Lion and Xserve problems

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by newfoundglory, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. newfoundglory macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2007
    I cannot get lion to work right on an Xserve at work. Early 2008 model with 2 xeon dual core processors and 3gb ram. I get spinning beach balls in system preferences, I cannot access it remotely using remote desktop and I cannot install as it hangs while trying to configure it (various timeouts displayed in console).

    Anyway, I just cant understand how lion is so bad. I've had problems on every mac I've installed it on!
  2. mrbash macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2008
    I had loads of trouble with Lion including the situation that you describe. In my case, it was an unsupported Apple USB Modem that caused the problem. Once I removed it things got better, but it still took over 10mins to start on a 2010 iMac i7.
  3. wescravn macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2007
    East Orange
    I don't understand your problems. I have lion running on 5+ macs, and have no issues. :confused:


    Also update to 10.7.1 and the upcoming 10.7.2 of course
  4. mrbash macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2008
    Really?! Supposedly after 17+ years in IT, you are confident in concluding whatever experience you have with your 5 computers, is going to be exactly the same for everyone else?
  5. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    I think that what wescravn is saying is that problems have causes. Each problem has a finite number of causes. There are some design choices in MacOS X 10.7 that I do not like. However, those have no bearing on the performance of my computer. Design choices aside, every other problem that I have ever had with a Mac has been mechanical or electrical/electronic.

    As for the OP, he has provided very sketchy information about the nature of his problem. I have to wonder about the source of his copy of Lion.
  6. newfoundglory, Oct 2, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2011

    newfoundglory thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2007
    To be honest, I tried putting Snow Leopard server from an original snow leopard DVD and it too is having some weird issues during the server setup. It was too late on Friday to start messing around, but my current theory is this particular Xserve maybe has a hardware problem of some sort. Perhaps it is related to the on-board networking, as there is no third part hardware connected. However, it had 10.5 on it previously with no issues. So I am going to look into it this week.

    But I have also had bad experiences with Lion on my own 2010 mac mini server. The 320M graphics drivers are rubbish in Lion, and keep causing all sorts of weird graphics corruption particularly in Safari (doesn't happen in snow leopard!). I also cannot create a software raid set which I can install Lion on (works in SL), as the installer just hangs. I had the same issue on a 2010 Mac Pro with a hanging installer on a partitioned HDD.

    And in fact, having re-installed Snow Leopard on the second hard drive in my mac mini it seems that the performance of SL could in fact be considered superior to Lion.

    The only Mac I haven't had issues with Lion on is an Early 2008 MacBook Pro, although there was a nasty trackpad bug where you couldn't enable secondary click for this model - that was fixed in 10.7.1

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