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    Installing Catalina to external SSD

    Ah, good plan! Not all powered hubs are the same: I have a cheap (Insiginia brand) 4-port hub that I usually use bus-powered. I also have a Late 2013 iMac, same as yours, booting through the hub from a cheap 256GB external SSD. I use the same hub to install and boot to other systems, and that...
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    Installing Catalina to external SSD

    I suggest that you make a bootable installer from your downloaded Catalina installer app, boot to THAT, then try your install on the external drive. There's lots of methods to do that, but I usually just use the terminal. If you need some help with that: I made some notes about that a few months...
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    Mac image file issues

    If you have some kind of software issue that only affects your normal user, then booting to another user should fix your issue, or at least make it different in some way. If you still have the same video issue with a different (new) user account, then it is system-wide, or a hardware problem of...
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    Mac image file issues

    Is your System Preferences/Displays pref pane set for default resolution (and NOT a scaled setting)? Can you log in to another account, and check if the images are still the same? If you don't have another user account, this would be a good opportunity to make one, just for troubleshooting this...
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    Mac Book Pro: Cycle count MBP MC118LL/A (2009) 168 vs 1000?

    My take on the (SD) designation is that model includes the SD card slot. 17-inch MBPro for 2009 continued with the older "Express card" slot. That's all, just the first year for the SD card slot. Your 2009 15-inch came with the 2.53 Ghz processor, and the MacBookPro5,4 designation was for only...
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    iMac HD dead – can I run it from external HD?

    Your W-D My Passport is a hard drive, not an SSD, correct? Each newer macOS system gets less "love" on spinning hard drives. Much more optimization on SSDs. Consequently, installing on a spinning hard drive can install in "jumps and jerks", with the progress indicator that isn't very dependable...
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    iMac HD dead – can I run it from external HD?

    I think that the installer might not be allowing the firmware to update, when the install destination is not an internal drive. I see that happens on some Macs. You may have better luck by installing El Capitan, for example. That does not need to force an update to recognize an APFS volume, so...
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    iMac HD dead – can I run it from external HD?

    You are trying to install High Sierra, which will change the format of the partition to APFS during the macOS install. I wonder if it would help to use Disk Utility to change the volume format to APFS before the system install? (Were you already running High Sierra on the internal drive? or an...
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    iMac HD dead – can I run it from external HD?

    If you boot to a menu, showing Disk Utility, and Reinstall macOS, and a couple of other choices, and not to an actual desktop, with a dock, etc, then you are just booting to a recovery system, or even a bootable installer. You can use that to reinstall macOS as a full system, but it is not a...
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    MacOSX.com word association!

    lonely
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    HELP! CAN'T GET FONEPAW RECORDING AUDIO DRIVE OFF MOJAVE

    Did you try the FonePaw web site? There are separate instructions, with 2 options, for removing the audio driver here. Let us know if that does the job...
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    PHOTOS option for libraries no longer works: Mojave upgrade

    Eh... that's curious! Are you quitting Photos first, then Option-launching Photos? (You have to make sure that Photos is NOT running - Option does not work unless you are actually launching Photos.) Just on a hunch, before the Option-launch, bring up the Force-Quit window (Option-Command-Esc)...
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    2017 Macbook Storage problems

    You are not showing (at least) one folder that is likely the most relevant one, your user Library folder. It's hidden by default. You can quickly show that by pressing Shift-Command-. (period) That same key combo toggles ALL hidden files and folders, so you press again to return to normal view.
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    How do you get to sleep when you have insomnia?

    blackberry ... wine?
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    How do you get to sleep when you have insomnia?

    I rarely have trouble falling asleep, but my wife has a chamomile tea. Works wonders for her, so that might be something that you could try
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