Basic Mac Troubleshooting

While Macs tend to be very reliable and require little maintenance things can sometimes go awry. This guide aims to provide some basic steps to resolving the more common problems we see at Mac-Forums. While this guide is by no means comprehensive, hopefully one of the methods below helps to get your Mac back on the right track. METHOD ONE: QUICK FIXES Restart your computer This may seem obvious, but many times we’re so used to just letting our computers sleep when we’re not using them, we don’t think much …

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Wireless Networking FAQ

With more people buying notebooks and setting up home networks, we field quite a few questions related to wireless technology. The goal of this guide is to address some of the more common questions related to wireless networking to educate you in some key areas in order to keep your connection running smoothly. Range and Interference The location and placement of your wireless router can dramatically impact the effective range of your wireless network. Your router should be placed as centrally within your home as possible. An ideal location in …

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Review: Logitech m555b Bluetooth Mouse

Let’s be honest, it’s hard to make a mouse that will appeal to everybody.  We all have different sized hands, like different kinds of features and put our mice through varying amounts of torture.  So although Apple’s wireless Mighty Mouse does an admirable job, at one point or another most Mac users have probably thought of straying to another vendor for a better electronic rodent. If you’re a notebook user, you’re probably aware that all modern Mac notebooks support Bluetooth – and that’s a good thing since Apple has never …

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Review: IOGEAR GCS632U 2-Port KVM Switch

What is a KVM Switch? Have you ever wished for an easy way to control 2 computers from a single keyboard/mouse/monitor?  If so, you’ll need a KVM switch.  Short for Keyboard-Video-Mouse, KVMs have long been used by technicians and ordinary users alike who need access to multiple machines from a single “console”. In recent years, the proliferation of USB mice and keyboards has all but eliminated the older style PS/2 connections that we were so accustomed to on PCs.  In turn, KVM switches have recently changed focus to support USB …

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Is the time right for Apple to start licensing OS X?

It has always struck me as odd that Apple’s design philosophy inevitably favors form over functionality.  In some cases, that strict allegiance to form often compromises what would other be a very useful product, like the MacBook Air.  I’m sure a lot of people value the beautiful aesthetics of Apple machines above all else, but I’m not one of them – and I’m not alone.  As much as I like the looks of my MacBook Pro, the few extra seams it would take to make the hard drive readily accessible …

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