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  1. tomdkat

    Seeking Some Advice About Remote Access To A Server

    Hi! I help a friend keep their Macs running in their office network. They have a Mac-mini they use as a database server and some iMacs connect to it, over the network, to access data, etc. They hired a vendor who needs access to the database on the database server machine. This vendor...
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    [solved] Question About Transferring Data From One Imac To Another

    Hi! I'm in the process of replacing an iMac running Snow Leopard with one running Mavericks. I've already successfully restored the user account, applications, and data using a Time Machine backup stored on a Time Capsule. That process worked flawlessly. However, the original iMac has still...
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    Question About Upgrading From Snow Leopard To Mavericks

    Hi! I've got to upgrade to white, Intel-based iMacs from Snow Leopard to Mavericks. Now that Yosemite is now out, my question is: will I be able to upgrade to Mavericks instead of Yosemite? The reason for upgrading to Mavericks is some dental practice software being used hasn't be certified...
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    Question about restoring from a Time Capsule backup

    We've been using a 2TB Time Capsule to backup a handful of Macs running Leopard for close to a year now and it's been working flawlessly. One of the Macs backing up to it was a 17" G5-based iMac, which has died. So, we're going to replace it with a 20" Intel based iMac running Snow Leopard...
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    Help needed with a 13-inch MacBook and a stuck optical disc

    So, I've got a black Intel-based 13-inch MacBook, model A1181, and it appears to have a stuck disc in the optical drive. The problem is, the original hard drive in the system died and I can't install Mac OS X on the new hard drive because of the stuck optical disc. When I try to the install...
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    Question about a 2008 MacPro having problems

    So, a friend of mine asked me to look at her friend's MacPro. It's a 2008 MacPro 3,1: http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/mac_pro/stats/mac-pro-eight-core-2.8-2008-specs.html Anyway, according to the system owner, the problem started where he would be using the system (it's running...
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    Question about deleting a user account

    I'm helping a friend get her 13" MacBook ready to sell. It's got OS X 10.5.8 installed on it. I did some searching here and found this thread: http://macosx.com/forums/mac-os-x-system-mac-software/299154-hod-do-i-clear-all-personal-user-files.html I like Mikuro's idea in the last post of...
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    Help needed with planning a backup strategy

    So, I'm planning a more automated backup strategy for 5 Macs, all but one of which are running Mac OS X 10.5. One is running OS X 10.6. I was about to get a 1TB Time Capsule and use Time Machine but now I'm not so sure about this. Three iMacs each have only one user account with data to...
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    Question about checking the integrity of a MacBook hard drive

    So, my friend has a 13" MacBook that crashed recently. He had been getting frequent occurrences of the "beach ball" while using it and at one point, when he turned it on he got the gray screen with the question mark. Now, when he boots it up, he gets nothing. I've removed the hard drive and...
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    Help needed with a printing problem

    So, a friend of mine has a MacBook Pro running Leopard (10.5.x, I forget the actual release) and she's been experiencing an occasional printing problem. She has an old Apple LaserWriter that she prints to using an Asante box which connects to her LAN. She also has a HP or Epson (I forget...
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    iLovePhotos photo management software

    Has anyone here used iLovePhotos? If you have, what did you think? Do you still use it? Did you like it better than iPhoto? Thanks! Peace...
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    Question about running the Apple Remote Desktop Client

    I ran a software update on an iMac running OS X 10.5.8 today and it downloaded an update to the Apple Remote Desktop client. This machine was upgraded from OS X 10.4.11 to 10.5.8 and the Apple Remote Desktop client was never installed, nor can I find an icon to run it in the Applications or...
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    Question about upgrading PowerPC based Macs from OS X 10.4.11 to 10.5

    I'm basically in the same boat as this person in that I need to upgrade from OS X 10.4.11 to 10.5. In my case, I need to upgrade a Mac-mini and two iMacs. I'm scouring the web for legal copies of OS X 10.5 I can purchase and I've been finding upgrade DVDs being sold in addition to full...
  14. tomdkat

    Need help with iWeb

    So, I'm helping someone who created a site in iWeb make some changes and I'm finding it very difficult to do using iWeb. Considering I've never really used it before, I'm sure my lack of knowledge is a huge obstacle. :D Can someone direct me to a good iWeb tutorial? Is it possible to see...
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    Question about resizing partitions and Boot Camp

    So, we recently got a Mac-mini with Mac OS X 10.5 and Windows XP both installed. Boot Camp is used to switch between the two OSes. The Mac-mini has a 60GB HDD in it, that is basically split in half. 30GB was reserved for Mac OS X and 30GB for Windows XP. What I want to do is replace the...
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    Looking for feedback on an Iogear USB KVM

    I'm in need of a USB KVM that will be used to control 4 Macs from a central keyboard, mouse, and monitor. I'm considering the MiniView USB KVM Switch and was wondering if anyone here had any experience with this unit. These are the Macs that will be controlled: Intel-based Mac-mini...
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    Question about intermittent boot issues with OS X Tiger (10.4.11) server

    After rebuilding an OS X Tiger server I administer, I started booting the system in verbose mode to get a sense of what is going on behind the scenes. Previous to the rebuild of the server, I noticed after booting the machine it would sit at the gray Apple logo screen with the spinning wheel...
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    Help!!!!! I'm desperate!!!!! Software update "broke" Mac OS X 10.4 server

    So, I ran some Mac OS X updates last night and there were three. An iTunes update, I think a QuickTime update, and a security update (that was 207MB in size). I forget the name of the security update. After the update process finished, I was advised the security update didn't install...
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    Question about iMovie HD themes

    Hi! Are there any free iMovie HD themes available for download or are they all (or mostly) commercial? Thanks! Peace...
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    Question about keychain access and standard accounts

    I'm working on a Mac-mini running OS X Tiger. I've got one admin account setup and 5 or so standard accounts. I'm configuring a connection to a shared folder on a network server on the standard accounts and I wanted to connect to that share using an account id that is DIFFERENT than the...
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