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15 minutes ago, static said:

Okay, asking anything.  Does anyone know a really good iMac repairer in Melbourne’s east (for later, not now)?  We had a ripper in Ringwood but she buzzed off and is now in an undoubtedly high paying job in education.

my mac who are located in glen waverley shopping centre. actually look like a mac store but aren't. can actually just turn up there, or make a booking. will do mac warranty work and even out of warranty with macs approval as I got recently. great service and turnaround. 

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Macintosh... consultant? Isn't that an oxymoron like Fortnite professional? P.s I'm over 30 😉 That's 30 years as a Mac consultant for (a broad cross section) of small medium enterprise* Ask

well good news story on one of these with logging case with apple to rectify the little MacBook, initially i took to an authorised repairer which pointed me to a satchel bag to post it off some place.

'Clean' OS rebuild, from the ground up. Fresh start, with your old data. Catalina has had sooo many 'teething' issues - I've only just started rolling it out to corporate customers, as of the Apr

I have used either of these two free usb creators over a number of years.

https://diskmakerx.com or https://macdaddy.io/install-disk-creator/

 

When i get a new mac or are going to upgrade to a new OS i patch a new USB boot disc with the OS and use this then keep the USB on file.

 

 Apple are now good at providing instructions to create a boot USB and the Terminal code to do so but the programs above make the process very easy without going to Terminal.

 

 I add any relevant security/combo updates (https://support.apple.com/downloads/macos) to the USB (8GB were sufficient but 16GB USB provide plenty of space) as required. If an OS has multiple dot point versions i will recreate the USB with the most current full version of the software. I also keep a copy on NAS drive

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USBs used are Verbatim Gold ( ~$12 for 16GB) https://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/officeworks/p/verbatim-store-n-go-16gb-usb-3-0-flash-drive-gold-vbgold16gb and Kingston DATA Traveler ( ~$12 for 32GB) https://www.centrecom.com.au/32g-kingston-data-traveller-dt100-g3-usb-30-flash-drive

 

I haven't ever had problems with any of these and will often buy a few at a time and keep a boot USB copy at home and another at the office

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4 hours ago, blybo said:

I got a 16gb Kingston thumbdrive from the post office as there on other business anyway. Used into my 2017 macbook pro via a genuine apple usb-c adapter. Now looks like this. Not sure if that is the finished download or not, it must have been close.

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Ergh.

I think you kept going with the DosDude tool 🙂 , and that's why you have the above - ie not a 'regular' bootable Mac Stick.

DosDude was JUST for getting the High Sierra installer, (as it no longer downloadable from the App store) not for the "patching" process (uber techy, you don't need the patching part). So, QUIT DosDude once the Apple download is done.

To 'make' a normal😉 Apple bootable usb, follow the Apple instructions - posted before - or use one of the other "make a bootable usb for me" tools that have been suggested.

 

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4 hours ago, hiya said:

Kingston DATA Traveler ( ~$12 for 32GB) https://www.centrecom.com.au/32g-kingston-data-traveller-dt100-g3-usb-30-flash-drive

 

I haven't ever had problems with any of these and will often buy a few at a time and keep a boot USB copy at home and another at the office

Exactly the one I used. Twice it has failed at the 4.7-ish gb download point.

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1 hour ago, 11Parsecs said:

Ergh.

I think you kept going with the DosDude tool 🙂 , and that's why you have the above - ie not a 'regular' bootable Mac Stick.

DosDude was JUST for getting the High Sierra installer, (as it no longer downloadable from the App store) not for the "patching" process (uber techy, you don't need the patching part). So, QUIT DosDude once the Apple download is done.

To 'make' a normal😉 Apple bootable usb, follow the Apple instructions - posted before - or use one of the other "make a bootable usb for me" tools that have been suggested.

 

That's where I ended up after the point of downloading the High Sierra installer failed. It never finished downloading so never proceeded past that point. As it failed at the same point twice, I assumed it was a thumb drive issue but @hiya has used the same 16gb thumb drive as me without issue.

