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  1. Thanks. The sense I've been getting from looking around is that it's difficult to resume incremental TM backups to the same backup set after a clean install due to the change in UUID on the drive with the OS install. It can be done with terminal commands for the courageous, but even then there is concern about the integrity of the mixed backup data set in case of the need for a complete system restore.
  2. I just did a Snow Leopard clean install (erase/install) on my MacBook Pro 15, and did not migrate from prior TM backup to avoid gremlins. I'm eager to begin backing up the new install but obviously don't want to lose my prior Super Duper clone and Time Machine backups of the old system until I know all is well. I use separate USB drives for SD clone and TM backup, attached via Airport Extreme. Question: Is there a way for Time Machine incremental backups under 10.6 to begin where Time Machine 10.5 left off (I'm thinking of that file from 3 months ago that I may recall later I need back), or is that goofy with the OS upgrade? If not, it seems starting over with a new hard drive would be needed in order to conserve the prior TM files.
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    MacBook Pro random sudden shutdown

    Done -- no problems there. It appears there are approximately 20 crash logs over the past 2 months in my user library, originating from a variety of different applications, but mostly resembling the ones reported above. Is there such a thing as a normal number of crashes? This seems excessive to me, especially with the couple of recent shutdowns.
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    MacBook Pro random sudden shutdown

    Thanks to you both. The crash reporter is a bit overwhelming. The most recent crash seems to have been triggered by Firefox (which is up to date): Exception: EXC_BAD_ACCESS (0x0001) Codes: KERN_PROTECTION_FAILURE (0x0002) at 0x00000023 A concerning find is that over the past 3 weeks, there have been several applications triggering crashes (TurboTax, coconutWIFI, mdimportserver): Exception: EXC_BAD_ACCESS (0x0001) Codes: KERN_INVALID_ADDRESS (0x0001) at 0x240489c8 Exception: EXC_BAD_ACCESS (0x0001) Codes: KERN_INVALID_ADDRESS (0x0001) at 0x18ff0435 Exception: EXC_BAD_ACCESS (0x0001) Codes: KERN_INVALID_ADDRESS (0x0001) at 0x007a3dee Does this indicate a specific problem? Is it time for an archive and install? Some other less drastic repair option? Thanks.
  5. Can anyone point me to a thread regarding the following problem (or respond directly to this)? Sudden, random complete system shutdown without warning on 2 occasions over the past week. 15" MacBook Pro, Intel, under 1 yr old, Tiger. Both times occurred while on battery power (under 50% but well above reserve power) while listening to streaming audio via wireless connection (in case that matters). Plugged in to power supply and rebooted normally (did not try rebooting on battery). Is this a recognized problem? Causes & solutions? Thx in advance.
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    Ethernet works/Airport doesn't

    Thanks: Can connect to Linksys router wirelessly at Configuration looks right. When I try to save, get Safari's "Not connected to internet" message and Network Diagnostics launches. All is green except internet. Have run through this a couple times and Network Diagnostics it can't fix it. My Network pane appears precisely as you suggested, with correct IP address. Any thoughts on next steps?
  7. 2.5 yr switcher with a frustrating problem -- I'm not a networking/wireless geek, so replies in plainspeak appreciated: I had a stable home network running like a dream, but something's changed/been corrupted & I can't figure it out. The only changes I've made have been running Software Update. The symptoms of my problem: - MacBook Pro connects via ethernet at home without a hitch - connects to my home wireless network -- strong Airport signal - BUT can't transmit data (browser, e-mail, iTunes) -- pages don't load, e-mail/iTunes don't connect - I CAN connect wirelessly as before to other networks (work, public) - my wife's PC continues to connect wirelessly on our home network without problems In short: the problem is only my machine only on my home wireless network; connects but no data transfer. Have already done the usual: rebooted, powered down & reset cable modem & router, repaired permissions, updated firmware on router, reentered WPA Personal security key, all without success. I've compared Network settings to my old PowerBook (which still connects) to sure nothing had been changed, and they appear comparable. It seems there may be a corrupt settings file of some sort on my MacBook, but don't know what/where or the remedy. The enviroment: - MacBook Pro /OS X 10.4.10 - Comcast ISP / Motorola Surfboard cable modem /LinkSys WRT54GX4 wireless G router with latest firmware update It's a shame having this beautiful notebook machine and being tethered to the desk by an ethernet cable.... Many thanks in advance for all input.
  8. Will there be a Tasks / To Do function on the iPhone? How robust? e.g. synchronizing with Entourage, category support, etc.
  9. I'm a 2 year switcher, but still learning my way around OS X: I'm running OS 10.4.9 on a PowerBook G4 and, incredibly, for the first time am trying to play audio through external USB speakers. Lo and behold, when going to System Preferences > Sound > Output, the only device option available to me is Internal Speakers. Where are the missing options for Headphones or USB speakers? How can I add or install them? Is this a simple oversight on my part, or is there a problem in my OS installation? Thanks for any help.