Hi, and welcome to Just Answers! I am excited to get started with you.
Do you have your computers installation disk?
Customer: Yes but it is currently in the drive. I was attempting to do an archive installation.
Are you able to boot to it right now?
Why are you unable to boot to it?
What operating system are you running?
Customer: OSX...it stops at the command I entered in the additional information.
Ok, can you restart your computer and Hold down the option key immediately after your computer powers on
Customer: Yes...shows disc
Can you click on the disk
After you choose english, you will see a menu bar up top. Choose Utilities and then choose disk utility
In disk utility you will see your hard drive in the side bar. We need to make sure its ok first before re-installing your operating system. Go ahead and click it and hit "verify"
Customer: Its shown twice...which one?
The top one
Customer: Verifying now
Ok, let me know when if your HD is ok
Customer: Needs to be repaired
Customer: Invalid directory item count
Ok so you see red text. Go ahead and repair it
Customer: Repaired successfully
Perfect! Restart your computer and lets see if it boots now
Customer: Restart not highlighted....power button?
Customer: Still get the same error screen
Yes you can shut it down by pressing and holding the power button.
we will first try to reset your PRAM. This will require you to restart your computer. When it is done booting up, just log back in to give me an update.
1. Power off your computer
2. Immediately after pressing the power button, press and hold down these 4 key combination
4 Let the computer chime 3 times
Customer: Chimes once...shows error screen
What is showing in the error screen?
Customer: Ble to find driver for this platform....the same message as before
Ok, so we need to re-install your OS. Can you boot to the instal disk again. Hold down option key and select disk. Do you have a backup?
Customer: No backup
Well your Hard drive seems ok. There is always risk of data failure. When we get your system up and running again, I highly suggest backing up your computer
Let me know when you are back at the installation screen
Customer: Not getting past error screen
Customer: At disc
Are you at the disk? Or are you still having an error message?
Customer: At disc
Ok, lets try again.
1. Power off computer
2. Power on and immediately hold down the option key
3. Choose install disk
Customer: I'm at the disc now....power off anyway?
Navigate to the installation process. Choose your language, hit next..
Oh no dont power off, im sorry i thought you had an error message
Customer: I'm there and done....
What is currently displaying on your screen?
Customer: Install Mac osx
you can hit continue all the way through
Are you installing Snow Leopard?
Customer: Is this an erase and replace?
No do not choose erase. What are your options?
Customer: I never saw an option...it is installing...states about 43 minutes time remaining
Great! You are installing snow leopard. The only option is to re-install not erase :)
I will hang around and check back with you in 30mins to see how the process is going
How much time do you have left
You will also have to run your software updates. Do them 3 at a time. try not to do them all at once
Customer: Where do I find software updates?
Customer: Should I eject disk?
In the upper left corner you will see the apple logo. When you click that, you will see software updates. Yes eject the disk
Customer: Why do I have a systems events box on the screen?
system events? what does it say?
Customer: It said chose a program but it just went away. However, the icon for the app store is a ? . Checking for new software now.
Yes, you will have a lot of updates to do. Again, do not do them all at once
Customer: Still checking
Customer: "checking for.." box just went away. Should I see a list?
Customer: Not seeing one.
can you click on the apple logo and choose software updates again
Customer: Done...nothing appears to have changed
maybe your up to date. Restart the computer
Ok, now try to run software updates
Customer: Show details?
Customer: There are 4...one for iPhone SDK
Customer: only 6kb
You can skip the iphone one for now and install the other 3
Customer: Airport over 1 GB...may be awhile
Yes it will. You certainly do not have to completely them all today. Your main issue is resolved :)
Customer: Sorry...total downloads over 1 GB
Customer: If this creates a new problem or something goes wrong, can I reconnect to you to continue?
Absolutely, I can follow up with you as well
Customer: Thank you....can you check back in about 2 hours?
Customer: Still downloading
Appleologist : Ok. Keep me posted
Customer: Downloads complete. Installation and reboot successful . But why do I still get a spinning wheel (frozen) occasionally?
Customer: Just noticed everything under airport is preceded by a lower case k. Any ideas?
