Steps to upgrading to Lion

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Eldiablojoe, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. Eldiablojoe macrumors 6502a

    Eldiablojoe

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    I have a semi-buggy version of SnowLeopard. My MacBook has always run like a version of Windows with lots of beachball action and frozen screens. Some of these little peculiarities disappeared when I reinstalled the OS, but other minor blips have popped up.

    I'm eager for a complete new OS, so I want to give Lion a try.

    Are there any steps I should make sure to take before I install Lion. I mean besides the obvious running of Time Machine and backing / syncing of my iOS devices and updating my 3rd party and Apple software to the latest versions.

    Thank you.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Sounds like your best option is to perform a clean install. Otherwise the slowness of SL will most likely exist in Lion too.
     
  3. robgendreau macrumors 68030

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    A clean install is no panacea. It depends on what's causing your slow-downs. Watch the processes in Activity Monitor to get a clue.

    Check your RAM, your hard drive, and any peripherals for problems. Fix your permissions. And if the problems occur with a particular application, try reinstalling it.

    If you have a good backup then you can install using Apple's recommended procedure and see if it works. If so, you're done. If not, then go to more labor intensive methods. I suspect your current problems won't be fixed by a new OS.

    Rob
     
  4. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Check the compatibility of the apps you use often with Lion before you make the leap.
     
  5. PS65 macrumors 6502

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    Whilst I agree with Rob's comment that you should carry out the analysis to help determine the cause, I have to say a clean install of a new OS still works.

    There is much debate as to whether a clean install on a Mac improves performance or rectifies any earlier issues. My experience, ignoring all theory, is that it works wonders.

    If you can't find the cause after a day or so, I suggest focusing your time on a clean install.

    PS. Have you checked Console?
     

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