IMac :: Recent Windows To MAC Platform?

Aug 2, 2010

My Win XP box blew last week and we're looking for a computer replacement. Was thinking of iMac higher end i3 21.5" model (due to physical space limitations). This desktop will be used for typical home computer tasks (re: email, internet, minor photos, minor video, minor music, minor web caming, etc. etc.). NO Games - kids have gamining machines for that. If wondering, we have a Windows HP Laptop as well. We use it for portability. Thus, Windows Only applications (like Tax Program) will be used on it. 95% of the time, this desktop is used by my kids - age 9 - 17. Wife does email on it.

For the folks who recently switched from Windows to Apple (re: iMac or MBP), would you do it again?

Note: I've had my fill of Window/Apple comparisons (re Chev vs BMW comparisons). I'm also an MCSE - so I know the Windows platforms better then many. Just want to know if the you'd pick the iMac/MBP platform again?

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Windows On Mac :: Cannot Run EXE Files In Win7 Platform

Aug 19, 2009

I'm running Win7 x64 RTM, but I had this problem back when I had Vista too. Macdrive reads and writes to my Mac partition just fine, but for some reason I can't run .exe files that are stored there. Windows gives me some crap about 'windows cannot access *file path here*'. Back when I used XP this wasn't a problem, but for some reason Vista and 7 don't want to run .exe's on my mac partition. For now I've been forced to copy the .exe's from their storage on my Mac drive and paste them to my Windows partition before being able to run them.

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Windows On Mac :: Cannot See External HD On Win7 Platform

Sep 20, 2009

I installed Windows 7 with my snow leopard bootcamp on my MBP yesterday and all seems to be running fine and dandy except when Im in windows, I plug in my external hard drive which is formatted to a mac and it makes the noise to show its been plugged in but nothing shows up. I have installed MacDrive on there so I can read HFS formatted disks but the drive just doesnt appear anywhere. I have plugged the same drive into my dell laptop with windows 7 and it appears on there so its not the drive (plus it shows up fine on the mac under SL anyway).

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Aug 4, 2009

I have MacBook Pro 13 and I installed lately windows vista ultimate 32bit with bootcamp 2.1, the issue is the mouse pad is too sensitive and fast, even if I move my finger to drag again on the pad it takes it as a double click!

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Windows On Mac :: Sharing Music Folder In Win 7 And OS X Platform

Nov 2, 2009

I installed Windows 7 using bootcamp and now I want music on both my windows and mac OS's. Now I don't want to have two different music folders, I want both OS's to share the same one. So I linked my windows itunes library folder to my Macintosh HD drive and located my user account, then my music folder. It added all the music files and I can play them, and I don't know yet when I add files if it will add them to both the library's. So I was just wondering if this is safe or something? Since they both have different filesystems FAT and NTFS.

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Windows On Mac :: Playing Music On Win7 Platform

Apr 6, 2010

I just recently installed Windows 7 via bootcamp and I was just wondering if there is a way I can play my music files that are stored on my Mac partition while I'm on windows. I do have MacDrive installed but I still can't seem to play anything.

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Windows On Mac :: Backlit Keyboard Not Working On XP Platform

Jul 4, 2010

After installing window on macbook pro, my backlit keyboard does not work.

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Windows On Mac :: No Wireless Internet Connection On Vista Platform?

Feb 22, 2009

Running Vista on my mac, when I switch to windows it cannot pick up a wireless card.

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Hardware :: Any Way To Share Keyboard / Mouse On Windows And Mac Platform?

Jun 16, 2010

I have to use Windows 7 and My Mac Pro Desk top. Is there a way where I can use one keyboard rather than switching between keyboards and mouse?

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OS X :: IMac Won't Boot After Recent SL Graphics Update

Aug 18, 2010

Im having my first ever problem with a Mac, bummer! I have tried Googling an answer, but didn't find anything specific enough for my situation.Last night I installed the SL Graphics Update, hoping to be able to run Starcraft 2 on a higher setting.

Anyways, I installed it, and now the computer wont boot. It is stuck on the gray screen with the spinning symbol. It appears to be installing the software update, since it shows a gray progress bar, but then once that finishes, it just stays on the gray screen with the spinning symbol and goes nowhere after that.

