2009 Quad refuses to update past 10.6.2

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by davidlv, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. davidlv macrumors 65816

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    We have a 2009 Quadcore 2.66GHz Mac Pro that absolutely refuses to update past 10.6.2, producing kernal panics immediately after the update when trying to boot the newly installed OS, be it 10.6.3 or 10.6.4. The Mac Pro has 2 NVIDEA 120s/driving three 19" monitors - 8GB (4x2GB) RAM, and we are using a third party keyboard and a Kensington track ball. What do you think could be the cause, it happens on both a cloned 10.6.2 system updated and a clean 10.6 system, immediately after the update. Could a bad RAM module or Video card cause a kernal panic like this? Both memory and the video cards work fine with 10.6.2.
    The Mac Pro also has 2 DVD drives, one is stock, the other is a Pioneer Blue-Ray/DVD combo drive. There are 4 HDs installed, and the kernal panics literally destroy everything on the updated disk (tried several different HDs, all the same result), requiring a clean format with Disk Utility to get the HD usable again. Arggg... driving me crazy.:mad:
    Any advice much appreciated.
     
  2. psychometry macrumors regular

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    What are you using to update? Software Update/combo dmgs/install DVDs?

    If you're reformatting all the time anyway, why not try a format and install straight to 10.6.4?
     
  3. davidlv thread starter macrumors 65816

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    2 cases: 1. Clean install, format and DVD install disks, get a running 10.6 system, followed by a combo dmg file used to update to 10.6.3 and 10.6.4 (2 cases) both result in an instant KP on reboot. 2. Clone working customized 10.6.2 system to freshly formatted HD, followed by an update using the 10.6.4 combo dmg file. Same KP results.
    Never tried the Delta software update. The combo update file was used to update another Mac MBP OK so I think the dmg file is OK.
    It feels like something in the update does like the hardware! (just a very subjective feeling)
     

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