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In addition, Apple now has a document describing all the keyboard shortcuts supported in OS X, and Thinkdiff has discovered this list of Safari shortcuts. The Dv8or has posted this: »[X] Quick guide to OS X keyboard shortcuts
There is also a widget: xCuts
got feedback?ResExcellence. If you are using Jaguar, or even if you are not, you should probably have a look at this article at xlr8yourmac.com
Ed. note: In general, only systems with less than 512MB of RAM will benefit from having a dedicated swap file. If you aren't sure whether you need one, run 'top' from the Terminal after several hours of activity and see how many pageouts are listed. If it is a large number then you may benefit from a dedicated swap file.
got feedback?Here is a link to an interactive tutorial which will teach you the basics of using Terminal (the Unix shell) in OS X. And Here is a more advanced, 5 part (so far) tutorial.
got feedback?Upgrade path for 10 -> 10.1.5
It provides the upgrade paths....what's required BEFORE attempting an upgrade.
Apple has started a separate document for 10.2 (Jaguar) upgrades and patches
And another page for 10.3 (Panther).
got feedback?MacOSXhints is a site with more OS X hints, which are categorized.
Mac OS X: Troubleshooting a Startup issue
(ed note: Took a look 'up the ladder'; there seems to be useful info elsewhere on the site also, so here's the Main Link
(new ed not: this is the Google™ cached page of the process page: »18.104.22.168/search?q=cache:H7···ie=UTF-8 )
Permissions and troubleshooting permissions issues.
If you know something has gone badly wrong with your permissions, you might want to go straight to this FAQ article
got feedback?Dr. Mac OS X Tip of the day which covers various aspects of OS X; and also the OS X Unix Tip of the day which provides unix command-line tips (i.e. for use in Terminal).
junco927 also found a unix tip of the day site which isn't OS X-specific right here.
got feedback?Find it at Amazon
Note: The second edition of Mac OS X Unleashed, which covers the substantial changes made to the unix subsystem of 10.2 (Jaguar) was published in December 2002.
And the third edition covering 10.3 (Panther) was published in January 2004.
Here is a good start to find out what you can do with Darwin. It's not OS X and will not allow you to run OS X on an x86 machine, for Darwin is only the base level of OS X.
For more info, follow THIS link. It includes a version for x86 machines.
Here are the install notes for the x86 installation of Darwin 7.x. It includes how to install Darwin 7.x
According to Apple's Knowledge Base article, a kernel panic "is a type of error that occurs when the core (kernel) of an operating system receives an instruction in an unexpected format, or that it fails to handle properly. A kernel panic may also follow when the operating system is not able to recover from a different type of error. A kernel panic can be caused by damaged or incompatible software or, more rarely, damaged or incompatible hardware."
The so-called 'grey screen of death' was introduced in OS X 10.2 and indicates that a kernel panic has occurred, which is essentially an unrecoverable system crash that requires a reboot. To see what caused the kernel panic, launch Apple System Profiler (it's in /Applications/Utilities) and select the log tab at the top right of the window. The log will be very technical, but you should be able to figure out what caused the problem.
leXicon5 has kindly pointed out an Apple document that explains in detail how to read and interpret the kernel panic log.
Thanks to Johnny for the Apple System Profiler tip
Johnny also tells us a little more in-depth information as to how the kernel works:
For more discussion on kernel panics in OS X, see here: »Can someone explain a Kernel Panic on the Mac?
In any operating system that allows for multiple processes to run in a time-shared fashion, there must be a supervisor program that is responsible for stopping one process and resuming another, sharing the CPU and I/O resources so that all of the processes "appear" to run simultaneously.
If you use high-end image or video applications, or for whatever reason can't live without the "ripple" effect in Dashboard, you might want to consider buying a Core Image-compatible video card; otherwise don't bother.
