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How to Reinstall Mac OS

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

The instructions in this article can be used to reinstall the operating systems of a wide range of MAC systems.

Insert MAC OS X Disc

The first step to reinstalling the operating system of your MAC PC begins with putting in the CD/ DVD with the OS X software into the disk drive. While pressing the [C] button key one has to restart the computer system. Once the computer has started up you will be given the option to “Continue” which you choose for the first two screen pages that appear. After this, the third page displays all the crucial information which is relevant to the installation process. After this information is presented, the subsequent two pages too have to be allowed to go further, which the user does by clicking on the Continue tab. Once this has been done, you will be presented with the Terms of License which you must read through carefully. Post this, if you agree with all the terms and conditions presented therein, you will click on the Agree tab to further the process.

Customize your installation

The next step involves choosing the details regarding the volume and the hard drive that one wishes to configure the OS X on. After deciding upon the volume you can choose to open up the Options tab and choose whether or not you wish to store the previous operating system in the archives. A folder known as Previous System can be used for storing the original operating system and one can also choose to save the old Users as well as the original network configurations.

Follow instructions and wait…

After this one has to let the installation process go on. This step can take a little long as the entire system needs to be configured. One only has to follow the automatic prompts that are provided by the computer system itself. You will be requested to begin a new account where you shall have to fill in a User Name and a Password to correspond with it. It is advisable to choose the “password hint” option to remind you of the same if you forget it at a later stage. The password is crucial to your system as it is required all through the process and even later, when you use the PC on a regular basis. Without this password you will not be able to modify or alter your system settings in any way and you will be unable to add new features or programs at a later stage.

Personalize your MAC

The next step involves choosing the personalization features such as those of selecting the date, the day, the time zone and such. Once such custom settings have been decided the installation process is finished. Now one needs to start the computer again to initiate the newly installed operating system. Upon the start up you might be asked to install a variety of different software. These updates are provided by the operating system to inform you of the different options available to you.

The re-installation process is now complete!

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How To Recover From The Top 10 Crucial Mac Disasters

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

1. Mac Keyboard Gets Liquid Exposure

Immediately disconnect the power cord and remove the battery from your Mac. Turn your Mac upside down at an angle to allow the moisture to drain out. Do not lay the machine flat because we want to separate the machine from the moisture. Be sure to have a towel or cloth underneath the Mac to collect the dry liquid. Be sure to allow at least 3 days to pass before you reinstall the battery and power up the Mac. This will allow the moisture to dry completely.

DO NOT USE A HAIRDRYER! Hairdryers can burn the liquid onto important Mac components which can cause a application or software malfunction. If you are desperate and money isn’t a concern, you can contact a data recovery company such as Techserve or DriveSavers after you pull the plug from your Mac. Another option is to take your Mac in to an Apple Store but remember food and liquid damage is not covered by Apple Care.

If you computer starts up, and you are a self sufficient type of guy, you may be able to do the next step by yourself. You will have to disassemble your Mac and swab down the affected area with distilled water or denature alcohol which is available at hardware stores. If you aren’t confident in dissembling your Mac, take it to a local Apple Store for cleaning. Be sure to clean the affected area because if left, the liquid may corrode the Mac’s inwards overtime.

2. Mac Stuck in StartUp Mode

What do you do when your Mac stays stuck on the start up screen? First step is to reboot the Mac and hold down the Command and S key as the Mac is starting up. This will allow you to boot in single user mode and you will see white text appear on your screen. Once you see the # command prompt, type /sbin/fsck/-fy and hit return. The Mac will go into file system consistency check.

Be patient this process may take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour depending on the problem that is plaguing the Mac. Don’t be alarmed when you see the message “File System was modified”. Repeat the command prompt step again and again until you see a message stating “no problems were found”. Once this message appears, type in reboot.

