I've got the clean install blues

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by leekohler, May 24, 2007.

  1. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Oh God! I'm doing a clean install on my PM G5 and I just hate it! It needed to be done though. I've never done one on this computer and it's a little over a year old. It was starting to act strangely- apps quitting for no reason or just not responding like they should. I have a heavy weekend of video editing coming up, so I really needed to do it. It just drives me nuts! :)

    I've been at it since 6:30 and I have at least another hour to go. Ugh. I'm sure I'm not alone.
     
  2. Daveway macrumors 68040

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    Ahh get'em to usually around this time of year. Sorta like spring cleaning. I may skip this year because I'm getting a new system soon and I just did it around Christmas.

    So what's taking the longest? Back-up or restoring everything like it was?
     
  3. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    i'm feeling that its about time to the same with my iMac. it just helps to clean up all the junk floating around.
     
  4. nickster9224 macrumors 6502a

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    look on the bright side you dont have windows and not having todo one every 1-3months
     
  5. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

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    Well, I started backing up last week. I got all that done on Monday. It's just been all the reinstalling system software, then the online updates, entering serial numbers, etc. It's just never fun.
     
  6. Legolamb macrumors 6502a

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    Go to the "Your favorite drinks" thread for sustenance. I do my installs with a martini and the TV.
     
  7. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Then don't do it. I've never reinstalled OSX, even once. It's almost never necessary.
     
  8. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Yeah, it's a pain in the arse.

    One of these days what I should do is a clean install, then install all of my software and junk, and then make an image of the drive. If anything ever gets hosed and I need to do a reinstall, I can just restore the image.
     
  9. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    So many gluttons for punishment about. Never ceases to amaze.

    I hate to say it, but you guys are walking, talking advertisements for Windows.
     
  10. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    IJ Reilly, you've never lived. Reformatting and reinstalling OSX is somewhere between chocolate and donkey porn.
     
  11. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    What's that funny smell? :eek:
     
  12. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    thing is, i like doing it. forces me to clean house. but i'm an organizing freak at times.
     
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    Necessary: After replacing the hard drive in my MBP. I still haven't restored everything :(
     
  14. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

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    That's where you're wrong IJ. I just saw all my app startup times go WAY down. I should have done this when I got it. This thing was fast before, but now it's rocking. You can repair permissions all you want, but there isn't anything better for a computer than a clean install. I'm happier than a pig in s*** right now.

    I do this about once a year on both my machines- the difference is amazing. FCP starts up in a mere few seconds, CS3 is even better.
     
  15. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    I never repair permissions, and I never reinstall OSX. Never! The Mac I use every day, all day, it's seven years old -- incrementally upgraded from OS9 to Tiger. An iMac G4, nearly five years old now I guess. A PowerBook G4 about four years old. (That's my newest Mac.) No reinstalls on any of them, ever. No problems.

    It's easier, faster and safer to find out what's wrong, and fix it. I can't imagine reinstalling once a year.

    Now, that's a good reason for a clean install. Just about the only one.
     
  16. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

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    If that works for you, fine. This works for me. Take it easy my friend. :) I had problems I couldn't solve, and it made me back up my files. After cleaning off all my files and having over 110 gigs of free disc space on a 160 gig drive, it was still acting up. I think something was wrong with the factory install from the beginning.

    Just out of curiosity, what is it you use to find out what's wrong? A lot of people advise clean installs in these forums. Are you keeping a secret? ;)
     
  17. Nermal Moderator

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    I had an interesting problem a few years ago, and if I recall correctly there was a problem with upgrading factory-installed 10.3.0 to 10.3.2 (without going via 10.3.1) where it wouldn't mount any disk images after installation. The problem didn't affect self installations of 10.3.0, only the factory install.
     
  18. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    Me neither. All I do is repair permissions all the time:D

    My dad has had his iMac G4 for 5 years now, and it has been fine without having to do clean installs:)
     
  19. aricher macrumors 68020

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    Once you have all apps installed you should clone your hard drive using carbon copy cloner. I've done this and can easily do a super fast "clean install" should anything go awry.
     
  20. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Hey, you're the one singing the clean install blues -- just trying to help. ;)

    No secrets at all. I talk people down from the clean install ledge all the time. It's difficult to advise you now, since you've already hauled out the heavy artillery and blasted away -- and I also don't know what you tried to solve your issues beforehand.

    Sometimes a simple restart is all you need, to delete virtual memory swap files. Checking the drive (I prefer fsck) is a good second step. It depends on the symptoms.
     
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    i agree with lee. i find my annual clean install makes the machine run faster and smoother with less beachballing, etc. its also a great way to get rid of all the extra random crap i have downloaded, etc. usually takes me an afternoon and another day of finding random settings to adjust, etc. well worth it in my opinion. i am not saying that these are not issues that could potentially be solved on a piecemeal basis without a clean install, but i prefer it that way.

    i am due for one soon actually.
     
  22. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    IJ Reilly What do you do when there is a major upgrade i.ie Tiger - Leopard

    I plan on doing a clean install when upgrading to Leopard.
     
  23. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    you know, i've never thought of that. so you're a genius in my book. thanks for that tip. it'll be one of the first things i do when i re-install next time.
     
  24. iKwick7 macrumors 65816

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    I've been thinking about doing a clean install for some time on my iMac. I think I'll wait until Leapord comes out though, but I really need to start backing up everything. On another note, I've also noticed that the dvd player is skipping/freezing sometimes- I think something may be wrong with the drive. :(
     
  25. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Agreed.

    If an unfixable problem arises, then do a clean install. Otherwise, there isn't much point. Restarting your system helps, too.
     

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