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Apple Releases OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Update

 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 2:22 pm    Post subject: Apple Releases OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Update Reply with quote

Apple Releases OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Update
Monday, June 30, 2014
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Apple today released the OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Update via their Mac App Store and website for direct download. According to the company, this update is recommended for all Mavericks users. It improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. They also mention in the release notes that it specifically:

- Fixes an issue that prevented some Macs from automatically connecting to known Wi-Fi networks.
- Fixes issue causing the background or Apple logo to appear incorrectly on startup.
- Improves the reliability of waking from sleep.
- Includes Safari 7.0.5.

The OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Update weighs in at 283 MB and requires OS X Mavericks 10.9.3. Apple also released a Combo update for users looking to update from earlier versions of OS X Mavericks.



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 3:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This update is the first major catastrophe I had since owning a Mac. Did the restart and it would not boot. Tried it all spent hours on the web like an idiot I didn't have time machine on. The only thing it would allow me to do was erase the drive not even do a fresh install. Anyways bought a new SSD and now I got snow leopard running. Hooked the old drive back up. Doesn't mount at first took ages and tried to verify it. Eventually it says there is an error. I erased it then verified it the drive is perfect so it was the install. Now I got a time machine back up drive.



Although this experience was devastating at first i would say that was a pretty good haul for not having any serious problems. My problem was having to much faith in the reliability of my mac it's been so faithful. I keep putting off an external drive for time machine. I do the occasional save stuff but nothing serious. It took a long time to get this up running without it feeling like and empty shell. Gonna enjoy SL for a bit see how bad I Jones for messaging. I miss that already and share ( maybe more), and sort of the newer mail but the more I get used to the old one its pretty slick too.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is why I like to make a bootable clone of my hard drive before updating my OS. ie. 10.9.3 -> 10.9.4

This is so if there are any issues I can hold the option key and boot off my external and be back to exactly the same state I was in prior to doing the update.

My guess is you had some underlying issues prior to the update.

If I'm going to upgrade to an entirely new OS i.e. 10.8 -> 10.9
-I make a bootable clone of my system
-I then run OnyX to run maintenance
-Then I upgrade the OS

Hopefully this help you for next time. As you mentioned, normally there aren't a lot of issues with updating Macs but we should still take precautions.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the advice Bill. I am working on a clone of "snowy" right now. See if it's bootable then from there I am gonna upgrade to Mavericks. Gotta see how much the ssd improved things. While my memories of snowy is still with me. I can go back if I don't like it. It saves me a ton of time too doing it this way. Get Mavericks and all the apps all up to date, and probably clone that as well. Wish I had more space to do more. I may do that instead of time machine it may not be up to date ( all the time) but seems more reliable. I could be wrong. I never used it before.





Edit: Testing bootable clone now letting it index. So far so good. Snowy barely benefits from an SSD it's just that fast. Boot up times are better and everything is just "slightly", and that is running from a USB external enclosure. Iphoto even is fast. Dang wish the newer OSX's were that fast.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 2:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ray Finkle wrote:
......Get Mavericks and all the apps all up to date......

Going from SnowLeopard to Mavericks means you will lose the option to run any old PowerPC applications (but you probably knew that!) I had to say goodbye to FileMaker and some old video processing apps I had.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 3:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mooblie wrote:
Ray Finkle wrote:
......Get Mavericks and all the apps all up to date......

Going from SnowLeopard to Mavericks means you will lose the option to run any old PowerPC applications (but you probably knew that!) I had to say goodbye to FileMaker and some old video processing apps I had.



Yeah I had Mavericks running prior to this. I haven't did any video editing in a long time. I don't like itunes 11 and it's forced on you with Mavericks. So its' possible I will be going back I am just curious how well it will run with my new SSD now. While waiting for it to download I already feel like I'm gonna miss it. Got it cloned so I should be ok if I want to go back. I like the colors of snowy too miss that, and expose' you can still see your desktop. A lot of cools things I forgot about.



Edit: Waited 12 hours for it to download and got a message said application was not able to download. Wow. LOL
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 4:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got Mavericks all up to date and running the SSD helps it on my early 09 mini. Boots faster everything is faster not as fast as snow leopard but it helps quite a bit compared to what it was. Making a bootable clone of Mavericks now.
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