If this doesn’t work and your computer is still stuck in start up mode, insert your OS X install disc into the disc drive and reboot. As the Mac is starting up, hold down the C key. If you are running 10.4 or later go to ApplicationsUtilitiesDisk Utility, select your hard drive and click Repair Disk on the First Aid tab. If there aren’t any disk errors, click Repair Disk Permissions. When this process is complete, restart your Mac.

If you are running OS 10.2 you can do the same steps except you will go to the InstallerOpen Disk Utility. If all the above fails, you will probably need to take your Mac to the Apple Store for professional repairing.

3. Mac Will Not Power On

If you attempt to power up your Mac and there is no start up chime, sound from the hard drive or Mac’s fan, and the light on the power indicator isn’t on, unplug you power cord and remove your battery. Also remove any other peripherals that may be connected such as printers, displays, etc. Now after waiting about 2 minutes, reconnect the battery and power cord to check if your Mac will start up normally. If it does, you are safe and can plug back in all peripherals.

If this doesn’t work, unplug the power cord and disconnect the battery again. Now try to reset the System Management Controller. If the System Management Controller’s file has been corrupted the Mac may not recognize it’s power supply. If you have a Mac Book or Mac Book Pro, hold the power button down for 5 seconds, then reconnect the adapter and press power to hopefully start up the Mac.

If you have a Mac Book Air you will need to hold Shift-Control-Option on the left side of the keyboard and press power. If you use another model, check with Apple Support, or Google the model name of your Mac + SMC to learn how to reset the System Management Controller.

4. Mac is Running Slow

One reason your Mac may tend to run slow is because a lot of applications and toolbars we may not use may be utilizing a lot of the Mac processing memory. Its time to erase / consolidate some of those resources you do not need. Create a new folder and put all the icons and folders into the newly created folder.

We do this because desktop icons and folders also use processing memory. If you want to consolidate even more, turn off some of the features you don’t need like animations, effects, and scrolling bars. The simplest way to do this is to use TinkerTool a free app that lets you customize OS X.

5. Mac Application Crashes

One cause of application failures could be because of system updates, downloading or installing a new piece of software or editing or changing the preferences on your Mac. If you have did none of the above the problem may be the application’s preferences. Go to ACCOUNTS create a new account and log in as the new user. If the application works with the new user account, the problem may be with the application preferences.

If this is the case you could either reset application preferences by holding down command+option+shift keys when starting the application or you could go to Users/Library/Preferences folder and removing the crashed application’s preferences. If you still can’t figure out how to reset the application default preferences, you could go to the manufacturer’s website.

6. Mac Makes a Mysterious Buzz Noise

If you hear a high pitched noise or weird buzz coming from your Mac’s hard drive that may be a warning sign it may be time to replace it. Another sign may be frequent application freezes or start up freezes. Also if files are starting up slowly or closing slowly that is another sign it may be time to replace the hard drive. Your Mac’s monitoring system may say the hard drive is o.k. but don’t take any chances! Back up the drive asap!

7. Macbook Gets a Scratch

Some people have tried the DIY approach to repairing scratches. I have heard stories of people taking their MAC in to jewelers to have the scratches buffed out. Other people have used put Vaseline into the scratch to mask it. You can try Apple Care but usually they won’t cover this.

One solution is TechRestore. TechRestore can replace a MacBook display anywhere from $350 to $500 depending on the display size of your MacBook’s screen. If you are handy and want to do it yourself, PowerBookMedic is a good source to purchase a new display.

8. Your Mac’s Fonts Are Going Exorcist

Small font files and corrupt files can cause application crashes and display issues. If you are running OS X (Tiger or Leopard) you can avoid by going into applications and launching Font Book. Once Font Book is open command click a group of fonts to check if they are corrupt and then select validate fonts. Bad files and corrupt fonts can enter your system from being downloaded from bad websites.

If a particular file is corrupt, you will see a round icon with an X on it. Click the box next to the bad font and then select Remove Checked to remove the file from your system. If there is a yellow warning sign next to the font, remove the font file from the Font folder, restart the system and hopefully this will resolve your issue.

