23rd January 2008
Tips & Techniques:Macintosh Maintenance
if your music making has to stop when your mac dies, you can try the following....
NOTE: these were collected from various sources that i cant remember so i cant take credit for them, apologies if i stole your thunder.
repair disk from single user mode:
-hold Apple + S
-you'll see a MS DOS-like page
-type "fsck -fy" (without quotes), hit Enter
-let it do its thing. if you see a lot of stuff, good, your mac's fixing itself. if not as much, even better, you're in tiptop shape.
-wait till it says "Your HD appears to be OK."
-type "reboot" (without "), hit Enter
-hold Apple + option + O + F (open firmware)
-you'll see white version of MS DOS-like page
-type the following:
reset-nvram (then hit Enter)
set-defaults (hit Enter)
reset-all (hit Enter)
reset PRAM (only do this as a last resort... normally unnecessary):
-hold Apple + option + P + R
-computer will restart itself, continue to hold down those keys until you hear 3 "boooongs"
type into terminal
sudo periodic daily weekly monthly
--> manually runs cron scripts (so you don't have to waste more space installing app's like Onyx, etc.)
sudo pmset -a spindown 0
--> this'll keep your HD spinning, guaranteed won't go to sleep. this sometimes remedies the problem of when closing laptops and opening back up, HD doesn't wake up. it'll shorten your HD lifespan tho.
defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean YES;killall Dock
--> disables Dashboard
defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean NO
--> turns it back on
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