Upgrading Mac OS

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    Jun 20, 2012 12:36 PM GMT
    A few years ago, I wailed and gnashed my teeth because the Snow Leopard upgrade made my touchpad not work right, so I reloaded my Macbook with the Leopard disks that came with it, and all was fine with the world...

    Until the other day, when I discovered that the Slingbox player requires Snow Leopard or Lion. Ugh. But, I remembered reading something about doing a clean install vs. an upgrade, so I did some Googling and found instructions on how to do a clean install, even though that is not listed as an option when the upgrade disk is run.

    http://macs.about.com/od/snowleopardmacosx106/qt/cleaninstall_sl.htm

    I did a Time Machine backup, fired up the Snow Leopard upgrade disk, and followed the directions to do a clean install. The OS installed perfectly and then asked if I had a Time Machine backup. I plugged in the external drive, and all my apps and data were reinstalled. System came back up, looking just like it did before.

    And, the touchpad? Works perfectly!

    Lesson learned: when it comes to OS upgrades, a Mac can behave just like a Windows box. I never! do Windows upgrades from one major version to another; I always wipe the drive and do a fresh install. Looks like that needs to be the rule with Macs as well.
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    Jun 20, 2012 2:07 PM GMT
    I'm discovering tics too. I did a recent upgrade for Aperture and it's slow, twitchy and the rainbow disc shows up way too often. I'll take care of it when I get back to FL, BACK UP ALL MY PHOTOS, then reinstall. It can happen, but WAAAAY less than on my old PC. I still have petit mal seizures when I think of what I went through on that piece of crap!
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    Jun 20, 2012 2:16 PM GMT
    Snow Leopard was buggy when first released that was your problem. It works great now. I recently went back to snow leopard because of problems with Lion. Lion not having Rosetta is serious problem for me.
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    Jun 20, 2012 2:22 PM GMT
    Lots of different issues with OSX from Tiger onwards have given me the shits over the years..

    Since Leopard, I have been resizing my boot partition and installing the other OS from USB stick and then removing the old one when I'm ready.

    I have a time machine backup too - but I install apps to folders other than the Apps folder where possible and it helps me to not have to reinstall.

    One thing you may also note is that you can virtualise a copy of OSX Leopard or Snow Leopard to continue to use your Universal Binary apps on Lion and probably even on Mountain Lion when its released in July..

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    Jun 20, 2012 4:34 PM GMT
    I don't have a computer with a CD drive.

    Slingbox works fine on my MBA and my jail broken iPad.
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    Jun 20, 2012 8:18 PM GMT
    I upgraded to 10.7.4 recently. Also all new CS6 software (adobe). Little glitches like the "spinning wheel of hell" appearing a lot more. And sometimes I have to restart because I would type something and it would look like thisssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss.
    So I'll look into clean installs next time.