If you are running an older OS system on your Mac I would suggest a font manager like Extensis Suitcase Fusion. This app is highly recommended and offer many ways to organize and work with your fonts.

9. SAFARI IS RUNNING SLOW ON YOUR MAC

If Safari is having performance issues try Resetting Safari (go to Safari>Reset Safari). Doing this will give you the option to delete stored login information, cache, favicons, history, and cookies. Before you delete everything try only deleting cache, favicons, and history first.

10. REMOVING SCRATCHES FROM YOUR IPOD OR IPHONE

Many people use toothpaste! Yes toothpastes can be used to remove the blemishes and scratches on your screen but I wouldn’t recommend it because certain brands of toothpaste may be more abrasive and could possibly add more scratches.

One solution I would suggest is Applesauce polish. Applesauce is simple to use, just follow the self explanatory directions.

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10 Top Reasons Why I Love My Mac Computer!

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Are you a PC user running windows? If so, you will readily identify with all the problems that face a PC user – new devices have to be configured, drivers need to be updated, you get visits from the dreaded Blue Screen of Death every so often, you have to install anti-virus, firewalls, and a myriad other packages just to keep your PC running and stable.

PC users spend most of their time troubleshooting and tweaking their PCs to improve performance and maintain them. But life is not like that with a Mac. As Mac users are fond of saying ‘The Mac just works’! Here are the reasons why I love my Mac:

1. Synergy of Hardware and Software – Unlike a PC where one company makes the hardware and other companies make the software and you are the one who struggles to integrate both, Apple makes both the software and hardware for the Mac which ensures you don’t have any compatibility issues.

2. Truly Plug and Play – When you buy a device for the Mac, you plug it in and that’s it – 99% of the time, you are ready to go. The Mac has drivers for practically all the devices compatible with the Mac and the Operating System (OS) does all the work

3. Great Look and Feel – The look and feel of the Graphic User Interface (GUI) used in the Mac is great – that figures, since Macs were the first computers to have GUI-based interaction using a mouse.

4. Aesthetics – The Macs look good! If this reason seems trivial to you, just look at the clunky computers littering the marketplace and you’ll immediately begin to appreciate the design effort that has gone into making the Mac look good.

5. Mac OSX – The Mac OSX is one of the most advanced Operating Systems available and is based on UNIX. The Mac OS is one of the major reasons why people who switchover to the Mac, Stick to it. The OS just about takes care of itself with updates and most of the housekeeping performed automatically in the background.

6. State of the Art CPU – Mac uses the same Pentium CPU that powers your PC and the speed and other parameters are as good as any PC

7. Intelligent Device Management – Macs are good at detecting the device you connect to them and automatically open the software to be used with the device without any user intervention, even if the device is being connected for the first time.

8. Hassle-free Networking – The Mac can automatically detect wireless networks, freeing you from configuring Wi-fi networks yourself. You can connect the Mac easily to a Local area Network just like any PC.

9. Microsoft Office – If you are comfortable with Microsoft Office and don’t want to change over to another office suite, the Mac can run all components of the MS-Office.

10. Missing Windows? If you like the Mac hardware but still hanker after Windows, you could install windows on the Mac – In fact, like a PC you could run any or multiple OS on the Mac.

Ms. Pinky is a Computer Support Specialist for more than 25 years. Has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Engineering, MS Research work in Systems Engineering.

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Transfer IPod Files to Mac and ITunes

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Need to transfer iPod files from iPod playlist such as photo, movie, music to Mac? Or need to get your iPod files back to your iTunes library? I am afraid you will be frustrated if you don’t have a third party application to help you to do this job. We all know that Apple iPod user can put everthing compatible with iPod on iPod with iTunes, but iTunes lacks of the ability to copy the iPod media files back to iTunes, PC and Mac computer.

What’s worse, we just imagine that one day your computer crashed and all of your songs and media files are wiped out. You didn’t back up your files on another computer but your iPod. How could you get your iPod files back to your re-install computer?

