Note: You can fix all your broken hardware that results from this update with this handy guide.
It looks like another release of our favorite Operating System is out: Mac OS X 10.5.6. Has anyone tried to upgrade yet from 10.5.5 (Kalyway)? I’m hitting the update button now. Wish me luck!
Downloaded fine but the installer stuck at 61% — screen frozen solid. After a reboot, a whole bag of errors (not hurt) has entered my computer. It appears to be completely toasted. I’m going to start the recovery process and I’ll update this post with more information.
For those of you who don’t want to reinstalll, check out this URL for more detailed information on why 10.5.6 kills your computer and how you can safely upgrade. *READ IT BEFORE YOU ATTEMPT TO UPGRADE* http://netkas.org/?p=78
I’m back on 10.5.5. Funny thing is I ended up downloading my own files from this site because I couldn’t locate my Dell 1525 “Goodies” DVD. I’m going to make a better (Read: real) backup of my system before playing with 10.5.6 again (Thanks, Dave).
Has anyone successfully upgraded to 10.5.6? Post your story/instructions here!
UPDATE (YET AGAIN)!
Dave Wolf saves the day, and here is his comment on upgrading to Mac OS X 10.5.6:
UPGRADING TO 10.5.6
(Richard and I talked last night about upgrading to 10.5.6; I did some testing. I’m posting this to both the 10.5.5 thread and the Tutorial thread. Richard. . . Maybe a new thread for this one is in order. You’ll see what I mean when you check out the below.)
Richard tried a stock install of 10.5.6 straight from the Software Update app. Well, as suspected, this didn’t turn out to well. Update froze, wouldn’t boot, etc. He needed to re-install; there might have been other ways to correct, but he determined re-installing would be the quickest way to get back up and running. Backups (as I discussed in the Tutorial thread) are ESSENTIAL when doing 10.5.x upgrades! You HAVE to play with these things on volumes that ARE NOT your primary volume. At least, I can’t. I use the machine for daily work it’s so stable anymore.
Anyway. . . My testing. . .
I got 10.5.6 up and running. I’ll post more below on how I got there. But, let me tell you what you’ll loose and need to mess with in order to get back and working after you have 10.5.6 on there and booting.
1) Audio will be gone. Needs restored from prior 10.5.5 kexts.
2) Wireless will be gone. Needs patched with the Broadcom patcher again.
3) USB will be running at 11Mb. Needs patched with multiple USB kexts.
4) PS/2 support will be gone. So, no laptop mouse and keyboard; needs kexts.
5) Time Machine will be broken, requiring tweaking of a plist file as it wants to see a NIC.
And this was just what I noticed in playing with the booted OS for about 20 minutes before I hit the sack last night. My thoughts. . . If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it… YET. There is a ton of f#%k-with that needs done to even install the update successfully, and then once at 10.5.6 there’s a ton more, of which I haven’t even dove into yet, although I’m sure it can all be corrected. But, based on the release notes from Apple, I don’t see this update as needing to be applied IMMEDIATELY:
There’s nothing tremendously necessary in this update. At least for me there’s not. That said, I am going to head to it for the fun of it. I’m a masochist like that.
So, if you want to get to the totally broken state I listed above, here’s the steps. These are ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY to install the update successfully. I’ll post more on how to correct all that’s broken later, or someone else can along with me.
Steps to update from 10.5.5 to 10.5.6 (Remember, best practice this one on a backup OS, not your running/working volume):
1) Head to http://pcwizcomputer.com/blog/?p=503 and download all 3 of the new tools.
2) You’ll need to update to the latest Chameleon. You can do so with our Chameleon update guide.
3) Grab DSDT Patcher and make yourself a dsdt.aml file for your specific machine and place it in the root of the install volume. Alternatively, if you are using an Insprion 1525, you can use this one.
4) You’ll find a new directory called /UOIBackup or something like that (created by the Universal Installer). It will contain 3 kext files. These are the defensive kexts that are used with a Boot-132 install. Me, I installed these kexts last go-round with 10.5.5. So, I had them already installed. One was updated from what I had installed, but anyway, use KextHelper or whatever kext installer you use and install them to your Extensions folder. Kill your extensions cache after installing them (a.k.a. Tag Cache Rebuild in Kext Helper) and repair permissions.
At this point, you’re ready to reboot with the new bootloader/EFI, the dsdt.aml in use, and the defensive kexts loading up still at 10.5.5. So, reboot, watch the new stuff, and get back into 10.5.5. Everything should still be as it was at this point.
You can now load 10.5.6 from the here. Just be aware of what you’ll run into after a couple of reboots. You’ll get into the OS, but most of all your devices will be broken at least for now.
Stay tuned. . . I’ll have more to come regarding getting a broken 10.5.6 install actually working in a bit. In the meantime, READ, READ, and READ everything related to all the links I listed above, including any readmes or instructions that are included with the packages. They’ll help you understand the whole process a lot better than I detailed it.