Questions centered on analyzing a technical problem or errant behavior with Apple hardware or software.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

14
votes
1answer
2k views

Set launchd log level

How can I set the log level of launchd in MacOS Yosemite? I've tried launchctl log level debug but it doesn't work.
2
votes
1answer
78 views

Bell causes entire screen to flash white

I have an old-ish iMac where the sound has stopped working: which I'm not really too fussed about - it doesn't get used for a whole lot of stuff. The only really annoying part is that it seems ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

Macbook Pro Retina “Battery Is Not Charging”

My retina macbook pro is currently on 4% but when I plug it in the battery icon up the top shows the plug icon instead of the lightning bolt icon inside it to say it's charging and stays on the same ...
0
votes
0answers
17 views

Trying to download game from Mac App store, game stuck on “Installing” (Macbook Pro Retina Mid 2014)

Basically what the title says. I tried restarting my computer and it messed the whole install up, I had to redownload all 30gb of the game. Any ideas on how to fix this?
1
vote
1answer
2k views

Thunderbolt display not charging MBP battery

I have a mid-2012 Retina MacBook Pro and two Thunderbolt displays purchased in mid-2014. The MBP sits plugged into one of the Thunderbolt displays almost all the time, unless I'm using it away from my ...
29
votes
9answers
21k views

How can I stop my whole screen from flashing white on errors?

Whenever I access Terminal and press Command ⌘ + Delete ⌫ my screen flashes white. It also happens when Chrome's Command ⌘ + F returns no results. Have I somehow messed up my settings? I already ...
6
votes
8answers
21k views

Master volume control is grayed out

on my Mac 10.6 (MacBook Pro Late 2009) master volume control for both Line-In built and for external USB Microphone is disabled (grayed out) Nobody really wanted to help what is the reason and how ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

How do I triage errors from the AppStore? Where are the log files?

Am getting an error message when trying to reinstall TextWrangler from the App Store. The message given is An unknown error occurred. This is not terribly helpful. Where can I look to get more ...
7
votes
4answers
68k views

Can't boot Mac, only shows a Folder with a Question Mark?

How do I start up a Mac when all it shows is a Folder with a Question Mark, even with a DVD in the drive? Image courtesy of Loïc Wolff
0
votes
1answer
59 views

Typing lag on SE sites - Safari

This is a strange one & only seems to affect text entry [questions, answers & comments] on SE sites. I've not really noticed it anywhere else, but this is where I do most of my web-site ...
6
votes
3answers
2k views

iMac display has discolored tan lines

I have a 24 inch, mid-2007 iMac purchased used. I don't know the original owner and it's out of warranty. On the display is a series of tan or yellowish horizontal lines - all an approximate inch ...
1
vote
2answers
276 views

Screen Blacks Out After Fans Run at Maximum

I inherited an iMac and it has an issue. It boots up fine but within the first five minutes the fans start to slowly ramp up to full speed. After about five to ten minutes of the fans running at full ...
0
votes
1answer
79 views

Mac Mini 2011 extremely hot and surprisingly slow

I just bought a Mac Mini (mid 2011) secondhand with the following specifications: 2,3 GHz Intel Core i5 8 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 512 GB SSD Intel HD Graphics 3000 512 MB I used to have a iMac 2006 ...
1
vote
0answers
35 views

Is my macbook pro display busted?

I have a mbp mid 2012 running on yosemite. Since this morning, my display is behaving weirdly. It seems to have bluish-greenish tint and I've tried deleting color profile, recalibrating it, rebooting ...
0
votes
1answer
111 views

Kali Linux Dual Boot - Wifi not working

I am struggling to find a detailed guide on how to troubleshoot wifi once Kali Linux 2.0 has been installed. I dual booted on my MacBook Air (El Capitan) Kali Linux 2.0, and as I have been warned, ...
2
votes
3answers
8k views

opendirectoryd taking up 1/4 of the cpu and driving fans crazy on MacBook Air

Since a couple of days my 2011 13" MBA (i5, 1,7Ghz) has a very strange issue which I don't know how to get rid of. Every now and then (sometimes more times a day) a process called opendirectoryd ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

iMovie 11 - Fix iMovie projects that don't open after iMovie crash

I was asked today to fix a friend's problem with iMovie. The initial report was that iMovie won't open and play the projects. The iMovie owner also said that there was an iMovie crash while working on ...
0
votes
1answer
58 views

