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Mavericks broke my second monitor

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]
posted by googly on Oct 16, 2014 - 7 answers

Will these Macs play nice together?

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]
posted by broadway bill on Jan 17, 2013 - 6 answers

What's the easiest way to remotely share a Mac's screen over the Internet?

How can I control/observe my parents' iMac screen remotely from my own Mac when I'm at home? They made the switch and now I'd like to be able to share their screen to remotely help them figure out, fix and set up things as they need it. There's Back to My Mac, but as I understand it, this is for when both computers are my own and I sign into iCloud on both machines. It looks like I can use Messages, but I'm not clear on what kind of chat account I need? I'm aware of Skype, LogMeIn, etc., but can I do this without additional software? The Sharing panel in System Preferences? Any thoughts? Thanks in advance. Both iMacs are running Mountain Lion.
posted by jroybal on Aug 12, 2012 - 11 answers

How can I get my iMac to wake up remotely?

How do I get my iMac to wake on demand when it's asleep and asked to do so? These instructions from Apple are pretty straightforward on how to set it up for Bonjour, but I can't get it to work when it receives a request from Apple TV to wake up. It's an iMac running Lion with a Time Capsule set up as the Base Station. The iMac supports Wake on Demand over Wi-Fi and ethernet (it's connected over Wi-Fi). Time Capsule and Lion have the latest updates. I've found recommendations on Google but nothing has worked. Any troubleshooting pointers? (Bonus question: how can I get it to wake up from outside my network?) Thanks.
posted by jroybal on Feb 24, 2012 - 1 answer

Thunderbolt, MiniDisplayPort, Target Display Mode = ????

I have a late 2010 Macbook Pro (MacbookPro6,3) running Lion (10.7.3) and an iMac of indeterminate vintage (iMac11,3) running Snow Leopard (10.6.8). I have a Thunderbolt cable. Neither mac supports Thunderbolt; both have MiniDisplayPort connectors. I want to run the iMac in Target Display Mode as a second display for the MacBook Pro. Can I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Feb 21, 2012 - 6 answers

How do I wipe a hard drive on an iMac with a dead display?

How do I wipe a hard drive on an iMac with a dead display? [more inside]
posted by frenetic on Feb 2, 2011 - 6 answers

BlackBerry 9300 wants to be friends with iMac...

Can a Blackberry and a G5 play nice? [more inside]
posted by Cookbooks and Chaos on Nov 20, 2010 - 7 answers

Why Is My External Drive Unexpectedly Mounted?

Recently aded an external drive to my iMac for storage of photo files. It runs off a Firewire 800 port. I also use a Time Capsule. The external drive is mounted overnight via crontab for the daily backup run. When that's done, a script unmounts the drive. This works reliably. The drive, then, should be unmounted the rest of the time. However, the drive is mounted at unexpected and sporadic intervals. The logs reveal that this is usually, but not always, immediately following the unmounting of the Time Capsule after an hourly run. Not on every run, but perhaps on one run per day. In addition, the external drive is sometimes mounted in a way that appears to have no association with the Time Capsule. What's going on?
posted by justcorbly on Nov 18, 2010 - 1 answer

Save mail, clean install

I'd like to do a clean install on my iMac 24" with Leopard. I have routine backups with Time Machine and a recent CarbonCopy of the hard drive. After the clean install, the only information I want to access is my saved emails. How can I save or access or import old emails?
posted by midwestmainer on Oct 9, 2010 - 1 answer

Keeping the RATINGS when moving iTunes stuff to a new Mac

Helping my father re-create iTunes on his new iMac—AND keep all of his song ratings. [more inside]
posted by blueberry on May 24, 2010 - 10 answers

Please help me sort out this iTunes library across multi drive problem...

Mac mp3s clusterf*ck... how to fix this "multiple mp3s in multiple locations, with some overlap, problem" after a hard drive crash...? Help... [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Jan 4, 2010 - 6 answers

Sharing Is Caring?

