OS X :: Clean Installs On Machines Every Year - Common Practice

Sep 22, 2010

I read on another forum that some people seem to do a clean install of Mac OS on their machines every year or so, whether they need it or not. I'd never heard of this before and thought that I'd ask here to see if this is common practice?

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OS X :: After Clean Installs - Premium Application Can Be Restored

Sep 2, 2009

If I were to do a clean install of snow leopard, would I later be able to bring my applications over via time machine. That being said, I currently have Adobe CS4 Design Premium and Microsoft office 2008 and itunes. Would I have to unlicense the programs and deauthorize my account before the clean install to make sure that i wouldn't lose the licenses and the authorizations.

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MacBook Pro :: Clean Installs Or Just Migrate Data To Avoid Kernel Panics

Jan 9, 2011

I have a 15 inch 2010 MBP. When I got it, I migrated all my info from my previous MB. About 4-5 months into using it I started having issues w/ Kernel Panics. I did upgrade the HDD and RAM but the Kernel Panics happened before all of that. I took it to the Apple store and they ran some test on the hardware and software and said they couldn't find anything. Their advice was to just do a clean install. I wanted to avoid doing a clean install on all costs. Anyhow, I said what the who last night and backed up important files and did the clean install,

I have to say that the computer feels much more stable now. I was having a lot of little issues w/ Snow Leopard prior to the clean install. Most of that probably comes w/ me playing around w/ settings a bit too much. Also, I'll admit, I do torrent some software. In my opinion, thats what caused the kernel panics. Only time will tell if I continue to get kernel panics even after a clean install, but I think I'm good to go. So, do you guys prefer doing clean installs or just migrating your data? When Lion comes out, will you clean install or migrate to it?

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Software :: How Can Have A Common Diary And Common Address Book

Apr 26, 2008

We're a start up with 6 people using Macs. We don't have enough money to get an XServe so we've started up with Network Area Storage for our main filesCan someone point in the direction of how we can have a common diary and common address book available to all our team.

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OS X :: Can't Find Certification Practice Test 9l0 - 402

Apr 21, 2009

I've managed to find a practice test for the 9l0-509 server test, but I can't find a practice test for the support essentials test anywhere (and I don't mean the 10 questions from apple). I'm taking the exam soon, and a practice test would greatly help.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Best Practice When Backing Up Files?

Mar 22, 2012

I recently started using Carbon Copy Cloner after using only Time Machine as my back up solution. I do understand the purpose of each application TM and a cloner utility such as Super Duper or CCC but I was wondering what the best process is when using these two methods to backup you files. For instance I use TM to back up my files as frequently as possible to keep all my recent changes updated.

I don't see how I would keep my clone updated and make sure that when something happens I will have a workable boot disk and not something that contains corrupted files.In other words I think these cloner utilities have some sort of feature to keep your clone drive updated every time something changes. This got me wondering what if you update your clone drive and for some reason one of the updated file was corrupted.

Now you have a backup that contains bad files and may affect your system (corrupted fonts files etc.) and when you realized that something is not working right in your system you may want to recover from your clone but you will basically end up with the same problem because the bad files were also backed up.How do you ensure that your clone will always be ready and that it will not contain bad files?

MacBook, MacMini and iPhone, Mac OS X (10.6.7)

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Hardware :: Time Capsule - Practice For Multiple Laptops?

Jan 8, 2009

I currently have a macbook that uses a 320GB Ext HD for Time Machine, a Windows laptop used by the wife and a Windows desktop used for only downloading our pictures to a central location and acting as a print server. We'll be picking up a macbook in the coming weeks and I was thinking about using a 1TB Time Capsule to replace the Windows desktop. all the Windows desktop is used for is file sharing and print server! I want to use the Time Capsule for Time Machine on both laptops as well as a file server. What's the best way to partition the TC drive? I was thinking 3 volumes, one ~250GB for each laptop and a ~500GB for file sharing.

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Applications :: IPhoto Library (20GB) - File Too Big In Practice

Jan 22, 2010

I use iPhoto to manage my photos. Nothing fancy, mainly family photos. In the past I have been creating a new library for each year. I'm now been presented with a project that I am working on that makes this practice rather cumbersome. I have been tinkering with the idea of merging all my libraries, but I wonder about the file size. Each library is about 4 GB in size, so a merged one would be about 20 GB. Is that too big in practice? Basically I would like to get an idea of how big is too big for an iPhoto Library to get, or what some of y'all use for management of libraries in practice.

