My dad just called me in a panic. His iMac (running El Capital or Yosemite) gave him a scammy looking error message. Need some help figuring out what's going on and how to fix it. [more inside]
My Mom has an old iMac that's always seemed a bit sluggish. I recently installed El Capitan and it's now painfully slow, so I tried the noatime trick and it makes a big difference. Problem is I can enable it using the terminal but I can't get it to persist across reboots. Does this have something to do with Apple's System Integrity Protection?
My Mac is (and has been) prompting me to update software. Every time we get past the "Agree" or "disagree" prompt, the window tells me it can't be installed on "Macintosh HD." There is 300-some GB of space. Any ideas what's going on? [more inside]
I have just bought the Netgear N300 WiFi Range Extender (EX2700), and followed the instructions to the letter. I connect to the extender, tell it which network to extend, put in the router password, and get to "name your extended network." I leave the default name and security and click "continue." NOTHING HAPPENS. Please help. [more inside]
I have a 2-year-old MacBook Pro with a 500 GB SSD running Yosemite. It was fine until 3 days ago, when the computer slowed to a crawl. I rebooted several times; each time, it got slow again. I eventually realized that it slowed down when trying to back up to the external hard drive. I ran Disk Utility, which found no errors on the SSD or the external hard drive. [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]
Looking for suggestions or help moving a OSX disk image (.dmg) to the cloud ideally to a virtual machine, a less complicated project is moving a 8 gig Microsoft Office 2011 (mac) .olm file to the cloud and access via outlook.com, gmail.com or similar. [more inside]
I recently upgraded my iMac to OSX 10.9.5. Since the upgrade, my second monitor (ViewSonic VG2230wm attached through a DVI-Firewaire adapter) flashes to a black screen intermittently. I am unusually dependent on that second monitor and this problem seems perfectly designed to drive me insane. Please help me preserve what is left of my sanity. [more inside]
Which one to get: Macbook Pro i5 duo core, i7 duo core or i7 quad core [more inside]
Some tech blogger - probably one with a Mac focus - wrote a post about leaving TextMate for a different text editor, in the style of someone addressing a person with whom they were ending a romantic relationship. Can you help me find it?
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]
Where would I buy an old terminal, specifically the DEC VT100? [more inside]
Adjusting display colour saturation in OS X [more inside]
ComputerBuyingFilter: My beloved iBook is on his last legs. I haven't owned a Windows computer in nearly 7 years, but I'm considering buying one as my next computer. What would you tell a longtime Mac user who's considering going Windows? [more inside]
How should I reconfigure my Mac powerbook G4, and other mac-related growth advice. [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]
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]
Webdav for Beginners: Need to setup remote disk access for uploads, but it must be secure, easy to administer, and run on OSX. What's the best way to do this, ideally with a gui? [more inside]
I'm looking to move from an XP desktop full of music to a server-based solution but I have no idea where to start! Can anyone give me a hand?