Since iTunes will block users to iPod-to-Mac computer song, movie, photo transfer, why not give up iTunes and find out another way to build a bridge between iPod and Mac computer? Maybe, a third party application can copy everything off iPod and put them on your hard driver again without the help of iTunes.

There are a number of iPod to PC applications available for download on the internet. But most of them only work for your Windows PC, merely for Mac OS. 4Media iPod to Mac Transfer is a necessity for Mac iPod user who do not use iTunes to transfer files. To choose a good iPod to Mac transfer, I think there are several key points are very important.

The first thing is compatibility. You must make sure that the application can be well compatible with your iPod and Mac.

Secondly, The transfer must be very easy to use.

Thirdly, transfer speed. Just imagine that if you have a large collection of photo, movie, music on your iPod, how could bear speeding a whole day to transfer the files to Mac or iTunes. The most important thing is that the money refund policy.

Perhaps one of the most important things to consider is whether or not the iPod to Mac transfer program is backed by a 100% money back guarantee! I think this is not only the money back, but also the guarantee of the product’s quality.

Overall, if you want to put things back to Mac computer from iPod, I think a thirty application such as iPod to Mac transfer is a good choice.

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– Lee Davids

Extendmac releases Flow 1.1 for Mac OS X Leopard

Friday, October 31st, 2008

La Jolla, California – Extendmac is proud to announce Flow 1.1, an update to their award-winning FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, and .Mac client for Mac OS X. Presenting a gorgeous user interface, Flow streamlines both transferring and editing files by leveraging high-speed connections.

Armed with the belief that file-transfer should be both powerful and elegant, Flow brings the best of the Mac to managing server files and folders. By integrating with the latest OS X technologies, like Quicklook, Flow makes working remotely every bit as intuitive and natural as working locally with the Finder.

After uploading a file, the URL to the file on the web can be automatically copied to the clipboard for easy sharing. Flow also includes a powerful integrated editor, as well as support for editing in an external application of the user’s choice. Users may now specify a specific external editor to be used for a particular extension when editing externally.

When using the internal editor, code is colored for easier readability, and can be previewed using WebKit. Flow can suggest completions of HTML, CSS, and PHP elements, properties, and functions, respectively. To further enhance readability, Flow now includes “Bitstream Vera Sans Mono” as the default editor font.

Version 1.1 is a major update delivering many top-requested features, while substantially bettering both stability and polish. The application offers substantially better error-handling for all protocols, public iDisk support, as well as more secure WebDAV and MobileMe iDisk authentications.

Among Flow’s most requested new features is the ability to browse a local disk from within the sidebar. This eliminates the necessity to interface with the Finder for uploads and downloads.

The new version of Flow also sports custom Public Keys for SFTP. Connect to an SFTP server without specifying a password, and Flow will allow the user to select a public key to connect with. Flow 1.1 now offers Multi-touch Support. Users with a multi-touch trackpad can now use swipe-gestures to navigate around in Flow. Swiping left and right will move back and forward. Swiping up and down will navigate to the parent directory, or enter the selected directory.

New Feature highlights include:
* Local Browsing in the Sidebar
* Custom External Editors
* Custom Public Keys for SFTP
* Public iDisk Support
* Substantially better error-handling for all protocols
* WebDAV and MobileMe iDisk now use digest authentication
* New editor font: Bitstream Vera Sans Mono
* Multi-touch Support

Minimum Requirements:
* Mac OS X Version 10.5 Leopard or later
* Universal Binary for PowerPC and Intel
* 8.5 MB Hard Drive space
* Internet connection

Pricing and Availability:
Flow 1.1 is available as a single-user license for only $29.00 (USD), and available as a full-featured demo. Version 1.1 is a major update delivering many top-requested features and a recommended download for all customers.

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Based in La Jolla, California, Extendmac is a small privately funded company founded by Brian Amerige. With a bent for usability, user experience, and simplicity, Extendmac focuses on designing beautiful, intuitive, and functional software for the Mac and iPhone platforms. Copyright 2008 Extendmac. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, and iPhone are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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