Joined: 03 Feb 2006
Location: Chemainus, BC, Canada
|Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 8:10 pm Post subject: Mac quick fixes.
There have been some really good informal tech posts for PC's lately, so I thought I would help the mac users, rare as they are-LOL. These quick tune-ups are for regular OS maintenance, and one is for when the mac starts doing funky things. We are talking about OS 10 here, may work with the new Intel systems, which I don't have.
First-Repair Your permissions by going to Applications, Utilities, and run Disk Utility.
Second-Highlight your startup partition and click the First Aid tab.
Third-Click Verify Disk Permissions.
Fourth-Click Repair Disk Permissions.
How Often: Before or after any OS updates or installations.
The next repair concerns System Files, using Mac's built in fsck tool, which checks for and repairs damage within the system.
First-Reboot your Mac by starting up in the single-user mode ( hold down Command-S until you see text and other Unix-type mumbo jumbo)
Second-When you see a command prompt, type (/sbin/fsck -y) using a space after the k in fsck. You may be prompted to re-type the same group only replacing the "y" with an "f". This command will run a series of tests, report any errors, and fix them. Keep doing this until there are no more errors.
Third-type "reboot" once everything checks out.
How Often: At least once a month.
The next tune-up is cleaning the Caches in your "Library", and in the "users" library.
First-delete everything in "Library>caches".
Second-Delete everything in Users>user name>Library>caches( if you want to leave your internet caches intact, don't delete the Safari or MS Internet Caches folders).
How Often: Once a month and before any OS update.
This last fix is only to be used if you see weird things happening, like very slow startup when booting up. Your Mac has software called Open Firmware built right into the motherboard. This software tells your Mac how to start up and saves various settings about how the Mac should talk to displays and other critical components. Sometimes these settings can become corrupted, and you need to reset them.
First-reboot your Mac and immediately press (Command-Option-O-F).
Second-type (reset-nvram) and hit the Return Key.
Third-type (set-defaults) and hit the Return Key.
Fourth-type (reset-all) and hit the Return Key.
Your computer will reboot automatically, and don't forget to check such things controlled by PRAM such as date and time just to make sure things are okay.
How Often: Only when your Mac is acting funky.
I have used these tricks all along and have had a good running system, so far. LOL. Hope this helps.
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