Appleologist : A lower case K in airport? Can you explain a little more?
Customer: When I get the pull down menu for AirPort. It shows....kAirPortTurnOnKey. Everything has that lower case k.
Appleologist : Ok let's repair your permissions. After installing new software, glitches can occur
Appleologist : 1. Open disk utility (you can click the magnifying class in the upper right corner and type disk utility)
Appleologist : 2. Click your hard drive and click "repair permissions"
Customer: It is indexing currently
Customer: Should I just reboot?
Customer: Still waiting for spotlight to become available
Appleologist : No. You can go into your utilities folder and open disk utility from there. The utilities folder can be found in the applications folder
Customer: Found it. However when I double click it appears in the dock, bounces about three times and dissappears
Appleologist : Hmmm that's odd. Is your software completely up to date? Check again to see If more needs to be installed. Also,let's wait until spotlight finishes indexing
Customer: Software was updated. Spotlight still indexing. Checking for updates.
Appleologist : Ok. How far is the progress bar in spotlight? Is it making progress?
Customer: Software updates appear to be the same ones I just downloaded and installed. That seems rather strange.
Customer: Airport client update 2009-002, Mac osx update combined
Customer: Still indexing
Appleologist : It is an update version. You will have to keep running your updates until it says you are up to date
Customer: One at a time?
Customer: Restart after each?
Appleologist : Yes please
Customer: Will do.
Appleologist : Ok. I will stand by. We made huge progress so far
Customer: I can't thank you enough for your patience.
Appleologist : Your very patient yourself ;)
Customer: Downloaded smallest first...clicked restart. It now appears to be stuck at registering updated components. Just sitting there.
Customer: Whoops....just did something but not back to the log in screen.
Customer: Has not restarted
Appleologist : What is it doing now?
Customer: Just sitting there...no apparent progression
Customer: Just restarted.....now I have the screen that originally started our journey
Appleologist : Of your press command+option+escape you will see a list of open applications. Do you see any that are not responding? If so, force quit
Customer: Back to the original issue!
Appleologist : It looks like you have some serious software issues that can only be fixed with a clean install. You have a few options. If you have important files that you need to get, you can re-install the OS again and quickly grab the files (If it allows you to). Or you can proceed with an erase and install
Customer: Where would I create a backup file? I have an external hard drive....how much space will it require?
Appleologist : It depends on how much data you have. No less that 100gb of storage. Is there another working Mac that you have access to?
Customer: No. but I don't keep very many files on my hard drive . I guess I will have to reload all other programs back. Is there a backup utility built in to Mac?
Appleologist : Yes but it only works when you plug your external hd in. That's were it stores the backup
Customer: Okay...where do I find it? It's been a long day but I will reload OS using your instructions from earlier today but it didn't give me an option for erase and install. Can you give me those instructions? Also, can I leave this chat open?
Appleologist : Absolutely. Do not close the chat until we are done. I would like to follow up with you. If you close it,
Appleologist : I will not be able to
Appleologist : The instructions are the same except in disk utility, you will not verify the disk, instead you will repartition it
Appleologist : 1. Click in the top hard drive
Appleologist : 2 Select the "partition" tab
Appleologist : 3. Under current partion, choose one
Appleologist : 4. Make sure the the format is "Mac osx extended journaled"
Appleologist : 5. Hit Apply
Appleologist : 6. Exit disk utility and proceed with instillation
Customer: Thank you. Until tomorrow....have a great evening.
Appleologist : Thank you. You do the same. If you get stuck, don't hesitate to reach out. I will get a notification and reply IMMEDIATLY
Were you able to perform an erase and install?
Customer: How should I know how many partitions I need?
You just need one
You will see a "current partition" drop down menu, choose one
Customer: Good morning
Good morning to you too. Im sorry, where are my manners :)
Customer: Why can't I see the conversation?
I don't know, is it blank?
I can see our previous chat
Customer: I guess that was a strange question...if I can't see your responses.
I am a little confused. You said you can't see our conversations, yet you are able to respond to my responses.
What about now?
Customer: The lazy conversation I can see was at 5:39 pm yesterday and then it loops to our initial contact at 11:57 am
What about now?