John Siracusa explains Quartz 2D Extreme, Core Image, and Core Video at some length in his review of Tiger. On page 19 he summarizes: "The GPU-powered graphics technologies [of Tiger] play less of a role in day-to-day performance increases than you might expect. Think of them instead as enablers of entirely new things (e.g., Core Video effects) rather the bringers of 'the snappy.'"
got feedback?Hardware Forum
Check out PearPC
Here are some comments on PearPC from djeddiej :
First of all, before you do this, you should install Mac OS X using a legitimate copy of the software. It is after all, a nice OS, and if you want to use it for many purposes, such as web-page testing, but don't want to shell out the money to buy an entire Mac, then this may be a viable option for you. As of this point in time, the EULA states that you can install Mac OS X "onto an Apple-labelled or Apple-licenced computer.", so the lawyers were not too specific - place an Apple sticker somewhere on your PC. (I had a lawyer review it to make sure).
Secondly, your PC should be powerful enough to run it. For hardware, you should be running a Pentium 4 2.0 gHz or higher machine with at least 1 Gig of RAM (a minimum of 256 Megs of RAM will be set aside for Mac OS X when it installs successfully).
It is recommended that you install it on top of an OS that has the minimum installation requirements, no extra screen savers, games etc running on it. PearPC with MacOS X can install on top of both Microsoft Windows and Linux-related Operating systems (you may need to a little search to see how other people have done it). Follow the guides available at the aforementioned sites carefully, and you can run Mac OS X on a PC!
You can also use Console to view logs, which are located in user/Library. Note that the Console application included with 10.3 (Panther) has new features and is the preferred method for viewing crash logs (and all other logs) in 10.3
The print dialog will open and you can either preview it, create a PDF or print it...
Great for including a list of files sent on CD to a service bureau.
To change your default browser, launch Safari and go to the Preferences. In the General pane, there's a place to select your default browser from a list of installed browsers on your machine.
Likewise, to change your default mail client, launch Mail.app and go to the Preferences. You can select from a list of mail clients or choose one not on the list by clicking "Select...".
For versions of OS X prior to Panther (10.3.x), the default browser and mail preferences are set using the "Internet" pane in System Preferences.
Step 1: Open Terminal.app
Step 2: Type in: sudo mdutil -E /
Step 3: You'll be prompted for the admin password. Enter it.
(thanks to enckwanzer )
All of these can be repaired when you rebuild Launch Services. To do so, open up Terminal.app (in /Applications/Utilities/) and type (or paste) the following command:
/System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices.frame-work/Versions/A/Frameworks/LaunchServices.frame-work/Versions/A/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain system -domain local -domain userThen log out and log back in (or restart). Everything should now be fixed.
Since, at this time, installing OS X is not legal, our forum will neither discuss it nor provide help on making it work. Other sites on the internet may be able to help you.
For info on emulating Mac OS (Classic) on x86, see this entry: »All things Macintosh »Can I run Mac OS on x86?
Yes! Apple recently released a utility known as Boot Camp that allows you to easily install Windows XP on your intel-based Mac, and should allow you to install Windows Vista when it is released. Please note a few things about Boot Camp:
Go to Library/Scripts/Mail Scripts/Turn on Logging.scpt
When you click on the "Turn on Logging.scpt" item, it will ask you if you want to RUN it? The answer is YES. If you run it with Apple Mail closed it will launch it, and begin to log everything that is going on. To find the log info that Apple Mail is recording, go to "Console" in Utilities and click it on.
Keep your Apple Mail running because once you close Apple Mail, the logging process STOPS, and would have to be re-Run if you wanted it to continue logging info the next time.
Power the unit holding down command key and ‘S’
type mount -uw /
Change directory, cd /var/db
Remove the file, rm .AppleSetupdone
Exit single by either typing exit or restart with reboot.
When the system restarts you will run through the entire setup as if the unit was brand new. Creating a new user account will give you access to the machine as an administrator.
After creating this new user account, you will be able to open System Preferences and select Groups and Users. Then, after unlocking the the Preference Pane, select the User account you wish to change the password for and select Reset Password. As always, when you change the password for a User, whether it be with the Password Utility from install media or via this route, make sure you rebuild the keychain. You will have to authenticate for each service as you launch it until the new password is in your new keychain.
(From »www.smalldog.com TechTails)