I have a Macbook Pro available to use, if I need to target the disk. Not sure how to do that though, just found that idea in my google search.

I have no problem just being able to grab my important data off of it, and starting on a fresh install. I just dont want to lose my huge library of pictures and music.

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IMac :: Reading HDD Externally - To Copy Most Recent Data

Sep 27, 2010

I have experienced a main 320GB hard drive failure in my 24" iMac - which isn't as bad as it sounds as 1) I was considering an upgrade anytime soon anyway, and 2) I have a fairly recent backup. I am taking it to mac repairs tomorrow in Manchester so they can replace it with a 1TB drive - however, I want the original hard drive back on which I am planning to take the most recent data off it that wasn't backed up - so was hoping to shove the damaged SATA drive into an existing USB enclosure, plug it into my new iMac, fix any damaged areas on the drive, then restore what data I need (if retrievable)

But, a colleague has told me tonight, that I can only do that if the enclosure has a Firewire connection - I won't be able to achieve it with a USB connection - can't see why, but can anyone confirm if that is correct? - he seems to think it's something to do with how Disk Utility reads from a drive, the security on the drive, and the file structure but he wasn't sure!

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IMac :: Worth Returning Recent I7 Refurb For Refresh?

Jul 27, 2010

So I had decided to bite the bullet a week and a half ago and order an iMac i7 refurb for $1900 from the Canadian Apple Store...

So here's this refresh that has a new graphics card (and minor speed enhancements?)

I am thinking of buying SC2 (and other games in the future) and I'm wondering if its worth returning my current i7 model to get a new i5 refresh with a new graphics card?

I mainly will be using my computer for online video marketing (creating promo videos for businesses) and keynote/screenflow I know my i7 will deliver in that aspect...

I just would hate to know that I bought a "new computer" that isn't as "future proof" as this new refresh (I plan to keep my computer for 3-4 years)

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Microsoft Office Does Not Work After Recent Update On IMac

May 21, 2012

Microsoft Office does not work after recent update on my iMac (OS 10.6.8), why?

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Dec 4, 2014

I've selected Recent Items in Finder Prefs to show 15 apps, documents etc., and it rarely shows more than 2 documents. And those 2 tend to be older files, not what I've been working on that day.  I'm on Yosemite on an iMac.

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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MacBook Pro :: Does 13 Has V10.4 Platform

Jun 23, 2012

Does macbook pro 13 has MAC OS.X v10.4  platform?has 8x DVD ROM? Media player? Acrobat reader 5.0 and flash drive player 10?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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Nov 13, 2008

In windows, I have to click a taskbar icon and cancel the function of a USB device before it can be safely removed. New to Mac OS, and wondered if there is a similar process or whether a flash drive/etc. Can just be unplugged.

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OS X :: Reinstalling Platform - Connecting To FTP

Jul 16, 2010

So, if anyone has seen my earlier post (my problems with connecting to FTP) they know I've got nowhere. So it seems the only option is to reboot the entire machine. Basically How is it done, and How do I avoid loosing any info or apps (yes I have an external hard drive)

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May 18, 2008

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OS X :: Using An External Hard Drive On A PC Platform And A Mac?

Jun 12, 2010

I wanted content from some miniDV tapes to be transferred to my computer. I don't have a miniDV camcorder/reader so went to a friend who has it and is using Mac OS X 10.5.8 and does not have machines running Windows at all. I took my miniDV tapes(each an hour long) to him with my external hard drive so that he could copy the content of tapes to the external hard drive. The external hard drive was formatted using NTFS as I was using it on my Win XP. I took it to him and he formatted the external drive using FAT so that his Mac could write to it. Problem was the miniDV tapes of 1 hour content would translate to 16GB or so content and since he formatted the external hard drive using FAT, the tapes are about 3.6GB. I suspect since FAT cannot hold more than 4GB the tapes got clipped. I asked my friend to install [URL] -NTFS 3g so that his Mac can read/write to NTFS. He did that and then tried to format the external drive to OS X Journal Extended mode, but the formatting failed at various times quoting "Unmounting failed".

1. Did what I suggest(have my friend install MAC -NTFS 3g so that his Mac can read/write to NTFS) a proper choice or is there another method which I should have pursued?

