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Everything posted by johnfoster

  1. Upgrading 2011 MacBook Pro

    I forgot to add another thing I almost always do. that is, remove the CD/DVD and replace it with another hard drive or another SSD. as a hard drive is BiGGER and CHEAPER compared to an SSD it makes it ideal for the big, archives, apps, and other not so accessed files. the CD / DVD Caddy used to cost lots more. but now that this particular Mac is old the upgrade is really cheap. eBay is your friend. for example… https://www.ebay.com/itm/SATA-3-III-2nd-HDD-SSD-Opitcal-Caddy-Adapter-for-2009-2010-2011-2012-MacBook-Pro/252069988251?epid=918124682&hash=item3ab08ac79b:g:iYcAAOSwMmBV3XKY:sc:USPSFirstClass!94158!US!-1
  2. Bluetooth Problem

    because bluetooth sucks? ha! actually because BT is low, low power it has a lot of potential issues. you could put samwich wrapped in foil between the computer and it could stop a keyboard from typing. I had a troubled installation were a big conference room display had an iMac mini hooked up to it. the BT keyboard worked until you got to mid table. then it just wonked. the solution? add a giant antenna to the Mini. this got the range to beyond the other end of the table. then the CEO bitched about not being able to see the display so he bought 7o". what a waste of money that was. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201542
  3. Bluetooth Problem

    what Moose and Keyboard do you have? I want to make sure I do not buy that pair.
  4. Bluetooth Problem

    I bet Bluetooth does not work when iThing is playing a video.
  5. Upgrading 2011 MacBook Pro

    the steps I always follow are: put the SSD in a external USB case. it can be a USB3 or USB2 case. it does not matter because the MBP from 2011 only has USB2. get the cheapest case you can find because you will never use it again. or you might if you put the old internal drive in here afterward. I would not. but that is because that drive is very old. format the SSD with Disk Utility. then use Carbon Copy Cloner to move the contents of the spinning disk to the SSD. it will take about 3-4 hours to complete. make sure the Energy Saver in System Preferences is set to NEVER sleep so that it will complete the task. once the copy from there to here is completed check that the SSD will boot using Startup Disk in System Preferences. once you know that it does boot, shut down. now, on to brian, err brain surgery. follow the guide on iFixit to open the MBP to replace the hard drive. never mind that there are no specific steps for SSD. the steps are the same same. SSD is a hard drive that does not spin. check all the cables and connections one last time. then close it all up. boot. bong. start up screen. hurray. notice how fast it works now. like it is a brand new Mac. wonder why you waited so long to do this… hurray.
  6. location of user/profile photo--Sierra

    in the Finder select "Go to Folder" from the Go menu. then paste this into the pop up: ~/Library/Images/iChat Recent Pictures/
  7. do NOT High Sierra

    it just came out. let other people blaze the trail to new. you have a working Mac today that does everything you need it to do. meaning there is NO NEED to break it. if you wait you will find out what legacy apps that you depend on break. and you won't be the one posting, "AFS ate my photos!" repeat after me… DO NOT UPGRADE! WAIT FOR THE DOT RELEASE! WAIT! WAIT FOR IT!
  8. Disk Permissions won't repair

    it is just somewhere around $200 to replace the whole thing…
  9. Disk Permissions won't repair

    yes. putting an SSD in a Mac of any age makes it into a different Mac. the boot up time will got from minutes to undo 20 seconds. every time I had a employee complain about a slow Mac then demanding a new one I put a SSD in the what they had. and every time the bitching about slow stopped.
  10. Mac Pro 1,1 Hardware Test?

    if I was committed to Pro Tools for making money I would get a running rig and then NEVER change or upgrade it. there is not that much advantage in new hardware considering the cost to move to current. the idea is that I want the center of the studio to just work. turn it on, capture audio, mix it, or send the capture to someplace else that needs the file. it does not need to surf the web, it does not need to get an OS update ever again, and who cares if it doesn’t 64 bit. last I checked audio does not care. and never will. the only thing it has to run is Pro Tools. I looked on craigslist. there are many 1,1 Mac Pro machines listed selling for a few hundred dollars! run it with a Digi 003 from the same era. although that part of the hardware will cost 4X more. but look what you get compared to other stuff from today for the same money. you could watch for deals picking up a spare(s) for the future to keep it running for a decade.
  11. Disk Permissions won't repair

    the hard drive is done. replace it with a new SSD. this will make that Mac new again.
  12. Mac Pro 1,1 Hardware Test?

    what are you wanting the "hardware test" to reveal? maybe you are using it to as a pre-sales tool to verify "all is working." otherwise, if it boots then all is well. and if it does not turn on the problem is likely the power supply. the 1,1 2006-2007 Mac Pro boxes are very inexpensive to replace via the used market. but even with the hacked EFI loaders the life of decade old mac is waning. granted, a tricked out OCTO will outperform a brand new i7 Mac Mini for half the cost. and you can chose your GPU to make Premiere Pro glow. literally, as the box uses 600W of power!
  13. iMovie for iOS: Projects not in iTunes Backup?

