Snow leopard updates freeze max and other music software

    Mar 28 2012 | 7:00 am
    Every time I do an osx snow leopard automatic update my system becomes unresponsive, specially to max and other music software including DP7, Logic, reaktor and Ableton live and gives me the spinning ball for the majority of the time. The latest security update a week ago did the same. Why do I get this with every update. I am using an imac which is a year and a half old. The previous update to this recent one did the same, but a few days later they released v1.1 which fixed the problem, but they haven't released a similar fix for this latest one.
    If I do a clean re-install to 10.3 it works fine again, but I can't keep doing this as it makes my music making experience more hassle than productive. I need an up to date system so I can run the latest software, but if I update, it becomes unresponsive again.
    Anyone here have a clue? I have tried to look it up, but all I can find is recommendations on doing a clean re-install, which isn't the answer. What is causing this problem every time.

    • Mar 28 2012 | 7:42 am
      I've seen this a lot, sometimes doing the combo update instead of the incremental delta updates will fix the problem. The latest combo is available for download here:
      But if you still have problems you might want to go to a previous one, there's a list of them here:
    • Mar 28 2012 | 1:35 pm
      Thanks for the reply Luke. I have tried doing the latest combo update, but haven't tried a previous one.
      I have just done a clean install and will try the latest combo update next. If that doesn't work I will go to the previous one as you have suggested, but it is very frustrating to have to keep doing this. I have had to do a clean install on every new update, because I have had the same thing happen each time. What do I do next time there is a new update. I would like an up to date operating system, but I worry that I will have to go through this each time I have an update.
      Thanks for the advice.
    • Mar 28 2012 | 2:05 pm
      What are you installing first off? Is it straight 10.6 or an increment of it?
    • Mar 28 2012 | 4:26 pm
      Mac OS X Install DVD that came with the iMac. 10.6.2
    • Mar 29 2012 | 6:49 am
      Update: I have done a clean install to 10.6.2 and then downloaded and installed the latest combo and all works fine so far. I loaded in the latest version of max 5 and all is still working. So I guess I'm safe now until the next security update, which I guess I will not install to be on the safe side.