Uninstalling Final Cut Studio

On Thursday afternoon I tried to upgrade FCP from 6.0.2 to 6.0.4, which required upgrading the OS from 10.5.2 to 10.5.4. Now, my desktop computer is not a real Mac, which means it requires extreme care when upgrading the OS. What I did instead was run software update and assume everything would be fine.

It wasn’t fine. It turns out if you can run a vanilla kernel (which I can) then you can upgrade from 10.5.3 to 10.5.4 using software update. But going from 10.5.2 to 10.5.3 generally causes kernel panics. Luckily I had backed up my Library, Users, and System folders. So I did a clean install of 10.5.2, then copied my User and Library files back in while I was booted up in Windows. I used Kalyway’s patched upgrade to 10.5.3 and then used software update to get to 10.5.4. I was then able to upgrade FCP to 6.0.4.

Unfortunately, the older version of nvinject that I was using didn’t work with the new OS and I lost QE support. I tried switching to NVKush, which brought back QE, but whenever I was playing video in FCP the position bar didn’t update. So I got a new version of nvinject, which works great.

Then I started actually working with FCP. The eagle-eyed among you might have noticed that I did something a little screwy a few paragraphs back. I copied my backup files while I was in Windows, which totally screwed up the permissions of a large number of my files, including some of the very files that are supposed to facilitate permission repair. I couldn’t load Compressor, Motion, or any FXPlug effects. I tried re-installing FCS, but I was doing it manually and didn’t delete the very important receipts for the “frameworks” that are required in order to load the things I couldn’t load.

Eventually I tracked everything down, but what I should have used is FCS Remover, which does all that stuff automatically. There is a TON of stuff floating around in various folders. Don’t try to do it all yourself.

2 replies
  1. Growler
    Growler says:

    Or you could simply go out and buy a real Mac computer.

    I’m not trying to be flip about it, but a guy with your kind of name recognition should think twice before blogging about a pirated operating system.


    If I were you, I’d include a PayPal donation link on your page and use the proceeds to buy a smokin’ Quad Core MacPro — A refurb Quad can be had from the Apple Store for about $1700.00.

    Hell, I’ve enjoyed your films a great deal and would make a donation towards the effort myself.

    Just a thought.

  2. Kyle
    Kyle says:

    Just for the record, I do also own a “real” Mac computer; a MacBook Pro that has served me very well. But I think Apple’s requirement to run their operating system on their hardware when it can easily run on any Intel processor is only promoting their interests and not mine. It’s not about the money so much. I don’t want or need a Mac Pro. I already have a great desktop computer and if it is capable of running Mac OS, I’m going to run the Mac OS on it. I don’t want a second computer. I also enjoy the learning process incredibly. Dealing with these issues is how you get to know your computer better. When things “just work” you might not know how to fix them when they break down.

    I don’t want any donations. If you want to support me, buy my DVD, buy some merchandise, watch my films on Vuze or Revver, or look at the ads on my site and click on them if you find them relevant and interesting.


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