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06-10-2008, 09:56 AM
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Macintosh OS X Routine Maintenanc
Rescue Kit for Mac


iDeFRAG (Mac OS X):
Defragmentation & Optimization for Mac OS X, $34.95.

iDefrag by Coriolis-Systems

Click Here >>> iDefrag (http://www.coriolis-systems.com/iDefrag.php)

Macintosh OS X Routine Maintenance, Articles & Links


1. Repair Disk Permissions
2. Run Routine Maintenance Scripts
3. Clear Caches
4. Repair And Back Up Preferences
5. Do A File System Check And Repair Disk
6. Defragment A Hard Drive That Is Low On Free Contiguous Space
7. Check S.M.A.R.T. Status
8. Clear Your Desktop
9. Reset Safari
10.Rebuild Spotlight's Database

NOTE #1:. More On Defragmenting Your Hard Drive.

Software Mentioned On This Site, And Where To Get It.

About The Author

Click Here >>> Macintosh OS X Routine Maintenance (http://www.macattorney.com/ts.html#Anchor-31774)

10-11-2008, 02:16 PM

Common System Error Messages


Here you'll find a listing of common causes, possible solutions, and some explanations of what they mean.


Click Here >>> Common Macintosh system errors (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2433)


The following list provides an explanation of system errors for Mac OS 9 and earlier

Mac OS System Error Codes

Click Here >>> APPLE SUPPORT (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1618?viewlocale=en_US)

12-09-2008, 03:40 PM
Rescue Kit for Mac


With Rescue Kit for Mac®, Paragon Software offers a bootable Rescue System on CD that will help you take an immediate action whenever a hardware malfunction or a system crash should occur. After booting your Mac with our Rescue-CD you will be able to use all the necessary tools to keep your Mac alive. Because of its current status as Pre-Release, Rescue Kit for Mac comes completely for FREE!

Paragon Rescue Kit for Mac supports all Intel-based Macs, providing the possibility to easily back up your Windows® OS, Mac OS and data partitions to any media.


Click Here >>> Rescue Kit for Mac (http://www.paragon-software.com/home/rk-mac/free_download.html)

12-14-2009, 08:07 PM
Upgrading to Service Pack 3

If you are running an intel Mac using BootCamp and can't get the Windows Update to download Service Pack 3....

When I attempt to install Service Pack 3, I get this message: "There is not enough disk space on C:\WINDOWS\$NtServicePackUninstall$ to install Service Pack 3". It says that I need 4MB, but there is actually 22GB available. How do I tell the computer that there is actually enough room? Thanks for the help in advance.

This happens because iMac uses EFI file format which Windows XP does not support. To workaround this problem, add a registry key
as follows:

Try altering the Windows registry key as follows. Once it is completed then once again begin installation of SP3:

1. Click Start - Run - Type “regedit” and press enter.

2. Navigate to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Setup


3. In the right pane, Right-click and select New - String value

4. Name it as “BootDir” and set its value to “C:\”

This should help. Try installing SP3 and should work fine.

Reference: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1748395

12-19-2009, 11:29 AM
To be honest,

I always do a backup of my most important files, and make a system restore point... better be safe then sorry :) .

Hint: there are especially problems with Vista's SP 2

03-15-2010, 07:34 PM



Chat and play with your friends!

iFire is a unofficial client of the popular gaming instant messenger Xfire for Mac OS X. It allows you to chat with your Windows friends, see which games they are playing, join their games and much more. And the best - its completely free!

Log in using your existing Xfire account or create a new one xfire.com
See the status of your friends including the game they are playing, the IP-Address of the server they are playing on (if available) and information about the server like the server name, the number of players or the map name (if available)
Join instantly the game your friend is playing
Chat with your friends (with emoticons), add/remove friends
Supports more than 100 native Mac OS X games and some via Codeweavers Crossover
Launch a game from iFire and directly connect to a gaming server (optional)
Fast detection of the installed OS X games
Automatically generated gaming statistics in the Xfire homepage
Use Mac OS X system sounds or custom sounds for chatting
Custom status messages
Support for Growl notifications
Support for some Xfire-URLs

cool, now my Mac games will show up on my xfire profile page... COD2, MOHAA, Quake4, Second Life (different-no comment), Eve Online, Myst... and others.

