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Misc. Software/Hardware Related Articles Tips, Troubleshooting, How-To Guides for Mac/OS X/iOS Users
(Software & Hardware)
Topics-based Tips/How-To Guides for Macs and iOS devices - software and hardware. Includes FAQs and Guides on AirPlay, AirPrint, Bluetooth, WiFi, Thunderbolt, HDMI, Audio, Video, TVs, USB 3.0, Apple Display Adapters, Home Sharing, iTunes, iCloud, Restoring a Mac, Apple TV, iPad/iPhone and more. Mac/OS X User Reports on USB 3.0 PCI Cards (incl. Combo) User reports on OS X USB 3.0 PCI express cards - Low-Cost Vantec USB 3.0 PCI-e Card in Mac Pro 5,1 running macOS 10.13, Notes on some USB 3.0 Card/Driver Problems in OS X El Capitan and notes on USB changes in OS X 10.11, Low-Cost USB 3.0 and eSATA PCIe cards in Mac Pro 5,1 running OS X 10.10.5, Sonnet Allegro USB 3.0, the HighPoint RocketU USB 3.0 & Caldigit USB 3.0 + eSATA 3 Card. 2012 & later Mac Mini & iMac Shut Down after Hours of Sleep Info on why 2012 and later Mac Mini, iMacs (and some MacBook/Pros) power off (hibernate mode) after several hours in sleep despite running on A/C power. Includes PMSET tips for desktop Macs. (Battery powered notebooks should not disable safe sleep mode.) Per Apple, the automatic hiberate and power off feature was added in OS X mountain lion update years ago (see post) to comply with European Energy Standards. Tips for HDCP Errors with iTunes HD Content Tips to try if you're seeing HDCP errors despite your display being HDCP compatible. (Some older displays aren't, including some Cinema Displays.) With notes on mac OS X software/settings that can trigger HDCP errors like screen sharing & some screen capture software. Freeware VM VirtualBox Mac OS X user feedback Mac/OS X user reports and tips on freeware VM VirtualBox - a free alternative to Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion. (Used to run Windows, Linux or OS X server as "Guest" OS's in macOS/OS X.) Apple TV Restore Tips using a USB Cable with iTunes How-To Guide/Info from Apple with USB cable tips for restoring an Apple TV that seems bricked after an update and/or has Problems/Errors or doesn't appear in iTunes. Feedback on Sonnet Echo ThunderBolt to Express/34 card Adapter 2011 iMac owner notes on his experience with the Sonnet Echo Thunderbolt adapter used with a Sonnet eSATA (6G) Expresscard. Includes notes on eSATA compatiblity/booting and more. (Comments in reply to another site review of the Echo.) Info/Feedback on Sheep Shaver
(Classic MacOS on Intel Macs)
Reader reports, guides on using Sheep Shaver for Classic MacOS support for Intel CPU Macs. (Posted 2006, updated in 2012) Mac OS X Updates and Related Articles macOS 10.13.4, Security Update 2018-002 for Sierra/El Capitan (Mar 29, 2018) Info and downloads of updaters for macOS 10.13.4 (Delta, & Combo versions) and Security Update 2018-002 for macOS Sierra and El Capitan. Includes articles on security fixes in Safari 11.1 for macOS 10.13.4, 10.12.6 and OS X 10.11.6. (Also includes info on eGPU support, Xcode 9.3, iTunes 12.7.4, iOS 11.3, tvOS 11.3 and watchOS 4.3 Updates.) macOS 10.13.3 Supplemental Update Info/Downloads (Feb 19, 2018) Info and downloads of updaters for macOS 10.13.3 Supplemental Update (standard and