This is the worst experience I have had in twenty years of using Macs.
Usually an upgrade just hums along and all is well.
Not so in my case. After the upgrade Leopard appeared and ran about 1/10 the speed of Tiger with nothing but beachballs no matter what I did.
Tried to repair permissions, no go. Try after try. Then I waited and finally after seven loooong minutes it worked but gave me this error code:
Repairing permissions for “Macintosh HD”
Warning: SUID file "System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ARDAgent.app/Contents/MacOS/ARDAgent" has been modified and will not be repaired.
Permissions repair complete
It knocked my Keychain all to hell and every time I made a move, I had to type my password to get past the request window. It told me none of my certificates were trusted and there was no way I could alter them.
So I said to hell with it and moved my important files to my external. I couldn't be bothered to do a new back up as it would take more time than I wanted to spend and I have everything I need backed up in Tiger anyway,
So then I did an erase and install, figuring I would have a nice clean system and I could simply bring my files back and start fresh.
When the second install was done, the first thing I did was go to mail.app and set up my four e-mail accounts, which I have done numerous times.
Much to my surprise, when I set up the first account, it took nearly 10 minutes to verify it for both incoming and outgoing server info.
What's with that?
Then I noticed "it".
You know the tiny wheel that spins when mail is going to the server to get mail? Well I had one right in the middle of the column of mail boxes below the one box I had created, spinning merrily away.
Nothing I could do would get rid of that tiny spinning wheel. So I think, I know, I'll repair permissions. Well not in Leopard I can't. Not from the HD or the Disk. And every single file or app I tried runs so slow you would think I had a Blueberry iMac instead of a first gen 1.83 Ghz MBP with an 80 G HD and 2 G RAM.
What's with that?
In frustration I am on my second erase and install and awaiting it to finish to see if this time something decent happens.
Any chance you've had Spotlight running in the background indexing each time you had these problems? That would slow your machine down a lot. Perhaps also cause file locking that would upset your attempts to fix the disk.
I also had a lot of problems with my Email remembering my passwords. I'm not sure what I did to fix it, either it was when I went in to the keychain editor and removed all the existing related keys or it was because I changed my IMAP server from a mdns name to the related IP address. I think what was happening was that Leopard was defaulting to IPV6 addresses with mdns and my mail server wasn't accepting IMAP connections on the IPV6 stack. That then caused Mail to think that there was a problem and would prompt me for a password. Not sure though.
"Do the Right Thing. It will gratify some people and astound the rest." - Mark Twain
Wow, I was thinking the opposite. My leopard screams (in Mail and Safari at least).
I recommend doing an archive and install if you can't justify wiping your drive.
MacBook 2.0CD, 2GB RAM, 10.5.8
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