04-28-2010, 12:41 AM
Video cards, upgrading to the latest...

Everyone with a Mac should read this blog if considering upgrading their video card. He tells you all about 'flashing' the fireware on a chip to make it compatible, and then gives you the tool he made to do it.


The Golden Guide
to Flashing Graphic Cards for Mac


So Macs speak EFI and PCs speak BIOS. What does the graphic card speak?
Well, as you may know, there are “Mac Graphic Cards” and “PC Graphic Cards”.
The PC cards carry BIOS firmware. So inserting them into a Mac will result in black screen, because the computer fails to initialize them!... he fixes this problem!

You see what the PC cards are missing? Yes, the ability to boot OSX.

And what was it that the PC cards where missing on the firmware? That’s right, the EFI addition.

Why would you want to run OSX by a PC Graphic Card?

Two words: Price – Performanc

Also, while Apple offers the 512MB version only, PC cards are available at double the video Ram, 1GB.
Furthermore, excotic versions of the 4800 series are availbe for PC, like the more powerful 489

there are quite a few steps involved, but the prospect of 3D graphics and fast/cheap cards for our older MacPros seems like it's worth the effort. TBH I was thinking myself that I was stuck in terms of expansion. This opens up new and inexpensive possibilities.

04-20-2011, 01:39 PM

Why is the Steam cloud service good for Mac Users?


You've probably heard of Steam, but never really considered it for the Mac. Times have been changing at Steam and more games are available to the Mac User, but there is another consideration regarding whether you should buy the game CD versus going to Steam to make your purchase...

Most big titles come out on the PC. Using bootcamp us Mac users can typically play these games when they come out. That's great. But because you are using bootcamp many times you run out of Harddrive space and have to delete a game to make room for a new one. Of course if you use Steam you can just upload any old game you had at any time, but what's cool these days is generally games available on the PC/Steam eventually come out on the Mac. When they do you can download them on your Mac, with all the Hard Drive space you've got over there, and keep playing.

I can only say I wish I purchased COD4 this way. Instead I bought the CD for the PC. Now that I've erased it from the PC, and I'm not willing to buy the Mac version, I don't have the ability to just boot it up for a quick match, or comparison with other newer titles which I like to do.

But I also purchased Left 4 Dead 2 via Steam for the PC. Making room for other games on the PC I deleted it. Now that L4D2 is available on the Mac, I can now download it and continue to play a multiplayer match. You get the idea... Steam for Mac is awesome. No subscription fee from Steam. They always store your games. You can download/remove and download them again on any platform you have Mac or PC. In fact I think you could probably play on the Mac say COD4, then switch to the PC and continue to play.

Steam does require a verification process to ensure you are the user for both systems (Mac/PC) via an email code, therefore you have to be able to access your email from both sides of bootcamp, but once this is done you are all set.

Why is the OnLiVe cloud service is not as good for Mac Users


Although they haven't instituted a fee for their service, based on talk it is bound to happen. That means if you own a game you will probably have to pay a monthly fee to play the game you own. That to me is a serious business plan flaw that will probably keep people away from the service unless they just don't have the computer power to run today's games.

The second reason is, the quality isn't as good as buying a CD, downloading the game or using Steam (where you also download the game). OnLive runs the game from their computers so trying out games via OnLive is great, since it is quick to do and works for you no matter what computer you are on (Mac/PC at home in a different state as long as you remember your login details, which btw makes it fun to share games with family if you go somewhere on a trip), but because it is running thousands of gamers games at the same time the quality suffers slightly in terms of resolution. It's not a big hit in terms of quality and the only way to know for yourself is to go try it.

The Good: you can try out demos very fast (no real downloading) for games that you might not otherwise have access to. It's a fantastic way to check out game titles to see if you want to purchase it.