ML takes HOURS to download

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Nychot, Jul 29, 2012.

  1. Nychot macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2011
    I started it at 9pm Saturday night, used insomniac to close the lid and let it download all night and the frigging progress bar hasn't even moved 12 hours later at 9 am. called apple and even talking to a senior ML guy the best he could tell me was to take it to the genius bar or somewhere else and try to get it faster. and i have a great and fast home network. i stream netflix and Apple TV video with no stutters yards away from my router. oh, and he says why don't i just ethernet it to the router -- and this after i told him i had a 2012 macbook air, which of course has NO ethernet port. he said well it could take days for it to download. the only reason i want it is for streaming. it just might be easier to buy that $10 app that streams and screw ML.
  2. jgo78 macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2008
    weird, it only took me about 30 minutes to DL
  3. Nychot thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2011
    mr. lucky
  4. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    Took me 8 min to download last time ...

    What speed you have in general on your connection ? can help to find out.
  5. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Where are you downloading it from? I downloaded it twice on Thursday night (as part of my clean install) and both times it took about 20-30 minutes to download and about 15 minutes to install. I have Verizon FIOS.
  6. Acorn macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2009
    I have upgraded Fios and it took about 8 minutes to download and around 15 minutes to install.
  7. cedwhatev macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2011
    A good trick is to pause the download, then resume from time to time. I did it about 5-6 times while downloading ML, and I got it done in about 75 minutes..
  8. Nychot thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2011
    it's now 4:30 pm on sunday and its only about 3/4 done downloading. totally bizarre. that's 19 hours so far. and i do have a good wifi
  9. maxy123 macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2012
  10. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020


    Feb 16, 2012
    Now it's going to be all about your internet bandwidth as the launch day load will be tailing off, just have to wait.
  11. asting macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2012
    This is a problem on your end. Servers were fine. I downloaded it a few times in about an hour and a half, surely limited by my wireless and not their servers.
  12. solderguy1 macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2012
    To OP,
    Just as a sanity check, did you try going into System Prefs > Energy Saver and setting the Power Adapter's Computer Sleep to Never?

    MBA constantly on charger?

    Enough disk space?
  13. Nychot thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2011
    Didnt do the system prefs but set an app that does not put the mba to sleep when the lid is closed. Did the same as prefs right? If so i think out at&t dsl slowed down. I plan to switch to cable
  14. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    Me too. Something sounds suspicious with your connection OP.
  15. Nychot thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2011
    Here's the real kicker!!! figuring it was finally downloaded i went to the mba and ML was nowhere to be found. it was no longer downloading and it had actually disappeared. i called apple and spoke to a ML tech and we looked everywhere and it was gone. he couldn't figure out what happened and said my only option was to start downloading it again. UFB. anyone have any theories? there were no messages etc, nothing, zip.:confused:
  16. macneubie macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2011
    Took me about 6min to download the installer. Running on 50mbps fiber connection
  17. ntrigue macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    I always just go to the Apple Store. 15 minutes.
  18. 0000757 macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011
    Took about 10 minutes

    Business class 100mb/s download speed YEAH!
  19. Nychot thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2011
    i think i'll do the same.
  20. ntrigue macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    They are very accommodating. An employee helped me create a bootable copy with Lion Diskmaker!
  21. Moshe1010 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 27, 2010
    Don't worry, you're not missing anything useful. This update should be free, it's a steal to demand $20 for 5 features (195 out of 200 they declared as "new" are for Chinese customers).
  22. Nychot thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2011
    All i cared about was mirroring.
  23. pilotkid macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2006
    Chandler, AZ/Chicago, IL
    I guess I was lucky. It took me about 10 minutes to download on release day, and about 15 minutes to install. Go to a local Starbucks and use their free wifi, its pretty fast for a public hotspot.
  24. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Haven't downloaded Mountain Lion yet, but Lion only took 30 minutes to download for meh :)
  25. stchman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2012
    St. Louis, MO
    I was able to download ML is less than 1/2 hour, orf course I have a 30Mb connection.

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