OS X 10.8.1 strange update experience

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by 'Arry, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. 'Arry macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2012
    I had a strange 'double' update experience from 10.8.0 to 10.8.1 on my mid-2009 13"MBP.

    I went to the software update section of the App Store, was notified of the 10.8.1 update, agreed, dowloaded the 40-something MB parcel, installed, and the computer restarted itself. Took around 20 minutes to install (at least, that's what was predicted; I wandered off and wasn't there when it finished).

    On logging into my user account again, I had no control over the volume. Sound was being output at a fairly normal volume, but I was unable to change the system volume. F10-F12 keys; menubar icon; System Preferences; Apple remote+mic in the headphone socket; all of these were tried and failed. The volume display square appeared grey (ok, greyer than normal) in the middle of the screen when I pressed the buttons, with no 'pips' representing the volume. The menubar control was greyed out and unmovable. The system preferences pane had the mute box ticked, but it was not changeable.

    Furthermore, Messages kept notifying me that there was a new message, but would not show it to me. I would go to the thread, the blue circle would disappear, then it would reappear a few seconds later. There was a message in the thread on my iPhone that would not appear in Messages on the Mac, for no reason I can think of.

    I checked About My Mac, and it said I was on 10.8. Not 10.8.1; just 10.8. So I went into the App Store again ... and there is another ML update. "What have I got to lose?" I said to myself. A 7.2MB download, two minutes of installation, and a restart later, my MBP finally seems convinced that it is running 10.8.1.

    The earlier problems with volume control and Messages are gone. The only remaining vestige of what happened earlier is that my clock has been changed to Los Angeles time, when I am on the East Coast.

    Anyone else have a similar experience? Any suggestions about the twilight zone my MacBook Pro inhabited for a few hours?
  2. jfruh macrumors member

    Jul 17, 2002
    I'm seeing the sound problem you describe too on my 13" mid-2010 MacBook Pro. Unfortunately About This Mac correctly pegs me as running 10.8.1. Not sure how else to resolve this but would appreciate any advice if anyone else has the same problems.
  3. ewaldmire macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2012
    I had a similar problem. Could not reduce the volume from full volume if I had my Apogee Duet (original) plugged in. Macbook Pro's internal speakers were fine. Every attempt to turn it down would look on the screen like it was going down, but would instantly go back to full volume. My system showed 10.8.1, so I downloaded the 10.8.1 update from here and reinstalled:


    Now I can turn my volume up/down everywhere but the keyboard buttons... not perfect, but at least I can use my laptop with my Apogee Duet again!

    Good luck!

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