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Windows On Mac :: Using Common Media Partition?

Aug 9, 2007

I was wondering if its possible through bootcamp (or any other way) to have a third partition on a given boot camped hard drive that I could store music and documents and the like so that both OSX and XP could both see?

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IMac :: OS X And Applications Installs DVD - Which One With Bootcamp

Mar 16, 2009

So with my iMac there was a little box thing called 'Everything Else'. There are two disks in it:
Mac OS X Install DVD
Applications Install DVD

Is this all I am supposed to get? I thought I was supposed to get iLife disks? What are they both for? And which one is the one I have to use when I install Windows via bootcamp?

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Applications :: Multiple Installs Of CS4 Possible Using Same Serial Key

May 31, 2009

I was thinking of buying adobe cs4 suit student edition (web premium) but I have two machines. An iMac and macbook. I can only presume that adobes terms and conditions say that you can only install it on one machine. but that is there to most probably stop people giving it to others to install. I am the only one thats going to ever use it. So my questions is can it be install more than once using the same serial key? if yes do you know how many times can you activate the serial key.

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Software :: Flip4Mac WMV Updater Installs SliverLight

Oct 29, 2009

The automatic Flip4Mac updater will install Microsoft's SIlverLight browser plugin automatically unless the user does a custom install. It was even going to install it on my 10.6.1 machine although the MS web site claims that SilverLight is tested through 10.5. I have contacted the Flip4Mac support people since I believe this is Malware behavior.

Most Mac users will be unaware of what SilverLight is and how it will effect their machine. Nor will most experts think to check for/remove it when troubleshooting. If you wish to make your concerns known, contact their desktop support group, and include "Support Case 1-74223" in the subject line.

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IMac :: 27" Screen Heat Is Common?

Dec 22, 2009

The 27� models I have seen on display seem to generate an awful amount of heat radiating from the screen. Is this common?

Is the screen overly big for home office use in terms of heat, screen resolution/print readability or overall usability if one sits fairly close to the monitor?

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Applications :: CS5 Installs Growl Automatically And Start It

Apr 30, 2010

Just an FYI, CS5 will install Growl automatically and start it. Yet the only app that it lists in the Growl config for Adobe is the Adobe Application Manager?

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Mac Pro :: Common Apps Takes A Lot Of Time To Load

Jun 23, 2010

Maybe I expect too much, or need to learn about some networking or other tweaks to help things along, but I feel like my Mac Pro has disappointing performance.

I've got an Early 2008 Mac Pro, dual quad core Intel Xeon 2.8 GHz processors, 12 GB of memory, 1.6 GHz bus, gigabit ethernet to a 25Mbps/25Mbps fiber (Fios) connection, have run namebench to find the fastest name servers possible, and I still feel like my Mac Pro is slow. Just popped in a 500GB Momentus XT Hybrid Drive to replace the 78Mbs 320GB drive that came stock to help things along. Helped speed boot times and common app load times a lot, but after things are loaded, not much is notably faster.

OK, so I let Firefox get out of hand sometimes and I have 100+ open tabs, 4 open browsers (and sometimes 2 or 3 versions of Firefox running different profiles) -- Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Safari -- ssh tunnels and sessions galore, Evernote, Time Machine, and VMware running some video monitoring software (Dog Poop Cam -- gonna catch whomever is letting their dog crap in my yard).

Even shutting software hogs down and then trying to play Team Fortress 2, granted at 1920x1200 pushing to limits of the ATI Radeon HD 2600, things are still feeling slow. TF2 in Windows seems much faster and more responsive on the same hardware -- maybe that's just the fault of Steam or Apple's lack of up-to-date drivers, but frustrating nonetheless.

Load average is usually 0.5 to 1.0, sometimes reaching 2.0 (full load would be 8.0), memory usage is at 50-60%, and disk activity is reasonable. What is wrong? What can I tweak to improve things? Are my expectations simply too high?

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Software :: OS X Installs But Reverts Back Again Upon Restart

Aug 4, 2010

I bought a used 80GB for my iBook G4 and loaded my Leopard install disc. I followed the prompts and successfully installed 10.5. I say this because the message with a green check mark was shown at the end of installation. Upon restart, instead of opening the setup/registration process, the system reverted back to the install window. Tried this 3 times with the same result.

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Intel Mac :: Most Common Reason For IMac To Slow Down?

