Mac OS X can experience difficulty deleting certain files due to the following (and other) reasons:The file is in use by an application or system process The file is locked The user does not have permission to delete the file The file is damaged or otherwise corrupt and "cannot be found" by the system A. (File in use) If you receive an error message indicating the the file is in use by an application, try one of the following: Quit any and all applications you think might be using the file Open Activity Monitor (located in /Applications/… Read more
Ted Landau April 2007
If you have questions about Apple's new Apple TV, there's already a wealth of answers on the Web. Considering that the device has only been available for a few days, that's pretty impressive. Such is life in the fast-paced world of the Internet. For this column, I sought to come up with some "alternative" information that had not yet been widely covered, if at alland combine it with some personal comments. The result is the following FAQ collection:
Q. How exactly would you categorize an Apple TV? Is it a … Read more
Troubleshooting issues with wireless connectivity can be tricky. There are a bevy of potential causes for drops in the connection, slow-downs in throughput and sporadic signal loss. As such, it's best to take a shotgun approach, throwing a number of possible fixes at the problem and hoping one sticks.
We've gathered some of the most common workarounds, listed below, along with indications for when they are most likely applicable. Issues addressed include:Repeated dropouts (Connection lapses sporadically) Poor wireless throughput (Slow network speed) Router [AirPort Base station included] not recognized (doesn't appear in available networks) Cannot connect … Read more
Mac OS X offers a robust printing system with built-in support for hundreds of devices from a wide body of manufacturers. It's not without flaws, however, and printers often become unrecognized or non-functional after a significant Mac OS X update. Printers connected through hubs or AirPort base stations can also exhibit some frustrating issues.
Below is a run-down of the most generally successful printer workarounds. Keep trying until one of them sticks.
Try IP printing instead of AppleTalk Some Macs are unable to see AppleTalk printers that are located on the local AirPort (or other wireless) network. Several users … Read more
Streaming music through AirPort Express Base stations can sometimes result in drops, skips, static and other issues that impede audio quality. There are a few common fixes for these flaws, as follows:
Change your IPv6 settings In order to change this setting, open System Preferences then the Network pane and click on your currently used interface (Ethernet, AirPort, etc.). Click on the TCP/IP settings for the interface -- at the bottom if you see a button which says 'Configure IPv6...' click it make the setting "Off." Press the Apply Now button.
Update firmware Make sure that you … Read more
You may experience a problem where your system does not startup from the desired Mac OS X partition, instead booting into a Boot Camp-enabled Windows or other partition.
The first procedure you should try in this situation is the use of one or more startup keyboard commands, as follows:Holding the Option key at startup will bring up the startup disk selector, from which you may be able to successfully select the desired Mac OS X partition Holding the X key during startup will attempt to force Mac OS X startup Holding the Command, Option, Shift and Delete keys simultaneously … Read more
For various reasons -- including user interruption as described in this article -- components of Mac OS X can be "stepped on" (erased or otherwise damaged) during the incremental update process (e.g. installing Mac OS X 10.4.9).
In order to remedy this issue, there are two options; one far simpler than the other:
Re-apply the current Mac OS X combination updater Try this first. It is perhaps the most consistently successful workaround for issues that materialize after an incremental Mac OS X update with good reason: re-installing the combo update can replace components that were … Read more
[Posted Monday, March 12th]
Ted Landau March 2007Last month, I offered a "first look" at Apple's new AirPort Extreme Base Station. It was written after only a couple of days experience with the new device. Such articles have their value, especially for those who are considering an immediate purchase and want the instant feedback that has become the modus operandi on the Web.
Still, there is remains a useful place for less hurried more deliberate analyses. With this in mind, this month's column takes a second look the new AirPort Base Station, providing results from … Read more
Errant internal and external devices are among the most notorious causes of wide-ranging problems for Mac OS X. These include, but are not limited to:Startup stalls or hangs Kernel panics (repeated or sporadic) Slow system operation General stalls or freezes -- especially when performing certain tasks Issues going to or waking from sleep
Identifying the culprit device(s)
There are a number of methods for identifying the device(s) responsible for one or more of the aforementioned problems.Isolation method The easiest and generally most effective -- but also somewhat tedious -- is to simply connect different sets of … Read more
Ted Landau February 2007
My new AirPort Extreme Base Station arrived the other day. As you probably know, its most significant feature is support for the (as-yet-unfinished) 802.11n protocol, which allows for much faster wireless transmission speeds and a wider reception range. This speed increase may be especially welcome if you plan on getting an Apple TV (due out later this month), which similarly supports the 802.11n protocol.
The new Base Station also sports three local Ethernet ports (compared to the lone such port on the older Extreme model) as well as the capability to add a USB … Read more