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Here are some guides I have made or found elsewhere that help with mac and os x related troubles

Fix a broken Open Directory

Fix a broken Open Directory

Ah MacOS server….I love thee, but you drive me nuts sometimes! The OpenLDAP databases are as robust as toilet paper – using the term ‘fragile’ just doesn’t say enough. Almost every time you need to force MacOS / OS X server to restart, Open Directory loses its shit and refuses to start again. This will result in missing Users and Groups – don’t worry, they are still there, just hidden away and the users are unable to access anything. Oh…

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iPod Click Wheel Games

iPod Click Wheel Games

iPod games…no, I don’t mean those you can download directly from the app store onto that glorified iPhone sans the phone bit! What I mean is the games that were designed for the ‘real’ iPod with a click wheel. With the release of iTunes 7 in September 2006, Apple put up some third party games for download. The iPod already had a selection of inbuilt games, such as Brick, but these were something special, utilising the click wheel albeit often…

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Startup key combinations

Startup key combinations

  Press and hold the keys immediately after you turn on your Mac and hear the startup sound. Keep holding until the described behaviour occurs. Intel-based Mac Computers Hold during startup Description Shift (⇧) Start up in Safe Mode. Option (⌥) Start up to Startup Manager. C Start up from a bootable CD, DVD, or USB thumb drive (such as OS X install media). D Start up to either Apple Hardware Test or Apple Diagnostics, depending on which Mac you’re using. Option (⌥) – D Start…

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PowerMac G5 Update #2: Ram Upgrade

PowerMac G5 Update #2: Ram Upgrade

I managed to source 8gb of Crucial branded PC2-4200 ram for £15 from eBay. Installation was quick, with an easy removal of the fans near the ram slots with a gentle tug. After a few minutes the machine was booted up and very quick to use. Using Photoshop, Indesign and some games really was a better experience with the additional ram.

PowerMac G5 Update #1: Fitting a new Hard Disk

PowerMac G5 Update #1: Fitting a new Hard Disk

Fitting an old 1tb drive inside the Mac was relatively straight forward. However, I discovered that the Mac could not see the drive as it was limited to 150MB/sec speed drives and the Western Digital Green drive I used did not auto-fallback to this speed. The drive has that rate disabled by default, therefore it can’t be seen unless you enable the 150 MB/sec rate on the disk. One does this by jumpering pins 5-6. Unfortunately, the drive did not come with…

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Port Forwarding on an Airport Extreme or Time Capsule

Port Forwarding on an Airport Extreme or Time Capsule

I recently picked up a 3rd generation Time Capsule with 1TB drive to replace my aging and somewhat crappy Virgin Media router. I Initially set the original router for Modem Mode only, thus disabling the on-board WiFi and more importantly the port forwarding, so now I had to figure out how to set this up on the Apple hardware. What is port forwarding? The act of forwarding a network port from one network node to another. This technique can allow…

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