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Franken Macs
Authored by: bedouin on Feb 21, '08 02:57:37PM

I have a Quicksilver where the only stock part is probably the logic board and case. I've upgraded the CPU, added SATA, USB 2.0, and have more USB and Firewire devices attached than I could be bothered to count.

All of this makes OS installations *incredibly* finicky ever since 10.4 for me. Random lock ups during install, kernel panics -- all kinds of weird stuff. But once the actual OS is on the machine -- its solid as a rock. I could try pulling various upgrades to determine where the problem is, but -- that would require work.

Easiest method to deal with machines like these is to install OS X onto a FW drive, with another machine if needed, then boot the Franken Mac into target disk mode and use Carbon Copy Cloner to get a fresh install onto it. Works for me. Last time I had to do this I tossed $5 to CCC's developer in gratitude.

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