I have a late-2010 Macbook Pro 15" and have been having issues with gaming. Specifically, the games will freeze the system requiring a reboot. After reading further, I learned about the "Automatic Graphics Switching" mode under "Energy Saver" in the System Preferences screen. Upon disabling this setting, and locking the preferences, the games are still freezing.
I have not re-enabled this setting but when I check the settings again it is enabled. Seemingly, the OS is changing the "Automatic Graphics Switching" on its own.
the new machines will switch between graphics chips. all very nice (at last), but my 15" MBP 2.8 doesn't and it's a real pain for me as I often go between apps than need the extra speed and then back to e.g. Word, and could really do with the extended battery life (I have the old style battery pack) any news if the older graphics systems can be worked to switch on the fly...i.e. without having to logout and shut down all the open apps, and work?
I have a recurring problem where my screen (built in or external monitor/projector) will just go blank at random times. It is an unrecoverable situation and I have to do a hard power reset to get working again.
After testing several theories without success I struck upon one that showed promise. The blanking tended to occur when I was in Lion Fullscreen mode, or using a gesture to start expose - so I figured maybe it was a graphics switching issue.
So I went into System Preferences and disabled 'Automatic graphics switching'. I then ran trouble free for several days (I was typically crashing 1-2 times a day)
Then several days later it happened again and I thought I was back to square one. However, a colleague suggested I check the graphic switching setting to see if something had changed it back, and sure enough it was re-enabled.
Now I find myself in a constant battle with the system to keep disabling the 'Automatic graphics switrhing' in System Preferences.
I have tried setting it and locking it, but sooner or later it reverts. I need to know if it is possible to force it to stay disabled.
Info: MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2010), Mac OS X (10.7.4)
This problem happens when I'm working between several applications at a time. I'm actively working in the current app when OSX automatically pulls me out and shows me something in a background app that suddenly requires attention, like a dialog box. Quite often I open or save files while working on something else, ususally in fullscreen mode. Moments later, I'm disruptively switched to a file that just opened in another application, or I'm told that something was saved, updated, installed, etc. This automatic switch interrupts my typing or commands in the app I was currently engaging, and has become a major problem.
Is there a way to keep OSX from pulling me out of my current application?
I generally keep 20 or so tabs open in my safari window. A month or so back, suddenly, each time I click over to a diffent tab the tab reloads. How do I stop this? And is this problem making my computer (fan or hard drive?) wind up for long periods of time? Sounds like a little jet engine about to overload.
here we are with SnowLeopard 10.6.x and it still has no automatic shutting off laptop screen (Macbook Pro) when hooking up external monitor????Why do i have to close the lid, let my laptop go to sleep, wake it up, re-enter password, have my internet shut down and re-activate and all other processes just to shut down my MBP screen when hooked up to my cinema display???Hell even Windows Vista/ 7 does it automatically when i tested it via Bootcamp, requiring no closing of the lid or halting any processes or the internet.
I'm currently studying for the GRE, and here's my current setup.
Desktop #1: general computing
Desktop #2: vocabulary
Desktop #3: verbal
Desktop #4: math
1) I'll have a Chrome window open on #2 at a website to help me study vocabulary. However, when I'm at #1 and I click the Chrome icon in the dock to open a new browser to check email, it automatically takes me to desktop #2. While I can just check my email at #2, I want to keep that desktop exclusively for studying vocabulary. Is there any way to make MC treat each desktop as a separate desktop and NOT jump between desktops?
2) This seems to be a MS Office specific annoyance. I'll have a excel document open on #1 and #2. When I close the excel document on #1, MC automatically takes me to the document in #2, when I just wanted to close the #1 document and stay in #1.
3) A different scenario of the previous annoyance. There's an excel document open in #2 and I'm currently in #1. When I open an excel document MC...
- takes me to the ALREADY opened document in #2
- opens the document I wanted, but places it in #1
so that I'm in the wrong space AND not even looking at the document I just opened.
A long time ago, while in Mail I set up an auto reply to be sent to senders when I am away from my laptop. Ever since, I have tried to find a way to disable it and CANNOT!Now that I'm receiving product order confirmations from Amazon vendors, my computer (my Mail application) send out an auto message saying the I'm away and will answer them as soon as I can. Well, this feature has caused Amazon to freeze all emails between me and vendors because my auto message has exceeded their limits on email traffic between vender and buyer. How, PLEASE, can I stop, disable, get rid of, this auto message from ever going out again. Friends have told me that this auto message of mine is annoying. I detest it, but I cannot disable it from where I sit.
I am running Yosemite 10.10.1 and I use the built in Mail, Calendar and Contact applications. What I would like to understand is if there is a way to disable the function that automatically adds email address into my contact.app without me specifically doing this function myself?
Info: MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Yosemite (10.10.1)
I am new to Mac - having wished I had converted years ago - my new MacBook Pro is great. Mac makes Windows seem like living in the stone age, but I am rambling. I have found that it's possible to manually change graphic power settings within energy saver, but is there just that one setting? I would have hoped for an automatic change of settings depending if you are working on mains or battery. Unrelated, does a Mac have a delete key?
I have a June 2004 revision Power Mac G5 (DP 1.8Ghz) with an AGP slow that is dying for a more powerful graphics card.
I have had the machine since new and have it paired with a 23" Cinema Display, Magic Mouse, BT Apple keyboard, 4GB of Kingston RAM, a pair of 500gb internal HDs, several TBs of external storage, Logitech Z2300 speakers, etc. We also have a new 15" Mac Book Pro, a 13" Mac Book, an Apple TV, Airport Extreme, etc. The desktop doesn't get a TON of use but it is still snappy enough for a lot of what I use it for.
However, since I installed Leopard on it, the OS is nowhere near as fast as it was before (with respect to UI graphics, etc).... I should have expected the newer OS would take more of a toil on the system (especially the graphics card) then did Tiger.... the system has only the factory-installed 64mb GeForce card.... I'm assuming that Leopard, probably more than Tiger, can draw from the GPU for graphic-needs/UI work and I'm assuming that a new graphics card would make a difference....
I just need help deciphering the cards that are available.... 9800XT?? X800??? Any advice on compatible 8x AGP cards would be AMAZING.
At first glance, this seemed to be an application problem, but two different applications that do similar things are effected by it, so I'm guessing it's more my Mac than the utilities. I have a 5.1 speaker system attached to my G5 via digital out. Switching between internal and external speakers is a PITA (go to System Preferences, etc.). I'd come across Rogue Amoeba's SoundSource, allowing me to switch right from the menu, and all was well. Until it wasn't.
After working just fine for a long while, it suddenly stopped. No explanation--selecting Digital Out didn't switch anything. Tried different things, including a complete uninstall and reinstall of the app, nothing. Ditto after going from 10.4-->10.5. Figured it was one of those things and gave up. Found an alternative utility: PTHVolume, which does something similar, but in different ways. It doesn't even SEE the Digital Out. The Mac OS X Sound Preference Pane works fine, though. What could be wrong that third party apps don't work with the Digital Out?
I've reset the PRAM (because of a totally different issue, actually) but that didn't change anything. Run Diskwarrior to no effect. Repaired permissions, nada. Deleted com.apple.soundpref.plist, no result. Deleted com.apple.audio.DeviceSettings.plist and com.apple.audio.SystemSettings.plist and that made the Sound preference pane disappear, necessitating a reinstall of 10.5 (but other than that, it didn't do anything).
Information: PowerMac G5 dual-2GHz Mac OS X (10.5)
I have a 12" Powerbook 1 ghz (yes, it's getting old) running Tiger. When it's turned off, it charges just fine. However, when the computer is on, the power from the adapter keeps cycling on and off. For example, the lighted band around the power adapter tip switches from orange to off (NOT to green) repeatedly: about 3-4 seconds with power (lighted band is orange, screen backlight is bright, and if I'm in the Energy Saver section of the System Preferences, it thinks it's plugged in) and about 1 second with no power (lighted band is off, screen backlight dims, and if I'm in Energy Saver area, the computer thinks it's on battery power.
This is irritating because 1) the computer won't charge when on, and 2) as I type this, the screen goes from bright to dim to bright to dim etc.
Obvious answer is the power adapter, but I don't have access to another. What does everyone think? is it the adapter or some other problem?
FWIW, the internal hard drive just died and I'm booting from an external FireWire drive. It started doing this power thing a few days before the internal hard drive died.
I have a white 2008 model MacBook. Due to some unfortunate tampering with the circuits under the right command key on the built in keyboard, a lot of the keys and the power button are now effectively dead. I'be ordered a replacement top case, but was wondering if I could, in the meanwhile, somehow turn the laptop on. I'd prefer to do this without opening it up, though I could if that's the only way.
I read in another thread, can't find the link now, that disconnecting the battery, connecting mains, then connecting the battery would turn it on, but that doesn't seem to work for me.
Info: MacBook (13-inch Early 2008), Mac OS X (10.7.4)
My MacBook pro (15" unibody, non-removable battery) will not turn on. The battery claims to be fully charged. The computer will not respond to the power button in any way. I had turned it on previously by draining the battery completely of any charge (draining power, then pressing and holding down power button for 60 seconds). When this occurred the computer booted up and ran fine. However, when I closed the lid, it turned off immediately, never to return. I'm wondering if this is a problem with the battery, or if it's a problem with the logic board.