OS X Hosed

March 31, 2005 at 10:53 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

I pretended to be a Windows user today and reinstalled OS X on my Mac. Yesterday, I downloaded SignalScope from Faber Acoustical and it corrupted Quicktime audio components deep in /System/Library/Frameworks so that I could no longer hear audio in movies (MPG, MOV, AVI), although iTunes and open source apps like videolan (vlc) were fine. Reinstalling QuickTime did not work.

An earlier version of the program “only” gave me a kernel panic; power-cycle the Mac and restart – no problem. This time, it was so screwed up that I spent a good four hours getting my system back to normal.

The last time I did a reinstall was exactly four years ago. Playing around in the Unix/FreeBSD goodness that was OS X 10.0, I “rm -rf bin” in “/” when I thought I was in “~” 🙂

For a while, I thought about just living without sound and wait until tomorrow, when Tiger is announced, buy it with a $35 rebate, and then wait a few more weeks until I actually get the product delivered.

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