iMac Pro versions. iMac Pro version D/L revised March 1st). Update said to fix vulnerability where a maliciously crafted string may lead to heap corruption/app crashes. FYI - Some iMac Pro owners originally reported major problems with this update. (Also includes info on iOS 11.2.6, tvOS 11.2.6 and watchOS 4.2.3 Updates to fix the same vulnerability.) macOS 10.13.3, Security Update 2018-001 for Sierra/El Capitan (Jan 23, 2018) Info and downloads of updaters for macOS 10.13.3 (Delta, Combo, & iMac Pro version) and Security Update 2018-001 for macOS Sierra and El Capitan. Includes articles on security fixes in Safari 11.0.3 for macOS 10.13.3, 10.12.6 and OS X 10.11.6. (Also includes info on iOS 11.2.5, tvOS 11.2.5 and watchOS 4.2.2 Updates.) Security Updates for macOS 10.13.2, Safari (OS X 10.11 to 10.13.2), and iOS (11.2.2) (Jan 8, 2018) Security updates for macOS Sierra 10.13.2 and Safari (new builds of 11.0.2 for OS X 10.11.6, 10.12.6 and 10.13.2) to mitigate the effects of Spectre (CVE-2017-5753 and CVE-2017-5715, related to vulnerability in most all CPUs). The macOS 10.13.2 Supplemental Update includes security improvements to Safari and WebKit to mitigate the effects of Spectre. Safari updates were released for macOS 10.12.6 & OS X 10.11.6. (Info on "Spectre" and "Meltdown" in this Apple article.) macOS 10.13.2, Security Updates for 10.12.6/10.11.6, Safari 11.0.2, iTunes 12.7.2, More (Dec 6, 2017) Info, downloads of updates for macOS Sierra 10.13.2, Security Update 2017-002 for macOS Sierra and Security Update 2017-005 for El Capitan. Also Safari 11.0.2, iTunes 12.7.2 (plus how to download of iTunes 12.6.3 with built-in app store). Page also has info on Xcode 9.2, iOS 11.2, Apple TV tvOS 11.2, and watchOS 4.2 updates. (Top of page also has info/downloads of new Nvidia web graphics drivers for the macOS/OS X updates and CUDA 387.99 for Mac with support for macOS 10.13.2) Security Update 2017-001 for macOS High Sierra (10.13/10.13.1) (Nov 29, 2017) Info and Download of Security Update 2017-001 for macOS Sierra 10.13.1 and 10.13. (See post for details on fix related to authentication and article on repairing file sharing after Security Update 2017-001 for macOS High Sierra 10.13.1.) macOS 10.13.1, Security Updates for 10.12.6/10.11.6, Safari 11.0.1, iTunes 12.7.1, More (Oct 31, 2017) Info, Download of updaters for macOS Sierra 10.13.1, Security Update 2017-001 for macOS Sierra and Security Update 2017-004 for El Capitan. Info on fixes in Safari 11.0.1, and iTunes 12.7.1 update. Page also has info on Xcode 9.1, iOS 11.1, Apple TV tvOS 11.1, and watchOS 4.1 updates. macOS High Sierra 10.13
(Security and Bug Fixes)
(Oct 2017) Info on fixes and download link for macOS High Sierra 10.13 Supplemental Update released Oct. 5th, 2017. Includes a guide for users affected by the Disk Utility APFS encrypted volume password/hit issue. Also has a warning to users of Nvidia's web driver. (The graphics driver download for the original 10.13 build number is not compatible with this update.) Down the page is a macOS High Sierra section with other High Sierra related tips or problem reports. macOS High Sierra Tips, Compatibility Info and Troubleshooting (Sept 2017) Links to articles on macOS 10.13 tips, compatibility info