Surprise Upgrade to Yosemite OSX 10.10
When I upgraded my iMac and MBPro last year to Mavericks OSX 10.9, I thought it would be the last OS upgrade on my aging hardware. Turns out that Yosemite can also run on it, so I’m going to give it a try. Choosing to upgrade to Yosemite makes sense if I’ll see the same improvements that I got from Leopard to Snow Leopard.
I made a clean install (formatted hard drive) when I installed Mavericks, so I won’t do that when I upgrade to Yosemite. A clean install is always a good idea after a series of upgrades. Though I skipped Lion and Mountain Lion, I’d been having weird problems that were difficult to track down. A clean install can help those problems go away…only if they are related to the OS.
Early 2008 Macbook Pro
Right-away delay when I was ready to upgrade to Yosemite. Time Machine could not do an incremental backup on one of its external drives, so I had to format the drive. Now I have to do a full backup for safety. I have on-going backups on my network drive.
This Macbook Pro has been going downhill. It’s worst fault is wireless connectivity. If it’s on a jiggly table, it will start to have connectivity problems. I can move it, handle it in bed, etc., without losing connection, but vibration just kills it. The only way to successfully connect is to restart it. It’s a pain the ass. Sometimes, I wish I’d bought one of the remaining 17″ MBPros when they were still in the Refurbished store. I’m guessing at this point, I’m going to have to get a 15″ MBPro. People say that having retina display makes the difference. I guess I’ll find out.
So there’s been a big delay in my part in making this upgrade. Been having iPhone issues that are more important.
Downloading and installing Mavericks: 5.16GB file. Windows is doing an update in the background while I download the file.
Installation seemed to go fine. Apple Mail sent a bunch of notifications about adding mail accounts. Hopefully my Mail trouble will go away. Hate the Yosemite Finder icon’s smile. Used to be Mona Lisa mysterious. Now it’s a cheesy grin. The interwebs provide enough cheesy, and I can catch it when I want. This is always there in my Dock.
Now, to live with my upgrade to Yosemite for a while, before I update my early 2008 iMac.
11/24/11 Wireless Trouble in OSX Yosemite
I have on-going wireless trouble in OSX Yosemite, so much so that I’m having to keep an ethernet connection all the time I need to be online. Ug.
1/20/15 Improving Wireless in Yosemite.=
I took several steps I found online (links long since lost) that seemed to make a bit of an improvement in the wifi on my MacBook Pro with Yosemite. Still have it hardwired when I can.
Early 2008 iMac
I’m actually excited to upgrade to Yosemite on this computer. Except for the failing hard drive problems, this iMac has been rock solid. Yes, the screen continues to have burn-in problems, but they don’t affect the functionality of the computer. Upgrading to 6GB of RAM gave it more life, as did adding a 750GB hybrid drive. However, truth be told, this machine has been long in the tooth for a while. I’ve half suspected the software. I don’t expect that this upgrade to Yosemite will fix much of that. I’m hoping that it will fix whatever is wrong with Apple Mail.
1/20/15 Update on iMac Upgrade to OSX Yosemite
At some point, I just jumped in and did an upgrade to Yosemite on my iMac. I was having so many problems with Apple Mail in Mavericks that I had to do something. So far, it’s made Apple Mail more stable, and I’ve had no other fallout from the upgrade.