OS X 10.4 update issues

By jobeard
Jun 17, 2007
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  1. New iMac, as yet not registered, fails to allow updates with something like
    "this volume is not ..."

    Update was acquired from another machine downloading to a USB Thumb Drive
    and moving it to the Mac.

    As we have yet to get an online connection, the registration is still pending.

    I suspect that registration is a prerequisite to allowing updates to be applied
    or Apple->Software Updates .. to work at all.

    Your opinions?

    tia; Jeff
  2. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Yep, you most likely have the problem by the throat.
  3. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    If it is, it's changed recently, since when I last installed OS X 10.3 and 10.4, I didn't register, and didn't have any problems updating them.
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,246   +213

    It may be that that update needs to do something online, but as far as a Mac needing to be 'registered' to allow updates to be installed, I'm with Mict and have never heard of such a thing, nor do I believe it because it has never been brought up during any fanboy arguments I see on digg.
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 13,018   +220

    This is my thought too, but this is the first time helping someone with an unregistered system.

    The iMac has no internal modem and the user only has AOL as an ISP which
    at the moment, fails to find the external UCB modem. We have a purported
    fix, but it's as yet untested.

    Last resort will be to get a Juno account and just dial-in w/o AOL.

    As soon as possible, the user intends to go to DSL :)
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 13,018   +220

    follow-up; solved

    The error message with a big red exclamation mark on the HD icon is totally bogus :(

    The "error"/condition has nothing to do with the HD volume, but should have
    read (imo)
    You are attempting to apply an unpdate out of sequence; please apply the appropriate prerequisites​
    Boy, what a redharring!

    Solution was to move the machine somwhere with HS Internet and perform Software Updates in the normal manner.
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