on SSD upgrades, Apps (including Aspyr Games), creating a bootable macOS 10.13 installer, Troubleshooting install problems and more. macOS 10.12.6, Security Updates for 10.11.6/10.10.5, Safari 10.1.2, iTunes 12.6.2, More (July 2017) Info, Download of macOS Sierra 10.12.6 Combo and Delta updater, and Security Update 2017-003 for OS X El Capitan and Yosemite. Info on fixes in Safari 10.1.2, Wi-Fi Update for Boot Camp 6.1, iTunes 12.6.2, Logic Pro X 10.3.2, Mainstage 3.3.1. (Page also has info on iOS 10.3.3, Apple TV tvOS 10.2.2, watchOS 3.2.3 updates.) macOS 10.12.5, Security Updates for 10.11.6/10.10.5, Safari 10.1.1, Server 5.3.1, More (May 2017) Info, Download of macOS Sierra 10.12.5 Combo/Delta updaters and Security Update 2017-002 for OS X El Capitan and Yosemite. Info on fixes in Safari 10.1.1, macOS Server 5.3.1, iTunes 12.6.1. (Page also has info on iOS 10.3.2, Apple TV tvOS 10.2.1, watchOS 3.2.2 updates.) macOS 10.12.4, Security Updates for 10.11.6/10.10.5, Safari 10.1, Server 5.3, iWork App Updates (Mar 2017) Info, Download of macOS Sierra 10.12.4 Combo/Delta updaters and Security Update 2017-001 for OS X El Capitan and Yosemite. Info on fixes in Safari 10.1, macOS Server 5.3, iWork App updates for OS X and iOS and more. (Page also has info on iOS 10.3, Apple TV tvOS 10.2, watchOS 3.2 updates.) macOS 10.12.3, Safari 10.0.3 Updates (Jan 2017) Info, Download of macOS Sierra 10.12.3 Combo/Delta updaters. Includes Safari 10.0.3, also available for OS X 10.11.6 and 10.10.5. See post for docs on changes/security fixes. (Per Apple, includes fixes for Late 2016 MacBook Pro GPU and battery issues.) Page also has info on iTunes 12.5.5, iOS 10.2.1, Apple TV tvOS 10.1.1, watchOS 3.1.3 updates. OS X 10.11.6 Security Update 2016-003 Supplemental (Jan 2017) Info and Download of OS X 10.11.6 Security Update 2016-003 Supplemental, which reportedly is a graphics driver bug fix. (Posts in Apple's forums after the original update reported graphics driver problems - "kernel: stalling for detach...") macOS 10.12.2, Safari 10.0.2, Security Updates for OS X 10.11.6 and 10.10.5 (Dec 2016) Info, Download of macOS Sierra 10.12.2 Combo/Delta updaters and downloads of Security Update 2016-007 for OS X 10.10.5 and Security Update 2016-003 for OS X 10.11.6. All include Safari 10.0.2. (*Updated Jan 17th, 2017 for info/Download of OS X 10.11.6 Security Update 2016-003 Supplemental.) macOS 10.12.1, Safari 10.0.1, Security Updates for OS X 10.11.6 and 10.10.5 (Oct 2016) Info, Download of macOS Sierra 10.12.1 update (includes Safari 10.0.1) and downloads of Security Update 2016-006 for OS X 10.10.5 and Security Update 2016-002 for OS X 10.11.6. Also release notes for iOS 10.1, Apple TV tvOS 10.0.1, and watchOS 3.1 Updates. macOS 10.12 Sierra, Safari 10 and macOS Server 5.2 (Sept 2016) Info/download links for macOS 10.12 Sierra (includes Safari 10) and macOS Server 5.2 for OS X 10.11.6 or later. Safari 10 also available for OS X 10.10.5 and 10.11.6. Security Updates for OS X 10.11.6/10.10.5, Safari 9.1.3 (Sept 2016) Info/download links for Security Update 2016-005 for OS X Yosemite and Security Update 2016-001 for OS X El Capitan. Also info on Safari 9.1.3 security fix for OS X 10.9.5, 10.10.5, 10.11.6. OS X 10.11.6, Yosemite/Mavericks Security Update 2016-004, Safari 9.1.2
