Clean install of Mavericks fail (Mac Book Pro 2011)

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  1. Swag-Man macrumors newbie

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    Howdy,

    Hoping for some help here please.

    I recently got my MacBook pro back from the cops after it was stolen and need to do a clean install.

    I have made a USB install drive and run it when it gets to the 'restart' after it has copied the files across it just hangs on 'will restart in about one second'.

    I have been unable to test run any tests on the complete lap top but it was running when it was returned to me 'could log in as a guest' I have checked the ram in another mac book and put the hard drive in a caddy and run checks on that.

    It has a OWC 120gig SSD and 8 gig or OWC ram if that matters. is a 15" early 2011 and i think is the i5.

    Cheers in advance
     
  2. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    I had this issue once found out my RAM was faulty I swapped the RAM back to factory RAM i had and it finished the install
     
  3. Astroboy907 macrumors 65816

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    I'd re download and re make the install drive in case something was lost when making it.
    And let it run for a while on will restart, mine hung in a few places like that for a while
     
  4. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    A Mavericks installation takes longer than previous OS X releases, even with an SSD. It's not unusual for the progress bar to look like it's hung up for a few minutes during the process.
     
  5. Xerotech macrumors 6502

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    I recently installed Mavericks on a friend's computer. Even with the SSD it hung there for about 10-minutes. You can always attempt to install it on an external HDD to see if it's the SSD or the other components causing the hiccup.
     
  6. Swag-Man thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have picked up some more ram and a small optical hdd so will see how that goes tonight.

    It was hung on the "will restart in about one second" screen all night 7hrs so I guess thats a fail.

    Will see how we go with new components.
     
  7. Swag-Man thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok new and new hdd still crashes with one second left :-(.

    I'm taking it into apple tomorrow although given its 3+ years old it will cost a small fortune to fix. I have done some more searching on here but haven't come up with anything.

    Cheers
     
  8. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    did you try and swap out the RAM?
     
  9. w00t951 macrumors 68000

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    I had a problem where the installation couldn't be completed because the date was greatly off. Check out this link. From the installer, go to Utilities > Terminal.

    I, however, got an error message before the failure. Once I corrected the date I experienced no hang or delays during the install process (early 2011 15", Samsung 840 Pro).
     
  10. Swag-Man thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks mate I saw you post but it didn't seem to make a difference.

    Got it working now on some old slow ram. I think the 2400hz that I have put in there was to good for the old machine. Got some second hand from a PC shop works now.

    Seems silly but it works so I'm happy

    Thanks for the help guys / girls
     

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