Normally, when I open up the Finder on my MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012, running OS 10.11.1) in the sidebar to the left of the window, I can see a list of my favorite folders. But lately, sometimes when I open Finder (or when I click "Browse..." to select a file for upload somewhere) the list of Favorites is often missing. Sometimes all that's left is "Media," sometimes it's "Shared." This makes it really difficult to navigate my computer. What is causing this, and how can I fix it?
Wifi is dropping on two Macbook Airs on certain networks but not on others while all other devices are fine. How to fix? [more inside]
I need advice on which monitors will work well for my older MacBook Pro. [more inside]
I have a 2006 MacBook Pro and can no longer upgrade the OS. What do I need to do to get it to run Yosemite? [more inside]
I'm looking at buying a low-end Macbook for web browsing and MS Office (primarily Powerpoint). Basically, it's coming down to a 2009 or 2010 Macbook, as I'd prefer to run Yosemite, but I want to keep my budget below $500. I have used a friend's 2009 Macbook fairly regularly and I'm happy with its general performance, but I have a few specific questions. [more inside]
What's the best way to setup a MacBook Pro so that it can be regularly hooked up to an iPhone's Personal Hotspot without unexpected background processes (Dropbox, iTunes Match, auto OS or app updates, etc) resulting in massive data charges? [more inside]
When I burn a CD, some songs that sound fine in iTunes on my computer will inexplicably have between 3-20 seconds of 'silence' at the beginning, thus causing my car's CD player to skip them if I don't fast forward to the actual music...WTF? (do my best to give some Tech Specs inside!) [more inside]
My newly obtained MacBook has a minor but annoying behaviour. I have it set up to lock when the display goes to sleep. But when I unlock it, it relocks again. What gives? [more inside]
My Macbook Pro will sometimes refuse to come out of sleep and show a blue screen instead. How can I keep it from doing this? [more inside]
I have a late 2008 MBP, 8GB RAM, with an SSD, running Lion without problems. Should I upgrade to Mountain Lion right now? Have the battery life and other issues been resolved? I'd like to upgrade because I've finally encountered a program that requires Mountain Lion and I'd like to use it. [more inside]
Which one to get: Macbook Pro i5 duo core, i7 duo core or i7 quad core [more inside]
I have an iMac desktop running OS X 10.6.8 and a newly acquired MacBook Air running 10.8.2 and I want to make them be as friendly with one another as possible. Can you hope me? [more inside]
Upgrading a mid-2008 aluminum macbook from leopard to snow leopard (and eventually on to Lion). The superdrive is broken, and I am trying to boot the OS from a usb drive but having problems. Details inside. [more inside]
At work, my wifi connection frequently stalls (MacBook Pro 9,1, OS X 10.8.2). The connection never drops, but websites will "hang" while loading and I am unable to receive/send mail. Although I'm still connected, if I click the Wifi icon on the menu bar so that it starts "Looking for Networks", the connection is immediately restored. This happens every 4-5 minutes. [more inside]
My 2009 Macbook Pro has grown a little too much hair and is in need of a trim and some general cleaning. Could you tell me if my proposed scenario sounds reasonable or is it overkill? [more inside]
Need specific mac buying advice: I marinated my 2008 MacBook in coffee this morning and will likely need to replace it after work today or tomorrow. [more inside]
How can I reassign one of the character keys on my macbook to type a different character? [more inside]
I have a Macbook (2,1) with rEFIt installed. I accidentally left a linux live DVD in the drive when I shut down, and now rEFIt is hanging up when I boot. What happened here? How can I fix it? [more inside]
I use file sharing to trade info between a couple of computers in my home and I'm not confident that I had it configured correctly. Is there any way kind of "log" in OS X that will tell if some sneak has been accessing my files? [more inside]
I just got a CD-ROM of my favorite computer game from the mid-90s! After several tries with different emulators, though, I'm having no luck getting it to run on my machine. Can you help me play In the 1st Degree again? [more inside]
Looking for a Mac program (or some other way) that will monitor my MacBook's battery and turn off another program when the battery gets really low.
Looking for a Mac program (or some other way) that will monitor my MacBook's battery and turn off another program when the battery gets really low. [more inside]
Possibly stupid question about an inherited MacBook. How do I free up space on the computer? [more inside]
What type of wirelessly accessible storage solution should I go with in my new home network? Details inside...
What type of wirelessly accessible storage solution should I go with in my new home network? Details inside... [more inside]
Should I build a new desktop machine or should I build nothing more than Network-Attached Storage? Details inside...
