10.4.6 and/or the Firmware Upgrade Killed my MacBook Pro

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Date: Thursday, April 6th, 2006, 11:48
Category: Software

software-update.jpgDO NOT install the Mac OS 10.4.6 update or the 1.0.0 Firmware update (For the MacBook Pro) on your machine until the dust settles a bit.
I got swept up in all the excitement yesterday about Apple’s release of Boot Camp, an official dual boot environment for Intel Macs. To use Boot Camp you must install Mac OS 10.4.6 and the latest Firmware update for your specific Mac (in my case MacBook Pro (early 2006) Firmware Update 1.0.)
I didn’t follow my own advice to wait a minimum of 72 hours before installing any Apple update and am now paying the price.
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software-update.jpgDO NOT install the Mac OS 10.4.6 update or the 1.0.0 Firmware update (For the MacBook Pro) on your machine until the dust settles a bit.
I got swept up in all the excitement yesterday about Apple’s release of Boot Camp, an official dual boot environment for Intel Macs. To use Boot Camp you must install Mac OS 10.4.6 and the latest Firmware update for your specific Mac (in my case MacBook Pro (early 2006) Firmware Update 1.0.)
I didn’t follow my own advice to wait a minimum of 72 hours before installing any Apple update and am now paying the price.
After installing 10.4.6 the trouble began, slow application launch times, disk images wouldn’t open and some applications wouldn’t launch at all. Although MacBook Pro (early 2006) Firmware Update 1.0 seemed to install properly (after I dutifully followed Apple’s explicit instructions) when I restarted my MBP it got stuck on the grey boot screen with the black Apple logo and the spinning sunshine cursor.
I originally left it to spin but got worried after about 15 minutes. After waiting even longer the second time, I knew that it was hosed. I’m not quite sure if it was 10.4.6 or the Firmware update that did it, but on my MacBook Pro it was a lethal combination.
A spent far too many hours last night doing an “Archive and Re-Install” of Mac OS 10.4.5 from the original DVDs that came with the MacBook Pro and now find myself scrambling to re-install plenty of applications that got lobotomized in the process. Grr…
A friend told me that 10.4.6 made his PowerBook G4 (Aluminum) hang on the blue startup screen or the desktop for five or six restarts before it finally booted. Be cautious and wait. You have been warned.
What has you experience been with the 10.4.6 and Firmware updates with your portable? Please post them in the comments below.

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