Users complain of Mac OS X 'Lion' bugs

Users complain of Mac OS X 'Lion' bugs

Summary: Apple's rollout of its latest Mac OS X release - 10.7 'Lion' - hasn't been smooth for all concerned.

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I'm coming across (and hearing from) a number of disgruntled Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion' who are experiencing problems with Apple's latest OS release.

Four separate problems stand out:

  • Random crashing that results in a totally black screen Once the system crashes, it's a hard reset time. There's no solution from Apple yet but it seems that the problem here is down to NVIDIA drivers and forcing the system to use integrated graphics only using a third-party tool (gfxCardStatus) helps alleviate the problem. [A tipster has emailed in a possible solution - Navigate to ~/Library/Preferences/ByHost/ (hidden by default, go to it by opening the Go menu in Finder, hold down the Option key and paste the full path above in Go To Folder) and delete all files that containing "windowserver" and then reboot the Mac. This process will need to be repeated if you hook your Mac to an external monitor.]
  • WiFi dropping This is annoying (I'm seeing this happen, although not often). Basically the WiFi connection drops and the only way to get it back working is to switch the WiFi adapter off and then back on again. A temporary solution to this is to  create a script that pings periodically.
  • Poor MacBook Pro battery life Installing Lion causes a significant drop in battery life. This might be related to the fact that Lion doesn't terminate application processes immediately when applications are closed or it could be a graphics driver issue not allowing the system to switch to integrated graphics from discrete graphics (again, gfxCardStatus might be useful).
  • Viewing videos crash causes freezing on new iMacs All video types appear to cause the freeze - Flash, H.264, QuickTime, AVIs, MKVs, YouTube ... This is another issue that could be related to graphics card drivers ... but perhaps not.

Some of these issues were being talked about when developer releases of Lion were made available, so it seems like some bugs slipped though the net.

If you're affected by these bugs, your best bet is to wait for a patch from Apple. If you're thinking about upgrading and problems like this would be show-stoppers for you, then you might want to wait until Apple releases a patch.

If you're a Lion users, have you had any of the above problems (or something else)? Let me know in the TalkBack!

Topics: Operating Systems, Apple, Hardware, Software

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  • RE: Users complain of Mac OS X 'Lion' bugs

    $29 for a service pack and all they get is a bunch of bugs in their system.
    LoverockDavidson
    • RE: Users complain of Mac OS X 'Lion' bugs

      @LoverockDavidson

      Please explain?

      So you don't get the 250 additional features Apple advertised?
      maskman01
      • RE: Users complain of Mac OS X 'Lion' bugs

        @maskman01
        He cant, he is trolling as normal. He hates it when another OS is successful.
        daikon
      • RE: Users complain of Mac OS X 'Lion' bugs

        There is only one perfect enough to describe the lion and that is; Poor. Even after the great privacy features such as the wife mode it pretty much sucks. If anyone wants to read more about why the OS X lion is not upto the mark here is an article: http://v12ntoday.com/news/news-news/apple-os-x-lion-to-offer-mac-users-more-virtualization-options.html
        Zach456
    • Beats the 120-300 for a service pack MS charges.

      @LoverockDavidson

      And they have had 2 for XP called Vista and Windows 7. How much is the Windows 8 service pack costing?
      Bruizer
      • Windows Professional costs $249

        @Bruizer
        DDERSSS
    • RE: Users complain of Mac OS X 'Lion' bugs

      @LoverockDavidson Snow Leopard was bug fixes and Apple stated that themselves but Lion has a significant level of new and improved features.
      slickjim
      • Do you ever tell the truth?

        @Peter Perry

        Or do you make stuff up as you go?
        Bruizer
    • RE: Users complain of Mac OS X 'Lion' bugs

      @LoverockDavidson - looking at version numbers and requirements for the Upgrade editions, Windows 7 is a $290 service pack for Vista. ;)
      HypnoToad72
    • RE: Users complain of Mac OS X 'Lion' bugs

      @LoverockDavidson - in case you're unwilling or unable, use "Winver" to look it up. Vista is 6.0 and Win7 is actually 6.1.
      HypnoToad72
      • RE: Users complain of Mac OS X 'Lion' bugs

        And your point is?
        Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: Users complain of Mac OS X 'Lion' bugs

        @HypnoToad72
        You don't even have to do that. Just open a command prompt, and you can see the numeric version.
        (And here I thought that version 6.1 was going to be called "Windows Hasta La Vista.")
        Roc Riz
      • Still waiting for that point

        N/T
        Michael Alan Goff
    • RE: Users complain of Mac OS X 'Lion' bugs

      @LoverockDavidson Mac seams to be going backward with Lion. No longer able to use MS Office suite is a very bad move. This is not how you bring in new business.
      Vernon Cribb
      • RE: Users complain of Mac OS X 'Lion' bugs

        @Vernon Cribb Err... MS Office works fine, where did you hear it didn't?!
        Jeremy-UK
      • Office works great.

        @Vernon Cribb

        What are you yapping about?
        Bruizer
      • RE: Users complain of Mac OS X 'Lion' bugs

        @Vernon Cribb You're wrong on that one. The latest MS Office works with Lion just fine. We have a few lion machines in the office.
        snoop0x7b
      • RE: Users complain of Mac OS X 'Lion' bugs

        @Vernon Cribb
        MS Office 2008 and 2011 work except for a few new "features"
        any previous MS Office do not work
        http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2586538
        SplatterFest
      • I've used both MS Office 2008 and 2011 with Lion

        @Vernon Cribb
        I don't know where you got that, MS Office 2008 and 2011 works with Lion, though all the annoyances are still there with MS Office (and virtually all MS products) because they don't follow Apple's simple guidelines for making a good Mac App. It is true that Mail Merge doesn't work in Office 2008 because it's probably still a PPC code component. But everything I've seen in 2011 works just the same as in Snow Leopard. (Though they aren't Lion ready, like the scroll bars are permanent, no full screen mode, etc.)

        Though, it's interesting you say that, (only because of Mail Merge in Office 2008 not working) I did switch to Numbers and Pages in iWork for my Business (for Billing purposes). No more dumb MS quirks! Especially like one: If you move a MS file (.docx or .xlsb) in the Finder, Word or Excel will complain and say "Cannot open file because file cannot be found". Again this is MS not following the guidelines, the Finder is there for a reason, to keep track of files for individual Apps and processes.
        GatorTPK
    • RE: Users complain of Mac OS X 'Lion' bugs

      @LoverockDavidson Yeah, 3rd party video driver problems - just wouldn't happen with Windows would it? ;-P
      Jeremy-UK