Help me solve this Macbook wifi mystery

We noticed this week that our Macbook wifi connection was slow. On inspection, we discovered that the wifi wasn't auto-connecting to our network, but rather one named ATT5g---. If I selected our ...
7
votes
6answers
105k views

Need to print out iPhone text messages

I have a court case and have text messages on my iPhone I need to transfer to my iPad email for evidence. Every time I try it doesn't work, it will send them to my iMessage but not my email. I need ...
0
votes
2answers
29 views

Trying to revive an old hard drive

I had a few old backup drives from my Windows computer that I wanted to go through. They are 5-6 years old. And they are internal drives so I got a USB adapter kit from the brand Deltaco. So far I ...
2
votes
2answers
33k views

iPhone won't play sound in *some* apps

My friend is having a problem with an iPhone 4 (not yet updated to iOS 5). Most apps and the ring tone will make noise via headphones but not via speaker. iTunes and at least one other app will play ...
4
votes
4answers
1k views

How to deal with unzip error on a large file in OSX?

I downloaded the latest Raspbian image from the raspberrypi.org website on my Mac running OS X 10.10.5 The SHA-1 checksum agrees with that listed on the website. When I try to extract using unzip I ...
22
votes
2answers
37k views

El Captain update download doesn't continue after restarting the Mac

I started to download the El Capitan upgrade, but then I shut down my computer. The day after I wanted to continue the download but in App Store it shows "Waiting..." and doesn't do anything. Also ...
1
vote
0answers
73 views

Sudden strange keyboard behaviour Mac OS X

Suddenly my keyboard is behaving weirdly. Here's some examples of what happening: Left command not working at all Left option + L moves the cursor down one line Left control + L moves cursor down ...
0
votes
1answer
48 views

How to diagnose a crash from system logs?

I know you can get to the system logs from the Console and/or from the command line. That said, I don't know how to read them very well. How can I tell which events are related to a crash and which ...
0
votes
3answers
13k views

Macbook Pro won't boot into OSX (circle with line through it), but Windows works fine

When I try to boot into OSX, after 30 seconds or so the Apple symbol is replaced by a circle with a line through it. If I try single user mode, it stops at a certain point before booting entirely and ...
1
vote
0answers
48 views

AirPort network disappears when nobody is connected

I use AirPort Express to create a WiFi network. Provider gives me static IP and uses binding to MAC-address (AirPort Express has two MACs -- for 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, I guess, -- and I gave provider one ...
2
votes
2answers
4k views

Why won't my iPad sync photos (“not enough memory”) when it's half empty?

When I try to sync my iPad, it aborts on the last step, indicating that it can't be synced, becuase "not enough memory is available": But I have LOTS of room: And it all fit before - I actually ...
12
votes
5answers
7k views

Yellow tooltip stuck on screen

There is a yellow tooltip stuck and it floats above all other windows. I do not know from what program it came. How can I get rid of it without restarting my computer? EDIT:
1
vote
1answer
39 views

macbook pro question mark on start up -no harddrive?

Am having an 13" macbook pro from 2011, recently during dj-ing my software just stop working. After the restart I've only got the question mark sign .I've try to fix it via internet recovery but my ...
0
votes
1answer
349 views

iPad won't turn on after being drained [duplicate]

What if my iPad didn't turn on after battery drain? I did all the steps but it still didn't work. Is it already damaged or can I recover it on an Apple Store?
3
votes
3answers
3k views

High CPU usage by a process called PTPCamera

On my Macbook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012) is a process, called PTPCamera, using a lot of CPU-Time . I already have killed this process but it spawned immediately again. 85% of CPU usage eats my Battery ...
0
votes
1answer
125 views

Why running Time Machine on OS X Server slows down my Mac?

