Tag Archive: MacRx


Why Does iTunes Keep Restarting When I Quit the Program? [Ask MacRx]

ITunes Won t Quit Software can be a cantankerous thing. Sometimes programs won’t launch when you need them, other times they won’t go away when you’re done! One reader is having a problem with iTunes refusing to quit when asked: I have some questions related to 10.5 iTunes. When I quit iTunes it goes about the process normally and then starts back up. iTunes is using 80-100%  [Read More…]

How Do I Disable iCal Reminder Alerts On My Mac? [Ask MacRx]

Lion iOS5 Reminders iCal’s Reminders feature is a handy way to keep track of our To Do lists, but sometimes you get pestered more than desired. Here’s one way to quiet things down when your iDevices have nagged you sufficiently: I love the new Reminders app for iOS, and it ties in beautifully with my use on my iPad and iPhone. However, I hate sitting down at  [Read More…]

How Can I Remove the MobileMe System Preference Pane? [Ask MacRx]

Remove MobileMe PrefPane So iCloud is finally here, and MobileMe is going away. This is generally a good thing, but remnants of the old remain with the new. One reader is wondering how he can make a clean break: I’ve successfully upgraded to Lion, to iOS 5 on my iPhone 4, and migrated from MobileMe to iCloud. BUT, I still see the MobileMe icon in my system  [Read More…]

How Can I Merge Several Different iPhoto Libraries Together? [Ask MacRx]

Merge iPhoto Libraries Longtime Mac users often have pictures scattered across several different machines in multiple iPhoto libraries. Sometimes it’s nice to merge everything together when upgrading to a new machine: I saw your MacRx article on Consolidating Your iPhoto Library and Removing Duplicates. How would you recommend I consolidate several different libraries? I have my first iPhoto library on my vintage Mac Mini. I have a  [Read More…]

How Do I Migrate Accounts From Two Macs Without Duplicating Applications? [Ask MacRx]

Migrate Two User Accounts Apple’s Migration Assistant is a handy utility for moving data between old and new Macs, but sometimes you can get duplicates of existing applications. Here’s one way to avoid the issue: I’ve transferred over my user account from old to new mac. I’m just about to transfer a second user account from another mac to this same new mac. The new Mac has  [Read More…]

Why Does Safari On My Mac Keep Saying “Missing Plug-in”? [Ask MacRx]

Missing Plug In On a Mac everything is supposed to “just work”, and usually it does. However, sometimes a missing internet plug-in or other component may be required for correct operation: I have been a Mac user since the first home/small Mac computers were available. My recent eMac was 9 years old, so I was out of sync with EVERYTHING. Just bought a new iMac and I  [Read More…]

How Do I Downgrade from Mac OS X Server to the Standard Version? [Ask MacRx]

No lion server Upgrading a Mac running OS X Lion to the Server version is a simple process of downloading and running the Server installer app, but reverting to the non-server version is not as straightforward: I’m using Mac OS X Server Lion 10.7.2 (11C74), I wanna change it to normal OS X 10.7.2 (not server). How do I do that?  -Ahmad   Hi Ahmad, There’s no  [Read More…]

How To Move or Rename Your Mac Home Folder [MacRx]

Move Mac Home Folder Your Mac’s home directory, or home folder, is represented by a little house in the Finder and is the default location for your documents, music, photos and other items on your computer. The name of the home folder is also your Mac account username, or “shortname” in UNIX parlance. Since these items are related, the process for renaming the home folder and changing  [Read More…]

Why Does My MacBook Keep Ejecting My Recordable CDs? [Ask MacRx]

Mac eject ed When an optical CD/DVD drive begins to fail, it usually has trouble with recordable media first. A few simple tests can help verify whether the problem is with the drive or the media: I have a macbook and recently I cannot put a cd in to record or have recorded. This happened before with toast. And I found I had something set wrong. What  [Read More…]

Can I Use an Old Mac to Get Pictures Off an iPhone? [Ask MacRx]

Iphone with old mac Apple is all about the cutting edge, but in the real world people use older computers that may not have the latest and greatest software. Here’s how to use an old Mac with a new iPhone: My mom is about to get an iPhone for the first time. She has an older iMac that only supports Leopard, no Snow Leopard or Lion, so  [Read More…]