Installs 10.5.3

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So far I am really happy with Apple’s latest 10.5.3 update. Yes, I know you can go to certain Mac web sites and read about the problems people are having. I always do that before installing any major OS upgrade. In the case of 10.5.3 most problems didn’t look too insurmountable. If you are wondering how my installs went, read on.

About six months ago, while doing some research online, I came across a format for installing updates. I have been installing most of my OS updates using this procedure since that time and it has worked very well, with very few problems. This is what I do:

  • Download the update, but do not install it
  • Run permissions on the hard drive
  • Restart in “Safe Boot” mode by holding down the Shift key during restart
  • Log into the OS and install the update
  • Restart into “normal” mode
  • Test several applications to see how things are

I have installed OS 10.5.3 on three machines so far, a Mac Pro, iMac and MacBook, using this method with no problems. It does take a little longer, but it is worth it to avoid future grief.

A few pointers. When you boot up in “Safe Boot” mode it takes a bit longer than a normal startup. The reason is the OS is running certain utilities that clean out several different caches in the OS. If you do not use OnyX, one of my favorite utilities, then you might want to do this just for drill. It is good for the system. In this day and age you would think that running permissions would be old hat, but it is still a good thing to do before restarting. It may not find much, but it doesn’t take too long and is worth your time.

I recommend 10.5 3 to my readers. You might wish to take a look at some of the Mac web sites to see what people’s problems have been first, but I say, go for it!

As I mentioned earlier I have just started using ecto 3 to do my blogs. I like it so far and plan to bring an article on it in the near future. Until our next contact . . . .

Doug

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