sure that you have the "Foreign File Access" and "Audio CD
Access" extensions loaded in your extensions folder. They must
also be enabled under Extension Manager for audio CD's to run.
you put in the System Installer CD before you turn it on, it should boot off
of the CD automatically. If it won't then try some "Key"
combinations to force it to. Holding down the "C" key while your
computer starts will tell the computer to start from the CD ROM. You can
also use "Command"> "Option">
"Delete" to bypass your hard drive.
you are planning to add a new internal SCSI (Small Computer System
Interface) device to your Mac, ensure that it has a unique SCSI ID for each
device. For most devises, the ID is set using buttons or knobs. Jumpers are used to set SCSI ID's to internal devices. Most manufactures include jumpers with the
drive. Be aware that all Apple and most third party hard drives are set to
SCSI ID "0". Your Mac itself is set to SCSI ID
"7". If you have an internal CD ROM, it is set to SCSI ID
"3". Here are the jumper assignments for the 7 SCSI IDs:
ID 0 = no jumpers
Warning: Never plug or unplug SCSI devices with the power on.
your desktop re-links documents to their correct applications and rewrites
the desktop file. The usual way to do this is to restart your Mac and hold
down the "Option" and "Command" keys. Here is a shortcut:
Close all applications and then press
"Option">"Command">"Escape". A resulting
window will pop up asking if you want to force the Finder to quit. Hold
down "Command" and "Option" again and click "Force
Quit". Now you will be ask if you want to rebuild the desktop. Click
"OK". Be sure that you have some room available on your hard drive
prior to starting the rebuilding process. A good guideline is 5% or
more of space available.
NOTE: Rebuilding the Desktop file erases all comments you have typed in the "Get Info" windows of files on your disk.
can get damaged for many reasons. If this happens, you can use FileMaker
Pro's Recovery feature. Before you begin, be sure you have enough space on
your hard drive for the recovered file. To repair a file, close the damaged
file. From the File menu, choose "Recover". Inside the Open
Damaged File box, select the damaged file and click "Open".
FileMaker Pro will add "Recovered" to the file name or allow you
to rename the file. Click "Save". A status message will inform you
about the recovery process. Upon completion, you will see how many bytes
were salvaged, and records or values skipped. Click "OK".
NOTE: Files may not be recoverable using this feature. Be sure to properly backup your work.
you have a large compilation of numbers that your working with in your word
processor and would like to add them up quickly, try this: From
"Edit" in your menu bar, copy the list of numbers. Open up your
calculator located under the APPLE in the upper left corner of your menu
bar. Paste the list of numbers into your calculator. Click the equal (=)
you know that you can use the keyboard to control many of the players
functions? Here's how:
the Apple CD Audio Player, you are not stuck listening to the whole
CD. You can program the player to play only the songs you want to
play, rearrange the songs or repeat your favorite songs.
If you are running system 7.5 or later, the AppleCD Audio Player is included with the operating system. Here's how you can create an index of titles for your CD, then add any songs you want, in any order to the play list. The Mac will remember your settings each time you insert that CD.
1. Insert an audio CD into the CD-ROM drive.
2. Click the tiny triangle to expand the Audio Player's control panel
3. If the songs aren't already named, click the NORMAL button.
4. Click the words "Audio CD" and type the name of the CD.
5. Click the first track name, and begin typing the song titles (press Return after each title to move down to the next blank).
6. After you have entered all the song titles, click the "PROG" button. Now you can drag any title on the left side of the display to any slot on the right side.
You can also can drag titles up or down on the right side play list to rearrange the play order. You can even drag the same song twice or to leave songs out of the play list altogether.
your CD ROM to play music while you surf the Web, work on your project or
play a game. To be able to play music with a CD, you must have the
program "AppleCD Audio Player". This comes with System 7.5 and
higher. Run this program and you will see a graphical representation of a CD
deck. Insert your music CD into the CD ROM, then click the "Play"
button. Adjust the volume using the slide bar.
you insert a disk into your CD ROM, a window showing all of the programs
icons when you insert them. This may slow your computer down considerably if
the programs are large. It may also seem like an eternity for the program to
load. To keep the window from opening, hold down the "Option" key
while inserting the CD. You need to keep holding the "Option" key
until the CD icon appears.
NOTE: The same trick works for other types of removable disks such as your floppy or zip drives.
you have a lot of windows open on your screen, it can take some time to
close them all. A fast way to close them all is to use "Option"
-click on the foremost window so every open window automatically
your desktop pictures automatically. Here's how:
NOTE: Every time you start your computer you will have a different picture.
If your Mac tells you on startup that "There is not enough memory to load all of your extensions," and you know you have plenty of RAM, dump the "Apple Menu Options Prefs" file found in the Preferences folder of your System Folder. Restart your computer and you will start fresh.
If you get this error when printing, it's because you have multiple copies
of the same font installed on your Mac and that font is used in the
document you are trying to print. |
you want to change the default browser on your Mac? Here's how:
Go to the Control Panels (under the Apple menu) and select
"Internet." With the Internet control panel open, click on the
"Web" tab in the middle of the window. At the bottom of the window
find an item called "Default Web Browser." In the popup menu
next to it, select your preferred browser. If it is not listed, click on
"Select" then find your browser of choice.