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207428 the way that reads to me is that the back up is not really a backup. more like a "backup of the things that 94% of l)users have complained about losing so we back that up unless they keep saying no for some reason."
  14. Mac Pro 1,1 Hardware Test?

    AHT might not be installed: https://github.com/upekkha/AppleHardwareTest
  15. Mac Pro 1,1 Hardware Test?

    Option D maybe. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201257
  16. Convincing employer to introduce Macs at work

    I broke up a very long thread that I wrote to make specific points about Macs being a better ROI not so much. if it is YOUR money to spend then you watch over how and what that money is spent on. I would rather have employees have better a chair, mouse, and keyboards then to spend it on CPUs that they will lose, spill water on, or intentionally break because they want a new box.
  17. Convincing employer to introduce Macs at work

    Malware. draconian IT rules about using company computers is a must. such as, "don’t surf PRoN on this machine.” it also means that users are Users not Admins. they cannot add or delete apps in their day to day unless they are a Developer who usually always know better. as email is the most used vector my company email server is aggressive about SPAM. and my work policies about employees using their address are specific. no, I cannot stop them from doing stupid but I can point to policy when a computer gets PWND. and then say, "told you I did. don't do it again!"
  18. Convincing employer to introduce Macs at work

    group writing with Word on Windows works. it just does not work the same way on the Mac version. if I ever have to work with a client who has a document that links into an Excel spreadsheet the only way to work on that is in Windows if the document lives there. otherwise there is a 100% chance that all the links will be broken when the document returns to them.when there is a properly set up server binding a bunch of Windows machines together on a network that is marvelous as well. Server on a Mac has been ignored for too long. using it always felt like a second step child compared to other Mac software. why is Time Machine to a network drive is a joke to this day? the solution to the suck? putting hard drives on employees desks then reminding them to plug in once in a while to maintain a current image. except those drives ALWAYS got used for everything else. and not used for back ups.
  19. Convincing employer to introduce Macs at work

    batteries are a problem on new Fruit Co products. I replaced a battery in a MacBook Air that was half glued in. if you have a iPad with a dying battery good luck. hopefully you bought AppleCare. but nobody does that for iPads.
  20. Convincing employer to introduce Macs at work

    one of the problems that I had with “artists” is that if I put an iMac in front of them they bitched because it was not “pro” enough. put a Macbook Pro there with a 24” screen on the side that frankly was less powerful but they were happier because of the airquotes pro in the name. mind set. ugh. perception. if I built a box from parts specifically with that artist in mind then I’m not only a hero in that person’s mind but I’m spending a lot less money. and I get to pick the GPU! which is important because Adobe supports significantly more GPUs on Windows compared to Macs. if After Effects, Premiere, and Photoshop are your tools you will find more performance there compared to Macs. on a Mac you have to edit the .plist to enable unsupported cards. but you need to check what does work before purchasing one. oh wait, to run a modern GPU in a Mac means you are buying a 4 year old Mac Pro that costs <$1500 used or you are buying an un-upgradeable “trash can” Mac for even more. granted that old Mac is still breaking records in the Price / Performance curve compared to a say a same cost Mac Mini or most priced MBP but that isn’t a surprise when you have 12 cores compared to 4. software costs are identical. compare this to that. there is not difference in Adobe software. or Microsoft. Affinity. support in general for Macs is mostly miss these days. in reading the discussion forum provided by Apple 90% of the posts are “me too, I have that problem. how do you solve it? help me!” it’s maddening. “have you tried zapping the PRAM?” that never works. “did you rebuild the permissions?” that never works. “did you…” Window 10 support seems to be moderated better. last year when upgrading several machines I had one that was stuck. a search revealed my problem without a lengthy “me too…” the post read, “disconnect the second hard drive temporarily. you can use the BIOS or remove it or the cable. and reinstall.” success! which seemed stupid that an installer could not deal. but whatever, I had an answer and a working machine 34 minutes later.
  21. Convincing employer to introduce Macs at work

