How do I fix Bluetooth and a hard drive after reinstalling OSX?

Gunther Vogel February 18, 2015
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Recently my Mac OSX Snow Leopard crashed but I was able do a reinstall from the original factory restore disc. I assume the trouble was caused by a Mozilla Thunderbird/Firefox drop-down demand for a “Crash Report”. The crash seemed to cause the Mac to lock up and could be shut down only with the infamous 8-second long press.

  1. Since Day One I had used an external drive to save about 22,000 photos but I cannot access them although I took care to disconnect that drive from the Mac before the re-install.
  2. I also lost handshaking of Bluetooth between Mac and Samsung Android tablet.

Your kind advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

  1. Gunther
    February 19, 2015 at 5:32 am

    Thank you both. I was able to Bluetooth from the Mac to the Android tablet but not vice versa. That proved that something was amiss in the setting.
    I fixed that today. And yes, I re-installed the Snow Leopard OS and then went for any updates.

  2. DalSan M
    February 19, 2015 at 12:39 am

    Have you checked for and installed any updates after restoring the Mac?

    For Bluetooth, you can try installing/reinstalling Bluetooth Software 1.5 from here:

    Try updating and installing the software above and let us know if it helps.

  3. carson
    February 18, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    It's looking for a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse because it can't find the built-in keyboard and mouse. If you have a USB keyboard and mouse, you should be able to use those as a work-around for the time being. However, you'll probably need to reinstall Lion on that system for the OS to see your built-in stuff properly.