the 29 hour leopard install....WTF!?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by optoomistic, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. optoomistic macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2008
    my 20" intel imac is taking an estimated 29 hours for a clean install of leopard...

    whats your guess?

    wanna die
  2. iShater macrumors 604


    Aug 13, 2002
    Clean as in a wiped hard drive? doesn't sound right at all, I would have restarted the sucker after the first hour if there was no progress and started again. :confused:
  3. yudilks macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2006
    Your Leopard DVD might be dirty...
  4. optoomistic thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2008
    250 gig hdd 60% full started acting up

    slow read and writes and apps

    hickups while playing music in itunes
    let alone me intensive apps

    mostly spinning wheel and clow click responses

    i suspected hdd failure after i looked for mem hogs and cpu drains in activity monitor

    so a reinstall was attempted

    and here we are
  5. iHerzeleid macrumors 6502a


    May 5, 2007

    did you wipe the drive?
  6. optoomistic thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2008
    sory i had a huge post written and my browser crashed

    it went into all the trouble shooting attempts to find out why my imac was starting to slow so considerably,,

    at first i thought the drive was too full
    even though there was 30% free so i freed up some space

    than i thouhgt a ram or cpu hog


    than permissions or os corruption

    so thats where the reinstall comes in

    and now this

    there was no hdd noise at all so thats got me kinda stumped

    what might i be over looking?

    hdd controller
    bad ram <both stickes showed in about this mac>?

  7. yudilks macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2006
    My friend has this kind of problem before. She upgraded - notice the word upgraded - from Tiger to Leopard and apparently there were some conflicts with certain files. I run the maintenance program like Onyx and run the automated maintenance procedure...

    BUT... Since you have put the DVD in and probably have wiped out your HD, you should concentrate in reinstalling Leopard... Did you do Erase and Install or Archive and Install? I suggest that you do Erase and Install (Warning: This will wipe the whole data in your HD, make sure you have backup before proceeding)..
  8. optoomistic thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2008
    i backed up and erased and install

    i tried onyX to fix permissions and tried a few other things in the app but nothing sped up the operation of the imac
  9. optoomistic thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2008
    so the install finally finished kinda, it froze when trying to restore from a time machine back up so I held the power button and it booted up as if it was the first time with the typical leopard movie intro and owner regestration

    It seems to be acting as it was previous to the reformat !
    sluggish disc reads abd general operation

    I went to disc utility and it took forever to gather disc information!

    Is this typical hd failure symptoms
    what else could be the cause?

    What else?

    Please add any thoughts your help will be awesome!
  10. kevbrim macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2008
    Same thing happened to me a few months back. Applecare replaced my HDD for me. Everything good since then.

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