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Ask Max: Thoughts on Mac OS 10.3.9 and Upgrading to Tiger

Asked on 05/26/2006:

I recently experienced problems with connecting to my printer, getting Tech Tool program to run. After working with the staff at Tech Tool via e-mail without success. I finally bit the bullet and installed Mac OS 10.3.4. Everything worked! What's your take on the 10.3.9 OS system? Also, what will the move to Tiger be like?


I have found very few problems with Mac OS 10.3.9 but I would recommend you do some drive maintenance before upgrading. Open the application Disk Utility found in the Utilities folder in the Applications folder. From the left hand side of the Disk Utility select your hard drive. Then look for a button called "Repair Disk Permissions." When you click on that button all your files will be checked for errors that could interfere with an OS installation. Those files will be fixed if problems are found and those fixes will be displayed in the box above the button. Quit Disk Utility after it is done repairing your disk permissions. Now you can upgrade your OS. I would recommend doing this every time before you do a big update.

Tiger has had some problems in its first few releases. Most copies sold now are at version 10.4.3 and are very stable. Of course you will need to upgrade further to 10.4.5, but 10.4.3 and up are all good versions of Mac OS X.

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