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Sheesh.  Just when I got my MacBook Pro fixed and running well with a brand new logic board along comes Apple and the OS X update released today that bricked the MBP.  Yep, I was running fine and dandy and feeling good about everything on the […]

Rotten_appleSheesh.  Just when I got my MacBook Pro fixed and running well with a brand new logic board along comes Apple and the OS X update released today that bricked the MBP.  Yep, I was running fine and dandy and feeling good about everything on the MacBook Pro and the software update trashed it.  It downloaded and installed fine, indicated it was "patching files", and then never would boot up again.  Every time it tried to boot up I’d get the desktop background and the Dock and then error boxes.  One indicated that "SystemUIServer" stopped unexpectedly, followed by one that said the Dock stopped and then finally one that said Spotlight stopped.  The system was totally unusable each time and even Safe Boot failed the same way.  This indicated to me that the software update patched system files improperly since it wouldn’t even safe boot.

Right now I am doing a clean reinstall of Leopard and once I’m sure that is running fine I’ll restore my new Time Machine backup.  With a bit of luck I’ll be right back where I was prior to the software update this afternoon.  Then I will be wondering if I should try updating it again…

UPDATE: In just 30 minutes I had installed Leopard and restored my Time Machine backup and my system is now back like it was just prior to the software update.  I think I’ll wait a few days for that to see if others start chiming in with problems.  :)

  1. I’m amazed you jumped the first day it came out. A lot of apple fans jump as soon as an update is out. I’ve never had a problem with any mac updates, but I still wait a few days to install just to see if problems arise. Live and learn.

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  2. James, did you wait long enough? My MacBook took not less than 10 minutes to start up again but now it’s working fine

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  3. Seems like someone around here made a post a few days ago about how it was only the hardware that you were having a problem with as far as the mac goes. Never the software.

    Looks like you jinxed yourself. ;-)

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  4. But… but… what about “it just works”?

    ;-)

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  5. You’d think Microsoft could get this right, I mean, do they push out these things untested!!!! Hang on, let me read that post again….

    Actually I miss ‘Guru Meditation’.

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  6. Jose, I let the update reboot itself and it never came back up working. To Apple’s credit, it did a clean install and restore from my Time Machine backup and in about 30 minutes I was back exactly where I was when the update was made.

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  7. Lots of tough luck with Mac, James. Hope the time machine works well. (Maybe creating an image file of your hard drive would be a better option.)

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  8. James!

    Some advice to consider: When the clean install of Leopard is finished, apply the 10.5.3 update right away.

    That is, use Software Update to update your Mac completely to 10.5.3 before restoring anything from your Time Machine backup or installing any other software – while you have a clean new install with as few variables as possible at play.

    This way, you’ll clearly establish whether or not your Mac has issues with the 10.5.3 update.

    If you have problems updating to 10.5.3 from the clean install, then you won’t have gone thru your restore from the Time machine backup for nothing; if you do not have trouble, then clearly there was something about your install of 10.5.2 that contributed to the failed 10.5.3 update.

    This is the way I would proceed – simply because I like to keep things, well, simple! Ha! Doing a clean install of Leopard, restoring from Time Machine’s backup and then applying the 10.5.3 update will put too many variables into play when attempting to diagnose why the 10.5.3 update is failing.

    Otherwise you could be at this all night. And well…night-time is for sleeping!

    All the best!
    peter

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  9. James, you are “snake bit” with your MBP!
    For a system/hardware known for it’s ease of use, yours has not been of late.

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  10. My MacBook Air is working fine post update… I have not tried it on my Mac mini yet!

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