repair Complete" when it's finished... you're done. Quit Disk Utility and restart your Mac.







Carolyn
Reply by R C-R on Jun 28, 2010 1:52 AM Helpful
To avoid potential problems, repair your disk permissions and verify your boot disk in Disk Utility.


FWIW, the Snow Leopard installer automatically runs the equivalent of the "Verify Disk" step before the installation starts & the install itself runs with root user privileges, making the "Repair Permissions" step equally unnecessary.

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  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10
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    HI,

    Good info here for upgrading to Snow Leopard. http://lifehacker.com/5348150/how-to-upgrade-from-leopard-to-snow-leopard

    just concerned about upgrade as all desktop lose files vanish?


    Backup all your important files (Audio / Video / Documents) before proceeding with an upgrade.

    Make sure your Mac meets Snow Leopard's minimum system requirements, info here.
    http://www.apple.com/macosx/specs.html



    FYI. Third party software that runs on your current Mac OS X may not be compatible with Snow Leopard. Check the vendor sites for updates. Read the post by "a brody" here. http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=10180165#10180165


    After the install is finished, repair disk permissions.


    Launch Disk Utility. (Applications/Utilities) Select MacintoshHD in the panel on the left, select the FirstAid tab. Click: Repair Disk Permissions. When it's finished from the Menu Bar, Quit Disk Utility and restart your Mac. If you see a long list of "messages" in the permissions window, it's ok. That can be ignored. As long as you see, "Permissions Repair Complete" when it's finished... you're done. Quit Disk Utility and restart your Mac.







    Carolyn
  • Andrew Beswick Design Level 1 Level 1
    Thanks Carolyn

    I will read all these tips and links... as i have seen how the desktop changes too.. you lose all the icons and short cuts that make it messy - but easy and fast to work!

    Thanks a lot - i will message you back if i get stuck ...will that be ok?
  • Andrew Beswick Design Level 1 Level 1
    Did you lose any fonts or important apps when upgrading?
  • tick32 Level 1 Level 1
    Carolyn or anyone,

    I just read your post about 'Repair Disk Permissions.' I bought Snow Leopard to upgrade from 10.4.11. The install went well, and I've seen no issues so far. I never did the repair disk permissions thing because I have no idea what you are talking about. However, I can follow simple instructions, like you listed. Is this something I need to do, or just if I'm having issues. Again, I am a computer moron, so plain English please.

    Thanks
  • JaimieV Level 2 Level 2
    If you're not seeing any issues (like programs not starting, or being asked for your password too often) then you don't need to do it.

    The way you do it is to go to Applications/Utilities and start Disk Utility. Then select your Macintosh HD on the left, and choose the First Aid tab. You'll find a pair of buttons for permissions, and a pair for checking the disk.
  • JaimieV Level 2 Level 2
    Things can go wrong, but pretty rarely. You should not lose anything at all (except maybe some very rare case of software that works under Leopard but hasn't been updated for Snow Leopard).

    You should just be able to bang in the 10.6 upgrade disk and follow the prompts, and it will almost certainly work. But, if you need extra reassurance, here are some tips to add to those you've already recieved.


    To avoid potential problems, repair your disk permissions and verify your boot disk in Disk Utility.

    Now reboot, all the way to the desktop. This makes sure you have a well working system before you start.

    Take a final backup (clone would be fine, clone and Time Machine would be best)

    Now install Snow Leopard.

    NOTE - since there are known issues with 10.6.4 and nVidia drivers, you may not want to go to 10.6.4 just yet. But if you do,

    Download and install the Combo update http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1048
    Boot into Safe Mode (hold shift at power up)
    Install the Combo update.
    Reboot.

    Run Software Update and apply everything else.
    Reboot.

    That's your lot.
  • Andrew Beswick Design Level 1 Level 1
    Thanks

    Very good link to have the upgrade handy -

    So... does Helvetica Neue go wrong as its a apple build in font when I upgrade, or is that only on new macs?
  • R C-R Level 6 Level 6
    To avoid potential problems, repair your disk permissions and verify your boot disk in Disk Utility.


    FWIW, the Snow Leopard installer automatically runs the equivalent of the "Verify Disk" step before the installation starts & the install itself runs with root user privileges, making the "Repair Permissions" step equally unnecessary.
  • JaimieV Level 2 Level 2
    Thanks! That saves twenty minutes.
  • Andrew Beswick Design Level 1 Level 1
    Jaimie V

    What happened to your helvetica Neue fonts,.... did they repelace themselves....
  • JaimieV Level 2 Level 2
    I have no clue - I've never used that typeface.