OS X Server 5.1.7, iTunes 12.4.2
(July 2016) Info/download links for OS X 10.11.6 Updaters (Delta and Combo), Security Update 2016-004 for OS X Yosemite and Mavericks. Also info on OS X Server 5.1.7, Safari 9.1.2, iTunes 12.4.2, iOS 9.3.3, tvOS 9.2.2/Apple TV 9.2.2, and watchOS 2.2.2. OS X 10.11.5, Yosemite/Mavericks Security Update 2016-003, Safari 9.1.1
OS X Server 5.1.5, iTunes 12.4
(May 2016) Info/download links for OS X 10.11.5 Updaters (Delta and Combo), Security Update 2016-003 for OS X Yosemite and Mavericks. Also info on OS X Server 5.1.5, iTunes 12.4, Safari 9.1.1, iOS 9.3.2, tvOS 9.2.1/Apple TV 9.2.1, and watchOS 2.2.1. OS X 10.11.4, Yosemite/Mavericks Security Update 2016-002, Safari 9.1
OS X Server 5.1
(Mar 2016) Info/download links for OS X 10.11.4 Updaters (delta and combo), Security Update 2016-002 for OS X Yosemite and Mavericks, Apple Remote Desktop 3.8.5 Client and OS X Server 5.1. Also info on fixes in Safari 9.1, Xcode 7.3, iOS 9.3, tvOS 9.2, and watchOS 2.2. Mac App Store Update for OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard (Jan 30 2016) Info/download for Apple's Mac App Store Update for OS X Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6.8). Includes renewed intermediate signing certificate required by the Mac App Store and improvements to Mac App Store alerts. OS X 10.11.3, Yosemite/Mavericks Security Updates, Safari 9.0.3, iOS 9.2.1 (Jan 2016) Info/download links for OS X 10.11.3 Updaters (delta and Combo), Security Update 2016-001 for OS X Yosemite and OS X 10.9.5. Also info on fixes in Safari 9.0.3 and iOS 9.2.1. OS X 10.11.2, Yosemite/Mavericks Security Updates, Safari 9.0.2, Xcode 7.2 (Dec 2015) Info/download links for OS X 10.11.2 Updaters (delta and Combo), Security Update 2015-008 for OS X 10.9.5, Security Update 2015-005/-006 for OS X Yosemite. Also info on fixes in Safari 9.0.2, iOS 9.2, 4th Generation Apple TV 9.1 (tvOS 9.1) and watchOS 2.1. OS X 10.11.1, Security Update 2015-007, Safari 9.0.1, Xcode 7.1, EFI Security Update 2015-002, OS X Server 5.0.15 (Oct 2015) Info/download links for OS X 10.11.1 Updater, Security Update 2015-007 for OS X 10.9.5, Security Update 2015-004 for OS X Yosemite, and Mac EFI Security Update 2015-002 for OS X 10.9.5. Also info on fixes in Safari 9.0.1, iTunes 12.3.1, OS X Server 5.0.15, Xcode 7.1, iOS 9.1 and watchOS 2.0.1. OS X 10.10.5, Security Update 2015-006, Safari Updates, OS X Server 4.1.5 and iTunes 12.2.2 (Aug 2015) Info/download links for OS X 10.10.5 Combo Updater and delta updater, Security Update 2015-006 downloads for OS X 10.9.5 and OS X 10.8.5. Also info on fixes in Safari 8.0.8 for Yosemite, Safari 7.1.8 for Mavericks, Safari 6.2.8 for Mountain Lion and iTunes 12.2.2 with Apple Music fixes. OS X 10.10.4, Security Update 2015-005, Safari Updates and Mac EFI Security Update (June 2015) Info/download links for OS X 10.10.4 Combo Updater and delta updater, Security Update 2015-005 downloads for OS X 10.9.5 and OS X 10.8.5 and Mac EFI Security Update 2015-001.
Also info on fixes in Safari 8.0.7, Safari 7.1.7 for Mavericks, Safari 6.2.7 for Mountain Lion, iTunes 12.2 with Apple Music support, and several apple support articles on Apple Music streaming service.