Sharing a printer between an iMac (with printer driver installed) and a Windows laptop without installing any drivers on the laptop: can it be done? [more inside]
posted by murtagh on Dec 9, 2009 - 10 answers

A real Apple TV.

Is it crazy and/or overkill to consider getting a 27 inch imac to replace my tv? [more inside]
posted by malaprohibita on Nov 4, 2009 - 23 answers

How do I rescue files from an internal drive when OS X won't boot?

OS X won't boot. Time Machine stopped working at noon. How can I nab some files before I reinstall Leopard? [more inside]
posted by wheat on Oct 1, 2009 - 12 answers

Please help resurrect my iMac?

My iMac's seemingly gone kaput :( I'm getting a flashing folder icon with a question mark on bootup. Please help me save my iMac? [more inside]
posted by mordecai on Aug 31, 2009 - 8 answers

Looking for a printer without the problems of finicky ink.

[MomFilter] Looking for a reasonably cheap, reliable printer (for printing text) for an iMac. Leaning towards laser as the experiences with inkjets have been that bouts of little use lead to still full, yet dry and thus worthless ink cartridges. [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Jun 21, 2009 - 21 answers

Cookies and Apple Juice

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]
posted by trueluk on Jun 2, 2009 - 27 answers

Disk Utility error: false alarm, or bad omen?

In OS X on my iMac, Disk Utility asserts that my main, internal hard drive is "about to fail" and has been asserting this for several months. But my computer is running just fine... should I worry? [more inside]
posted by so_necessary on May 2, 2009 - 17 answers

MobileMe ftw

Make me love MobileMe. How do YOU use it? [more inside]
posted by mds35 on Mar 2, 2009 - 17 answers

Got them low down dirty Kernel panic blues

Mac OS X kernel panic shortly after boot on G4 iMac. How do I troubleshoot this? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito on Oct 23, 2008 - 10 answers

Windows XP-Boot Camp-File Checking nonsense

We are having a problem with hours-long file checks when booting into Windows XP (Home Edition, with SP2) via Boot Camp on an iMac running Leopard. [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Jul 13, 2008 - 5 answers

What are the Mac Software Must Haves

I just switched to Macs and I was a Windows power user (video editing, audio editing, scanning, graphic design, presentations, flowcharting, spreadsheets, databases, web design). What software can I absolutely not live without for the Mac? Being a fan of Open Source software (and excessively cheap) I'd prefer open source apps when possible.
posted by arniec on May 29, 2008 - 23 answers

unlocking the magic box

my work threw out an old g4 imac (the dome with the flat-panel type) and i took it home (with their permission). unfortunately, when i boot it up, the only option it gives me is to sign in under the admin, and i don't know that password. our IT guy wasn't too much help. [more inside]
posted by kerning on Jan 26, 2008 - 4 answers

You ever do a google search for "iMac fan"? Yeah. Pointless.

So I just got the newest iMac today (the one that was announced last week). After 4 hours or so of use the fan has kicked on in a most noisy way and it won't shut down. Restarting does nothing. Take time to let it cool. Restart. Just more fan. So...anyone got a "here-n-now" fix or do I take it back to the store in the morning?
posted by sourwookie on Aug 15, 2007 - 15 answers

Is a new iMac enough for a graphic designer?

New iMac: Good enough for a graphic designer? Convince me it isn't. [more inside]
posted by jeff-o-matic on Aug 8, 2007 - 29 answers

Quick fix iMac as monitor for another Apple.

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]
posted by Bengston on Mar 14, 2007 - 6 answers

A tough drive to mount . . .

Every time I boot up my Intel Imac, I have to unplug and then replug my external hard drive in order for it to mount. It's a 160GB Seagate SATA internal that I put in an iRocks 3.5 enclosure (USB). When I open up Disk Utility, the drive is not displayed in the left column (until I unplug, then plug). It's just storage for my EyeTV files, but still annoying to have to do that every time. Ideas?
posted by drewcopeland on Sep 30, 2006 - 3 answers

To buy or not to buy - even what to buy!

