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how to troubleshoot sluggish FaceTime

I am looking for ways to diagnose and troubleshoot why FaceTime would be sluggish on my mac. It starts up remarkably slowly (think minutes, not seconds — though I am the last MBP without an SSD), ...
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MacBook Pro 2005: system preferences/ group & preferences and parental control/ guest user

I have a MacBook Pro 2005 version, I know its outdated and unsupported but I downloaded a torrent that will update it to 10.7.5 so I did that at first I didn't have the guest user but when I enabled ...
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The system preference panes will not load

When I open System Preferences and click on an item it says 'Loading Users & Groups' at the top of the window, but will not load the pane. I've tried deleting the property list file: ...
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Mac Mini and Wide (21:9) Monitor / Display Port Issue

When I boot up my Mac Mini after moving it from my office at work where it worked with my wide (21:9) monitor to my house, when I boot it the display does not show up on the monitor anymore. Waits ...
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What can be done to fix a 2011 iMac that will not boot past the white screen?

I have now tried opening the iMac and removing the cables to the SSD, it still gets stuck on the white screen. I tried again, removing the cables to the HDD as well and the same thing occurs. No idea ...
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So my Yosemite install is slow - what to do?

I installed Yosemite today on a 2010 MBP, 8GB RAM, 2.4Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo. Its awful, its so slow, everything seems to hang, even simple things like Finder. Chrome is going as a snails pace and Mail ...
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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 ...
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Discoveryd & LaunchServicesd Huge Memory Consumption

I have been troubleshooting why my Mac Mini is running slow and stumbled upon this: The memory usage is in the GB! On my MacBook the two processes take under 10 MB together. Why are these procs ...
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My RAM was bad (“three beeps” bad) until shuffled

I've got an early 2011 13" i7 MBP, OS X 10.10.3 (the public beta version before the one released last night) with 10 GB of RAM – one of the original 2 GB modules in the bottom slot and an 8 GB module ...
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Can't relaunch Finder and the menubar is missing

I booted up my MacBook Air (running Mac OS X Lion) and the desktop doesn't have a menubar. I used option+right-click to relaunch Finder and there isn't an option to relaunch it. When I launch an ...
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iMessage message freeze

I have an iPod Touch 4G and my software is updated to iOS 6.1. I was messaging someone then suddenly it gave me an error saying the message was not sent and I had to re-try sending the message. ...
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Automatically quit Terminal when typing exit

Scenario I use terminal to SSH a lot, however would like the Terminal App to quit when the last Tab closes using exit. I already have the terminal window itself set to close on successful exit, ...
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Where did these missing OS X application icons go?

On my Mac mini, app icons have gone missing for some apps (Terminal, Chrome, Spotify, Skype) from the Dock and elsewhere. See a screenshot of the Dock. When I hover over the empty spots, I can see ...
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Is there a way to stop the optimization process behind “Optimizing Your Mac”?

Using OS X 10.9.5 I got this message after logging out and back in with different UID. Screen is frozen except I can move the mouse courser around just cannot select anything. Display sleep mode does ...
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Accessing Apple Hardware Tool on MacBook Air 2010 running Yosemite

I charged my MacBook Air (Late 2010) up to 100% charge overnight however my battery died within 1 hour. Because of this I want to use the Apple Hardware Tool (AHT) to diagnose the issue. My Mac is 4 ...
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shotdetect fatal libpng error gd-png error: setjmp returns error condition

I downloaded shotdetect and followed this guide to install it on OSX Yosemite 10.10.1 . When I try to run shotdetect, it appears to run through the entire video file, but then fails towards the end. ...
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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.
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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 ...
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How can I troubleshoot no audio via Thunderbolt HDMI connecting to HDTV?

I have a 13" late '11 MBP OS X Lion 10.7.5 I am trying to hook up to my LG HDTV with a Thunderbolt HDMI cable. Getting the display onto the TV is a snap. The audio, however, is not working. The ...
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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
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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 ...
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Is there a way to detect what program is stealing focus on my Mac?

I've got a problem with some app on my Mac stealing the keyboard focus (the current window's title bar becomes inactive). However, it is not actually putting up any windows or menu bar of its own, and ...
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iPhone calendar doesn't show new entries

My iPhone 5S with iOS 7 has stopped showing new entries. This just happened, so I don't think it has anything to do with iOS 7. It's not the "show/hide" issue that solved the other person's problem. ...
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Glitches in OS X - memory or ssd?

My laptop is Macbook pro 15', Early 2011, with an SSD drive - OCZ Agility 3 240GB. I changed my memory too to 16GB (Corsair from Amazon). I experience glitches: Also Skype refuses to launch. I ...
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OSX (Yosemite) Mail Empty After Manual Reset

I tried the manual Mail reset instructions from here: How do I reset Apple's Mail, in Lion, to default settings? Afterward mail opens and asks for an account... I setup my Exchange account and it ...
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How can I repair partition map after attempting to dual boot screwed it up?

