out of Yosemite, back to Mavericks & earlier

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by Janet Hudgins, Jan 12, 2016.

  1. Janet Hudgins macrumors newbie

    Janet Hudgins

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    I made a the biggest mistake of my Mac life when I took the Yosemite bait when using Mavericks. It has ruined my MacBook and now I'm trying to find a way to get rid of it and perhaps Mac altogether. No one said anything about the danger of loading Yosemite in a 2009 MacBook and I've had nothing but grief since as I spend my days waiting, waiting for the computer to do one thing, let alone a few things. And the perpetual spinning ball. How I hate that thing! And the most unforgivable thing Mac has done: it won't allow you to go back. You are forced to like it or lump and so I have to get rid of my MacBook and some other poor soul will have to live with it too.My question is, how can I rid myself of the bane of my life, a mid-2009 MacBook with Yosemite system?
     
  2. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    You most certainly can go back. You have to erase (format) your drive then restore from your Mavericks backup. :)
     
  3. newlifer, Jan 12, 2016
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    never update without a reason. thank god you're not on an iPad or iPhone

    backup your data, download the os. burn it to dvd or usb. format hard drive. reinstall
     
  4. Janet Hudgins thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've been down that path too...and so many more. This assumes that Mavericks is still somewhere in my computer but its not, believe me.

    Love your Walrus. He means business!
     
  5. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    I'm not sure which 2009 MacBook you have (Early, Mid, or Late), but they originally shipped with OS 10.5 to 10.6. That means that at some point Mavericks had to be downloaded from the App Store. Go back to the App Store, check the Purchased tab, download the Mavericks installer, and use the Mavericks installer to make a bootable USB thumb drive installer. You can't install a older OS over a newer OS. That is why your disk must be formatted before installing Mavericks.
     
  6. newlifer, Jan 12, 2016
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  7. Janet Hudgins thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's mid-2009. I bought it refurbished from a local Mac dealer and they downloaded Mavericks. Do you mean I can go back to them and they will recover Mavericks? If so, I'm on my way!
     
  8. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    They should be able to reinstall it for you, but again, your internal drive will have to be formatted to install the older Mavericks OS. Since all files will be wiped from your drive make sure you have a backup. Give them a call to verify that they can/will reinstall Mavericks for you. If nothing else, maybe they could give you the Maverick full installer on your supplied USB thumb drive (the installer app should be 4+ Gb).
     
  9. Ebenezum macrumors 6502a

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    Like others have commented before make sure to have a backup before doing this, installing older OS version means formatting the drive and all data will be lost if you don't have a backup!

    You need a 8 Gb memory stick because the Mavericks installer is over 5 Gb.

    I completely understand the desire to remove Yosemite. I made a similar move last month when I finally got fed up with Yosemite bugs and installed Mavericks. Whole process took about 3 hours but that was because I have more software than average user.

    Remember to always make a backup before upgrading OS, it makes life much easier!
     
  10. Аррlе macrumors newbie

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    I have exactly the same machine, Macbook Alu mid 2009 and i did FULL FORMAT AND INSTALL, and it works very well.
    8 GB memory I have and faster HDD, upgraded only.
     
  11. Janet Hudgins thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It turned out that Yosemite was too much for my Laptop. I needed to increase my Ram memory but of all the support I searched for during all those months, not one person said that. Certainly Apple never said that at any time.
    And, no, you can't go back, by design and intent, Apple makes sure of that. I think they have done something very wrong with this and we ought to call them out for insidiously dictating terms without ever mentioning any of that, anywhere.
     
  12. Riwam macrumors 6502a

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    You can run any OSX with relatively little RAM. More RAM will make it much more comfortable. quicker and it will run different tasks at the same time in a much more efficient way.
    However if the computer model is suitable for upgrading the OSX, doing so will not "ruin" the computer. :confused:
    In every computer operation system newer versions take profit of newer and more powerful CPUs and GPUs and increasing RAM makes the users life more pleasant.
    This applies of course to Windows as well.
    Netbooks with week Atom CPUs some 10-12 years ago could only be used with Windows XP or some special Linux precisely for that reason.
    Therefore many users do not upgrade old hardware to newer OS since in many cases it will be slower and bring no benefit... but it will not be "ruined".:rolleyes:
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  13. Janet Hudgins thread starter macrumors newbie

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    None of this applies in my case. The extra Ram completely fixed the whole problem.

     
  14. Riwam macrumors 6502a

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    So, if adding RAM "completely fixed your whole problem", as you now write, we must assume that you "slightly" exaggerated pretending that upgrading your computer ruined your MacBook. :D

    Keeping proportions is the wise way to think. :rolleyes:
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    so it was nothing but simply failing RAM…..
     
  16. Janet Hudgins thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Who are you people? Escapees from institutions? Certainly not professionals of any kind. I'm blocking this thread and this group now but registering a complaint at the same time.
     
  17. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Interesting take on this thread - but the OP was simply low on RAM, installed more, and now is good.
     
  18. Riwam macrumors 6502a

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    So Janet makes a truly greek tragedy :p involving "ruining" a computer, which turns to be a simple matter of not enough RAM... and others, with a normal sense of reality, are supposed to be "escapees from institutions". :rolleyes:

    Psychiatrists make a lot of money treating people who lose proportions in their daily life and find at the end by themselves that the VERY BIG problem was not so big after all... :D
    Maybe one of those psychiatrists is reading this thread, who knows? ;)
    Anyway Janet's motion picture found a "Happy End" o_O
    That is really good news. :)
    Ed
     

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