NOTE: The default browser is used any time you
double-click on a file that points to a web page.
more memory to your browser can help with browsers crashing all the
time. Browsers and new web technologies weigh heavy on your memory
creating these crashes. Here's how to allocate more memory to your
browser: If you have the program currently running, close out of it.
Highlight the application's icon and select "Get Info" from the
File menu. In the File menu window, you will see "Suggested Size",
"Minimum Size", and "Preferred Size". Set Minimum Size
the same as Suggested Size, then increase the preferred amount by
approximately 25 percent or more. You will need to experiment with
"preferred" setting to optimize the performance, but you should
see an improvement immediately.
NOTE: You can improve any application's performance using this method.
you would like to speed up your Mac, try these helpful tips: Switch
your monitor to the fewest colors your Mac allows; turn off the
"Calculate folder sizes" and "Show disk info in header"
options; turn virtual memory off, or set it to the amount of actual RAM plus
1 MB; turn AppleTalk off (only if you're not on a network or connected to a
printer that needs it).
you would like to create a welcome message for your Mac, follow the
to require a custom start up screen when designing a custom message, but
with multiple user mode it's easier than ever. Design a custom welcome
message, which will be on the welcome screen when logging on.
Go to the Multiple User control panel. Select the
name of the user. Select Options. Under the Login tab is space for a custom
short message can be more than a greeting. Utilize this space to include
instructions for logging on or to provide password hints.
are some helpful suggestions to keep your Mac running smooth and
Regularly rebuilding your Desktop file keeps
critical information clean. Make it a habit of holding down
"Command"-"Option" at least once a week when you start
up your Mac.
Familiarize yourself with software you are
installing to make sure it is installed correctly. Before you install
new software on your computer, always read its "Read Me" or
Don't install more than one piece of new software
at a time. Wait a day or two between installs so you can isolate problems if
they appear. Keep a record of what you install and when you install it.
Unless instructed otherwise, always restart with
extensions off when installing new applications. Here's how: Hold down the
"shift" key until you can view the message "Welcome to Mac
Don't move a program or any of its files (such as a
dictionary or other support files) out of the folder in which its installer
placed it. If you need access to a file, select the file that's more
convenient, press "control" M to create an alias of it, then place
the alias anywhere you like.
Keep a current backup of your system configuration.
A good backup will enable you to restore a previous configuration in case
annoying as this situation is, it does happen. There usually is a way to
exit the program without rebooting when your system freezes. You can
try pressing the "Option"-"Command"-"Escape"
keys at the same time. You will get a prompt asking if you want to exit the
program in question. Usually this will work fine.
At one time or another we have all had a disk
get stuck in the drive. This can be a very scary situation, but it is
really no big deal if you know what to do. First, I would recommend
rebooting your machine. Hopefully it will eject on startup. If it
doesn't, get a paper clip and insert it into the pin-sized hole next to a
drive and gently push. When you have to resort to this method, it is common
for your Mac to freeze up and cause problems. Just reboot your machine
to get it back to normal.
If you're running multiple applications and see a drop
in your system memory, but quitting the applications does nothing to change
this, then what has happened is your system memory has become
fragmented. This occurs when you have opened up many applications and
what happens is your free memory is broken up into little chunks. To fix this situation, you'll have to
quit everything and restart your Mac. This will regroup the RAM and you'll now find that more free
memory is now available.
Using the "Genie Effect" to open and close items from the Dock is fun -- for the first time or two. But after the novelty wears off, you'll most likely discover that it draws more processing power than it's worth.
In Mac OS X 10.1 you have a new option called "Scale". It's still cool looking, but it's more efficient CPU-wise. To enable Scale, open the Dock Preferences panel and choose "Minimizing Using Scale Effect".
Switching to Scale doesn't mean that you can't still impress your friends, however. Hold down the SHIFT key while minimizing to create the slow-motion effect that you've seen performed in Apple demos.
Many people don't realize that you can create an honest to goodness PDF file from nearly any Mac OS X file. What's the advantage of this? PDF files can be opened by Adobe's Acrobat Reader, which is available for nearly every platform on the planet. You can send PDFs to your Windows, Linux, and even Palm OS friends, and it reads exactly the same as it does on your Mac. They're easy to make once you know how.
Open a document in your favorite application and then choose PRINT. At the bottom of the Print dialogue box you will see a button that reads PREVIEW. Click it and it will process your document and open the Preview application that's included with Mac OS X.
You'll notice that when your document is displayed in Preview, it already looks like a PDF file. Now all you have to do is choose FILE, then Save As PDF, and Mac OS X will convert your document into a real live PDF. Now you can send it to anyone, anywhere.
The Software Update feature is great, but you may find that there are updates posted that don't apply to you or that you don't need. Take for example the numerous printer updates recently posted. You don't have to install an update if you don't want to, but to stop the Software Update application from reminding you about a particular update just follow this tip...
When an item appears in the Software Update list that you don't want to install, select it from the list, go to the "Update" menu and select "Make Inactive..." This will remove the item from the list and you won't be alerted to the update the next time Software Update runs.
Also under the "Update" menu of the Software Update application is the option "Show Inactive Updates." It does exactly what it says, so if you later decide that you need one of the updates you can go back and get it
Take a picture of your screen
Make an Alias:an alias is a
shortcut that points to a file. It's handy for easy access to commonly used
applications or documents.
Increase the Memory Allocation
for an Application
Note: Perform this ONLY if you are getting "out of memory" or "low memory" error messages: