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Tips, Troubleshooting, How-To Guides for Mac/OS X/iOS Users
"Mac Basics" Tips/How-To Guides on OS X from the Finder to File Sharing. Plus FAQs/Guides on WiFi, AirPlay, AirPrint, Bluetooth, Thunderbolt, HDMI, Audio, TVs, USB 3.0, Apple Display Adapters, Home Sharing, iTunes, iCloud, iOS, Restoring a Mac/iPad/iPhone & more.
Tips for HDCP Errors with iTunes HD Content
Tips to try if you're seeing HDCP errors despite your display being HDCP compatible. (Some older displays aren't, including some Cinema Displays.) With notes on installed OS X software/settings that can trigger HDCP errors like screen sharing & some screen capture software.
Mac/OS X User Reports on USB 3.0 PCI Cards (incl. Combo)
User reports on OS X USB 3.0 PCI express cards - Sonnet Allegro USB 3.0, the HighPoint RocketU USB 3.0 & Caldigit USB 3.0 + eSATA 3 Card.
Apple TV Restore Tips using a USB Cable with iTunes
How-To Guide/Info from Apple with USB cable tips for restoring an Apple TV that seems bricked after an update and/or has Problems/Errors or doesn't appear in iTunes.
Freeware VM VirtualBox Mac OS X user feedback
Mac/OS X user reports and tips on freeware VM VirtualBox - a free alternative to Parallels Desktop and Fusion 2. (Used to run Windows, Linux or OS X server as "Guest" OS's in OS X on Intel-based Macs.)
Feedback on Sonnet Echo ThunderBolt to Express/34 card Adapter
(Jan 2012) 2011 iMac owner notes on his experience with the Sonnet Echo Thunderbolt adapter used with a Sonnet eSATA (6G) Expresscard. Includes notes on eSATA compatiblity/booting and more. (Comments in reply to another site review of the Echo.)
Encoding Speed Tests w/Elgato Turbo.264 Hardware Encoder
Reader tests of ElGato's Turbo.264 USB 2.0 Hardware Encoder vs standard Quicktime H.264 export speed with an iBook G4, Quad G5, Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro and iMac Core Duo.
Info/Feedback on Sheep Shaver
(Classic MacOS on Intel Macs)
Reader reports, guides on using Sheep Shaver for Classic MacOS support for Intel CPU Macs. (Posted 2006, updated in 2012)
Mac OS X Updates and Related Articles
Apple Security Update 2015-002
for OS X 10.10.2, 10.9.5, 10.8.5
(Mar 2015) Info/download links for Apple Security Update 2015-002 including separate Security Update 2015-002 update for Early 2015 Macs. (New MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models introduced at the Apple Spring Forward Event.) Page has links to apple articles on security fixes (including 'freak' patch) and security updates included in iOS 8.2, Xcode 6.2 and Apple TV 7.1.
OS X 10.10.2 Update and Security Update 2015-001
for OS X 10.9.5/10.8.5
(Jan 2015) Info on OS X 10.10.2 changes/fixes and downloads for OS X 10.10.2 Combo and Delta Updaters. Also downloads for Security Update 2015-001 for OS X 10.9.5 and 10.8.5. (Page includes related Apple support articles on security fixes in these updates plus Safari 8.0.3, Safari 7.1.3, and Safari 6.2.3 updates.)
OS X 10.10.1 Update (Info/Download Updater)
(Nov 2014) Info on OS X 10.10.1 changes/fixes and downloads for 10.10.1 Updater. (Page includes Apple support articles on the update.)
OS X 10.9.5 Update Info/Downloads
(Sep 2014) Info on OS X 10.9.5 changes/fixes and downloads for Delta and Combo Updaters. Plus info/downloads of Security Update 2014-004 for OS X 10.8.5/10.7.5/Lion Server and info on Safari Updates/Security fixes. (OS X 10.9.5 includes Safari 7.0.6 but Safari 7.1 is available via SU in OS X 10.9.5.)
Read These Notes/Warnings BEFORE you Install OS X 10.9 Mavericks
OS X 10.9 Mavericks Tips, Warnings, Info on new features, Software updates & more. (Apple released OS X Mavericks Free from Mac App Store but before you upgrade see these notes on changes, warnings on older software/drivers/utilities including WD drive software, reports of data loss with external drives, Cloud-Only Syncing, notes on Expresscard support & more.)
Some OS X 10.8.5 Update
Problem Posts/Notes/Tips
Notes, tips and links on issues some reported with OS X 10.8.5 and USB Bluetooth adapters, External Drives ejecting during sleep, Skype/MBA Cams, drive sleep/wake problems, Audio problems, Mac Pro/PCIe SSD card Sleep Kernel Panics on wake and unsupported Nvidia Quadro graphics card. (See page for driver info.)
OS X 10.8.5 Update Info
Updaters & Troubleshooting Tips
See page for info on changes/fixes/security and Download links for Delta and 10.8.5 Combo updaters. Also tips for common update problems and links to Apple forums (OSX/Desktop/notebooks) for feedback/problem reports and tips.
OS X Installer sees no Mac Pro Hard Drives if old Atheros WiFi card installed
(Conflict with WiFi card & SATA)
An SATA conflict with an older Atheros (a/b/g) WiFi (Airport) card caused no Hard Drives to be seen when trying to install OS X 10.8. (2 reports of this problem with an 802.11 a/b/g Atheros card. Not a common problem as most use a 802.11N Broadcom based card like Apple OEM'd with Mac Pros.)
OS X Mavericks: Similar problem reported with OS X 10.9 installer failures due to WiFi card conflict.
2006 Mac Pro (1,1)
owner report/tips on
Mountain Lion Install
(Aug 2012) Reader's notes on installing OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion on an 'unsupported' EFI32 2006 Mac Pro 1,1. He had other hardware upgrades also (video card, 16GB RAM, SSDs) and included Geekbench scores before/after the 10.8 install. (Includes links to two articles with tips/info on 10.8 installs on Mac Pro 1,1 and running 64bit kernel on EFI32 2006/2007 Mac Pros.
OS X Lion on 2006-08 Mac Mini
with Core 2 Duo CPU Swaps
(July 2012, often updated) Our page of early core duo Mac Mini info on Core 2 Duo CPU upgrades (socketed CPU model) and OS X Lion install guide/tips. Also includes links/notes on firmware update to 2006 Mac Mini (mac mini 1,1) to 2007 Mini (mini 2,1) EFI firmware update for 3GB RAM support. (3GB is max usable even w/4GB installed. Mini 1,1 limited to 2GB usable.)
OS X 10.6.8 Supplemental Update and Combo Updater v1.1
(Jul 2011) Info/Download links to OS X 10.6.8 Supplemental Update and revised (v1.1) OS X 10.6.8 Combo and Delta Updater downloads for client and OS X server. Page includes info on several bugfixes in the Supplemental Update and update related Apple docs.
How to get 10.6.4 client working on 2010 Mac Mini Server Model
(Aug 2010) Tips (required) to get OS X 10.6.4 client working properly (w/ethernet and SDcard slot support) on a 2010 Mac Mini Server model. (Posted after a reader failed to get correct answers from several trips to Apple Genius bars.)
OS X 10.5.8 Feedback, Tips/Problems
Info/Reports on Problems, Tips and fixes related to OS X 10.5.8.
Scanners with OS X Tips
Info on Twain SANE Drivers
Feedback from OS X users on scanner support (including some working despite not being listed as supported) and troubleshooting tips plus notes using the alternative "Twain SANE" drivers for OS X.
(FYI: Updates to Twain SANE includes support for OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 & 10.9/Mavericks.)
Networking and Misc. Hardware Articles
Mac/OS X Compatible 802.11ac Adapters/Cards (PCIe/USB)
Info/Links/Reports on Mac OS X compatible USB (3.0/2.0), PCIe and Mini-PCIe 802.11ac adapter cards with mac drivers (OS X 10.4-10.8) or native OS X (10.8.x and later) support. (Includes report with OS X Yosemite and Asus 802.11ac PCIe card in 2008 Mac Pro.)
Mac user reports on 802.11n (bases/routers, adapter/cards)
Mac user reports/performance tests/tips/info on 802.11n Base/routers (Apple Airport Extreme 802.11n, Linksys and D-Link 802.11n models), 802.11n enabler, chipset info on new Macs 802.11n adapters, 3rd party 802.11n adapters (one with mac drivers promised) and more. Also has links to Apple tech docs on 802.11n/Airport Extreme, USB drive support and more. (Includes link to Airport Extreme 802.11N take-apart/internal photos.)

