ReInstalling Mac OSX

Discussion in 'macOS' started by collectiveevol, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. collectiveevol macrumors newbie

    Dec 1, 2008
    Hi All,

    Lately my mac has been freezing up.. almost everyday now, when a month ago is was fine (and had been for over a year) never freezing once. I am thinking I need to do a reinstall of the operating system.

    A few questions,

    Will I still be able to keep all my current programs?

    How do I do this?

    Any help and/or additional suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    Archive Install.

    As usual, best advice is make sure you have a backup before you start messing around.
  3. collectiveevol thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 1, 2008
  4. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    I would strongly recommend against reinstalling OSX at this point. Are you experiencing kernel panics (system asks to be restarted), or something else?

    Please describe your symptoms more completely.
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Two things:

    (1) Make sure you have at least two copies of everything you care about. Do those backups ASAP and put them away, out of reach. (Three copies with one of them off-site would be better.) Don't forget the "ASAP" thing, see #2 below

    (2) re-installing the OS typically does nothing. Yes if you owned an MS Windows computer you likely did some re-installs but Windows is a unique OS in that way. I'd bet that your problem is hardware related. (This is way I said do the backups now, not later.) If I had to guess I'd guess an intermittent RAM failure. But sometimes connectors are loose and pulling them out and pushing back in cures the problem. A re-install is unlikely to fix anything

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