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Questions tagged [mountain-lion]

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion is the ninth major release of Apple's OS X operating system.

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How can I reenable admin privileges without an administrative user?

I installed server and fiddling around settings and I unchecked administer this account and the server crashed immediately. Now I am listed as standard user and cannot perform any changes: $ dscl . -...
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How can I clear the JavaScript console in the Safari 6 developer tools?

In previous versions of Safari the JavaScript console in the Developer Tools (aka Web Inspector) had a little 'clear' button at the bottom that emptied out console items, which was useful for getting ...
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Mac OS X 10.8 QuickLook Causing CPU & Temperature Spikes

I have consistently been having a problem with my computer overheating due to random processes using 100%+ CPU. Commonly the problem occurs with the process QuickLookSatellite-general, but it is not ...
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How to recover file from Trash

Windows user here. How am I supposed to recover file without using a command line? I run Mac OS X 10.8.5
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SD card slot is always read-only

I have a 4 GB Micro SDHC card and I use a Micro SD adapter sleeve to read it with the built-in SD card slot of my 15" mid-2010 MacBook Pro. It's been a while since I tried to use it, but I just ...
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How to view progress when encrypting a disk?

Mountain Lion allows one to encrypt any disk by right-clicking on the disk in the Finder and selecting Encrypt from the contextual menu. Is there anyway to check on the progress of this encryption ...
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How to debug and solve an OS X 10.8 kernel panic which appears quite often, sometimes twice a day?

Suddenly my Mac started to have kernel panics, about 1-2 a day. I am running latest OS X 10.8.2 on a 15-inch, Early 2011 MacBook Pro 8GB RAM with Graphics AMD Radeon HD 6750M 1024 MB, Intel SSD + HD....
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What is sound drift correction on OS X and how should I use it?

On Audio MIDI Setup there is an option to to enable/disable audio drifting for any sound output device? What is this and how should I use it? I do want to enable sound output for multiple devices: ...
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How do I get my user directory working for web sharing again?

I had web sharing enabled in Lion and a web site at http://localhost/~user, where user is my User directory. When I upgraded to Mountain Lion, web sharing (Apache) remained enabled and I can go to ...
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How can I trigger a Notification Center notification from an AppleScript or shell script?

I'd love to be able to take advantage of 10.8's Notification Center features in AppleScripts and shell scripts I write. Is there a built-in command or a third-party library I can use from either an ...
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Change file association in terminal?

Is there a method for associating file types with applications via terminal? I thought ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.launchservices.plist might do it, and I also have seen: Why is a command line ...
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Can I make unlocking the screensaver also unlock the login keychain?

I have the screen saver on my Mac password protected, but unlocking the screen saver does not unlock the login keychain. I know this because I get asked to unlock the login keychain shortly after ...
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Creating A Bootable USB Of Windows 8.1 On OS X?

Reasons for wanting create such a usb include: PC is unbootable and you want to prepare a bootable USB using the ISO file that you have on your external hard drive. to install Windows 8.1 on Mac ...
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Lost between two macOS versions after failed upgrade to macOS Mojave

I have no experience whatsoever with macOS (Linux user). I got an old mid 2012 13" MacBook Pro, which was running OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5. I tried to upgrade it to macOS Mojave, by launching Mac ...
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Different ways to update to SSD with a time machine

I have a MacBook Pro running Mountain Lion. I am updating to an SSD without a SATA to USB cable. , just sticking the SSD in an installing the OS. I have a recent time machine I have done some research ...
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How to switch language of OS X dictionary?

In Mountain Lion the OS X internal dictionary that you can fire up by right clicking a word, or by using the dashboard widget, seems to have gained at least one new language: German. Since German is ...
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Why is Safari ignoring my /etc/hosts file?

I added some domains to block (127.0.0.1 mydomain.com) to my /etc/hosts file and for some reason, Safari seems to be ignoring them. I have tried: disabling Safari extensions, clearing the cache (...
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Why are the alias so big in filesize in Mountain Lion?

I noticed the alias(es) that I create in Mountain Lion are very big in filesize (for example an alias to a folder is 5.8MB!) Compared to Leopard, they were just about 500KB. Why is this? and is ...
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Change location of notification center alerts

Is it possible to change where alerts in the notification center appear on the screen? Alerts appearing in the top right tend to cover up work I'm doing more often than not and I would prefer, say, ...
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Why do some app spotlight results show the “.app” extension, but not all?

Even though I've explicitly set the Finder preference to display all file extensions, I'm still finding that some apps do not show the file name extension in their Spotlight result. Here are some ...
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How to move the Downloads folder (in Mountain Lion) to another disc

I want the "Downloads" folder not on the system drive but on my second internal drive. In Lion I just deleted the "Downloads" folder and replace it with an alias with the same name (pointing to the ...
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Can I disable Safari's pinch-to-zoom tab switcher? [duplicate]

When looking at a PDF document I often want to zoom-out to scroll quickly to its contents and get an overview. However, when I zoom-out past a certain threshold (it seems to differ per PDF) Safari ...
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Can I list all the Bonjour-enabled services that are running?

I would be interested in knowing which programs advertise themselves using Bonjour on my machine. Is there a way to do that?
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Periodic problem with DNS resolution

Since a few days, the DNS resolution stops working for random amounts of time, a few seconds to a few hours (I logged it with a simple script). It sometimes goes back to normal without any ...
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How to type this tilde ~ in Mac (I can only type ˜ Using Fn + N) on an Italian Mac?

