After upgrading, restoring from backup, or otherwise heavily modifying your Mac’s software setup, you might run into an issue with your system not being able to connect or maintain a connection with your Wi-Fi network. This may have you regularly turning Wi-Fi off and then back on, or selecting your Wi-Fi network to hopefully re-establish a connection, only to have the system show an error and drop the connection again. Continue reading
Monthly Archives: October 2014
How to uninstall App Store apps from the command line
The App Store offers a quick way to find and install applications on your Mac, but Apple does not have an interface for removing any of the programs you have added. While the App Store downloads applications, you must resort to methods other than the App Store program for removing your purchases.
The first approach for removing programs is the most intuitive and commonly used, which is to simply Continue reading
FAQ on fixing permissions in OS X
When you run into a slowdown or two on your Mac, or perhaps another problem, then one of the troubleshooting steps that is commonly and sometimes blindly recommended is to run a “Permissions Fix” routine in Disk Utility. This routine is fairly straightforward; however, depending on your system’s setup you may be curious about repeated errors and warnings, or otherwise wonder about what happens when you run a permissions fix routine. Continue reading
Class action law suit filed against Apple for 2011 MacBook Pro graphics issues
One of the more recent hardware snafus that Apple’s systems have encountered is a graphics error in its 2011 MacBook Pro line, where both 15-inch and 17-inch models for many users have shown graphics anomalies. So far Apple has not acknowledged the problem and issued fixes for affected owners, and many have had to pay for expensive logic board replacements.
As a result of these actions, after having researched the problem law firm Whitfield Bryson & Mason LLP has filed a class-action law suit against Apple regarding the logic board replacements. Continue reading
All methods for restarting and shutting down your Mac
While shutting down and restarting your computer might sound trivial, and are perhaps obvious tasks in most cases, there are a number of ways to go about doing these on your Mac, many of which you might not be aware of.
Some of the approaches for shutting down and restarting may be preferred in most situations, but others might be better suited when your Mac is unresponsive, or is otherwise in a jam where the standard options are either not available or not working properly. Continue reading
FileVault bug makes Yosemite pause or hang at login
After having upgraded to OS X Yosemite, a number of people have found their Macs now take a relatively long time to log in. While powering on the system will reveal the login screen almost immediately, after supplying an account password the system will show a progress bar and hang for up to a couple of minutes, before finally showing the desktop and allowing the computer to be used.
If this is happening to you, then the problem is very likely from a bug with how Yosemite is handling your FileVault disk encryption that you set up prior to upgrading to Yosemite. Continue reading
How to speed up a slow Yosemite upgrade
Whenever you upgrade a system there will always be times when configuration errors or incompatibilities may prevent specific features from working properly, such as a WiFi connection that is constantly dropping, but at other times more nondescript slowdowns may occur that have you questioning whether or not upgrading was worth it.
If you have just upgraded your Mac to OS X Yosemite and are noticing your system is running notably slower or choppier, then there are several steps you can take before you go about extensive troubleshooting efforts. Continue reading
How to access your Mac’s printer from anywhere
If you have a printer at home or at work that is configured with a Mac Mini, iMac, Mac Pro or other Mac that you have as a desktop workstation, then you might have found you can share the system’s configured printer to have it work as a print server. This will allow you to easily print from any system connected to the local network; however, in addition you can use this to print to your printer from practically anywhere on the internet. Continue reading
Fix windows with controls off the edge of your screen
One frustrating issue you might encounter when running OS X is if a window is placed or sized in a way that prevents you from accessing some of its controls. This can happen for numerous reasons, including adjusting your display setup, or performing an upgrade to a new OS version, or if some corruption in the window saved state configuration files prevents application windows from being restored correctly as part of Apple’s Resume feature. Continue reading
New feature helps Safari page troubleshooting in OS X Yosemite
A small change in the way Safari manages web pages in Yosemite will allow you to more easily troubleshoot any pages that are unresponsive or otherwise stuck.
If you ever run across a site that either hangs, or repeatedly shows a message that you cannot get rid of and which prevents you from otherwise interacting with Safari (e.g., closing the window), then you might find yourself resorting to force-quitting the program; however, there is an alternative you can use to more specifically manage the problem. Continue reading