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upgrading from osx10.2.8

May 24, 2010 at 04:03:57
Specs: Macintosh , g4 867mhz
hi im jose and im pretty upset with a g4 i bought
im having trouble upgrading from 10.2.8 and lots
of things arnt available cause of that reason im
askin for help help help

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May 24, 2010 at 11:23:23
Hi Jose, someone a few days ago went into a similar situation so you may check my answer here:

Even when I upgraded Leopard to Snow Leopard I went into a similar situation. In the end I needed to back up as much as I could, erase and reinstall a new OS, files and apps. I ended buying different HDs and backing up on different disks. I tried Time Machine and is very good but you better have a dedicated space on a different disk than your start up. Is painful to back up and have more than one HD with everything replicated but when your system crashes there is nothing more painful and you may even loose manny important files.

What happens most of the times is your OS system or your hard drive format accumulates some problems and you are not aware off them so sometimes the upgrades works flawlessly and some others this failures crash your Mac beyond repair. Because of this before any OS upgrade you need to at least run "Disk Utility" restarting from the Apple CD/DVD and not from your active disk and check/repair disk permissions. And make sure you have back up important files.

You may need to borrow an additional HD or back up to blank DVDs or flash drives. It would also works if you get your HD and install it in another working Mac to back up there important files.

There are professional software utilities like Disk Warrior to help you keep your system running and repair but it will cost you money you could use to buy a basic HD.

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May 24, 2010 at 16:52:55
i do have another functioning mac also disk warrior. so you
are saying to empty out my files onto my other mac and
completly wipe out mine and then start up with panther ? by
the way thanks alot for the info i really appreciate you
taking your time.

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May 27, 2010 at 22:13:41
Definitely, I don't see other way as trying to fix the system when you don't know exactly what went wrong on an update is not possible even for very advanced users and it may take longer. Even using other software tools your system may never recover to a stable position. If you used Time Machine it would be the only way to go back before the update and recover a functional OS.

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