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General Category => PC Problems => Topic started by: Qube on September 24, 2019, 02:02:20 AM

Title: My Mac has thrown a major wobble
Post by: Qube on September 24, 2019, 02:02:20 AM
Tonight I had a WiFi crash and then the Internet stopped working. I rebooted and half way through it kept rebooting with a message saying “there was a problem” :(

I booted from an old backup and repaired the drive but that made no difference. I tried safe mode and resetting the smc and PRAM but that didn’t work either.

I then booted off the backup drive and that started to crash during boot so now I’m quite worried that my stupidly expensive Mac has a hardware error :o

Currently reinstalling MacOS over the top which I hope doesn’t screw up my data as I’ve not backed up work in the last week.

If it’s faulty that means shelling out a heap of cash to replace it. Hopefully a reinstall will fix it but I’m concerned that the backup drive also began to fail.

Fingers crossed - most important thing is to backup the last weeks worth of work as that’s more important than having to buy a new Mac. I know I should do it daily and I have time machine running all the time for that but I just hope I don’t have the hassle of having to buy a new Mac and redo the whole setup.

35 minutes remaining apparently. Off to watch the progress bar :P
Title: Re: My Mac has thrown a major wobble
Post by: Kris on September 24, 2019, 03:32:19 AM
Hopefully everything will go back to normal. Wish you luck.
Title: Re: My Mac has thrown a major wobble
Post by: Qube on September 24, 2019, 04:53:54 AM
\o/\o/\o/ All up and working again with no data loss \o/\o/\o/

Phew!! thank fudge for that. Booting into the repair partition and reinstalling fixed the issue and everything appears to be back to normal. Checked all the usual stuff and all apps work and there is no issues with data on the main hard drive. I've also done a mirror backup just incase which completed all OK.

Can't really complain as I've been using the same MacOS since 2009 and just updating it through different versions + cloning it to newer Mac's.

So 10 years of OS updates and cloning with now one reinstall of MacOS over the top with nothing lost. I guess a decade of doing that is pretty good going. Perhaps I should really blank it off and rebuild but I think I'll wait and see how it goes ;D
Title: Re: My Mac has thrown a major wobble
Post by: GaborD on September 24, 2019, 05:53:59 AM
Phew indeed! Good to hear you could recover everything.
Title: Re: My Mac has thrown a major wobble
Post by: iWasAdam on September 24, 2019, 06:01:04 AM
yep. I've had odd crashes periodically, but always been able to recover and restart within a minute. Glad to hear it's all working again... Phew!
Title: Re: My Mac has thrown a major wobble
Post by: Steve Elliott on September 24, 2019, 08:37:35 AM
That must be such a relief!  Glad things turned out ok.
Title: Re: My Mac has thrown a major wobble
Post by: Pfaber11 on September 24, 2019, 12:18:12 PM
I tend to save and backup once a day when I'm working on something . Had a crash around Christmas time and lost everything . Nothing too precious but now I back up at least once a day onto flash drives . Luckily the programs themselves were on itch.io so at least I still have them but the agc files are lost forever . I also back up to an external hard drive . so at any one time I have 3 copies of all finished projects and projects still being worked on. Anyway I'd say you got off lightly my windows ten screwed up doing a major software update from Microsoft . Had to do a clean install and that was that .
Happy coding .
Title: Re: My Mac has thrown a major wobble
Post by: MikeHart on September 24, 2019, 01:59:19 PM
Glad you got it working. The problems I had on my Imac back then, was heat problems and a failing DVD drive. These days the Imac runs Linux Mint perfectly (minus DVD drive) and a Mac mini provided by a generous soul runs OSX so far just fine. Is that Video by Louis Rossmann?
Title: Re: My Mac has thrown a major wobble
Post by: iWasAdam on September 24, 2019, 02:04:00 PM
@Mike Glad to hear everything's still fully operational  8)
Title: Re: My Mac has thrown a major wobble
Post by: Qube on September 24, 2019, 03:37:51 PM
Yup, very glad it all worked out in the end as I didn't fancy the thought of losing a weeks worth of work or a faulty iMac and having to reinstall everything again. I really should blank it off and reload from fresh as I've not done that in 10 years :P
Title: Re: My Mac has thrown a major wobble
Post by: Steve Elliott on September 24, 2019, 04:22:07 PM
As well as backing up to multiple drives, I do like to also print off my code from time to time.  An old skool backup I guess - plus I find printed code easier to debug at times; away from the computer trying to figure out why something's not working.
Title: Re: My Mac has thrown a major wobble
Post by: Xerra on September 24, 2019, 05:15:12 PM
I'm paranoid as fuck about losing code more than anything else.

I keep all my recent games on Bit Bucket. As well as this there are archives of the project folders stored on the Qnap, Icloud, Dropbox and a couple of USB sticks. Every so often I used to take one of the sticks round my mothers and back up some stuff on her laptop as well.

Can't be too careful. I'm lucky in that neither my old beast of an iMac, the Mac mini or the 2015 iMac I bought a couple of months back have ever failed on me.
Title: Re: My Mac has thrown a major wobble
Post by: Kris on September 24, 2019, 05:16:16 PM
Yes, very good to hear that you could get back everything to normal. Loosing work/precious data is indeed very painful.

@Mike Hart: Yeah Louis...:D

Steve, actually that's a very good practice in my opinion. I'll probably pick this habit up also. Even just printing key code parts that's not obvious to recreate could be invaluable. 
Title: Re: My Mac has thrown a major wobble
Post by: Steve Elliott on September 24, 2019, 05:40:06 PM
Thanks Kris, I would recommend it.
Title: Re: My Mac has thrown a major wobble
Post by: MikeHart on September 25, 2019, 07:27:24 AM
@Mike Glad to hear everything's still fully operational  8)
Yes it does, thanks to you.


@Kris. I hate the guy and his constant ranting about Apple. Yet he makes a living of Apple products and YT, insulting the company. Hypocrism at its best.
Title: Re: My Mac has thrown a major wobble
Post by: Derron on September 25, 2019, 01:19:47 PM
Maybe the Chrome Updater trashed something?

See: https://mrmacintosh.com/google-chrome-keystone-is-modifying-var-symlink-on-non-sip-macs-causing-boot-issues/


bye
Ron
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