OS X 10.10.3, Security Update 2015-004 and Safari Updates (Apr 2015) Info/download links for OS X 10.10.3 Combo Updater and delta updater, Security Update 2015-004 installer downloads for OS X 10.9.5 and OS X 10.8.5. Also Apple articles with guides/tips for new Photos app and security fixes in Safari 8.0.5, Safari 7.1.5 for Mavericks, Safari 6.2.5 for Mountain Lion, OS X Server 4.1, iOS 8.3, Xcode 6.3 & Apple TV 7.2.
Updated to include OS X 10.10.3 Supplemental Update 1.0, (2013/2014) iMac Graphics Update & tips on 10.10.3 problems.
Apple Security Update 2015-002
for OS X 10.10.2, 10.9.5, 10.8.5
(Mar 2015) Info/download links for Apple Security Update 2015-002 including separate Security Update 2015-002 update for Early 2015 Macs. (New MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models introduced at the Apple Spring Forward Event.) Page has links to apple articles on security fixes (including 'freak' patch) and security updates included in iOS 8.2, Xcode 6.2 and Apple TV 7.1. OS X 10.10.2 Update and Security Update 2015-001
for OS X 10.9.5/10.8.5
(Jan 2015) Info on OS X 10.10.2 changes/fixes and downloads for OS X 10.10.2 Combo and Delta Updaters. Also downloads for Security Update 2015-001 for OS X 10.9.5 and 10.8.5. (Page includes related Apple support articles on security fixes in these updates plus Safari 8.0.3, Safari 7.1.3, and Safari 6.2.3 updates.) OS X 10.10.1 Update (Info/Download Updater) (Nov 2014) Info on OS X 10.10.1 changes/fixes and downloads for 10.10.1 Updater. (Page includes Apple support articles on the update.) OS X 10.9.5 Update Info/Downloads (Sep 2014) Info on OS X 10.9.5 changes/fixes and downloads for Delta and Combo Updaters. Plus info/downloads of Security Update 2014-004 for OS X 10.8.5/10.7.5/Lion Server and info on Safari Updates/Security fixes. (OS X 10.9.5 includes Safari 7.0.6 but Safari 7.1 is available via SU in OS X 10.9.5.) Read These Notes/Warnings BEFORE you Install OS X 10.9 Mavericks OS X 10.9 Mavericks Tips, Warnings, Info on new features, Software updates & more. (Apple released OS X Mavericks Free from Mac App Store but before you upgrade see these notes on changes, warnings on older software/drivers/utilities including WD drive software, reports of data loss with external drives, Cloud-Only Syncing, notes on Expresscard support & more.) Some OS X 10.8.5 Update
Notes, tips and links on issues some reported with OS X 10.8.5 and USB Bluetooth adapters, External Drives ejecting during sleep, Skype/MBA Cams, drive sleep/wake problems, Audio problems, Mac Pro/PCIe SSD card Sleep Kernel Panics on wake and unsupported Nvidia Quadro graphics card. (See page for driver info.)
Also see post on OS X 10.8.5 Supplemental Update with fix for Drive Sleep/Eject, No Audio after Wake & Camera Issues and OS X 10.8.5 Supplemental Update Feedback and Tip on 2013 MacBook Air FaceTime Camera Fix.
OS X 10.8.5 Update Info
Updaters & Troubleshooting Tips
See page for info on changes/fixes/security and Download links for Delta and 10.8.5 Combo updaters. Also tips for common update problems and links to Apple forums (OSX/Desktop/notebooks) for feedback/problem reports and tips. OS X Installer sees no Mac Pro Hard Drives if old Atheros WiFi card installed
(Conflict with WiFi card & SATA)
An SATA conflict with an older Atheros (a/b/g) WiFi (Airport) card caused no Hard Drives to be seen when trying to install OS X 10.8. (2 reports of this problem with an 802.11 a/b/g Atheros card. Not a common problem as most use a 802.11N Broadcom based card like Apple OEM'd with Mac Pros.)
OS X Mavericks: Similar problem reported with OS X 10.9 installer failures due to WiFi card conflict.
