Take Control of Upgrading to Tiger

Book description

<>Start on the right foot with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger!

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 new 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. 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). Bonus Section! Direct links to software update sites for FireWire hard drives, keyboards, mice, printers, scanners, video cards, audio equipment, common utilities and more.

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?

  • Table of contents

    1. Copyright
    2. Read Me First
      1. Onscreen Reading Tips
      2. Printing Tips
      3. Basics
      4. What’s New in Version 1.0.2
    3. Introduction
    4. Tiger Upgrade Quick Start
    5. Check Your Hardware for Compatibility
      1. Processor and FireWire Support
      2. DVD Support
      3. Processor Upgrade Cards
      4. RAM
      5. Video Cards
      6. PCI Cards
      7. Update Your Firmware If Necessary
      8. Update (or Disconnect) FireWire Hard Drives
      9. Make Sure You Have Enough Disk Space
      10. Check Your Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse
    6. Choose an Upgrade Method
      1. Upgrade Mac OS X
      2. Archive and Install
      3. Erase and Install
      4. Which Method Is Right for You?
    7. Disable Login Items
    8. Back Up Your Data
      1. Back Up Your Personal Files
      2. Make a Duplicate
    9. Make Sure You Have a Mac OS 9 Installer
    10. Verify Your Hard Disk
    11. Consider Partitioning Your Hard Disk
      1. Understand Why (or Why Not) to Partition a Disk
      2. Decide on Partition Sizes
      3. Partition a Disk
    12. Perform a Customized Upgrade
      1. Keep Your Mac Awake
      2. Run the Installer
      3. Select a Destination
      4. Select an Upgrade Method
      5. Choose Optional Software
      6. Have a Cup of Tea
      7. Use Setup Assistant
        1. Transfer your old data
        2. Complete Setup Assistant
    13. Run Software Update
    14. Set Up Your Tiger Environment
      1. Spotlight Indexing
      2. Missing Features?
      3. Other Surprises
      4. Software That May Not Work
      5. Xcode Tools
      6. A Word about FileVault
    15. Restore Missing Files
      1. Reinstall Drivers and Utilities
      2. Copy Old Files Manually
        1. How to find files
        2. How to copy files
        3. Files you may want to copy
      3. Restore Login Items
      4. Install Mac OS 9 for Classic (If Necessary)
      5. Verify Your Disk (Again)
      6. Final Software Advice
    16. Upgrading from Mac OS 9?
    17. Troubleshoot Upgrade Problems
      1. Computer Won’t Start Up from the DVD...
      2. Installer Refuses to Install...
      3. Can’t Select Installation Volume...
      4. Installation Does Not Complete...
      5. Computer Won’t Start Up Under Tiger...
      6. Printer Won’t Print...
        1. Printer not listed
        2. Printer is listed, but it won’t print
      7. If All Else Fails...
    18. How to Downgrade
      1. Reverting to a Bootable Duplicate
      2. Reverting to Panther with Archive and Install
      3. Downgrading Manually
    19. A. Software Sources
    20. About This Ebook
      1. About the Author
      2. Author’s Acknowledgements
      3. Shameless Plug
      4. Take Control: The Series
      5. About TidBITS Electronic Publishing
      6. Production Credits

    Product information

    • Title: Take Control of Upgrading to Tiger
    • Author(s): Joe Kissell
    • Release date: May 2007
    • Publisher(s): Peachpit Press
    • ISBN: 0975950312