Apple released El Capitan, the latest version of OSX with much fanfare. The new Mac operating system will improve performance and add features, according to Apple, Inc.
Your Mac Can Run El Capitan
According to Apple, every Mac since 2009 can upgrade to El Capitan. In fact, when you visit the El Capitan web page, you will see a convenient web-based “Upgrade Now” button.
The Beginning of Sorrow
If you’re thinking about upgrading to El Capitan, you should go ahead and do it. After all, that’s what I did. I didn’t use the “Upgrade Now” button on the Apple web page. I saw the huge El Capitan banner ad in the App Store. I said, “Sure, why not?” My Mac Book Pro was working well, but why wouldn’t I want performance improvements?
I Clicked the Button
I clicked the button. The time was about 9:00 p.m. on a Monday evening. Doom met this mission from the get-go.
The El Capitan Update took well over an hour to download. I thought it was a lengthier than normal process, but – hey – I’m used to Microsoft’s humongous downloads. Maybe the slow download was because of its size, not because something was wrong with the upgrade process.
Hours later, the download had completed, and now El Capitan was installing. It said, “22 minutes to go” on my screen for at least an hour and a half. In fact, I couldn’t outlast the update: I went to bed.
El Capitan Booted!
In the morning, at around 7:00 a.m., I looked at my computer and, Lo and Behold! I saw icons handsomely arranged on my desktop. I thought all was right with the world: It wasn’t.
My mouse cursor moved, but it didn’t do anything. I forced a shutdown my holding down the power button and tried to reboot. Nothing. Not only did my machine hang with a thermometer progress gauge at about 90%, rebooting didn’t do any good. I thought I’d never again see the desktop.
MacBook Pro Safe Boot
With much apprehension, I held down the Command + R key combination in hopes of recovering from this El Capitan fiasco. I would have used my latest Time Machine backup, but Time Machine (at least my Time Machine) doesn’t work while the machine is on battery power. I usually use my computer with battery power. My last Time Machine backup was ten days ago, so I knew that would only work as a last resort.
I gingerly clicked the “Re-install OS” option from the recovery menu. This time, two things happened that did not happen the first time I tried to install El Capitan:
- My Mac asked me to enter my iTunes password.
- My Mac asked me to Unlock my hard drive.
After entering my password twice, the OS started to download. Unfortunately, I needed to head out, so I didn’t have time to sit and wait.
Mac OS Operations on the Road
Good thing they only banned texting and driving. There’s no law about trying to un-screw a MacBook Pro while driving. What a relief. So, what I did was not illegal. Had I sent a text message, however, I would have been guilty as Hell itself. Now, back to El Capitan.
I used my mobile hotspot to keep my computer connected while driving. The download and the installation went much faster this time around.
When I stopped at the QuikTrip for gas, my MacBook booted into a normal-looking screen. Unfortunately, after one or two mouse clicks, the system froze.
Safe Boot to the Rescue
I restarted the computer in “Safe Boot” mode by holding the Shift key down while the computer booted. It was a little strange because the system asked for my password and then showed horizontal lines rapidly moving up on the screen. The system returned me to the login screen. I logged in again, and I had full control of my system.
Resolving Startup Issue in El Capitan
Apparently, I had a startup item wreaking havoc on my new El Capitan installation. I went to the Users & Groups section of the System app to delete programs running when I log on. I deleted everything, and then it was blank, as shown in the below image.
I cleared out all the Login Items, but the system still hanged on boot.
Getting Down and Dirty
Controlling startup items on a Mac presents a bigger challenge than doing the same thing in Windows. After all, there’s no MSconfig.exe on a Mac. Still, I managed to clear out startup items by clearing or editing the following folders:
OSX hides these folders, so you have to open Finder and click the “Go” menu option and then “Go to Folder.” Paste the folder locations into the window, and Mac OSX will take you there.
I cleared out everything from these two folders, rebooted, and all was well in my El Capitan world. I was able to get some work done later in the day.
Video Screwed in Adobe Premier Pro CC
All seems well with my computer, but when using Adobe Premier Pro CC, video previews in the “Program Window” of a project are hopelessly garbled. More about that later.