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    I have one application that I need which I'm waiting for it to be converted to 64 bit. So I bought a LaCee iTB SSD and installed Mojave on it. I kind of wish I had bought 2TB, but the 1TB was there, and I have lots of free space on it. My iMac only has Thunderbolt-1, but this came with a Thunderbolt-3 cord and a USB-3 cord. When I boot up to Mojave it seems to boot up *faster* than when I boot up to Catalina on my fusion drive!!! I tested it out on my wife's iMac using Thunderbolt-3 and it works there too. (I also told my main computer's Time Machine to see this drive).

    At any rate, that drive could be useful enough when you're done testing that you could decide to cloning to it and testing results with two copies of your computer.

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    Thanks.

    I have tried WD and Seagate but never tried a LaCie.

    I will see what I can find.

    I did try Catalina on an external drive. I think it was a Seagate. That did not seem slow, although I did very little testing. It may be that I just have a rather slow internal drive. Not something I would risk trying to change on an iMac.


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    The actual drive body might be from someone else and not LaCie. It's not uncommon for manufacturers to put their name brand on drives actually made by someone else. In spinning drives for example there are only about three manufacturers left but several different brands,

    If you go with the LaCie name sure to register it almost immediately. Unless their policy has changed, if you wait too long to register the warranty isn't any good. I got bitten by that once when I bought one of their backup drives and did not use it for a few months. When I finally connected it the thing died in a very short time. The warranty was no good because it exceeded the registration period (90 days I think).
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    Sorry if this should be on a separate thread.

    I am trying to decide whether or not to upgrade my MacBook Air to Catalina, given the issues I had with the iMac.

    This is a 13” 2017 model, 2.2 GHz Intel i7.

    Would this be more successful running Catalina than the iMac, or will this also be slowed by upgrading please?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nighthawk4 View Post
    Sorry if this should be on a separate thread.

    I am trying to decide whether or not to upgrade my MacBook Air to Catalina, given the issues I had with the iMac.

    This is a 13” 2017 model, 2.2 GHz Intel i7.

    Would this be more successful running Catalina than the iMac, or will this also be slowed by upgrading please?


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    Since that comes standard with 8GB RAM and an SSD, then as long as you have sufficient free space, it should do well. As always, make a backup first (full clone recommended). I personally don't recommend simply upgrading to Catalina. After making your backup, wipe the internal drive and reinstall Catalina clean using a bootable installer, then migrate your user data and apps back over from the clone.

    Use Diskmaker X to make a bootable installer.
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    You can also review this guide on doing a clean install, but ignore their instructions on making a bootable installer... use Diskmaker.
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    Thanks for the advice.

    Getting the machine ready, then backup, then I will give it a try with Catalina.

    I was planning to wipe and install plus restore.

    Fingers crossed


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    Waiting for Diskmaker to finish, then the Backup.

    Then Catalina


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    I have a 2015 MBP r 13" which works very well with Catalina so I think you will be happy with performance and I think you may find Sidecar will work with that model MBA.


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    Finished updating. Now doing a post-update backup, before I break anything.

    One odd thing. As I am old, my bed is in the living room. There is a TV near the bed and another one where I sit. I have plugged the MB Air into the one near the bed. The display works well and I now have the display on the laptop screen and the TV.

    Unfortunately, the display is on the other TV as well, which is not as helpful.

    How do I make it display on only one TV please?


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    How is the unwanted TV attached to the MBA? Are the two TVs connected by anything? Do you have an Apple TV that is maybe involved?
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    Next problem: when I bought an upgrade from VMWare Fusion 8 to version 11 yesterday, nobody mentioned that it doesn’t work in Catalina.

    I installed it last night on Mojave and it worked.

    This morning I upgraded to Catalina and now it will not start any VM.

    An error about not finding/dev/vmmon.

    I tried a range of things advised online but it still gives the same error.

    Luckily I did take a backup of Mojave, but it would be nice just once to defeat Apple’s mess and get it to work.

    Any thoughts please? I did all the System Prefs permissions but still nothing.


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    How about uninstalling it and then reinstalling it on Catalina from scratch? I don't run VMWare, but is version 11 fully compatible with Catalina? Catalina only runs 64 bit software, so it could be that VMWare version 11 is still 32 bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacInWin View Post
    How is the unwanted TV attached to the MBA? Are the two TVs connected by anything? Do you have an Apple TV that is maybe involved?
    The correct TV was connected via the mini display port to HDMI. The other TV was connected to an Apple TV box at the time.

    I wonder if that is relevant? Is there any was to identify the two TVs or the Apple TV box to distinguish them?


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    The Apple TV may be receiving the signal via Airplay, then showing on the unwanted TV. Turn off Airplay and it should stop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nighthawk4 View Post
    Next problem: when I bought an upgrade from VMWare Fusion 8 to version 11 yesterday, nobody mentioned that it doesn’t work in Catalina.

    I installed it last night on Mojave and it worked.

    This morning I upgraded to Catalina and now it will not start any VM.

    An error about not finding/dev/vmmon.

    I tried a range of things advised online but it still gives the same error.

    Luckily I did take a backup of Mojave, but it would be nice just once to defeat Apple’s mess and get it to work.

    Any thoughts please? I did all the System Prefs permissions but still nothing.


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