Bugs & Fixes: From missing alarms to update woes
Posted 22 June 2012 - 02:13 PM
You only have to reinstall the entire OS if the 1.2 update left you with an "unresponsive" Mac. Otherwise, I assume you can just install the 1.2.1 update and be done with it.
Posted 22 June 2012 - 04:03 PM
Here's a 13-page thread about it:
Posted 22 June 2012 - 04:43 PM
Another solution is to (re)apply the Combo update for OS X 10.7.4. This is most easily done if you can start up successfully in Safe mode (hold down the Shift key when you start your computer until you see the progress bar in the Apple start-up screen). If this is not possible, then you can start up from a bootable alternative hard drive or partition (such as a cloned backup - the one you should have made before applying the update) or with another computer with your damaged Mac connected in target disk mode. Be sure to download and use the Combo update, not the incremental version. It's a larger download but is more reliable for squashing bugs. Any of these is easier than reinstalling the system. You can also restore your system from a Time Machine backup; though this can be time consuming, again it's easier than reinstalling the system from scratch - unless you have a brand new computer with little third-party software to reinstall.
It seems to be the case, given this and other recent - and not so recent - flawed updates that quality control at Apple has become dysfunctional. Each time they screw up I wonder, will this be the one that alerts them to the problem and motivates them to fix it, or will they blunder on all un-carring. So far, blunder on seems to be their operating principle.
This post has been edited by whitedog: 22 June 2012 - 04:44 PM