I've seen this answer, but on my Italian keyboard I've got < between Z and Left Shift instead of the ~. So, how can I type it?
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Can't get rid of incomplete download bar underneath dock icon

My Downloads folder in my dock has been showing a download/progress bar at 50% since yesterday. There aren't any half-complete files in my Download folder, Google Chrome isn't awaiting any action to ...
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How to get a complete list of all applications installed?

Using OSX 10.8.4., I am having a hard time finding a complete list of all software applications installed on my Mac. Of course, the Launchpad only shows the list of those that have an app shortcut ...
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Bring all windows of active application to top

When switching to an application (cmd+tab or clicking on an app icon), osx brings all of the application's windows to top. I would like to trigger this behaviour for the active application with some ...
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How to make the Backspace key to take me to the previous page in Safari 6?

Backspace/Delete ⌫ no longer works as a back button in Safari 6. How to make the Backspace key to take me to the previous page in Safari 6?
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System spiking CPU usage (causing 6000+ rpm on fans)

Im running a mid-2012 macbook pro on 10.9.5. I've been having massive lag spikes over the last few weeks which have gotten more consistent and prevalent the last day. I have been wearing this macbook ...
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How I can move the clock to the middle of the menu bar?

How I can move the clock, by default at the far right side of the menu bar, to the middle of the menu bar?
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Macbook Pro boots successfully when using hard drive in USB enclosure but doesn't boot when connected internally

Apologies for the long question. I will keep it as simple as I can. Last week my Macbook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2010) started to act strange. It started when I tried to open Skype and received an error ...
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When switching from Mojave to Ubuntu, then back to macOS, I cannot reinstall Mojave

I had to switch from macOS to Linux momentarily for a short project and now that I'm done, I want to go back to macOS. Prior to installing Ubuntu on my Mac, I was running Mojave as my OS. I tried ...
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Disable repeated “You don't have permission to use the application” dialog boxes

We have set up parental controls on a child account to disable all but whitelisted applications from running. The problem is that now when the child first logs on we get repeated dialog boxes along ...
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What is the difference between pmset and systemsetup sleep options?

On my MacBook Air 2013 (Mountain Lion): pmset has the following sleep settings: $ pmset -g ... disksleep 10 sleep 1 displaysleep 2 while systemsetup has the ...
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Chrome can't load certain sites but Safari can - how can I diagnose the problem?

Please note: this question is from 2013, but it's received some recent answers (2017). I personally haven't experienced this problem for several years. It's possible that others still have the same ...
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Spotlight doesn't work anymore in OS X Mountain Lion

I can't get Spotlight to search for any documents. When I search the Finder for documents, nothing happens and the Spotlight search through the menu bar only shows up web searches.
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Move iPhone notes to iCloud

I have OS X 10.8, and there is an empty list of notes on my Mac. But I have some notes on my iPhone, which are not in iCloud. Instead, they are local notes in the "On My iPhone" folder. How to move ...
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What is assistantd?

Ever since I upgraded to OS X Mountain Lion and installed OS X Server, I keep getting prompts for my Keychain password from a process called assistantd. I'm pretty sure that it's an OS X process, but ...
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Mac OS reinstall - nothing happens after I enter log/pass for Apple Account

I'm trying to reinstall the OS on a very old Imac, and I have a strange problem. Sorry, the text on the screenshot is not in English, but I explain everything in the text. I restarted the IMac using ...
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Macbook keeps booting OSX Utilities instead of Mac OS X

Here is my story I had a MacBook PRO 2010 with Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion since I bought it I've never reinstalled the OS until now. I did a clean install following this instructions http://www....
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Remove notifications for one specific email account on Mountain Lion's Mac Mail

Is it possible to set or disabled Mail notifications on a per-account basis on Mountain Lion's notification center? I have shared an email address that gets a lot of emails that I only need to check ...
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Failed to verify installESG.dmg on install mountain lion

Have a mid 2012 Macbook pro that last week wasn't able to find the drive to boot from (just saw the folder with a question mark on booting). When I opened disk utilities from macOS utilities the disk ...
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Installing MacOS 10.8 printer driver on MacOS 10.13 High Sierra?

I wanted to print from my work MacBook (MacOS 10.13 High Sierra) to my old Canon Pixma IP4300 printer at home, but when I connect them I'm told to look for drivers on the manufacturer's website. ...
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How to get the hand tool back in Preview.app in 10.8?

In Mountain Lion's Preview.app the toolbar was changed quite drastically. While I can see why they did it, I found that it misses the Hand tool that one can use to move enlarged documents around with ...
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copy last command in terminal

I can see last command in terminal by pressing up arrow as in following example: I typed cd /: Makss-Mac:~ maks$ cd / ... pressed enter, command cd / executed and now I can press up arrow and see ...
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Git not working over AFP

I've got a git repository on my file server which I'm connecting to via AFP. Whenever I try to do a git operation on the shared repository, such as staging a file, I get the following error message: ...
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Can you disable a code signature check?

I wrote a patch/utility that disables OS X's default functionality of starting iTunes when the play button is pressed. This utility basically modifies the Remote Control Daemon (rcd) and comments out ...
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How to reinstall OS X when Recovery isn't working? [closed]

My wife has a MacBook Pro that she bought new in 2012. In 2013/14 it had an issue with the system files and when she took it into the Genius bar at Apple they reinstalled the OS (wiping all personal ...
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Battery warning “Service Battery” goes away by itself

I got the "service battery" message when clicking on the power indicator of my MBP the other day, only my battery appears to be fine. Then today, it's gone away by itself, I haven't taken it in for a ...