The first time I tried installing 10.5.8, my keyboard and trackpad didn’t work. I reinstalled OS X, and tried again. My keyboard and trackpad worked fine after the update. When Thomas updated, he kept getting kernel panics until he booted into safe-mode (-x) and installed the audio drivers. Just goes to show that this can be a strange business of trial and error. Now let’s get started.
1. Thomas say “Back-up your computer“. Listen to the man, and do it.
2. Download the 10.5.8 Drivers Pack. You won’t have WiFi or sound after the update.
3. Go over here and download the Combo Update. You can use Software Update, but the Combo Update is safer.
4. When the .dmg is finished downloading (it’ll take a while, it’s nearly 800 MB) the installer will automatically start (if you’re using Safari that is; if not, just double-click the .dmg and then run the .pkg). All you have to do it click Continue a couple times. Installation will take awhile. I almost force-quit the installer because it appeared to be stalling, but it wasn’t. Be patient. Go get some coffee and ruminate on whether Starbucks customers are addicts or assholes.
5. When the installer is done, you’ll be prompted to reboot. You’re first reboot will most likely fail. This is normal. It’ll probably reboot on its own, but if it doesn’t, just hold down the power button. Boot with the -v (verbose) flag next time to see if there are any errors. If you still can’t boot without getting a Kernel Panic, boot with -x and that will get you in.
6. If all goes well, you’ll be back at your desktop. Not much is broken; only WiFi and Sound. Unzip the driver pack you downloaded earlier and install the kexts. Be sure to repair disk permissions when you’re done.
Note: If the included audio driver doesn’t work for you try following Richard’s instructions.
7. Reboot and then download the Sleep Fix provided by Sami (Thanks Sami!)
8. Navigate to /System/Library/Extensions/ and delete IntelCPUPowerManagement.kext
9. Install the included Kext, Repair Permissions in Disk Utility, and then reboot with the -f flag
10. Thank Sami for this find!
The list of changes in 10.5.8, from Apple itself, include:
- Upgrades Safari to version 4.0.2
- Improves the accuracy of full history search in Safari 4.
- Improves overall Bluetooth reliability with external devices, USB webcams and printers.
- Addresses an issue that could cause extended startup times.
- Improves compatibility with some external USB hard drives.
- Includes latest security fixes.
Note: If there’s anything else that isn’t working take a look at the drivers guide.
Update 1: It looks like sleep is broken but we’re currently working on a fix.
Update 2: If you had the trackpad preference-pane installed, it’ll be gone. You can find it in the drivers guide mentioned earlier along with instruction on how to fix it.