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Old Jul 25th, 2012, 09:51 AM   #11
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Looks like I am not the only one having issues:

Some users trying to download Mountain Lion hitting error messages

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Old Jul 25th, 2012, 09:55 AM   #12
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No doubt their servers are getting HAMMERED.

I always picture that scene from Titanic in the boiler room where power is flickering and works are desperately flicking circuits back on and things sparking and on fire.
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Old Jul 25th, 2012, 10:01 AM   #13
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Downloading now. Is there a way to download the package and install on a flash drive as we did with Lion? I suppose most people will let it do it's thing once downloading. Any options for Clean Installs?
Make Your Own Mountain/Lion Installer

1. After downloading Mountain/Lion you must first save the Install Mac OS X Mountain/Lion application. After Mountain/Lion downloads DO NOT click on the Install button. Go to your Applications folder and make a copy of the Mountain/Lion installer. Move the copy into your Downloads folder. Now you can click on the Install button. You must do this because the installer deletes itself automatically when it finishes installing.

2. Get a USB flash drive that is at least 8 GBs. Prep this flash drive as follows:

Open Disk Utility in your Utilities folder.
After DU loads select your flash drive (this is the entry with the mfgr.'s ID and size) from the left side list. Click on the Partition tab in the DU main window.
Under the Volume Scheme heading set the number of partitions from the drop down menu to one. Set the format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled.) Click on the Options button, set the partition scheme to GUID then click on the OK button. Click on the Partition button and wait until the process has completed.
Select the volume you just created (this is the sub-entry under the drive entry) from the left side list. Click on the Erase tab in the DU main window.
Set the format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled.) Click on the Options button, check the button for Zero Data and click on OK to return to the Erase window.
Click on the Erase button. The format process can take up to an hour depending upon the flash drive size.

3. Locate the saved Mountain/Lion installer in your Downloads folder. CTRL- or RIGHT-click on the installer and select Show Package Contents from the contextual menu. Double-click on the Contents folder to open it. Double-click on the SharedSupport folder. In this folder you will see a disc image named InstallESD.dmg.

4. Plug in your freshly prepared USB flash drive. You are going to clone the content of the InstallESD.dmg disc image to the flash drive as follows:
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Old Jul 25th, 2012, 10:03 AM   #14
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No doubt their servers are getting HAMMERED.

I always picture that scene from Titanic in the boiler room where power is flickering and works are desperately flicking circuits back on and things sparking and on fire.
I'm 75% done but there's a ton of congestion from all the simultaneous downloading. I thank Teksavvy for getting a good connection. They have some excellent peering in place to tap into Amazon Web Services, Apples caching partner.

Really looking forward to a lot of the new features and then iOS6 in September. I'm crossing my fingers that everything I need to do work wise can be done on my iPad (when travelling) when all the changes are made and I'll be able to sell my Air.
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Downloading now. Is there a way to download the package and install on a flash drive as we did with Lion? I suppose most people will let it do it's thing once downloading. Any options for Clean Installs?
Here:

http://lifehacker.com/5928780/how-to...sb-flash-drive

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Old Jul 25th, 2012, 10:06 AM   #16
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This statement by Phil Schiller makes me a bit nervous

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“People are going to love how easy it is to download and install from the Mac App Store,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With iCloud integration, Mountain Lion is even easier to set up, and your important information stays up to date across all your devices so you can keep editing documents, taking notes, creating reminders, and continue conversations whether you started on a Mac, iPhone or iPad.”
Every time a company states and emphasizes the obvious, I wonder what is really behind that type of statement.
Was it just that Apple received a lot of complaints about the Lion installation and are now trying to say Mountain Lion is better in that respect and/or people lost files when they upgraded to Lion?
"Mountain Lion is even easier to set up......." easier than what???

Turns out I'm entitled to a "free" Mountain Lion upgrade as well having bought an Air on the 18th of June, but $20 doesn't exactly break the bank if I had to pay for it.
It's not really clear to me - can I just download Mountain Lion and install later or is the download and install all one continuous process.

PS: I see that question was being answered as I typed.

The feature that would interest me the most is the dictation feature.
Anyone try that and can comment how well it works?
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Old Jul 25th, 2012, 10:12 AM   #17
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I'd like to see the Dictation feature get it's own thread.
I do as well
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Downloading here as well. Making an install disk or USB stick will be a priority for me as well.
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This statement by Phil Schiller makes me a bit nervous

Every time a company states and emphasizes the obvious, I wonder what is really behind that type of statement.
Was it just that Apple received a lot of complaints about the Lion installation and are now trying to say Mountain Lion is better in that respect and/or people lost files when they upgraded to Lion?
"Mountain Lion is even easier to set up......." easier than what???


The feature that would interest me the most is the dictation feature.
Anyone try that and can comment how well it works?
I would say this is going way better than the Lion launch. By releasing at ~ 8:30 EST we don't have to contend with all the west coasters like last year.

I'm looking forward to the dictation feature too. Dragon has really improved things for the Mac the past couple of years.
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Old Jul 25th, 2012, 10:24 AM   #20
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Well the DL is finished. Just doing the install (3 minutes) and then a reboot.


....reboot done and I'm being told the install will take another 30 minutes.
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