2006 Mac Pro (1,1)
owner report/tips on
Mountain Lion Install
(Aug 2012) Reader's notes on installing OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion on an 'unsupported' EFI32 2006 Mac Pro 1,1. He had other hardware upgrades also (video card, 16GB RAM, SSDs) and included Geekbench scores before/after the 10.8 install. (Includes links to two articles with tips/info on 10.8 installs on Mac Pro 1,1 and running 64bit kernel on EFI32 2006/2007 Mac Pros. OS X Lion on 2006-08 Mac Mini
with Core 2 Duo CPU Swaps
(July 2012, often updated) Our page of early core duo Mac Mini info on Core 2 Duo CPU upgrades (socketed CPU model) and OS X Lion install guide/tips. Also includes links/notes on firmware update to 2006 Mac Mini (mac mini 1,1) to 2007 Mini (mini 2,1) EFI firmware update for 3GB RAM support. (3GB is max usable even w/4GB installed. Mini 1,1 limited to 2GB usable.) OS X 10.6.8 Supplemental Update and Combo Updater v1.1 (Jul 2011) Info/Download links to OS X 10.6.8 Supplemental Update and revised (v1.1) OS X 10.6.8 Combo and Delta Updater downloads for client and OS X server. Page includes info on several bugfixes in the Supplemental Update and update related Apple docs. How to get 10.6.4 client working on 2010 Mac Mini Server Model (Aug 2010) Tips (required) to get OS X 10.6.4 client working properly (w/ethernet and SDcard slot support) on a 2010 Mac Mini Server model. (Posted after a reader failed to get correct answers from several trips to Apple Genius bars.) OS X 10.5.8 Feedback, Tips/Problems Info/Reports on Problems, Tips and fixes related to OS X 10.5.8. Networking and Misc. Hardware Articles Apple Firmware Updates for AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express and Time Capsules (Dec 2017) Info on 802.11ac Time Capsule/AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.9 and 802.11N AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express & Time Capsule Firmware Update 7.6.9. Both updates include fixes for WPA2 key vulnerability ("KRACK") and the 802.11ac update also patches remote code execution vulnerability. Mac/OS X Compatible 802.11ac Adapters/Cards (PCIe/USB) Info/Links/Reports on Mac OS X compatible USB (3.0/2.0), PCIe and Mini-PCIe 802.11ac adapter cards with mac OS X drivers or native OS X (10.8.x and later) support. (Includes report with OS X Yosemite and Asus 802.11ac PCIe card in 2008 Mac Pro.) Mac user reports on 802.11n (bases/routers, adapter/cards) Mac user reports/performance tests/tips/info on 802.11n Base/routers (Apple Airport Extreme 802.11n, Linksys and D-Link 802.11n models), 802.11n enabler, chipset info on new Macs 802.11n adapters, 3rd party 802.11n adapters (one with mac drivers promised) and more. Also has links to Apple tech docs on 802.11n/Airport Extreme, USB drive support and more. (Includes link to Airport Extreme 802.11N take-apart/internal photos.) Reader reviews/feedback on various PowerLine network adapters and includes my short review of Netgear's XAVB1004 "Home Theater Internet Connection Kit" that includes a 4 port Ethernet switch. Mac user reports on NAS & Wireless NAS Mac user feedback/tips/performance notes, features, etc. with many brands/models of NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices. OS X Compatible PCI
Ethernet Network Cards
Reader reports PCI Ethernet cards that work in OS X (and those that don't work). Includes links to driver downloads for several low-cost 10/100 or GIgabit Ethernet cards. Scanners Scanners with OS X Tips
Info on Twain SANE Drivers
Feedback from OS X users on scanner support (including some working despite not being listed as supported) and troubleshooting tips plus notes using the alternative "Twain SANE" drivers for OS X.
(FYI: Updates to Twain SANE includes support for OS X El Capitan. Also available for older OS X Versions.)
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