2. What could be the reason for Unmounting failed when he tried to format the external drive to OS X Journal Extended mode? Could the hard drive have gone bad(hardware issue) or because he was trying to format a disk having FAT file system to OS X Journal Extended mode there could be issues? What other file system should I ask him to try to format which might work?

3. Are there any other methods we should look into for what I need(digitizing the miniDV tapes to an external hard drive so that I can edit them on my Win XP machine)? I don't know anyone else who has a miniDV camcorder/reader.

4. If he transfers the tapes into the external drive having a OS X Journal Extended mode file system, the way I can read and copy them(miniDV content as AVI files) from the external drive to my Windows machine is using Macdrive [URL] or are there some other better/free utilities available. This is a one time job so if there is a trial version fully functional for 30 days, I can download it and use it..

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OS X :: Multi - Platform VNC Feature Or Free App?

Dec 6, 2009

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Hardware :: Platform For Email - Web Browsing And Writing

Jul 1, 2009

Which platform is the most productive for everyday stuff: email, writting, webbrowsing, etc?

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OS X :: Cross Platform File Splitters And Joiners?

Jan 25, 2006

I have sevral large DV files that I need to move to a PC at a different location. On hand I have a FAT formatted firewire drive, but obviously It can't store files larger than 2 gigs, so I'm looking for the fastest way of splitting these files into chunks, and then re-assembling them on a PC.The options I see so far are using a compression tool which will split at the same time (stuffit, rar, or even zip) (but I'd rather not waste time compressing when it's not nessesary) or using a raw file splitter like Split&Concat, but I don't know if these are cross-platform, or what to use on the PC end to rejoin the files.

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Hardware :: Will Apple Create Next Big Gaming Platform?

Apr 9, 2010

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Apr 8, 2012

Some how I did something wrong on my emac and now I get the message  "unable to find driver for this platform"

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Sep 20, 2009

I am a late adopter to Leopard and Snow Leopard and therefore had become quite comfortable on the old version of iMovie. The new one is a big disappointment. Can I downgrade and have both versions operating on a Snow Leopard platform.

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Oct 30, 2009

I need a spreadsheet program that can:

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3. Capable of using macros
4. Can convert spreadsheets for an html (online) environment

I founded a national grassroots movement thats gone viral. We list registered supporters on our site, using Google Apps forms, the copy the content into an Excel spreadsheet. A friend out of state (PC user) is able to work magic with macros that magically sorts, fixes, and converts the lists to appear in our online directory (you can see an example at I created the graphics; he somehow builds the page using those plus the spreadsheets.

This is something I really need to be able to do on my end, as the owner of the site, but MS took macros out of the Mac version of Office Excel....OpenOffice only sorts three levels, and he says we need at least five....

Since I have no intention of becoming a PC user, I need to find a software program that will work on a Mac and still be able to do all this. I realize many (most?) software programs are capable of opening and saving .xls files, but the multi-level sort, macros, and html are critical to any of this working, according to him.

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Jan 13, 2010

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MacBook :: Cannot Detect WiFi Network On Win7 Platform

Feb 24, 2010

I just installed windows 7 ultimate on my macbook via bootcamp. I installed all the drivers and everything seems to work perfect besides one thing; I can't connect to the internet with my WiFi. My iPhone has WiFi signal, and if I go back to the mac OS X side, my WiFi has signal. When I'm on windows 7 it doesn't even detect any wireless networks (I have quite a few around the house too.)

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OS X :: Unable To Find Driver For This Platform - Getting Message On Power Mac 7.3

May 9, 2010

made the mistake of trashing "system", then disk icon disappeared from desk top.Shut down, then restarted which brought up the grey screen with cryptic "panic" kernal(s). Basically..."Unable to find driver for this platform "Power Mac 7.3" This is all happening on a PPC g5 dual proc. 10.4.11.

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MacBook Pro :: Unable To Find Driver For This Platform / Get Message When Restart

Apr 23, 2010

from Leopard,inserted the installer dvd and restarted but this came out on the screen:

"panic(cpu 0 caller 0x002E54BC): unable to find driver for this platform: Powerbook5,2" ...

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