Apple's Xcode package contains all the tools for creating applications, tools, services, and other programs, for OS X and iOS, and has for the past few years been a free download from the Apple Developer Connection (ADC) Web site. With the debut of the Mac App Store, Apple made the Xcode package available to people without the need to sign up for an ADC account, but charges $4.99 for the download. While enticing, a few people have experienced problems with the Xcode install from the Mac App Store, with some seeing data loss and system corruption after the … Read more
Generally when errors occur during authentication for network services such as file sharing or screen sharing in OS X the connection will either time out or immediately give a warning, but sometimes connections may hang when authenticating. When this happens the connection will not be established and the authentication window will remain on-screen as a floating window that will block other windows and show a continuous revolving activity indicator next to a "Connecting..." status message.
While the window usually has options for canceling the connection, the hang prevents these from being active and results in the only way … Read more
When you empty the trash in OS X, the system will usually present a progress bar showing the number of files remaining to be removed if the number of items in the trash take longer than a moment to delete. Normally this will only take a few minutes and there is some indication that the trash process is working, such as the number of calculated items increasing, or the progress bar moving across the window; however, sometimes the progress window may appear to hang.
Large numbers of files
The time it takes to remove files depends primarily on the number … Read more
A few people who have purchased retail copies of the latest iLife '11 suite from Apple have complained that the installer will not work. When installing using the DVD, the installer may hang halfway through its progress, or stop with an error stating that the manufacturer (Apple) should be contacted.
A number of people are finding that this appears to be from the media the software is being distributed on. There may be a problem with the drives being able to read certain sectors of the media, at least for a standard installation of the drive.
If you are affected … Read more
External hard disks have become a very convenient way to not only expand the storage capabilities of a system, but also expand options for booting, cloning, and performing various diagnostics. As a result, people may have a number of different external drives that they keep attached to the system. Though in most cases this setup results in normal behavior, a few people have found that restarting the system with certain USB drives connected results in the system not booting.
When this happens, the system may sit at a gray or black screen without showing an Apple symbol or any other … Read more
Putting your Mac in Sleep mode is a good way to restore the system to its last state so you can continue your work where you left off; however, it does not come without a few potential drawbacks. One of them is that even though OS X is designed to be run continually without needing to restart, sometimes going for a period without refreshing the system with a restart can result in a few periodic pauses and slowdowns.
Not only can small slowdowns occur, but when the system wakes from sleep all the processes are brought back into memory at … Read more
While full system crashes that result in a nonfunctional system are relatively rare these days, they do periodically happen. If not the result from a direct crash, sometimes corruption can appear and suddenly cause an otherwise healthy system to no longer boot.
MacFixIt reader "sparkyrom" writes in with such a problem:
"My Macbook does not boot. It starts, the apple sign appears, the rotating sign appears, it stays like that for minutes and then restarts itself. What should I do? I tried resetting the SMC and PRAM but nothing happened. I did the Apple Hardware Test and … Read more
Sometimes, errors can occur in Mail where the program will periodically hang, crash, or freeze, and will require a force-quit. Several things could cause this, including faulty preferences, corrupt mailboxes that need rebuilding, and errors in individual messages that result in odd behavior whenever the message is displayed. In addition to these possibilities, some shared resources that Mail uses could also contribute to crashes and hangs.
Preferences One of the first things to try when a program crashes or does not work properly is to remove its preferences. In this case, Mail's preferences are called "com.apple.Mail.… Read more
If you never grew up with the childhood song "Eensy Weensy Spider," it's about the peekaboo adventures of a spider as it ascends, descends, and ascends yet again along the water spout.
Well, the $29.10 Hanging Alarm Clock seems to have spun a Web around the same nursery rhyme, only with more ominous overtures that recall the monster spider Shelob that almost made a meal of Frodo in Fellowship of the Ring.
The cunning orb is suspended from the ceiling on a 12-inch cable, which immediately starts to retract the clock upward once the alarm goes … Read more