On reinstalling OS X Leopard
Finally got the scanner working again
The short version goes something like: worth it in the end, but shouldn’uh hadtuh…
- Airport connects on wake.
- Mail.app syncs on wake.
- VPN is working again.
- Video artefacts have gone.
- Safari has chilled out.
- Command + Tab switching works.
- My business is fast.
What I did:
- Cloned startup disk using SuperDuper! and confirmed it was bootable.
- Launched the installer, restarted and chose Erase and Install.
- Created a new admin account.
- Selectively copied user data for some (mostly-Apple) apps† and additional fonts using Adam Rosen’s guidelines.
- Reinstalled additional applications from scratch‡ intentionally leaving the cruft behind.
- Cloned the new startup disk, tested it and scheduled nightly backups.
- Added the printer.
- Added the scanner.
- Blogged about it.
Would I recommend you do it if you have mad problems resulting from a regular upgrade? Yes. Should you have to? Nope. It’s just the price you pay for love-needing the Apple.
† Address Book, iCal, iTunes, Mail and Safari. I also had to boot back into my old system to export data from Address Book and Transmit.
‡ Coda, MAMP, MarsEdit, NetNewsWire, Photoshop, Quicksilver, TextWrangler, Tinkertool, Transmit and something nasty from Cisco related to VPN.