Users report issues installing Apple's Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

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in macOS edited January 2014
A handful of Mac users have reported problems upgrading their system to Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, with various error messages, problems and quirks stemming from the Mac App Store download.



One growing thread at the official Apple Support Communities relates to an issue where users are asked to select the disk where they want to install OS X. When attempting to select their Macintosh HD as the install destination, user 'Dancepal1948' said they are given the error message: "This disk cannot be used to start up your computer."



Another user, 'Junction10,' said they had no problems installing Lion on their MacBook Pro, but when attempting to apply the upgrade on their iMac, the same error occurred.



"My disk also shows GUID Partition Table, but I too had the message that Lion cannot be installed on this drive," they wrote.



Apple Support told the person to run Repair Disk Permissions and doing a "clean" repair via the original Snow Leopard install DVD. But then when attempting to retry the installation, the Mac App Store allegedly says that Lion is already "Installed," forcing them to launch the actual installer from the system's Applications folder.



Users who have experienced that particular issue tend to have multiple partitions on their Mac, which could be causing the problems. Users utilizing Apple's Boot Camp software to run both Windows and Linux installations in addition to OS X have reported problems with installing Lion.



Those posting in the thread have offered a number of potential fixes, including the deleting, resizing and repairing of disk partitions.







In another, smaller thread, some users have encountered different hard drive problems related to S.M.A.R.T., or Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology. 'Aisling Doherty' and others have been met with errors stating that a disk has S.M.A.R.T. errors that cannot be repaired when attempting to install Lion.



Most people posting in the thread have encountered the issues when attempting to install on an iMac all-in-one desktop. The original poster said they contacted Apple support and were instructed to initiate a disk repair, but those steps did not resolve the issue.



"It's clear that the problem comes from Lion and not from the disk of our iMac," 'zelaurent' wrote. "Wait'n see. Apple will probably provide a patch to us."



Users have also reported Mac App Store-related issues when attempting to buy both Lion and Lion Server. User 'Robert Breeding1' found what they called a "process problem" in which the Mac App Store does not recognize a prior purchase of Lion when attempting to install Lion Server on a separate machine.



As a result, the storefront requires users to buy two copies of Lion, even though users are allowed to install one purchase on multiple machines based on the Mac App Store terms of service.



"So i bought Lion and its downloading on my usual mac," they wrote. "then went to my server and tried to purchase lion server. i was told i had to buy lion and lion server both for $79. both computers use the same store account. so why do i have to buy lion twice?"



The person said they contacted Apple in an attempt to receive a refund for purchasing Lion twice, and they were referred to e-mail support for App Store purchases.



Lion launched on Wednesday and is exclusively available through the Mac App Store for $29.99. The digital download destination first opened in January, and Lion is Apple's first major operating system release that is only available via digital distribution.



Apple announced this week that it will make Lion available on a USB thumb drive this August. But the company has discouraged users from obtaining the latest version of Mac OS X in this manner by pricing it much higher, at $69.
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  • Reply 1 of 111
    atokoschatokosch Posts: 46member
    I never had a problem. I installed it on my MacBook Pro (2010) then went and installed it on a 2005 or 06(Mostlikely 05) MacBook and worked fine. Never had a problem installing or anything.
  • Reply 2 of 111
    tomhayestomhayes Posts: 128member
    I hearded that this one guy's Mac blowed up when he trieded to upgrade the computer machine.



    He had to go buy another one.



    End verified report.
  • Reply 3 of 111
    dvavvasdvavvas Posts: 7member
    I installed LION yesterday on a quad core iMac, eight core Mac Pro and Last generation MacAIr

    It was the easiest install ever. 10 -15 minutes for download per machine and 30 minutes for installation.

    It recognized that I had bought it and did not charge me.

    In all machines it did say that there is an error in downloading and asked me to retry. The download icon o the Dock did not reappear but it did download it and installed it without a glitch
  • Reply 4 of 111
    darkpawdarkpaw Posts: 212member
    Apple have posted a KB article for this: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS3926



    It involves resizing the partition to 128MB smaller than it is, installing Lion, then resizing it back.