Should I stick with my last July G4 iBook, buy a MacBook or an iMac or wait for untold delights? [more inside]
posted by dance on Aug 10, 2006 - 12 answers

Multiple Mac Migration

Is it possible/advisable/etc. to use Migration Assistant to migrate data to one Mac from more than one Mac? [more inside]
posted by j-dawg on Jul 14, 2006 - 3 answers

Any advice on reviving an iMac that stalls on bootup?

Any advice on reviving an iMac that stalls on bootup? I hit the knowledge base, chatted with a tech, ran various tests and tried the basic tricks, but still, no go. [more inside]
posted by pzarquon on Jun 14, 2006 - 11 answers

Can I use my iMac integrated monitor as a MacMini monitor?

Can I use my G4 iMac (the one that has a round base and a swivelly flat monitor) as a monitor/second hard drive for a new mac mini? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Dec 10, 2005 - 10 answers

Will Print Shop Deluxe 1.13 run on OS X?

My mother uses Print Shop Deluxe 1.13 on her Umax SuperMac running System 8.5.1. When she gets her new 20" iMac, will the Print Shop Deluxe software work? Is there an emulator needed/available?
posted by Argyle on Oct 21, 2005 - 6 answers

Can't burn a CD on external drive on OS X...

Problems burning a CD on an external drive using an iMac G3 600 with Tiger [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Oct 1, 2005 - 8 answers

Mac Screen Readability

MacFilter: How do you make the screen fonts bigger in OS X? I've just upgraded my grandmother from a virus-infested WinME box to a 17" iMac G5. Unfortunately, the text is much too small for her to read clearly, and she wants her WinMe box back. I've changed the resolution down to 1024x768. Other than seriously degrading the image quality, it doesn't make the fonts much larger.

I'm comfortable working with the command line and editing plists, so don't hold anything back.
posted by b1tr0t on Jan 26, 2005 - 15 answers

Help, there's no more room on my Notebook!

iMac notebook + OS9 + OSX = no hard drive space. Even more helpful, installing/reinstalling anything doesn't seem to work. iMore inside... [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Nov 8, 2004 - 4 answers

Remotely controlling a DSL connection

Here the short story...Is there anyway to remotely disconnect/connect dsl connections under OS X? the long story inside.... [more inside]
posted by ShawnString on Oct 12, 2004 - 7 answers

MS Word Color

ColorFilter
When I create a background color is MS Word, and then print it out, the yellow on the screen takes on a green cast, and after a bit of fiddling, I can't seem to compensate for this effect. Is this inevitable, or, is this a function of working on a 5 year-old iMac, whose screen is losing it's phosphors? Any suggestions on how to efficiently match the screen color to the paper color? (I've adjusted the screen options in the OS already)
posted by ParisParamus on Oct 3, 2004 - 4 answers

Help me fix my iMac!

iMacFilter. I'm attempting to connect my slot-loading iMac to a SBC DSL router. I can't get the iMac to recognize the DSL connection or locate the modem.

In my attempts to rectify this, I reorganized the hard drive using Discwarrior. Now the computer somehow boots up with MacOS 9.2, even after an OSX re-install. Help!
posted by JDC8 on Sep 10, 2004 - 4 answers

Can I set up superusers and limited rights accounts in OSX

I have a dozen iMacs that I just upgraded to Panther. I want to set up the superuser account and then a limited rights login that can run only specific programs etc. I find all the configuration stuff nice and easy, but a fairly long process. In OS9 I couple copy the multiuser settings to CD and drag and drog the settings in the system folder. I can do a similar thing in OSX, can't I? If so, how?
posted by spartacusroosevelt on Aug 7, 2004 - 1 answer

Is there anyway to update my firmware from OS 10.2.8, to get to 10.3?

I have an iMac from the Summer of 2000, currently running OS 10.2.8. I do not have Classic installed (and for complicated reasons, it would be extremely bothersome to install it now). In order to upgrade to 10.3, I'm told I must "update my firmware". This page offers firmgrade updates, but are OS 9-only. Are there any alternatives for an OS X user?
posted by Marquis on Jun 16, 2004 - 7 answers

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