On power up, things were haywire, software didn't work, PhotoShop seemed to have reset itself, colour management seemed to have lost contact with ColorSync, permissions seemed to have re-set - basically a whole PILE of stuff which I had no idea could result from a simple power-cut !
|"The Plumber, plumbing" :-) © Glyn Davies 2011 (iPhone)|
I ran AppleJack, I ran Disc Warrior, I re-installed PhotoShop, I ran Disc Utility etc but I was then seeing loads of additional users groups in Account Settings and so on. I couldn't even get past the Log-In screen most of the time, and so I called Paul Ellis, "The Digital Plumber" a colleague I met through the Association of Photographers in London, and we went through some root-level administrative over-rides just to get me back into action, and I created a brand new OS hard drive and used Mac Migrate.
It was then I noticed that my original 300GB hard drive only had 4GB of free space left, 116 GB less than the day before ! We managed to fire up a working Mac again but nothing was 'quite right' so I booked Paul to come up to North Wales from London, to troubleshoot and restore the whole system.
This he did, and we have even installed a brand new, bigger HD with loads of free space to ensure everything runs more smoothly. We have created a new external bootable back up disc. We have finally installed the UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) so that I have at least 15 minutes of power to run my Mac, monitors, scanners and external drives for at least 15 minutes after a power cut. We have installed extra RAM into both the G5 and Mac Book Pro. We have updated software, installed troubleshooting software, tidied up the mess of connections, tidied up a chaotic system folder, sorted permissions and renamed accounts. We have even removed a spare G5 and my Sonnet 400 Fusion RAID box, which are now up for sale at sensible offers. We re-profiled the screens using both ColorNavigator and basicColour, to make subtle decisions about which is the most accurate, ColorNavigator won, unsurprisingly on an Eizo screen.
In the last hour or so of his time we even tried setting up a two monitor system but the Eizo hardware LUT didn't seem to like switching between profiles when viewing RAW files (jpegs fine, but not RAW), so that idea has been shelved pending further investigation.
So all in all, I now have a faster, cleaner, smoother and more powerful system running, with what I am convinced is even more accurate colour than before, and also safety measures in place to prevent some of the disaster I faced this time. It's not cheap bringing up an expert from London, but I tell you, he's worth every penny (and in addition, he is a serious fighter for artists copyright which sort of makes him a great guy to know for other reasons than Mac issues :-))
The Digital Plumber can be contacted here http://www.thedigitalplumber.co.uk/index.html