Updating Leopard Means Visit to Genius BarApril 9th, 2008
So I made the mistake of assuming upgrading my Mac to the newest OS, Leopard, would be as standard as any other update. Boy, was I ever wrong. Now my Mac is having a slumber party at my local Apple Store in the capable (?) hands of their ‘Geniuses.’ Sadly, I knew the problem going in but only after I totally disabled my laptop.
It would seem that while installing the Leopard OS, it does some very stringent testing on the RAM. I looked at all the specs and my Powerbook PC met them but what Apple doesn’t state on their site is that Leopard has some issues with non-OEM RAM. In other words, if you have non-Apple RAM installed on your machine, you may not be able to install Leopard. The current solution from the ‘Geniuses’ is to use another machine to install Leopard from. So the lesson here is to make sure you have some OEM RAM in case you need it to install Leopard because it’s not very forgiving during installation. Rumor has it once installed, there are no problems. Funny how that works. Unfortunately, it has left me without a work machine for two days (and counting).