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Everything posted by johnfoster

  1. if you do not want to drive, use the "send me a box" repair using the "chat" as found on support.apple.com I used this for the last repair of the now otherwise unrepairable MacBook. it took 15 minutes. and the box showed up the next day. and two days after that the Mac was back in perfect working condition. NO DRIVING! make sure your ADDRESS for your appleID is correct. you should also have the repair TAG from the last ready, although your Mac will be in there already. ---- as for how this got borked? it happens. anytime you touch 'lectronics there is a possibility for frying a part because of static. although this is really RARE in a repair center. so either a rookie tech did the repair or whomever did it was in a hurry deciding to cut a procedure for convenience to them. experience does this. what could have happened? sweat ball fell on that particular part. corrosion eventually took over. it does not take much. static took out the tiny capacitor or resistor that controls that sensor. the cable is not hooked up or is damaged. some other damage
  2. Movies on an iPad?

    VLC also solves the "just how the hell do I get actual files onto the iThing to play them?" a word of caution here. DropBox flags content when it finds it questionable. as do other file transfer services. mind what you put there. the simple thing to do is rename what comes down from the cough, cough, cough, to something else. lose the S02E13 and simply the title. put it in a folder called "title name" then name the files 1.mp4, 2.mp4, 3.avi etc. make the robots work for finding infringements.
  3. Movies on an iPad?

  4. NAS Newbie -can I believe all I read?

    seven years ago I built a 10T server for under $2K. if I was going to do a build like it today I would make a few changes. the first would be to find a case that let me more easily swap the hard drives. as I built this box primarily for backups I would have to make sure that TiME MACHiNE would work better than it did with NAS4FREE. there were issues with write speed that degraded slowly over time and I never figured out why. finally I would make the split my servers up into backups, music, and file serving rather than try to make one do all three tasks. https://knowtech.tv/10t-backup-server-project/
  5. Ghost file blocking Network connection

    either the protocol to use that server is something High Sierra no longer supports OR the certificates are wonk. bad certs and how to fix them are at the end. https://discussions.citrix.com/topic/390006-cannot-connect-to-server-receiver-127-high-sierra/ protocol no longer supported. https://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/307174/osx-high-sierra-l2tp-vpn-cannot-connect-to-server the fix for the former might be: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207112
  6. Upgrading 2011 MacBook Pro

    16 GB is it on the portables. if you are needing more RAM or CPU/GPU or storage consider on of the 2008-2010 Mac Pro. you can get one of these for $400 or less. for this price you will not find one with a modern GPU. there are a few options for cards that will just drop in and work in the $100 range. do not be tempted for a more expensive more more card. and at some point a faster GPU will not help you. RAM wise you can get 32GB for under a $1oo. almost all of the available RAM is retired from servers so it is cheap. you do not need to get RAM with BiG fins as Apple warns. whatever, that Mac is long out of warrantee. as I use tablets more and more I find my need for "portable Mac" nearly non-existent. and I really only use one when I travel. that Mac, a last of its kind 13" MPB, has 8GB of RAM and an SSD. it captures photos, edits, and has a workable keyboard. I loath the trackpad on it. when or if it stops working I will not replace it with another Mac. or maybe it will be a MacBook Air that gets gifted to me as this stuff happens. "want this?" she said. "sure… I can recycle it. thanks!" one of my tado items is to do work on a Chromebook. given that these things are so cheap it has been on my radar to do a test. I have been reluctant because I do not like the far reach of any giant corporation(s). my files are my files blah blah blah. but there are reasons to work this way. maybe it will kinda sorta work for me. dunno. unrelated to any of this. and more so you know where I am coming from how I use computers. I was given two older iPad. one of them I dedicated to the task of reading comics. the other is a synth because it does not work unless it has power.
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Bluetooth Problem

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

    I bet Bluetooth does not work when iThing is playing a video.
  11. 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.
  12. 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/
  13. 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!
  14. Disk Permissions won't repair

    it is just somewhere around $200 to replace the whole thing…
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Disk Permissions won't repair

    the hard drive is done. replace it with a new SSD. this will make that Mac new again.
  18. 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!
  19. 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."
  20. Mac Pro 1,1 Hardware Test?

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

    Option D maybe. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201257
  22. 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.
  23. 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!"
  24. 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.
  25. 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.