    to follow up on my “training is key” comment, I filled out the rest of my thought. long ago my business was largely run by Macs. with the exception of the accounting computers. those have always been Windows because accounting software on a Mac sucks. all of the “money” people I have ever worked with used Windows. so QuickBooks running on Windows saved a ton time in a decade. the biggest problem there was getting Windows to print to a network printer. but that was solved by getting a better printer. the TCO of Macs being cheaper is now a myth. there was a time, a very long time ago, when I could make a case for TCO for Macs being a better proposition. but that has equalized. Windows based computers are much cheaper. they are more repairable. and there are machines that are made with supporting a group of people more easily. like being about to swap a hard drive from a borked to a working machine by undoing a single screw. repair costs for Macs are dramatically more compared to more generic hardware. replacing a borked MacBook Pro screen out of warrantee using Apple as the service can cost between $500 - $900 depending on the Mac and it’s age. remember that new MacBooks are unrepairable by anyone except Apple. read iFixit for the details about that. this means that AppleCare is a requirement for any MacBook purchase which adds $250-$350 to the cost of each Mac. there are perfectly workable computers that sell for what AppleCare costs. meaning when an employee breaks, loses, gets stolen, or pours a glass of water on the replacement cost is not going to break the bank. that Macbook Pro all decked out will fund EIGHT of those machines. one versus eight. I will take eight. or spending a little more money gets a better machine. especially if you forgo laptops for desktops. it is pretty amazing what $600-800 will buy.
  22. upgrading a 24” iMac to an SSD

    a "screw grabber" solves this. there are several variations: metal clip, plastic trap, or rubber tube. if I did iMac repair / upgrade more often I would have something like this. but at 8:40 PM it was too late to Lüber to there and back to get one. thus the tape. https://www.solidsmack.com/design/screw-grabber-grips-screw-kills-frustration/
  23. the replacement should have been straight forward. however, the bracket inside the iMac holding the hard drive needed either another bracket to hold the 2.5” SSD or I needed to make a holder out of tape and cardboard. I chose to go with what I had. as if anyone will know. after I installed the SSD and before I screwed the LCD back in place I made sure to test it in it’s flat state to make sure it all worked. good thing I did that. I forget the power supply cable. and had I screwed it back together I would have had to un un un the 14 screws one more time with feeling to connect the cable. with swearing. who designs with magnets thinking this is a good idea? magnets? the bezel is held in place with magnets. which seems clever and unique until you try to put T8 screws back in place. the magnets snap the screws away from the Tor-X driver. good thing I had tape. I was able to make a temporary holder allowing each screw to get lowered into place without dropping into the bowels of the Mac requiring having to take the whole thing apart for the second time to retrieve a screw that fell in. the thought of this makes me never want to take one of these bastards apart ever again. maybe I would rather trouble shoot a borked SCSI chain. maybe… after all the screws found holes the Mac booted from the USB drive. ugh. USB. what fool thought USB for hard drives was fast enough? two and half hours later the iMac restored itself and booting happened faster than it ever had ever. BTW nobody ever buys Turdbolt hard drives because you can by TWO more normal drives (for a total of three!) for the cost of one of those. I cleaned the dust from the LCD and the inside of the plexi screen then the magnets did their job exactly like they should. magnets… ugh. reference: https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/iMac+Intel+24-Inch+EMC+2134+and+2211+Hard+Drive+Replacement/8968
  24. Convincing employer to introduce Macs at work

    training is key to your move. I supported a company that thought, "gee, Macs are better than these Windows POS we should switch to that.” after 3 months the top people had it and returned to Windows out of frustration. they had learned how to work in Windows. and learning the new system meant they were always asking for help instead of doing. when their document sharing problems went away immediately after moving back they questioned the rest of the staff to find people tolerating the supposed upgrade. within 10 days the Macs were gone. and the grousing went away.
  25. Overseas travel with laptop

    prepare your Mac for traveling. make a backup either with Time Machine, Carbon Copy Cloner, or SuperDuper. then you won’t care if it gets stolen. delete anything that might get you arrested or questioned by customs. movies, BiG DMGs or ISOs, naughty JPGs or MPGs. even MP3s. the less you have the better. consider not traveling with the forever history that is email. even better. just make a new USER account. make it auto log into. and make it look like you work there. then if need your other life you can log into it. now ask yourself… can I live with without what is on this machine if it is stolen or taken away from me? I was traveling in Mexico earlier this year. there was a moment when I thought I had lost my phone. it is connected to Twitter, instagram, Lüber, four different email accounts, ONEdrive, and work related stuff. I had this moment of… how do I fix this problem. and then I found that I had put my “life” in a different part of my bag. phew… still. made me realize how open I had made myself. coming back into the US. the conversation was: entering a different country was weird. the customs agent was very curious about my Staedtler pens. as if the pens were not pens but a smuggling device. I opened each one and drew a doodle to prove they were pens. she oddly did not believe me until I made her draw in my notebook as well. I guess it felt like a pen to her. “you an artist?” as she leafed through my sketch book. “yes.” “okay. follow him.” and I was guided to a short line for passport inspection and stamping.