I'm looking to move from an XP desktop full of music to a server-based solution but I have no idea where to start! Can anyone give me a hand? [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]
Mac voice-recognition software for a writer with arthritis. [more inside]
OS X Unix filter: Please help me find and delete an obsolete cron job on an iMac running Leopard. [more inside]
Mac OSX Filter: How can I change the details displayed for files in a directory while in list view? [more inside]
Sometime around the beginning of this year, my Intuos2 Model 0608-U 6"x8" Wacom tablet driver stopped loading upon login and restart. I reinstall it every time I login/restart. All of the tips, tricks, workarounds suggested by both Wacom and Apple do not work. I am running Mac OS 10.5.7. Is there anything left to try? [more inside]
Powerbook G4 won't boot up. I hear the chime, get a gray screen, but NO apple logo or spinning wheel. [more inside]
Upgrading Mac OS X 10.2 to at least 10.3 on a dual boot machine. [more inside]
Is there a way for me to disable/block Nomadix interstitial pages? [more inside]
Has anyone installed OS X on a windows laptop? How does it compare to a Mac Book? Is it as stable and/or fast? I would like to put together a Windows/OS X dual-boot machine to take advantage of both operating systems and while it sounds good theoretically I an curious about how it works practically. (Plus, I would rather not pay Apple laptop prices)
Anyone have any recent experience with Hackintosh or OSx86 on the MSI Wind netbook? [more inside]
Mac meltdown: my wife's Mac Mini seems to have bitten the dust. Before I take it in for repair, I want to query the hivemind for anything I might be overlooking. Details on symptoms and efforts so far within. [more inside]
G5 PPC Tower never lets me auto update software? [more inside]
Someone went phishing, and hooked my daughter. What can she do now? [more inside]
Why does my external hard drive (OS X) keep spinning up? [more inside]
What are some of the better places to buy used Macs? What are good models to buy? I'd like something that can run OS X and still has some life left in it, but also hoping to keep the cost down. [more inside]
I installed XAMPP on my laptop a while ago and just got around to configuring it. The only problem is that when I enter http://localhost/xampp/splash.php into my browser I'm prompted for a user name and password, which of course I've managed to forget. Anyone out there know how I can remedy this? I'm running OS X 10.5
Tweaking the Mac: Is it possible to configure the OS X GUI so that changing to a different language input is visible at the cursor? [more inside]
Does anyone know a way to stop icons from bouncing on the OS X doc? I'm NOT talking about unchecking "animate opening applications" in the dock preferences. That only stops opening-app bounces. I want to stop warning bounces, too. They drive me crazy. Please note that I'm using an INTEL Mac (Leopard). I've only been able to find solutions for PowerPC Macs.
Photoshop CS keeps crashing when I try and save a file. WHY? [more inside]
The disk in my MBP was upgraded from 100GB to 250GB. They used a hardware disk to disk copier that just cloned the drive, bit for bit. Now, I want to grow my 100GB partition to fill up the new space, however Disk Utility only sees the drive as 100GB. I know there are some $100 utilities out there, but I am a geek and want to do it for free. [more inside]
What is the easiest way to have one program running in Mac OS X while another displays keystrokes in real time? I'll explain the details inside... [more inside]
Help me figure out my new MacBook Pro! [more inside]
I am going to be buying/building a new computer soon to replace my Powerbook G4 and I am debating whether to get a Windozer or a new Mac. I thought I might be able to build my own X86 machine and install OSX on it using something like OSX86. Has anyone done something like this? [more inside]
Is there any way that I can easily use my iMac Desktop (Current Intel Model) monitor as a second or primary monitor for my Powerbook using either the wireless network or a monitor adapter? [more inside]
Does OSX (10.4.8) keep a record of the CDs I burn? I recently applied to a competition by sending a CD of three jpegs. I know which date I burned the CD, but I can't remember which jpegs I applied with. Is there a record of this information anywhere on my computer?
Is there any software (preferably for OSX) that I can use to scan a used XBox disc for bad sectors? The format is DVD, so I suppose a normal DVD scanning program could do the job. I just want to be sure that the whole game works before my guarantee expires and I'm unable to return it.
OSXFilter: Because AskMeFi is where all the coolest Mac nerds hang... On my iMac 24", USB thumb drives and memory cards are failing when copying files. The specific symptom is that the file transfer will hang, and the only way to recover is to manually remove the device from the port. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend easy to install, cross platform monitoring software for Mac OS X - that is, something that would allow a parent, employer or teacher to, from their PC, monitor the screen of a Macintosh? Will remote desktop do this? Is it relatively easy to install?
What is the physically smallest laptop capable of running OS X? I'm only interested in word processing and light web browsing, so I have no prejudice against old models -- in fact, I'd prefer an older model if it's cheaper. [more inside]
OS X Photoshop weirdness - The cursor disappears when the mouse is inside the bounds of the currently open image. [more inside]
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