Should I build a new desktop machine or should I build nothing more than Network-Attached Storage? Details inside... [more inside]
What are my options for building a server-based storage solution wirelessly connectable to either an OS X or Windows 7 laptop?
What are my options for building a server-based storage solution wirelessly connectable to either an OS X or Windows 7 laptop? [more inside]
Why is my MacBook Pro so laggy, and how can I keep my new MacBook Pro from being the same way? [more inside]
I'm thinking about replacing my 2 year-old 15" Macbook Pro but I can't find a non-Apple laptop that feels like it doesn't have cheap hardware. Am I missing something? [more inside]
When typing, my cursor jumps around like crazy, highlighting paragraphs, jumping back words, and making it impossible to type normally. MacBook4,1 (whatever that means), Mac OS X 10.5.8 (9L31a). [more inside]
Strange error message in OSX, in light of other events, makes me worried about remote access to my computer.
Strange error message in OSX, in light of other events, makes me worried about remote access to my computer. [more inside]
I now own a MacBook Pro 17". And now I have some questions relating to MacOS and Windows 7, hardware upgrades and getting Applecare-on-the-cheap. [more inside]
I've been debating with myself for the last week or so about which Mac I should buy and when I should buy it. My brain could use a break from the back and forth, and that's why I'm asking for help. [more inside]
Macbook randomly deleting Applications. Is it haunted? [more inside]
Do I need a new macbook or am I expecting too much from my current one? [more inside]
I have OS X 10.5.6 and Logitech V470 bluetooth mouse. 1. When I hide the dock it stays hidden and there is no way for me to get the dock to reappear without turning off autohide 2. My courser works sporadically a. sometimes it will only work on some area's of the screen b. sometimes it won't recognize clicks Are these related? and can I fix this? [more inside]
Is there any way to get the standard OS X touchpad acceleration curve working under Linux? I've tried messing with the "synaptics" driver settings many different ways, but nothing yielded anything close to what I was looking for. [more inside]
Plugging in an external monitor to my Macbook Pro kills the audio. What's up with that? And is there a solution that does not involve an expensive USB audio product? [more inside]
How to best procedurally backup and reformat a Macbook with Leopard? [more inside]
I have a Macbook and a new external hard drive. I'd like to set up Time Machine, but I don't want to devote my entire new hard drive to back ups. I'm new to this, but I think I want to partition my drive- how do I go about doing that? And how large of a partition do I need for Time Machine? [more inside]
OS X crisis.. Please help with a system that won't boot Mac gurus. [more inside]
Two Macbook Pros, same model, same room, one gets a lot of bars and a strong connection via airport; the other gets just a couple of bars and a low connection. [more inside]
Question about changing my terminal prompt (and other matters) in an OS X Bash shell. [more inside]
I want a button to toggle my MacBook function keys (much technical info inside) [more inside]
Whenever my Macbook Pro goes to sleep, it won't wake up. [more inside]
I just got my Macbook back from the Apple Store today after they replaced the logic board on the unit. I've noticed that every song I play in iTunes seems to skip. Finding this odd, I opened up the Activity Monitor and looked at disk usage. It seems like whenever a read to the disk is made, iTunes seems to begin skipping. Furthermore, I have the same problem after trying to play mp3's via mpg123. I'm worried that the skipping could be a sign my hard drive might be failing. I recently installed a brand new 250 GB hard drive from Newegg about a month and a half ago, so I'm somewhat skeptical. Is it a reasonable concern?
I'm running OS X Leopard on my beloved shiny Macbook and there's one thing that I find irritating. I love using F9, F10, F11 etc to bring up Exposé, Dashboard and the Desktop, but every now and again they suddenly stop functioning. It's normally when the computer's been on for a few days - I hit the keys and nothing happens. So I check in Keyboard Shortcuts of the System Prefs, and all the boxes in the "Dock, Exposé and Dashboard" are magically unticked. I can tick them again, and everything's fine and dandy for a few days. Alternatively, I can reboot and it's back to how it should be. (For a while...) Why is this happening, and how can I stop it? [more inside]
I have been given a Kingston Data Traveller Secure Privacy Edition thumbdrive for use at work. Is there any way of hacking it for use with OSX? [more inside]
I want to run Folding@Home on my MacBook Pro, but I want it to only fold while plugged in. Is there a way I can do this? [more inside]
Help me rock out some automation on my spankin' new MacBook! [more inside]
CSS, greasemonkey, sunglasses? Is there a way to stop white web pages hurting my eyes (firefox, osx). [more inside]
OSX troubles - whenever I open or switch applications, all other open application windows disappear. How do I fix this? [more inside]
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