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So the fugly screen was the result of a burned out video card. I found a replacement (same exact model) online, and performed the surgery on my iMac. The patient lived and video problems went away. Repairing permissions on my SSD drive still don't work, but that's another problem.


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i've looked at external SSD's for my mac as well. they seem to be pretty pricey for their purpose. Regards the speed, thunderbolt delivers about 10Gb/s which is plenty. it seems at least as fast as an internal SSD, and a heck a lot faster than USB 3.0. If you have to absolutley get an external SSD, get one that supports thunderbolt, or even better to get one ...


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Thank you everyone for your answers. It turns out the majority of the usage was coming from /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/Media Cache Files(several websites explained this folder can easily sneak its way up to 30gb) which had an Alias setup by another user. The alias was pointing to the other 1tb hard drive but for some reason the disc utility ...


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TRIM isn't enabled on non-Apple OEM SSDs in OSX. Perhaps garbage collection is not happening. You can find a lot of sites that explain how to enable TRIM in OSX. I haven't provided a link as they are plentiful and you may wish to use a site you're more comfortable with. Use keywords: "enable trim support OSX terminal" This link explains it but you ...


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These values come from the Spotlight index. So you could try rebuilding the Spotlight index to fix these values. There are simple instructions from Apple here on how to rebuild the Spotlight index. You can also do it from the command line using the mdutil command. You'll be prompted for your password to run this command. sudo mdutil -E / Please note, ...


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A few searches tell me that there isn't good SSD support for power pc macs. This seems to be mostly a SATA III compatibility issue. TRIM support seems to have been introduced in 10.6.8 but only for Apple-supplied drives. Since Apple was producing Intel-based systems by that point, that is where they focused the support. There are blog posts where people ...


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Quick update. I have read some forums saying its an overheated graphics card. I use SSD Fan Control to stop the fan noise after installing SSD, and there's a note on the SSD Fan Control site that says if it fails under Mavericks to re-install it. I'll be trying it tomorrow to see if it helps.


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If you used installed OS X on your SSD from a bootable hard drive partition that was cloned from an install DVD, nothing else residing on your hard drive will be copied over without you knowing about it. The only time user data is copied over onto a new drive is when transferring from a Time Machine volume or a disk in Thunderbolt/Firewire Target mode - ...


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I found an excellent article on Toms Hardware which led to my personal definitive answer. It's possibly the most concise and understandable explanation of trim, and led me to decide to turn trim on. read here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/macbook-pro-ssd-trim,3538.html A basic summary is this: Hard drives don't know when a file is deleted so it ...


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I can't see the speed of your processor being very relevant to whether the laptop continues to be compatible with future versions of OS X. I sold a 2008 MBP to a friend that only had 4 GB of RAM as well and a 7200 rpm HDD and it can handle Mavericks just fine. It has a Core2 Duo, with an i7 you should be set for at least 3 more years, if not 6. I hope that ...


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On the other hand, I use an old 2010 Core 2 11" MacBook Air with a measly 2 GB of RAM, and it's quick enough to handle Xcode because it has an SSD. I'd say put the money on the SSD now and make sure your swapfile is going there.


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I have a 2011 MacBook Pro 15", and upgraded it both to 8GB and an SSD. Both upgrades are extremely valuable. Since you are using the MBP for coding, I would definitely go for the 8GB. XCode et al. can use quite a lot of RAM. The SSD will also refresh your MBP immensely! Compiling will be much, much faster. As will be application startup times. Especially ...


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I used to work with a 2009 MBP 13" with C2D 2.53Ghz, 8GB ram and 256GB SSD, it worked like a charm with development (Qt, XCode), VM (VirtualBox), image edition (lightroom). I changed it because the screen was too small but that shouldn't be an issue for you since you're running on a 17". So if you change both, you can hope at least 2 more years. I would go ...


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It will run almost like a PC yes. Also considering you have 16GB of Ram you are good to go! But be careful not to fill up your Hard Drive with the games you install as they can stack up your Hard Drive pretty easily. I would suggest to install all PC games on an external Hard Drive. Since filling up the SSD could potentially slow down the performance and ...


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I always did that -- in fact, if you did NOT upgrade OS version I'd just copy the folder wholesale. Restoring from a Time Machine backup would do something similar, and equally dumb -- I had problems with Mail once because time machine had passed a preference file across between OS versions, and the pref file conflicted with the new Mail [1], so Time ...



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