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10 hours ago, blybo said:

That's where I ended up after the point of downloading the High Sierra installer failed. It never finished downloading so never proceeded past that point. As it failed at the same point twice, I assumed it was a thumb drive issue but @hiya has used the same 16gb thumb drive as me without issue.

I have a full copy of High Sierra on my harddrive irfyou want it? see screen grab below.

 

 

 

 

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Thanks for the repair recommendations.  We’ve been using Macs for decades but bought a new one a couple of years ago and made a mess of getting it going by copying all the data from an older one.  Just never had the time to devote to starting again.  Small business woes.

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@11Parsecs

Hey mate.

 

Since a few weeks now.

Every time I switch on my iMAC - I am able to browse the internet and run outlook, whatsapp, Tidal etc normally

But after few minutes all the apps stop responding as those apps are not connected to internet . BUT I can still browse internet via browsers etc normally. And my MAC is still connected to internet.

 

I saw somewhere, update and add new location in wifi and it will work, and it does. But unfortunately i have to do that everytime I switch on my MAC .

 

Can you help me resolve this , Any idea , solution ?

 

Thanks :)

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10 minutes ago, peppy said:

@11Parsecs

Hey mate.

 

Since a few weeks now.

Every time I switch on my iMAC - I am able to browse the internet and run outlook, whatsapp, Tidal etc normally

But after few minutes all the apps stop responding as those apps are not connected to internet . BUT I can still browse internet via browsers etc normally. And my MAC is still connected to internet.

 

I saw somewhere, update and add new location in wifi and it will work, and it does. But unfortunately i have to do that everytime I switch on my MAC .

 

Can you help me resolve this , Any idea , solution ?

 

Thanks :)

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Hi @peppy i had a similar problem a few weeks ago with all internet apps getting the spinning wheel and also difficulty with bluetooth accessing keyboard. I cannot remember if a software update preceded these problems. I have a similar specced but older 27" iMac with a little bit more RAM. I Initially tried logging out, then shutting down without resolving the issue. I then did a PRAM reset https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT204063 (i do a couple of these) followed by an SMC reset https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT201295. This seems to have sorted things out.

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4 hours ago, blybo said:

That's where I ended up after the point of downloading the High Sierra installer failed. It never finished downloading so never proceeded past that point. As it failed at the same point twice, I assumed it was a thumb drive issue but @hiya has used the same 16gb thumb drive as me without issue.

 

First, did you actually move the app OUT of the installer, and INTO the Apps folder.

Forgive me if that seems like a silly question, but some people try to run an app FROM the dmg.

 

MOVE INTO APPS:

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NOT NOW!

That's the "patching" bit.

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This is the full installer download, it MUST be in your Applications folder for Apple's "create install media" method to work.

 

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1. The Apple way. create install media

https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT201372

 

2. "Hiya" posted these:

https://macdaddy.io/install-disk-creator/

 

3. Hiya#2:
https://diskmakerx.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9 hours ago, hiya said:

Hi @peppy i had a similar problem a few weeks ago with all internet apps getting the spinning wheel and also difficulty with bluetooth accessing keyboard. I cannot remember if a software update preceded these problems. I have a similar specced but older 27" iMac with a little bit more RAM. I Initially tried logging out, then shutting down without resolving the issue. I then did a PRAM reset https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT204063 (i do a couple of these) followed by an SMC reset https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT201295. This seems to have sorted things out.

thx will try

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13 hours ago, peppy said:

No I couldn't resolve it

Did you reset the PRAM/SMC?

If not, then I would definitely try that .... contact Apple support if you can't do it, or don't know how.

 

Otherwise, I'd timemachine back to some era before the issue started, to see if that resolves it (although I suspect from your symptoms is not a software issue, or at least not 100% caused by software).

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15 hours ago, hiya said:

@blybo and @peppy did you guys resolve your problems and if so can you tell us what worked

Yes I did resolve it. Decided to download the Catalina patcher instead and got the same thumb drive @11Parsecs suggested. That all worked fine and I was able to add a volume to my SSD. It's now in the classifieds for sale

 

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3 hours ago, blybo said:

Yes I did resolve it. Decided to download the Catalina patcher instead and got the same thumb drive @11Parsecs suggested. That all worked fine and I was able to add a volume to my SSD. It's now in the classifieds for sale

 

Hey, its great you got the process (to install bootable USB) working.

