Preparing for and installing Mac OS X 10.6.5 update

“In order to get support for the upcoming Mac App Store, Apple is already working on the OS X 10.6.6 release, which indicates the 10.6.5 release will likely soon be available. According to some reports, it is likely the update will be released within the next few days,” Topher Kessler reports for CNET.

“OS X 10.6.5 will be the fifth version of a major release of OS X, and unlike the first few updates, many of the major bugs will likely have already been addressed so updating should be smooth for most people,” Kessler reports. “Despite this, any time an OS update is released, there will be changes to drivers and other core system components that may cause problems for a few users, so unless you absolutely need the update you might consider waiting to allow others to install and test it.”

Kessler reports, “In preparing for the update there are some standard steps you should consider, which include backing up, clearing up current issues, and running a general maintenance routine to prepare your system. In addition, you might consider different possibilities for installing the update instead of just using Software Update.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]


  1. I have lost my Apple ‘synced’ data so many times, it’s pathetic. Sharing a home folder between 10.5 and 10.6 partitions [hardware RAID volumes], definitely percolates the bug sauce.

  2. No argument with auramac, but I always use Software Update and have never had a problem on any of my Macs.

    But then, I run a pretty stock OS X, avoiding hacks. And I always run a maintenance utility (C ocktail — OnyX is good, too) first to clean up any potential issues, then make sure Time Machine has a good backup before installing the update or upgrade of the operating system.

  3. I used to worry about bad things happening during OS X upgrades. I’d clone my home drive, repair permissions, download the combo updated, the whole nine yards.

    I haven’t bothered doing any of that in years. OS X updates, like everything else I own with an Apple logo on it, just work. Unless horror stories flood the net in the next few days (highly unlikely), I will upgrade over the weekend.


  4. @ LordRobin

    > I used to worry about bad things happening during OS X upgrades. I’d clone my home drive, repair permissions, download the combo updated, the whole nine yards.

    Even if you do “nothing,” I think it’s a good idea to do a regular Restart and then immediately install the update using Software Update. If your Mac has been running without a restart for a few days (or a few weeks), sometimes, it’s possible for a running process to get “out of sync” and not quit properly during a restart (or a log out), causing the Mac to hang (or stall for a few minutes until it eventually times out). I think a lot of the reported Mac OS X update problems are caused by this condition, because the Mac seems to “hang” and not restart properly after initiating the update. It had nothing to do with the update…

    So I would still at least restart it to put the Mac in a “fresh” state right BEFORE updating. And if you have “Login Items” that start up automatically, quit those processes before running Software Update.

  5. What if I have Ram Doubler and MultiFinder running while installing the updater, will that screw me up? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

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