OSX reinstall > all apps saved?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by lapino, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. lapino macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2009

    I tried to reinstall my OSX today because I had some issues with XBMC which are caused by the latest OSX update (pre-Mountain Lion). Anyway, rebooted with Cmd-R and chose to reinstall OSX only to find that after the reinstall, the whole OSX was unchanged, with all apps even still present (and issues unfixed).

    How do I do a complete CLEAN install of OSX?
  2. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007
    Before the reinstall use disk utilities at boottime to erase the disk)

    What are the issues, BTW? I haven't encountered any with XMBC (knock wood) yet.
  3. Mandrake! macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2012
    You're going to have to create a bootable DVD or USB drive in Disk Utility, boot from it and wipe your drive using the built in utilities. Then install from the burned copy and you should have a clean install.
  4. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007
    No need to do that, although it might be quicker. Hold down the Option key while rebooting and you can go right into disk utility and erase, then reinstall from the recovery partition.
  5. lapino thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2009
    Since last update, when pausing movies the audio is stuttering (well known and documented issue apparently). Also, suddenly movies at random intervals just stop, and then a few secs later play at a very fast rate like it's 'catching up' and then it's back to normal. Usually happens only once during playback, and most of the time in the first 5-10 mins (like it's caching wrong or something).

    Most issues should be resolved with the latest OSX version (Mountain Lion), but I'm not sure I want to pay 20$ for it, since I use my Mac Mini exclusively as a HTPC.
  6. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007
    Sorry, my bad. I somehow assumed you were on Mountain Lion and the problems were caused since the upgrade.

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