Mavericks install hangs with spinning beach ball – SIMPLE FIX

Apple released Mac OS X Mavericks yesterday, so I eagerly installed it on two MacBooks. The Mavericks upgrade hung on my MacBook Air. It got stuck on the startup screen with the grey Apple logo, with a colored spinning beach ball.

Here’s a picture of my Mac hung during it’s Mavericks upgrade:

Screenshot of hung OS X Mavericks upgrade hung with a spinning beachball

OS X Mavericks upgrade hung with a spinning beach ball

The spinning beach ball usually indicates please wait while the computer completes an essential task. I waited and waited, but my Mac just stayed at the boot screen, with the beachball spinning.

This is the “simple fix” I used to complete the install:

  1. I held down the power button of my MacBook Air until it turned off.
  2. I pushed the power button to boot the MacBook Air.
  3. It booted up fine, and lo, it was running OS X Mavericks.
  4. No problems so far after 5 hours of working on it.

I’m not sure if this fix will work for you, but it’s worth a try! Let me know how you go in the comments below.



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