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Re: Install problem, 6.0, Mac OS 10.4.10: No kernel connect?

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  • Subject: [mg81752] Re: Install problem, 6.0, Mac OS 10.4.10: No kernel connect?
  • From: AES <siegman at stanford.edu>
  • Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2007 02:21:40 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Stanford University
  • References: <fdnlls$kog$1@smc.vnet.net> <200710010841.EAA22606@smc.vnet.net> <fdt46n$s9k$1@smc.vnet.net>

In article <fdt46n$s9k$1 at smc.vnet.net>,
 Syd Geraghty <sydgeraghty at mac.com> wrote:

> I experienced the same thing on the same machine as you. WRI support  
> had me uninstall 5.2 and then install 6.0.
> That worked.
> 
> Syd Geraghty

Thank you for posting this:  I'm sorry that you had the same problem, 
but glad to know it wasn't just me doing something stupid.  

I eventually (and with massive trepidation) did more or less the same 
thing:  Cleaned out everything I could find connected with any version 
of Mathematica on my HD, then reinstalled from the CD.  That worked for 
me also.  

[Of course a decades worth of preferences and customization were gone, 
but if you're burning the bridges, and want to be sure the all  the 
(unknown and unknowable) trouble-making ones will be gone, all you can 
really do is burn _all_ of them.]

There's still the unsolved problem:  **What has gone wrong at Wolfram**?  
Mathematica is a massively complex, massively sophisticated, massively 
capable, massively expensive piece of software.  I've used it for years 
(to do work *using* it, not to spend my life exploring its innards).  I 
love what I can accomplish with it; I'd like to have it be ever more 
widely used so I can collaborate with others who use it, and so it will 
stay available on my platform.

So, with all the brainpower and sophistication at Wolfram, is it that 
they didn't test it on OS 10.4 MacBooks?  Or that they knew about this 
problem, but just didn't bother to warn us?  Or that they just couldn't 
be bothered to add a Read Me on the CD or the installer that would say, 
"Would be a good idea to remove 5.1 first, before installing -- and 
here's how to do it?" (when did I last get a piece of software that 
didn't have such a Readme?).

Of course, these gripes are all minor, compared to the whole "No printed 
introductory manual or book" subject that's been extensively discussed 
on this group previously.  That decision is beyond belief -- all one can 
do is just ask again:  **What the h-ll went wrong at Wolfram, that led 
to that decision**?


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