However, I would STRONGLY advise you to (start again and) DOWNGRADE the system to High Sierra, 10.13.6.

The graphic card on that iMac is NOT 'natively' supported by Apple's graphic engine: Metal/Metal 2.

http://dosdude1.com/catalina/

Scrool down to "know issues".

 

 

 

If it was for your own use, and you're curious or a thrill-seeker, run DosDude's 'hacked' Catalina.

But, if you're going to SELL it, expect an angry knock on the door in a few weeks.
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WE ARE ONLY USING DOSDUDE TO GET AN OLDER APPLE SYSTEM INSTALLER. (Which is now Unavailable from Apple's App Store.).

http://dosdude1.com/highsierra/

NOT TO RUN HIS PATCHING TOOL.

Cheers.


p.s High Sierra has ALL of the iCloud services available to it that are in Catalina (with minimal differences), ALL the security patches, and it can run BOTH "32 bit: AND "64 bit" apps, so if your buyer wants to run an old copy of office 2011, they can - you'd be surprised how many people see no need to upgrade to Office 2016/2019.

They can also use the last version of creative suite (CS6, I think?) that was installed from "offline" media, and they can run Creative Cloud (subscription) too, with only a few 'esoteric' apps unable to run.

Put another way, High Sierra gives them greater flexibility, and will be less of a liability for you as a seller.
 

 



 

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41 minutes ago, Honreekea said:

I have a Imac 5.1 running 10.6.8 and Intel Core 2 Duo with 3G Ram.  Is there a more uptpdate OSX I could run?

If the machine is a 17 or 20inch Late 2006 iMac with processors running at 2.0, 2.16 or 2.33GHz then Mac OSX 10.7 Lion is the limit. I am not sure if i would update your machine. I found 10.6.8 Snow Leopard to be a very stable OS

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19 minutes ago, hiya said:

If the machine is a 17 or 20inch Late 2006 iMac with processors running at 2.0, 2.16 or 2.33GHz then Mac OSX 10.7 Lion is the limit. I am not sure if i would update your machine. I found 10.6.8 Snow Leopard to be a very stable OS

That's what I read.  Just was hoping for a better experience with Firefox Browser as it hasn't been updated forever on this Imac.  thanks

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I have another question for ya;  The wife has a 11" MacbookAir 3.1 from 2009. A 1.4Ghz Intel core 2 Duo with 4G Ram running 10.9.5 with a NVIDIA GeForce 320M card. 

 

This little thing screams along for her. But I've been wondering is there are more up to date OSX which would be better for long run (she doesn't want upgrade)?

 

(An aside:  The battery has had 920 cycles and is at 84% capacity)....wow.

 

thanks

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3 minutes ago, hiya said:

Yes from memory browser support has long stopped for this OS. I think Opera and Chrome were also options with Safari and I remember this development (Arctic Fox) but never tried it. It may be an option https://github.com/wicknix/Arctic-Fox/wiki/Downloads

ok...I'll check it out.  thanks

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5 minutes ago, Honreekea said:

I have another question for ya;  The wife has a 11" MacbookAir 3.1 from 2009. A 1.4Ghz Intel core 2 Duo with 4G Ram running 10.9.5 with a NVIDIA GeForce 320M card. 

 

This little thing screams along for her. But I've been wondering is there are more up to date OSX which would be better for long run (she doesn't want upgrade)?

 

(An aside:  The battery has had 920 cycles and is at 84% capacity)....wow.

 

thanks

"(she doesn't want upgrade)?" - I don't think she is giving you a subliminal message, remember HAPPY WIFE HAPPY LIFE!

These are good machines i think i may have had one running High Sierra 10.13 but performance wasn't great.