Mac user reports on PowerLine AC Network Adapters

(Feb 2010) Reader reviews/feedback on various PowerLine network adapters and includes my short review of Netgear's XAVB1004 "Home Theater Internet Connection Kit" that includes a 4 port Ethernet switch.

Airport Extreme Base/TC 7.4.1 Firmware Update reports

Feedback on the March 2009 Airport Extreme/Time Capsule 7.4.1 firmware update. Some of us have seen problems with this update, with some users reverting back to the previous firmware version.

Feedback on Airport Base 7.3.1 firmware & Airport/Time Machine Update 1.0

Feedback on the Airport Extreme 7.3.1 firmware update (that added Time Machine Airdisk Support) - also includes tips for initial Time machine backups to USB drives connected to the AE base.
Mac user reports on the Edimax 802.11n PCI card
First Reader feedback on using the Edimax 802.11n PCI card in a Mac. Cards is RAlink chip based with OS X drivers and utility software. The Wireless Utility also shows signal strength of the 3 antennas used for MiMo (Multiple-In, Multiple-Out).
Mac user reports on NAS & Wireless NAS
Mac user feedback/tips/performance notes, features, etc. with many brands/models of NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices.
OS X Compatible PCI
Ethernet Network Cards
Reader reports PCI Ethernet cards that work in OS X (and those that don't work). Includes links to driver downloads for several low-cost 10/100 or GIgabit Ethernet cards.

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