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Take Control of Upgrading to Snow Leopard

Book Description

Installing a major new version of Mac OS X should be exciting and fun, but without proper guidance you may find it nerve-wracking or even risk losing valuable files. Fortunately, many thousands of people have upgraded Mac OS X calmly and successfully with Joe Kissell's previous best-selling Take Control of Upgrading... titles. Joe's friendly, expert steps—developed over innumerable test installations—help you to avoid trouble, understand what's going on when you install Snow Leopard, and easily recover from problems that might arise.

Table of Contents

  1. Take Control of Upgrading to Snow Leopard
    1. Read Me First
      1. Updates
      2. Basics
      3. What's New in This Version
    2. Introduction
    3. 1. Snow Leopard Upgrade Quick Start
    4. 2. Explore Snow Leopard Installer Changes
      1. Single Installation Method
      2. Printer Drivers
      3. Rosetta
      4. QuickTime
      5. Safe Install
      6. Laying Down the Law
      7. Other Changes
    5. 3. Check Your Hardware for Compatibility
      1. Processor Support
      2. RAM
      3. Video Cards
      4. Update Your Firmware if Necessary
      5. Check for Free Disk Space
    6. 4. Back Up Your Disk
      1. Why You Need a Duplicate
      2. Preparing for a Duplicate
        1. Hardware
        2. Software
        3. Which Volumes to Duplicate
        4. Prepare Your External Drive
      3. Create a Duplicate
      4. Test Your Duplicate
      5. Back Up Windows Volumes
    7. 5. Clean Up Your Mac
      1. Update Your Third-Party Software
      2. De-Clutter Your Hard Disk
      3. Run Apple Hardware Test
      4. Run Disk Utility
      5. Update Your Duplicate
      6. Turn Off (yes, Off) Automatic Duplicates
    8. 6. Partitioning: Just Say No
    9. 7. Understand and Prepare for the Upgrade Process
      1. Plan A: Automatic Upgrade
      2. Plan B: Erase and Install
      3. Pick a Plan
      4. Make a Copy of This Book
    10. 8. Upgrade Using Plan A: Automatic Upgrade
      1. Back Up
      2. Start the Installer
      3. Select a Destination
      4. Choose Optional Software
      5. Go for a Walk
      6. Check for Proper Operation
    11. 9. Upgrade Using Plan B: Erase and Install
      1. Back Up
      2. Start the Installer
      3. Erase Your Disk
      4. Complete the Installation
      5. Use Setup Assistant
        1. Transfer Your Old Data
        2. Complete Setup Assistant
    12. 10. Update Apple Software
      1. Update Boot Camp Windows Drivers
    13. 11. Set Up Your Snow Leopard Environment
      1. The Incompatible Software Folder
      2. The Previous System Folder
      3. Time Machine
      4. iDisk Syncing
      5. On-Demand Software Installation
      6. Other Surprises
      7. Software that May Not Work
      8. Xcode
      9. A Word About FileVault
      10. Final Software Advice
    14. 12. Troubleshoot Upgrade Problems
      1. Mac Won't Start Up from the DVD…
      2. Can't Select Installation Volume…
      3. Mac Won't Start Up Under Snow Leopard…
      4. If All Else Fails…
    15. 13. How to Downgrade
    16. A. About This Book
      1. About the Author
      2. Author's Acknowledgments
      3. Shameless Plug
      4. About the Publisher
      5. Production Credits