Thursday, February 12, 2015

Clean installed Mac OSX Yosemite on my aging 2011 MacBook Air

Yosemite

In the previous post, I mentioned a battery life issue with our MacBook Air. To see if it was just a software problem, I wanted to perform a clean installation of OSX Yosemite. The OS the laptop had was a upgraded multiple times, from original OSX Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks and finally Yosemite. Upgrading is not my usual thing, but I didn’t care much about the Mac because I wouldn’t be the one using it primarily. I love my fully functional desktop PC.

Last night, after coming back from home, I decided to clean install Yosemite. I was going to install it from a bootable OSX installer on one of my 16GB Sandisk USB 3.0 flash drives. I followed this guide to make the USB installer and followed this guide to perform the installation. It went through without any drama and every finished within 30 minutes.

After I booted into the OS, the first thing I checked was the battery status. It didn’t have the “Service battery” status anymore!!!! Does that mean, it was just a software issue?

Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 11.32.45 AM

It is too early to draw any conclusions, but I’m glad that I don’t have to take it to the Apple Store to get it serviced. Knowing Apple, they would have demanded a hefty price for it.

However, now that I know there could be an issue with the battery – false positive or not – I should think about selling this off and getting the latest MacBook or MacBook Air. Despite Intel not making much strides in the field of consumer processors, 3 years is a long time for a PC, especially when it is something that cannot be upgraded like a desktop PC.

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