Feb 9, 2012

I am running an iMac on OS X 10.6.8 with 2.16GHz intel core 2 Duo. Recently I have seen the computer slow down with spinning wheels all the time and the sound of the hard drive turning over.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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MacBook Air :: Common Access Card (CAC) Readers?

May 17, 2012

I have to access DOD websites using a CAC reader plugged into the USP port on a PC.  Can a CAC reader be used with the MacBook Air?

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OS X :: Snow Leopard Optional Installs Older Software?

Aug 31, 2009

I just installed SL, and afterwards went into the Optional Installs. It seems possible to "upgrade" some Mac programs like iCal, Mail and so on. I tried it out on adressbook, but after a successful "upgrade" it told me I had possibly installed older software. What went wrong? Did I install an older version of addressbook, or did I install the same as Snow Leopard did? Or did nothing happen at all?

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IMac :: Common Denominator With Lockups For 4850 ATI Version?

Apr 18, 2009

I don't mean to start a new Thread but I think this one could really pinpoint the problem if we could get some good feedback on this. What is the Common Denominator (besides having the HD4850 option) that could be causing the lockups that some people are having.

Examples Is everyone who is experiencing lockups :
1.) Installed Boot Camp and using Windows with this HD4850 option?
2.) Do you use Safari exclusively and not FireFox?
3.) Does it happen only when Surfing ?
4.) Does it happen only when playing a certain game like WOW?
5.) Does it happen only after you been using the iMac for a few hours?
so on. . .

See my point? Write down or make yourself notes to as what you were doing exactly when it locked up? Reply to this Thread and lets figure this out. It will be must easier if everyone could put their situation in this Thread and maybe we can get to the bottom of this.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: HP Photosmarth 6180 Installs But Features Are Missing

Feb 12, 2012

I can print and scan, but has no extra features.  I use mapquest alot and now I have to print all including maps I don't want.  I can't just select what I want to print.  

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3), also own iMac-- same problem there.

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OS X Mavericks :: App Store Installs Same Software Multiple Times?

Jun 20, 2014

The app Store asks for me to install iTunes 11.2.2 and Pro Application Update 2010-02 multiple times. Each time it will install without errors. Here is a screen grab showing the multiples.

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MacBook Pro :: Blue Tint On MBP Screen / None Of Common Solutions Work

Aug 18, 2010

Woke my C2D MBP from sleep to find a horrendous blue tint to the screen, googled it and found it is a fairly common problem but none of the solutions that seemed to work for everyone have worked for me. Tried the terminal command, tried turning a screensaver on and then off, tried ctrl-cmd-eject to restart the screen - nada.

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Intel Mac :: Does Apple Make A Common Access Card Reader

Mar 10, 2012

Does MAC make a common access card reader?

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Move (or Copy) All Files With Same Extension To A Common Location?

Jun 26, 2012

At times I would like to gather all files of a certain extension (aif or jpg or xlsx or) in one location. By adding the extension parameter to the finder's FIND command, I can easily see them all, but that's only the first half. How do I now move, or copy them all into a single folder, say, on the desktop?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Create Mailing List (group) Of Colleagues To Whom I Send Common Email Every Week?

Mar 15, 2012

How do I create a mailing list (group) of colleagues to whom I send a common email every week? I've tried Help topics in Mail and on th apple site, to no avail.

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Applications :: New Year's Resolution App?

Dec 27, 2010

I remember coming across a new year's resolution app.. I have no idea what the name of it was tho.. does anyone know which app it is? It was to pretty much keep track of the persons resolution list.. I can use a todo list but I am curious what an app dedicated to New Year's Resolutions has in it

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FaceTime :: Put It On A 2-3 Year Old Macbook Pro?

Mar 1, 2012

can you put face time on a 2-3 year old macbook pro?

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ITunes For Mac :: Manually Add A Year In 11.2.2 (3)?

Jun 20, 2014

I just got a new iMac and reinstalled my old mp3s cd/dvds from years gone by (a 1TB hard drive is considerably larger than my old system!). 

I am now trying to add missing artwork and the like  to the files in iTunes. But I can't seem to be able to get a cursor in the 'Year' column. 

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MacBook Pro :: Keeps Freezing For No Reason And Only A Year Old

Feb 14, 2012

Lately, my laptop has been freezing for no reason.I've only had it for a year now. Sometimes when I open it to wake it up from sleep, nothing will appear on the screen, but the light indicates that it is on.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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