[OS X TeX] Viewing PDFs under Sierra

Herb Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Wed Mar 29 22:38:19 CEST 2017


Recent OS updates seem to give black screens but waiting usually brings things back. I've seen the Apple with progress bar finish, the screen go black and the Apple and progress bar come back as though more had to be set up. The best thing to do is walk away, come back later and click on the keyboard to wake the system. 

Good Luck,
Herb Schulz

> On Mar 29, 2017, at 3:10 PM, Richard Seguin <riseguin at earthlink.net> wrote:
> Based on the prospect of better PDF viewing, I finally decided to upgrade my 2014 Mini from 10.11.6 to Sierra 10.12.4, thinking also that the .4 version must now be pretty stable. The install was nearly finished when I got a black screen. I spent a lot of time on the phone with Apple, and then another reinstall (hence another big download) of Sierra did the same thing. When powered off and powered back on, it would appear to be booting normally with the white apple logo and the progress bar, but then the screen would go black again. Disk repair and resetting PRAM did nothing and the hardware test was OK. This was all pretty painful too since I have a modest speed DSL connection. Apple suggested that I try doing a clean install of Sierra (yet another, third, download) and then move everything over from my Time Machine Backup. All that would have finished after bedtime. In desperation, I decided to just reinstall 10.11.6 from my time machine backup, and discovered that in the process we had also somehow wiped out the recovery volume, so I had to do the internet version of recovery, and it took a long time just for that to download. Finally, I got everything restored, it’s working fine, and I was back to serenity last night well before bed time. Now I have to rethink if I want to try this again. Quote from Apple: “Unfortunately, things like this do happen every once in a while."
> Richard Séguin

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