Mavericks killed my Mac Pro

digitalhen

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Obviously, it's most likely an isolated case, but a word of warning - OSX Mavericks caused by Mac Pro to fail to boot - just booting to a grey screen.
 

IceMacMac

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Obviously, it's most likely an isolated case, but a word of warning - OSX Mavericks caused by Mac Pro to fail to boot - just booting to a grey screen.
I feel your pain because I've been there. Because I've been stung by loading up on day 1 (or week 1 or even month 1) I avoid early adoption like a plague.
 
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digitalhen

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I feel your pain because I've been there. Because I've been stung by loading up on day 1 (or week 1 or even month 1) I avoid early adoption like a plague.
Honestly - this is such a pain. No disaster, my data is stored separately, but WHAT A PAIN.

Does anyone know how to abort a broken install like this? I can't even get the DVD drive to open to get that in to recover.
 
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MacVidCards

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Honestly - this is such a pain. No disaster, my data is stored separately, but WHAT A PAIN.

Does anyone know how to abort a broken install like this? I can't even get the DVD drive to open to get that in to recover.
reboot and hold left click down to open drive door at boot.

Has to be a wired mouse to work.
 
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tamvly

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Rats. I feel your pain.

This is one of the reasons why I run an internal clone of the boot SSD. I installed Mavericks with the knowledge that if it crapped out, I could always restore from the clone. Although I held my breath as it took several minutes for the machine to reboot after the "less than one minute" remaining graphic appeared. Sigh of relief.
 
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stjames70

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wowzers!

Well, I was just about to upgrade to Mavericks on my iMac and MacPro. I am going to back up the boot drives this instant before I try the update
 
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MacMilligan

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I do daily CCC backups to a spare HDD, so I'm never worried when upgrading. I also have a time machine on my NAS. Always boot into your spare HDD just to make sure it actually works too haha. I had a professor that had a "spare" that was dead when we needed it.

Mavericks is up and running fine on my MacBook Pro. I'm going to mess around with it for a day or so before moving my Mac Pro over.
 
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Macsonic

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Hi digitalhen Sorry to hear about your problem. Though good that you had your files in another separate HD Like what others suggested, a clone of your main HD would come in handy. I'll wait for awhile before Mavericks becomes more stable.
 
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sbarton

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Boot your TM drive and recover to just before you upgraded? You do have a TM drive in your mac pro don't you?
 
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digitalhen

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No time machine - all safely rsync'd to my Synology box and Backblazed away. I think I'll start doing a daily clone of the drive though.

So, the left click worked, and I managed to get the DVD in, but that refused to boot too! The solution in the end was to install Mavericks on a spare drive using my laptop.... boot from that, then switch the startup disk back to my original drive.

i.e. Lots of hassle.

Thanks for all the help.
 
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Lesser Evets

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Did you wait about an hour on the grey screen?

My MacMini loaded it up, "installed" it, then restarted and stayed on a grey screen for almost a whole hour… then it popped up with a Mavericks screen and a long time later my desktop came up.

I have no idea what the system was doing, but it was doing something for a very long time.
 
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Swampus

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I managed to upgrade OK but hung on install "less than a minute" for 15 minutes then away we went - all seems OK so far so good.
Aye. This happened to me too, except maybe closer to 30 minutes. I was just about to do a restart when it finally finished. There have been several similar reports of "less than a minute" taking somewhat longer than an actual minute.
 
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pastrychef

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It has been confirmed in the Mavericks sub-forum that the final second can take up to 10-15 minutes. Just be patient and let the installer finish.
 
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initialsBB

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It has been confirmed in the Mavericks sub-forum that the final second can take up to 10-15 minutes. Just be patient and let the installer finish.
I don't know what it's doing but when I installed Mavericks and it rebooted, Little Snitch when bezerk with popups for what seemed like connections to my Safari bookmarks, maybe... I couldn't select any of the Little Snitch options so mashed the mouse button without looking past the first few warnings.
 
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iSee

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I have a theory that when these isoltated failures happen it's due to a latent issue. I.e., the hard drive was beginning to fail and the heavy-duty operation of installing a new OS trips the fault (because it performs a lot of disk operations and the files are high-stakes ones).

Heh, well, just an idea. Obviously it's due to something rare.

BTW, I updated my MBA and it took quite awhile -- more than an hour, I think -- though I wasn't paying much attention so I don't know what it hung on.
 
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gavinstubbs09

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Upgrading right now on 2 MBAs and 1 rMBP then eventually a Mac Pro 5,1. If any fails I'm screwed, didn't make a backup of anything!

Update: Everything has gone well without an issue. The MP was fine an working on a Late 2012 iMac & mid 2012 MBP right now.
 
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DanielCoffey

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Worked perfectly for me.

I think the thread title could do with being changed though... "killed" implies it actually irreparably damaged the Mac Pro.
 
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digitalhen

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Worked perfectly for me.

I think the thread title could do with being changed though... "killed" implies it actually irreparably damaged the Mac Pro.
Fair point, but given what I had to do to get it back, it normally would have required a trip to the Apple Store. The 10.8 installation was relatively clean & recent, and the fact that the DVD install disc wouldn't boot wasn't a great sign.
 
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nox-uk

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downloaded, updated and booted in under an hour.

if it works on mine, it should work on most. My Mac OS boot disk is an SSD on a pcie card partitioned into 2, suffering from a windows 7->8->8.1 bootcramp install...

both OS's worked fine. Isolated case I hope...

Nox
 
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MassMacMan

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Installed Mavericks on my Retina MBP a few weeks ago without a problem. When I installed it on a spare HD in my Mac Pro, I found out that my scanner app (EPSON Scan) is incompatible, and i use my scanner daily, so until Epson puts out a Mavericks-compatible scan app, I'm sticking with 10.8.5.

Also, there's lots of reports that GPU benchmarks are way down running Mavericks, so be advised...
 
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