Mac OS X





Mac OS X is the desktop operating system from Apple Inc., found on Macintosh computers. OS X consists of a Mach/BSD-based kernel, operating system interfaces primarily based on FreeBSD and additional frameworks (written in C, C++ and Objective-C providing user interface and application-level services.

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Hi guys

My father's 27inch early 2011 imac needed a little upgrade. I went and put in a Crucial 500gb SSD disk into it into where its old hard drive used to be.

When we boot, i am getting the question mark with a folder. I tried holding the Alt option and in doing so only the internet recovery comes up. I tried command R and same thing.

Anyway, so I chose the internet recovery. It took 20mins. Then it came to the menu where I could choose disk utility. I went in and could see the SSD.  I formatted my SSD to Mac format (journaled). I restarted it and still same. Then i tried doing something similar to choose it as the startup disk but I can't. I tried attaching an external disk with Mac Sierra installation on it. It isn't giving me the option of seeing this disk either at startup.

What gives? Is it the Mac itself? Should I take the SSD and install it onto a MacBook Pro and try putting the OS on it that way?

Thanks for helping
HI there,

i'm trying to get an iMac running OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) to boot up again. It was constantly freezing up with the a continous spinning wheel so i was recommended to "Repair Disk Permissions", after doing this it will not boot back up again. It boots into recovery mode, asks me which language i want to use then i get
OS X Utillities -
Restore from Time Machine Backup
Reinstall OS X
Get help online
Disk Utility
There is no Time Machine backup so i opened Disk Utility and ran the various verify/repair disk & have included screenshots of the results.
I also ran diskutil list from Terminal & included the screenshot aswell.
I guess first think i'd like to know is if it's possible to back up my files from here & secondly is it possible to get it to boot up again without reinstalling. Also is this a sign that the hard drive needs repalcing?
I'm a novice with Macs & OS X so be as detailed as possible please & as always all help is much appreciated.

I have an issue with disappearing shortcuts of shared folders between two mac machines. Here is the case in details:

On MAC1 there are 10 folders on the desktop that are shared on the network. They are accessible and visible on MAC2.

When I created shortcuts on the desktop of MAC2, they work fine until MAC1 is rebooted. Then a warning message appears and shortly after that the shortcuts are gone.

Is there a way to resolve this issue?

MAC1 is running macOS Yosemite 10.10.5

MAC2 is running macOS Mojave version 10.14.3

Thank you

We are a school and I have created a single School iCloud account. I have added all the 4 iPads into the school iCloud account.
Using the school iCloud account, I have installed the default apps and updates on all the 4 iPads.

I will be issuing these iPads to the staffs and will they be able to use their own personal iCloud account and install their own apps on the school iPad?

We are a windows-based network and the iPads are only for the senior management and we will not go more than 8 iPads.

Any help and sugessions will be great
Thanks in advance.
Hi - I am about to replace the HDD of a client Macbook mid 2012 with an SSD drive after the former had failed.
Is there a way that i can install High Sierra or Sierra on the new drive straight from an external USB disk instead of going through the Internet recovery?
Otherwise it means it will install Mountain Lion and then i have to re-upgrade again which is a waste of time i would like to avoid if poss.

I connected by android device to Mac laptop using USB cable.
Opened the chrome://inspect
and set the USB debugging on.
I opened an android app.
But it doesnt show up.
Is there any way to see what network calls the android app is making ?

MAC computer (macOS 10.14 Mojave) is able to successfully connect to corporate network via Anyconnect mobile vpn client. But when attempting to map a shared network drive to a windows server share it hangs and finally times out after 2 minutes or so and wont map the drive. Yet there are 6 other MAC's with macOS 10.14 Mojave that do not have this problem.

Tried pinging the windows server from the MAC after successfully connected to the VPN and it will continuously times out but there is a reply to ping every 15th ping request for about 2 pings and then go back to not responding to ping for another 15 pings.

When pinging MAC from the windows server it will ping successfully continuously!

I already plan on performing apple diagnostic on the MAC next but I am not too familiar with Macs and want to see if there are any other suggestions from the community!

Appreciate any other ideas....
Started Target Disc [Mojave]  by holding ’T’ key until Thundebolt icon appears.  Started 2 Finder windows on Host [Mojave], cannot locate Target machine - both Finder windows the same.  Host connected to Target with Thunderbolt 3 cable

I have 2 Mojave Mac Mini: Host late 2012, Target late 2004
 I have Outlook 2011 on Mac, installed Outlook 2016, and created a new email account and working fine.
 The task is to export the email, contact and calendar items from Outlook 2011 and import them into Outlook 2016.
 I created OLN file (about 6GB in size) from Outlook 2011 and imported into Outlook 2016, but there is no data when import was finished in a few seconds.
 What other import/export option is available?

Thanks in advance.
I have an ASUS 3200 Router and heard that I could use it and its USB connection to make a backup location with a hard drive connected to it. I have only one USB port but two laptops I work from. One a Dell Vostro and the other a MacBook Pro. I am wondering since formatting the HD is an issue here. Can I create a partition and format one side for a Windows backup and the other for a Mac? I know it involves formatting the disk which I do know know if one can allow the other to save to or not and the location of the HD's drives. File Path.
Does anyone know if this can be done in any capacity? I also have a USB splitter that could double up the ports but do not know if that would work either with two separate HD's with two connections? Any Help Appreciated.
I am using Quick Time player to Trim an audio but it doesnt show me timing info.
Previously it used to show it. How do i trim it using QuickTime. Is there any alternative software for the same.
I am using Mac High sierra.

