I had been wanting to upgrade my 1st gen black macbook to Leopard since it came out. Last January I switched from a Dell desktop to a 24″ iMac running Leopard for work, and I just LOVE Leopard! But I hadn’t taken the opportunity to upgrade my Macbook from Tiger to Leopard.
Finally I took the plunge, but not without some bumps & bruises along the way. When I tried upgrading the first time, the installer said I needed 6.4gb of free space, so I freed up 7gb and ran the installer. When booting the first time, I got the dreaded light blue screen of nothingness. Rebooting into the installer then showed 11.2gb of space needed to upgrade.
That’s just great! now I’m left with a laptop that wont boot, and no way to install anything or free up free space! I decided to ditch my 15gb bootcamp partition that I had made over a year ago, but never booted into. Bye bye native windows on my mac! I guess I’ll just keep using Parallels!
Once Leopard installed and booted from my 15gb partition, I was able to back up my entire hard drive (which I know I should have done in the first place before I did ANYTHING). Then I proceeded to wipe my entire drive, and install fresh from scratch.
Now Leopard is up and running, and I’ve restored my backed up data, and I’m a happy camper. I must say, that I’m not as impressed with Leopards performance on my macbook as I am on my iMac. But then again, I’m still just on 1gb of RAM with my macbook. Time to go ram shopping to see if I can hold out for another year before replacing it with a Macbook Pro.