    HTH.
  • Reply 5 of 111
    And thus why to always wait for a .x release. Thanks for the good work beta testers!
  • Reply 6 of 111
    I've had nothing but problems with it. Reinstalling 10.6 and trying again now.
  • Reply 7 of 111
    rokradrokrad Posts: 143member
    No problem here either... iMac quad 2009
  • Reply 8 of 111
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MacInsider2 View Post


    And thus why to always wait for a .x release. Thanks for the good work beta testers!



    It's obviously the software's fault. Can't possibly be the fault of the user.



  • Reply 9 of 111
    And this is why I waited a year before upgrading to Snow Leopard.
  • Reply 10 of 111
    addicted44addicted44 Posts: 826member
    Well, to be honest, I expected far more problems. In fact, I think there were similar number of reports of SL install issues, when 10.6 came out.



    Considering Apple has completely changed the install process here, they are doing decently.
  • Reply 11 of 111
    negafoxnegafox Posts: 480member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    It's obviously the software's fault. Can't possibly be the fault of the user.







    True, because Mac OS X Lion requires a lot of hand-holding with all those install options...
  • Reply 12 of 111
    mactoidmactoid Posts: 112member
    Call me a risk taker, but I decided last night to jump off the pier and just go ahead and install the thing. It installed very smoothly, no issues or concerns. A cursory check afterward revealed all important programs to still be functioning. In fact, my desktop looked so similar to Snow Leopard I was worried at first it didn't install. More testing tonight, but so far, so good.
  • Reply 13 of 111
    addicted44addicted44 Posts: 826member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    It's obviously the software's fault. Can't possibly be the fault of the user.







    Good software avoids issues even when the user screws up.



    Apple is really good at this (Windows not so much). That is part of the motivation behind a lot of Lion's features (AutoSave, Versions, Resume, hiding the Library folder by default).



    But there is no such thing as perfect software, so we are seeing install issues. Not surprising considering the radical change in installation method.
  • Reply 14 of 111




    First time, straight install and everything was fine. However, I was looking for a way to make an install disk and do a clean install.



    Research indicated that rebooting with a Command+R would allow an install menu to come up and do a clean install. It seems I selected the wrong menu option because all it did was to install Lion again.



    Third attempt, I decided to reboot with a command+R, use the disk utility to erase the disk and then install. Went without a hitch and upon rebooting, Lion booted for the first time, taking me through the set up process (user accounts, WiFi, etc.). Now it's up and running and all is good in the world.



    I was pretty impressed with how it all worked. It maintained my WiFi connection throughout the process, even with an erase of my Macintosh HD and it just did everything on it's own. It recognized my computer as having been authorized for the install and didn't ask me again after the initial authorization process.



    When it works, it works. I feel for those who are having problems.
  • Reply 15 of 111
    mactoidmactoid Posts: 112member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tomhayes View Post


    I hearded that this one guy's Mac blowed up when he trieded to upgrade the computer machine.



    He had to go buy another one.



    End verified report.



    LMAO!!! I HATE it when my Mac "blowed up"
  • Reply 16 of 111
    edoardoedoardo Posts: 5member
    The new install has rendered my Adobe Pro suite completely useless. I know this is referenced in another thread, but seriously folks. I can't open a PDF without the whole program hanging up and crashing, let alone any serious work.
  • Reply 17 of 111
    What the problem with this picture? Not that I will be installing it anyway (because Spaces is gone) but it is nonetheless interesting:



    http://content.screencast.com/users/...b/00001103.png
  • Reply 18 of 111
    Well Well, I've had Mac's long enough to know to wait till all the bricks are thrown in. You guys find all the glitches and bugs an I'll wait for 10.7.1 comes out. I won't be long.
  • Reply 19 of 111
    darkpawdarkpaw Posts: 212member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kexxcream View Post


    What the problem with this picture? Not that I will be installing it anyway (because Spaces is gone) but it is nonetheless interesting:



    http://content.screencast.com/users/...b/00001103.png



    Have you purchased Lion? The download is an installer, so you have actually installed the installer app in your Applications folder. This is not incorrect.
  • Reply 20 of 111
    gustavgustav Posts: 826member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by addicted44 View Post


    Good software avoids issues even when the user screws up.



    Exactly - that's why it didn't install for some people. Their disks were likely f'd up so Lion didn't go ahead. Maybe their disks were so full it couldn't make the recovery partition. Who knows? We don't have all the information.



    I wonder if any of these users made a boot DVD and tried to install from that?
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