If you see in the image above only the yellow bars are there but i want to trim it from time 1:08 to 1:15 which doesnt seem possible

I have an Excel macro that uses ActiveX but it doesn't work on my Mac since ActiveX is not supported (get a 429 error). It does work on my PC but I've transitioned over to a MacBook Pro.

Can the following code be converted so that the Excel macro work on my Mac?

Sub GetEmailList()
Dim lr As Long
Dim x, y
Dim dict1 As Object, dict2 As Object
lr = Cells(Rows.Count, 1).End(xlUp).Row
x = Range("A2:A" & lr).Value
lr = Cells(Rows.Count, 2).End(xlUp).Row
y = Range("B2:B" & lr).Value

Set dict1 = CreateObject("Scripting.Dictionary")
Set dict2 = CreateObject("Scripting.Dictionary")

lr = Cells(Rows.Count, 3).End(xlUp).Row
If lr > 1 Then Range("C2:C" & lr).Clear
With dict1
   For i = 1 To UBound(y, 1)
      .Item(y(i, 1)) = ""
   Next i
End With

With dict1
   For i = 1 To UBound(x, 1)
      If Not .exists(x(i, 1)) Then
         dict2.Item(x(i, 1)) = ""
      End If
   Next i
End With
Range("C2").Resize(dict2.Count).Value = Application.Transpose(dict2.keys)

End Sub

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Any ideas experts?
I am using Outlook on a Mac OSX and my email mailbox size has grown to 47GB.  I have increased my mailbox online to accommodate a mailbox larger than 50GB+, but I was curious if I was going to run into mailbox size restrictions in Outlook similar to a Windows machine.  If so, is there a way to increase this max mailbox size?

We have Outlook for Mac 16.23 with the latest update/patches on Mojave.

Is there any way to set by default (so the user does not have to take action on their own) a delivery and/or read receipt every time?
I have a MACBook Pro latest OS. I have been working making screenshots for a manual using Snagit. A screen capture tool. If I try to resize the image I am working with. The second I LEFT MOUSE CLICK on the RESIZE box and try to resize with the mouse. It switches screens to the Apple Desktop...? What is happening? I went to System Pref and searched Google. The search turned up this.

"How do I stop my Mac from switching screens?
Click Apple menu from top left of your screen > Select System Preferences > in Personal Tab select Expose & Spaces > Deselect the check box that says Enable Spaces."

Only one problem I see no "Personal Tab" or "Expose Spaces" anywhere in System Preferences?

Any thoughts. I am about to throw my laptop across the room.
How can I make folders stay at the top of the list when viewing a list of files in the Finder application on a Mac Book?
how can i send a link to install a printer on a mac ? i know how to on a windows environment by sending a link \\printeserver\printername\.

thank you
What the heck, trying to set a VPN connection on a new MacBook Pro 7th gen. and VPN into a Linksys LRT224
On the Mac I go to network and create a VPN L2TP and use the following settings
Configuration: default
Server Address: (I use my ip address)
Account name: (I use the VPN account I set up on the Linksys)

Authentication Settings:
User Authentication: (I use the VPN account password I set up on the Linksys)
Machine Authentication:
Shared Secret: (Not sure about this so I just used the VPN account password)

Advance settings:
I tried "Send all traffic over VPN connection"

I get e message that the VPN server cannot be reached

I set this up on a Windows 10 and 7 PC and it works just fine
Hi, I used to be able to use SHIFT + CONTROL + COMMAND + 4 and a copy of the screen capture would save to my clipboard so I can CONTROL + V and paste it in any program. Now, nothing happens when I hit that command. Instead, I have to save to my desktop which is not ideal since I use it so many times a day I’m going to end up crowding my desktop with all the screen captures.

she has yosemite OS
Two Questions here:

Since Google Drive will be discontinued starting tomorrow found here:

I have upgraded most of my clients to Drive Stream...

Q1)  Will I need to upgrade the App on Cell Phones and How??

Q2) I have a user with a Mac Version Yosemite  10.10.5 and the drive stream for mac will not install at all even when I go into security and allow it
       Picture of Error is attached.

Please Assist.

On a MAC - How to enable and disable screen sharing or remote management remotely from the command line.
What is the best way, to remotely access a MAC, from a Windows 10 operating system.
I am looking for a very low cost one time software, or freeware to do this.
In an internal Windows network setting.

Thanks in advance for your assistance.
I have a Mac Book Pro and am creating shortcodes to open applications. I did one for Excel but I want a certain xls file to alway open when I use my shortcode to open Excel. Any ideas experts?
What is the best email client for MAC - which can integrate with Microsoft Outlook Calendaring?
(Not looking for Outlook 2016 but an alternative)
User's USB external drive does not automatically mount when connected to a MacBook Pro
When I run Disk Utility, I am able to get the drive to mount after I run disk repair, and then automatically mount.
Disk Utility shows that the drive is in the unmounted state after being connected to the MacBook Pro

What could be preventing the mounting?
Is a Mac OS upgrade required?
Is the drive damaged?
Are the Mac's USB ports a problem?

User has a MacBook Pro with Mac OS X 10.11.6
MacBook Pro Retina 2.2GHz Intel i7  - Mid 2014

Backup drive is Seagate Ultra Slim PL Media
1 TB, USB connection
Partition Map is Master Boot Record

Time Machine accepted this MBR drive as a backup drive
Would MBR partition keep the drive from being mounted?

Mac OS X





Mac OS X is the desktop operating system from Apple Inc., found on Macintosh computers. OS X consists of a Mach/BSD-based kernel, operating system interfaces primarily based on FreeBSD and additional frameworks (written in C, C++ and Objective-C providing user interface and application-level services.