Apple’s decision to not produce a DVD with the Lion system is turning out to be a nightmare for me.
After moving all my files off my trusty Windows 7 PC to the MacMini I did a clean install of Windows 7 and therefore cleaned all my files off the PC so that it was in a like new state.
A couple days ago, I thought the MacMini was slow. However, I thought maybe it was just my imagination since the Windows machine was so powerful. Then yesterday, it was EXTREMELY slow. I brought up the Activity Monitor to see what was happening.
The Mini came with a 320 GB hard drive and after I had installed my files, I had a little over a half of the space left. Yesterday as I was searching for the problem, I noticed that there was only 30 GB left on the drive. As I watched, the space was diminishing by the second.
I powered it down when there was only 28 GB left. Today, I was able to download the Lion Installer to a USB drive and decided to request a re-install of Lion. To reinstall, you really are downloading Lion from the App store again. After much web searching, I learned how to erase the disk for a clean install.
Following that, i ran into my first problem. When I signed into the App store. It told me I needed to be in the U.S. We has problems with Cable Onda today and while I was trying to figure out the problem, I switched off my VPN in my router. Doing that caused my location to be identified as being Panama.
I guess since my registered address is in the U.S. and I bought the Mini in the U.S. it wanted my ip to be in the U.S.
I got on the iPad and re-activated the VPN option of the router to put my ip address back in the U.S.
This time the App store was happy and started the download. Surprise, it says 248 hours to complete. Hmmmmm! Not a happy camper. I waited ten minutes and the time had not changed.
I decided to try to start again. This time it said 98 hours. I guess that is an improvement. I waited 20 minutes and now it says 48 hours.
I am going to bed and will check for progress tomorrow. So far, my opinion of not having a real DVD with the operating System on it is a very bad idea.
I sure hope the new machine that is coming has Lion already installed and I don’t have to visit the App store for it.
I am just glad that things are easier on a Mac. That is sarcasm.
update October 26 – During the night the download almost completed. It must have had an interruption and still had about 5 minutes to finish. With the system downloaded, it took about 20 minutes to install.
Now I have run into my next problem, which to this point has not been resolved. For some reason, I am not connecting to the router by ethernet. Luckily, the built-in WiFi does connect fine. The ethernet connection worked fine until following the reboot from the Lion installation. It is always strange to me how new problems can crop up with technology, but I have seen it many times. In fact for a while this morning, Cable Onda was down and it took me a while to realize the WiFi was not working because of that outage.
I will say that iCloud was nice and reestablished my address book and calendar and Safari bookmarks. I just had to add my email accounts, other than the iCloud account.
At least I can say that it appears I have a working system. I have not restored my files yet and won’t until I resolve my ethernet problem. The saga continues. I should note that these problems might not be so difficult with a more savvy Mac user.
UPDATE October 26 – 2 – The ethernet problem has been solved. It was a bad ethernet cable.
NOTE: As I read it, to create a bootable Lion image, you have to do it before you install Lion. Unfortunately, I didn’t know enough to do that. If anyone in the Chiriquí area did make a Lion image, I would appreciate it if you could burn me a copy.