Thousands of Mac users upgraded to Panther successfully with Joe Kissell’s previous best-selling ebook, Take Control of Upgrading to Panther, and Joe is back with detailed advice for upgrading to Tiger. Joe’s expert guidance, developed over numerous test installations, thoroughly explains the seven steps necessary before upgrading, which of Tiger’s three installation options is right for you, how to perform the actual upgrade, and the four tasks you must perform after the upgrade finishes. Also included are instructions if you’re upgrading from Mac OS 9.
"I purchased a copy of Take Control of Upgrading to Tiger, and it truly was a lifesaver." —Jon Rosen
Worried that something might go wrong? Joe provides practical troubleshooting tips for the most common problems, step-by-step instructions on how to downgrade to your previous system if necessary, and in-depth discussions of what exactly each installation option does (and does not do).
Read this ebook to learn the answers to questions like:
- Will my Mac and peripherals work with Tiger?
- Which upgrade method should I use?
- Should I partition my hard disk?
- Which files aren’t copied by Archive and Install?
- What if I can’t print or connect to my Bluetooth cell phone after upgrading?
- Do I need new versions of my utilities for Tiger?
- Why is Mail importing all my email messages?
- What should I do if my Mac refuses to boot under Tiger?
Read Me First
Tiger Upgrade Quick Start
Check Your Hardware for Compatibility
Choose an Upgrade Method
Disable Login Items
Back Up Your Data
Make Sure You Have a Mac OS 9 Installer
Verify Your Hard Disk
Consider Partitioning Your Hard Disk
Perform a Customized Upgrade
Run Software Update
Set Up Your Tiger Environment
Restore Missing Files
Upgrading from Mac OS 9?
Troubleshoot Upgrade Problems
How to Downgrade
Appendix A: Software Sources
Upgrading your Mac's operating system is a bit like removing your
house's existing foundation to add a new garage underneath--
something that happens frequently here in San Francisco. In both
cases, the procedure is conceptually simple: set aside the parts you
want to keep; remove some old pieces; add some new pieces; replace
the original structure onto the new foundation; and reconnect all the
infrastructure that was severed in the process. Assuming all goes well,
the final product is more stable and has wonderful new features.
In the case of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, tens of thousands of pieces--the
files that make up the operating system and your data--must go into
just the right places with just the right settings. Ensuring that this
happens is the job of the installer application, which knows what
needs to go where. Apple wants you to think of the process as a simple
one: double-click the installer, answer a few easy questions, wait for
the installation to complete, and enjoy your new operating system.
And to their credit, Apple has made some wonderful improvements
in the Tiger installer that promise to eliminate many frustrations of
earlier upgrades. Many users will have just the sort of trouble-free
upgrade we all hope for.
Even so, a major system upgrade such as this one is a complex op-
eration with many potential pitfalls. Problems can and do occur.
Some users will find that they can't complete the installation process
but won't know why: Some will be unsure which options to choose,
or what effect they'll have. Some will be unable to reboot their Macs
after the installer finishes. Some will be unable to print or access the
Internet. Some will lose important data, encounter software incom-
patibilities, or find that their peripherals no longer work. I've run into
all these problems and more at one time or another, and I want to
spare you such inconveniences.
I have performed hundreds of operating system installations and
upgrades, including, at last count, 48 of Tiger (no kidding). I've
learned how to prevent, solve, or work around most of the problems
that can occur, and I share that information here so that you will have
a fantastic experience upgrading your own computers to run Tiger.
This ebook is your anti-anxiety guide to every step of the process.
July 5, 2012 -- We don't plan to update the 10.4 Tiger edition of this ebook, though future editions about later versions of Mac OS X are available.