With older machines and OS software upgrades i think the best strategy is to look at the cost benefit vs time spent with what gains you may get from the new software eg 32 vs 64 bit app performance, new features, security updates etc vs potential problems after update with machine slowing down, peripherals requiring reconfiguration or changing drivers etc.

The adage "if it works don't fix it" can be your best friend particularly if you have a machine that is doing everything (mostly) you want efficiently and comfortably. At some point upgrading to a new machine with the latest OS is the best way to ensure smooth performance with all the latest software, security and hardware features.

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48 minutes ago, hiya said:

"(she doesn't want upgrade)?" - I don't think she is giving you a subliminal message, remember HAPPY WIFE HAPPY LIFE!

These are good machines i think i may have had one running High Sierra 10.13 but performance wasn't great.

With older machines and OS software upgrades i think the best strategy is to look at the cost benefit vs time spent with what gains you may get from the new software eg 32 vs 64 bit app performance, new features, security updates etc vs potential problems after update with machine slowing down, peripherals requiring reconfiguration or changing drivers etc.

The adage "if it works don't fix it" can be your best friend particularly if you have a machine that is doing everything (mostly) you want efficiently and comfortably. At some point upgrading to a new machine with the latest OS is the best way to ensure smooth performance with all the latest software, security and hardware features.

I hear you.  I'll resist the temptation to meddle with her machine.

 

thanks for your considered response!

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@11Parsecs

 

I've downloaded the High Sierra OS to my downloads folder of my current machine and tried using the patcher to create the bootable thumbdrive and get this

 

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The Catalina one worked without a hiccup but this High Sierra one keeps throwing curve balls.

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sorry to be a pain @11Parsecs  and thanks for all your help.

 

I've reformatted my thumbdrive. My High Sierra download is in my laptops downloads location and my thumbdrive is called Samsung USB. Terminal scares the hell out of me. Am I adjusting the code correctly from

 

sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/MyVolume

to

 

sudo /Downloads/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Samsung USB

 

To create my bootable installer?

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1 minute ago, blybo said:

sorry to be a pain @11Parsecs  and thanks for all your help.

 

I've reformatted my thumbdrive. My High Sierra download is in my laptops downloads location and my thumbdrive is called Samsung USB. Terminal scares the hell out of me. Am I adjusting the code correctly from

 


sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/MyVolume

to

 

sudo /Downloads/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Samsung USB

 

To create my bootable installer?

Yes, you just copy and paste the command: (into terminal)
 

sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/MyVolume

Your USB stick HAS to be named "MyVolume"

And the High Sierra download HAS to be in your Applications folder.

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8 minutes ago, 11Parsecs said:

Yes, you just copy and paste the command: (into terminal)
 


sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/MyVolume

Your USB stick HAS to be named "MyVolume"

And the High Sierra download HAS to be in your Applications folder.

Awesome. Thanks, I now have a bootable High Sierra installer.

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On 01/09/2020 at 6:47 PM, Honreekea said:

ok...I'll check it out.  thanks

Some older versions of Chrome are archived here:

https://google-chrome.en.uptodown.com/mac/versions

 

And, if its for personal use (you're not selling it) You can also 'hack' a newer OS on older Macs*, with this tool

http://dosdude1.com/sierrapatch.html

 

 

 

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On 03/09/2020 at 6:22 PM, 11Parsecs said:


Huzzah!

Time to break out the steely dan.

not so fast. Get this when trying to erase my SSD. Couldn't open device. Cant erase Container disc or Macintosh HD either...

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Okay I've fumbled my way through and was able to erase, create new volume in correct format and installation is under way. The others I've got to work with better not give me this grief. I guess once High Sierra is installed all will be fine.

 

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2 minutes ago, blybo said:

Okay I've fumbled my way through and was able to erase, create new volume in correct format and installation is under way. The others I've got to work with better not give me this grief. I guess once High Sierra is installed all will be fine.

 

They'll be fine is you didn't 'upgrade' (dosdude hack) to Catalina.

 

if you DID upgrade, then you need to remove the APFS volume (with Disk Tools, from the HS USB) prior to Erasing the drive.

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