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follow the yellow brick'd road?!......some older macs 'bricked' after installing macOS 'Monterey'.....
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: November 01, 2021 09:00AM
.....don't upgrade to the latest, right away.....


Some Older Macs Reportedly Bricked After Installing macOS Monterey

....macOS Monterey, released last week as the latest version of macOS, is bricking older Mac computers, rendering them unusable and unable to even turn on, according to a number of reports from users across social media and online forums.

If this sounds oddly familiar, it may be because last year, with the launch of macOS Big Sur, similar reports surfaced about that update bricking older MacBook Pro models. Less than a year later, similar issues are now seemingly taking place once again.

At least ten separate posts (1, 2, 3 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) on Apple Support Communities contain users complaining that as they were attempting to update their Mac to ?macOS Monterey?, the Mac went completely black and they're unable to turn it on. One post in specific includes several comments from users also reporting similar issues. Reports on Twitter are also plentiful.

A comment on a post on Reddit includes a user chronicling their experience, saying that the macOS Monterey update bricked their 2017 iMac, declaring that "it's just dead."

Same thing happened to my 2017 iMac. Said it needed to restart. Never restarted. Waited a couple hours and tried to power cycle it. Reset pram ect. Nothing seems to be working it's just dead. Took a couple tries to get it installed on my 2015 Mac Air. That seems to be running but I'm at a loss as to what to do with the imac. I unplugged it and headed to work. Hoping to find some solutions tonight to get this resolved in the am.

One possible solution floated on Apple Support Communities is that users may need to revive or restore their Mac's firmware. "In very rare circumstances, such as a power failure during a macOS update or upgrade, a Mac may become unresponsive and so the firmware must be revived or restored," Apple says in a support document.

All user reports suggest the issue is impacting older MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and iMac models. More recent computers such as Apple silicon-based Macs are not seemingly having problems, at least according to the lack of user reports suggesting so.

While the issue with macOS Monterey bricking Mac computers is not as widespread as last year with macOS Big Sur, enough users are reporting that the update is causing problems to warrant some concern. It's possible that following this article, even more users will come forward and share their experience with macOS Monterey causing issues on their Macs.

Apple is currently testing macOS 12.1, but that isn't expected to be released for at least several more weeks. macOS Monterey is still in its first version, and it's typically a safe bet to wait until several updates are released before updating to the latest version from a previous generation. It's possible a smaller dot-update could be released to address bugs and security fixes.



just a......brick......in the wall..........?!



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Edited 5 time(s). Last edit at 11/01/2021 01:33PM by NewtonMP2100.
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Re: she's a brick, house?!......some older macs 'bricked' after installing macOS 'Monterey'.....
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: November 01, 2021 11:20AM
I strongly recommend reading this article before installing Monterey:
[eclecticlight.co]


Also, be sure you've updated your firmware before installation:

[eclecticlight.co]
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Re: she's a brick, house?!......some older macs 'bricked' after installing macOS 'Monterey'.....
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: November 01, 2021 12:02PM
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anonymouse1
Also, be sure you've updated your firmware before installation:

[eclecticlight.co]

Firmware updates are distributed only with OS updates now - the Monterey installer will install the required firmware update prior to installing the OS.



It is what it is.
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Re: follow the yellow brick road?!......some older macs 'bricked' after installing macOS 'Monterey'.....
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: November 01, 2021 01:32PM
Some lawyer is writing up the class action suit as you read this.



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Re: follow the yellow brick'd road?!......some older macs 'bricked' after installing macOS 'Monterey'.....
Posted by: btfc
Date: November 02, 2021 04:10AM
“ Why macOS updates might brick your Mac, and what you can do about it “

[arstechnica.com]
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Re: she's a brick, house?!......some older macs 'bricked' after installing macOS 'Monterey'.....
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: November 02, 2021 03:37PM
You are of course correct. What I should have said is that sometimes if you skip an entire generation of OS, later OS's won't install because the firmware hasn't been updated. I don't know how common that is, but it's certainly happened to me.

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N-OS X-tasy!
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anonymouse1
Also, be sure you've updated your firmware before installation:

[eclecticlight.co]

Firmware updates are distributed only with OS updates now - the Monterey installer will install the required firmware update prior to installing the OS.
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