I Hope The Mountain Lion Release Will Fix My Mac!

Like a number of Mac users I am looking forward to some point later today when the OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion release is available for download, but rather than drooling over the new features I have my fingers crossed for a bunch of fixes.

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a bit of an Apple fanboy, but my faith in all things Mac has started to falter recently and not for good reason!

In our home we have a fair few Macs ranging from my trusty old G4 Powerbook (Leopard), a G4 Mac Mini (Leopard), a 13.3 inch Macbook Pro (Lion) and an 11 inch Air (Lion).

The Pro is my primary computer, the one I have been using for over a year, the one I’m typing this article on and the one computer I have ever owned which has been more trouble than it is worth! And I just hope the looming Mountain Lion release can solve this!!


The Problems with my Macbook Pro Are…

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OSX Lion on my Mac is always misbehaving!

To be honest I don’t have a lot of problems with my 1 year old Pro, but that said I’ve never had ANY problem with my very old Powerbook,  the problems I do have thought cause so much trouble that they have really ruined my productivity!

Wi-fi is the big complaint for me with OSX Lion, and the problem seems to be a common with people all over the webs searching for answers such as  on this support thread, and this one and this one and this one and ……….

As you can see a fair few of us Lion users are really having connectivity problems! Just last night I spent over an hour just trying to connect to my home Wi-Fi network, a network I have used 1000’s of times before, and a network my iPad, iPhone, Powerbook, Lenovo netbook and MBA all had no trouble seeing or connecting too!

It’s not the first time either as I have had similar problems connecting to coffee shop networks, at clients offices, and to my friend’s home Wi-Fi!

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And I’ve tried everything from creating new locations in my Network preferences, resetting the PRAM, resetting the power management, rebooting, turning the router off ….. etc

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I Blame Lion!

mountain lion releaseAnother problem I have is speed! It get’s so bad sometimes that even typing lags! This is not what I expected when I upgraded from a computer with a 1.5ghz CPU and 1.5GB RAM to a laptop with a 2.3 GHz Core i5 CPU and 4GB ram!

Booting up is slow, opening any browser is slow, searching the web is slow… It’s a wonder I can get any work done!

Two applications which I use daily, Preview and TextEdit, are ridiculously slow and again I’m not the only one as you can see here, here and here! Once again I have tried everything from terminal codes which should prevent those apps opening previous documents to a clean reinstall!


Will the Mountain Lion Release fix this?

I blame OSX 10.7 Lion for these problems on my Pro, I don’t know why it doesn’t work well on my Macbook while it seems to be faultless on the Macbook Air and I don’t particularly care why as long the OSX Mountain Lion release fixes my Pro and let’s me work without stress I’ll be a happy Fanboy once more!

So today I will wait all night to download the $20 update to Mountain Lion if I have to, but not for the latest features like;

Nope, I’ll be waiting (hoping) to make my Macbook Pro run like a Pro again!

Have you had trouble with Lion on your Mac? Will you be updating to Mountain Lion today?

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  1. Popo
    July 25, 2012

    Great post! And couldn’t agree more. Same story here. I hope you post a follow-up so those of us in the same boat can see how it worked out for you.

    • July 26, 2012

      Hi popo ML is much better from what I’ve seen over the past half day. Today will be the true test though and I’ll let you know how it fares.

  2. July 25, 2012

    Keep us posted. Ever since I upgraded to Lion from Snow Leopard in May 2012, I have been experiencing wifi issues where my internet connection drops multiple times per day (and for no apparent reason). I have gone through ALL the recommended “fixes” with Apple, but it is still not resolved.

    I am eager to see if Mountain Lion is the answer to this problem. Apple support doesn’t know the answer to this. And unless I hear rave reviews that Mountain Lion DOES fix this issue, I will not be updating yet.

    Looking forward to hearing your update! 🙂

    • July 26, 2012

      Mountain Lion seems tons better for me. Faster Preview and Texedit and no wifi problems. Also the notification center is a great addition! I hope it stays as stable as it is now! Fingers crossed!!

  3. Fel
    July 26, 2012

    since i updated my book to lion, that second was a lasting goodbye to my dvd drive, as i wasnt on warranty anymore i didnt get it fixed by s wapping the drives. internet proofs many have that lion related issue yet apple never fixed it and after updating to mountain lion… still no use of dvd drive, this was my lst MBP am back to windows at least those i can fix myself

    • July 26, 2012

      Hi Fel, mountain lion seems to have fixed most of my issues, I’ll know for sure in a few days, but it all seems good again now!

  4. Defos
    July 26, 2012

    Never heard of such problems with Lion

    How about doing a fresh installations and everything is fast again.

    I guess you installed some shitty software which takes away all resource, or maybe your Harddrive is just too slow/defective.

    • July 26, 2012

      Hi Defos, in the article you can see I’ve linked to forums full of people with similar problems, and if you read the comments here you can see I’m not alone. I have tried a fresh install (as mentioned in the post) and all my apps come from the app store. More to the point my MacBook pro now runs a damn sight better with mountain lion installed!

  5. Max
    July 26, 2012

    Everyone rollback to prior may 2012 version. Apple doesn’t know the answer themselves.

    • July 26, 2012

      I was tempted to go even further back and install Snow Leopard! But Mountain Lion seems to be a huge improvment at least for me.

  6. Popo
    July 27, 2012

    Thanks for the update! I’m installing it this a.m.


    • July 28, 2012

      Let me know how it goes. I found a few of my apps needed updating to work with Moutain Lion.

  7. July 30, 2012

    Hi! great post. I have a MacbookPro 15″ Mid 2010 and with Lion have an annoying issue with the display, it shutdown the display with no reason (due to a firmware issue not solved by Apple). I rolled back to snow Leopard and it is working GREAT so far… I wondered if Mountain Lion fixed the issue of the display on MBP 15″ Mid 2010?….any volunteer there? Regards,

    • July 30, 2012

      Not sure if it will fix that particular problem, but my 13inch pro is doing much better after the update! I was ready to throw it in for a Windows computer too!!! But I’m back on the Mac bandwagon for now..

  8. César
    November 27, 2012

    I tried all the tips imaginable.
    The only solution was to set the channel on the wireless router on channel 11.
    It seems to me, the Mountain Lion has a problem when the channel the router is in automatic, then every time the channel is changed, the connection of the wifi card of Macbook drops.
    I hope that helps.