MacOS X 10.1 misadventures

I’m finally running MacOS X 10.1 (and it seems great so far), but it took me most of the morning to get to this point thanks to a few obstacles along my journey.

I arrived at my local CompUSA this morning cautiously hopeful that I would be able to get a hold of one of the coveted upgrade packages. Alas it was not to be. A surprisingly helpful employee let me know that they’d only received 16 copies and had given all those out to the several people that had been waiting in line prior to store opening. I asked him if they expected to get more any time soon and he said that they were, but I should check with their “Mac guy” because he knew what the exact details were.

I thanked the guy and headed over to a small group of people hovering around the “Mac guy” and a G4 tower. Did he have an image that I could burn to a cd? Yes in fact he did, but he was fiddling around with downloading and installing the Toast beta. Eventually he ran into a brick wall, but said we could copy the image file to cd if we wanted using the Disc Burner. Of course I did, but I had to go buy some blank CD-ROM’s first. 20 minutes and two CD-ROM’s later I was driving back home with .dmg file that I was going to have to figure out how to burn from within Toast.

When I arrived home I quickly attempted to mount the image file to verify that I had what I wanted. Thankfully it mounted up without any problems so my next move was to fire up Toast. Much to my dismay Beta 2 popped up with a dialog indicating it needed 10.1. The original Beta had started crashing on startup a week or two back so I wondered if rolling back my calendar might fix it. I jumped into the Date & Time System Preference and set the month to August. The original Beta launched, but now I couldn’t figure out how to burn the image as a bootable cd.

In the end after a couple disc burning missteps I found my answer over at MacFixit: Using Terminal Jim Kateley suggests: ‘If you’re not command-line adverse and using Toast to burn, you don’t need Disk Copy at all. In 10.0.4, just convert the dmg file to a CD-R master using hdiutil: hdiutil convert -format UDTO -o ‘.”

This tip worked like a charm for me and within the span of hour I had a bootable install disc and an upgraded system. Now it’s time to do some further exploration.