I have MacBook Pro (2.3GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD - late 2013?) and Time Machine backups data via network to our internal OS X Server. But when Time Machine is running backups, my ...
1
vote
1answer
147 views

MacBook that spontaneously restarts and often shuts down instead of sleeping

My Macbook Pro has started shutting down rather than sleeping when I close it and it just decides to shut down in the middle of an operation and restart. When I ran Repair Disk Permissions on Disk ...
0
votes
1answer
31 views

Dock icons colors are messed up

This happens sometimes and all i can do to fix it is reboot. Any idea why this happens?
0
votes
1answer
230 views

How do I fix my iPhone 5s?

Now first of all, I assure you, there is not a single issue like mine. Let me list the steps taken with corresponding error messages/new problems to each step taken. The problem started when the SIM ...
-1
votes
2answers
71 views

Not getting to boot!

Last week I upgraded my MacBook Pro 13" mid 2012 RAM to 8 GB and I had random restarts. So I did a safe boot and everything was fine, two days later the same thing happened again and the again it was ...
0
votes
1answer
134 views

Can't send or receive e-mail via Mail

I've tried multiple e-mail accounts and can't get my computer to talk to the e-mail server. I've loaded and re-loaded the SMTP and IMAP settings. Everything seems in order, but it just doesn't want ...
0
votes
0answers
272 views

Strange colors on my iPhone screen

The icon for the Messages app looks grayish or blue. My app icons are different from the standard colors. The settings menu is black with white letters. My phone has not been dropped recently or ...
4
votes
1answer
84k views

iPad won't turn on after a complete battery drain

my iPad iPad mini retina is out of warranty I forgot to plug in my iPad after the critical battery warning and it went some minutes following the warning. I was not worried because same thing had ...
0
votes
1answer
111 views

Internet not working on iPad mini with iOS 7

Since a couple of days internet connected applications (such as facebook) have stopped working on my wife's iPad mini which has iOS 7.1.2. Further symptoms: internet works in Safari internet ...
0
votes
0answers
230 views

MacBook Pro won't boot to OS X after Internet Recovery

Someone gave me a MacBook Pro 13″ A1278 2010 model. They took the hard drive and the screen was totally trashed. I managed to order a new screen from China this other day, however I connect it to a ...
0
votes
0answers
6 views

Track changes crashes when saving in Microsoft Word [duplicate]

Can anyone help with this please? I'm using track changes in Microsoft word for Mac 2011, Version 14.5.3 (150624), working on imac OS X (10.9.5). The problem it crashes every time I try to save, so ...
0
votes
0answers
234 views

Can't boot normal or from recovery HD

Yesterday my MacBook Pro 15" Retina stopped booting. I see the Apple logo and a progress bar which gets stuck at about 10%. What I tried so far: Booting in recovery mode - same, progress bar stuck ...
1
vote
0answers
33 views

How can I troubleshoot Mac OS X 10.8 hard lockups?

I have a Mac OS X 10.8.5 virtual machine running on a 6-core Mac Pro Mid 2012 (MacPro5,1) with Server.app installed. Kernel information: Darwin forceten.farcry.sitepalette.com 12.5.0 Darwin Kernel ...
0
votes
0answers
73 views

Wireless keyboard with USB receiver doesn't work

I'm trying to connect a wireless "Logitech office cordless desktop 2.4ghz" keyboard with a USB receiver to my Mac but I can't get past this step of the keyboard identification: Also the key next to ...
0
votes
1answer
188 views

My iMac makes no sound at all

My iMac abruptly stopped making any sounds while I was using Garageband. I think I had a microphone and headphones plugged in at the time. I have tried everything that is written online: Safe mode, ...
1
vote
5answers
5k views

Power adapter connection issues

Lately, my Magsafe power adapter has not been connecting properly: The wires are not worn out as I take good care of them The issue happens when I try to connect my power adapter to my computer The ...
0
votes
0answers
846 views

The wifi on my iPhone 4S suddenly couldn't detect any networks. How can I troubleshoot this?

I just realized that my wifi doesn't work anymore. I couldn't remember upgrading, installing, or updating anything in the last few days, and I don't think I dropped the phone or anything like that. ...
1
vote
0answers
15 views

MBPr early-2013 display turns off by itself

I've been recently experiencing random issues where the display turns off by itself while the MBPr is connected to the TV via HDMI. The computer is not responding even if I press the power button for ...