I tried installing Kali Linux in a separate partition on my MacBook, but after installation was completed, I was unable to boot back into Mac OS (displays a prohibited sign). I think everything went ...
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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 ...
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Two Finder processes are open. Neither works. What gives?

I can't get Finder to do a darn thing. Specifically, it won't open new windows, show files on the desktop, or be the app in focus when I click its dock icon or the desktop. Weird! Fine, I'll ...
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How to access data in iPhone backup file directly

I have just gotten rid of my iPhone 5 but did a full backup of picture and such beforehand. I do not plan on getting another iPhone. Is there a way i can get my content back? I have the backup file ...
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Strange networking issue: good software/hardware troubleshooting tools?

I'm posting this question with the hope of getting some guidance from others because at this point I'm completely stumped. I'm trying to troubleshoot a mid 2011 iMac (11,2) running Mavericks that ...
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How to diagnose connection timeouts when connecting to a WiFi hotspot

I am having difficulty troubleshooting this error message: I don't get any indication any details about the failed connection attempt. How can I diagnose such timeouts and resolve the connection ...
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Why is the Network Link Conditioner preference pane crashing as soon as I turn it on?

I am trying to use the Network Link Conditioner preference pane included with the Hardware IO tools in the developer tools to throttle Internet speeds. I can open and load the preference pane, but as ...
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Mavericks Finder spins when opening folders

Since upgrading to Mavericks, Finder sometimes hangs when I select a folder and am waiting for its contents to populate the window. This happens primarily in Open dialog boxes: It'll spin for about ...
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Why is “my passport air” suddenly not coming up as recognized by my macbook air? The light is on and it is vibrating as it usually does

I had another external drive transferred to this one with all my data on it and now I can't access it. What can I do to access the drive and data?
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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 ...
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One month old Macbook Air does not power on

I have an almost new Macbook Air. I started to use Time Machine for the first time with a brand new "My Passport" hard drive. I had to unplug it during the process and it was left unplugged for quite ...
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Gray screen after starting macbook air

I have a MacBook Air 2013. I updated to Yosemite a week ago. Everything was normal until 2 days ago when it had problems starting up. It was starting but it took a few moments for the home screen to ...
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I accidentally deleted my “contacts” app on my iPhone. How do I get it back?

I accidentally deleted my "contacts" App on my iPhone. How can I get the app back?
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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:
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Why won't my Safari open?

When I try to open safari it says: The procedure entry point sqlite3_wal_checkpoint could not be located in the dynamic link library SQLite3dll. then it says: Your copy of safari is missing ...
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Another Yosemite Problem

I tried updating to Yosemite on my MacBook Pro and keep getting a message saying that it cannot be installed on my computer. I ran the disk verify in Utilities and it says my HD is corrupt. Is there ...
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Bootcamp USB Boot Help

Alright guys, I've installed WININSTALL and Bootcamp Support Software on a 16GB Flash Drive. I've got one last step left, it's the Install Windows 7 part when it partitions the drive. I partitioned ...
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Why is my Mac constantly trying to connect to another server?

After logging on, I see this dialog box pop up. Whenever I dismiss it, it reappears 30 seconds later. (Stealing focus at the same time! Grrrr!) "Slate" is my old iMac, which is sitting on the desk ...
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Mac Pro 2008 will not boot and no video out

I have a friend with a mac pro 2008 model - which is failing to boot. Windows 7 was the predominantly used OS on it, and she hardly ever booted into OSX Snow Leopard. She did change the graphics ...
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iPhone 5 slowly fails to connect to wifi

My iPhone 5 running 7.1.1 has stopped connecting to wifi networks. In the beginning, everything was fine. It seemed like maybe the network in my house was stretched a little thin, and I had trouble ...
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iMac doesn't start, all i see is colored lines and then checkered lines on a white background

I have iMac 2010 which is out of warranty. I recently came up to the computer and it was sleeping and was not waking up. I held the powered button for a while, so it turned off. Then I pressed it ...
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ICloud troubleshooting help

My father has wrongly entered an email/id on the iCloud settings on his iPad but if he tries to delete/sign out it asks for a password and since the account does not exist he does not have a password. ...
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Need to restore from encrypted iPhone backup, but can’t due to missing password

I did not set a password for the restore encrypted thing. I have tried 1234 and anything else I could come up with. I have to get back in. I accidentally deleted text messages that I need for personal ...
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Macbook 10.9.5 Firefox freeze

After updating OS X on my Macbook 2011 to 10.9.5 I've started facing Firefox (32.0.3) freezing for a minute when macbook is resumed from suspend. Does anyone have thoughts, where to look for a cause ...
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iPad won't do anything

So I installed the iOS 8 upgrade, however now my iPad does nothing. It won't charge. It won't show anything but the Apple logo. I've tried soft and hard reboot. Nothing! I am furious!