If you are having problems starting up after applying the Mac OS X 10.4.7 (i.e. startup stalls at the grey screen or another point before the desktop appears), first try the suggestions in our tutorial "Startup will not proceed after a system or security update; solving."
Failing those options, you may need to re-apply the Mac OS X 10.4.7 combo updater while booted from a separate startup drive via the following process:
- Download and save the Mac OS X 10.4.7 combo updater (PowerPC or Intel).
- Startup from an alternate boot volume, such as an external FireWire drive, or use another Mac to boot the problematic system in FireWire target disk mode (connect the two machines via a FireWire cable, and boot the target [problematic] system while holding down the "T" key)
- Once booted from an alternate drive, select the problematic volume in the Finder, and "Get Info" -- either by pressing the Command-I keyboard combination or accessing the "Get Info" option in the File menu. Check the box marked "Ignore ownership permissions on this volume."
- If you have a third-party disk repair utility like DiskWarrior, use it to re-build the directory on the problematic volume (this step may not be necessary)
- Re-install the Mac OS X 10.4.7 combo updater on the problematic drive.
- Re-attempt booting from the problematic volume (hold down the option key at startup to select the desired drive)
Alternatively, if you have an Intel-based Macs with Boot Camp and Windows installed, you can avoid having to use another Mac in the process.
Next, boot from your Mac OS X installation disc, and was your system is booted click the "Continue..." button. From the "Utilities" menu, open Disk Utility and use the "Repair Disk" function to ensure your drive integrity. Now, from the "Utilities" menu select "Terminal" and use the Terminal cp command to copy the Mac OS X 10.4.7 Combo Updater from the Windows partition to the Mac OS X partition. The command should like something like this, but will depend on where the combo updater is stored on your Windows partition, and what your Windows partition is named.
- cp /Volumes/(Name of your Windows drive)/MacOSXUpdCombo10.4.7Intel.pkg /Volumes/(Name of your Mac OS X drive)/MacOSXUpdCombo10.4.7Intel.pkg
Next, run the Combo Updater installer, via the following Terminal commands (press return after each):
- /Volumes/osx/usr/sbin/installer -verbose -pkg
- /Volumes/osx/MacOSXUpdCombo10.4.7Intel.pkg -target /Volumes/osx
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- Bluetooth: Erratic device behavior, loss of connectivity
- Cellular data modems now natively supported
- CS2 apps (Photoshop, etc.) not launching -- potential fix
- Digital camera problems -- not recognized, workaround
- Don't skip update verification process
- Dozens of SMB processes spawned -- fix
- Example of the dangers in continuing work while update is applying
- External drives not recognized -- fixes
- FireWire device recognition issues
- Increased fan activity -- fixes
- Intel re-release: Determining whether you have the old or new version, more
- Internet access problems caused by DNS errors
- iSync issues
- MacBook Pro screen failures with external display connected
- MacBook (13"): Vertical multi-colored lines at startup after Mac OS X 10.4.7 update
- Microsoft Word crashing frequently -- fix
- Palm synchronization issues
- Printing issues -- fixes
- Problems caused by devices connected during update
- Problems starting up after update -- fixes
- Quark Xpress 6.5: Problems with fonts, temporary fix
- Rosetta problems -- potential fix
- Safari: Problems accessing secure sites, crashes, more
- SoundSticks unrecognized -- fix
- Spotlight will be re-enabled after update
- SuperDrive burn issues -- fix
- Third-party displays causing freezes
- Trackpad difficulties -- input not recognized
- Two-finger click functionality now enabled on 15" MacBook Pros, PowerBooks
- USB problems (device recognition, preventing your Mac from sleeping etc.) -- fixes
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