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Mac 0S X disaster relief : troubleshooting techniques to help fix it yourself
Landau, Ted.
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Berkeley, CA : Peachpit Press, [2002]

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xxi, 598 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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QA76.76.O63 L231 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This Mac reference guide for Mac OS X is full of troubleshooting tips, diagnostic hints and sound advice for preventative maintenance. Topics covered include: plumbing the depths of OS X's many new features, pros and cons of installation and updating system software, in-depth coverage of Library directories and folders and much more.

Author Notes

Ted Landau, a professor at Oakland University, is a Macintosh expert and the webmaster of MacFixIt, a site dedicated to troubleshooting Macintosh computers. He wrote Sad Macs, Bombs and Other Disasters, edited The Macintosh Bible, and is a contributor editor for Macworld.

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Table of Contents

1 Why Mac OS X?
Why Did Apple Need a New OS?
A Brief History of Mac OS X
2 Getting Started: Installing Mac OS X
What Do You Need to Install and Run Mac OS X?
How Do You Install/Reinstall Mac OS X?
Using Software Restore
Updating Mac OS X
Troubleshooting Mac OS X Installation
Uninstalling Mac OS X
3 Using Mac OS X: An Overview
The Dock
The Finder
System Preferences
Applications and Utilities
Show Info Window
Applications and Their Accessory Files
4 Understanding Mac OS X: In Depth
The Layers of Mac OS X Aqua
The Layers of Mac OS X: Application Environments
The Layers of Mac OS X Graphics Services
The Layers of Mac OS X Darwin
Domains: An Overview
The Libraries of Mac OS X /System/Library
The Libraries of Mac OS X: /Library
Libraries of Mac OS X: Users/Home /Library
Fonts in Mac OS X Font Formats
Fonts in Mac OS X Working with Fonts
5 Crash Prevention & Recovery
Uh-Oh! The Startup Sequence of Events
Alternative Mac OS X Startup Paths
Startup Crashes
Application Crashes
Log Out, Restart, or Shut Down Stalls/Crashes
Solving Mac OS X Crashes
6 Problems with Files: Open, Copy, Delete, and Beyond
Opening and Saving: Opening Files
Opening and Saving: Saving Files
Opening and Saving: Problems Opening Files
Copying and Moving: Copying vs. Moving vs. Duplicating Files
Copying and Moving: Problems Copying and Moving Files
Aliases and Symbolic Links
Deleting: Using the Trash
Deleting: Problems Deleting Files
Invisible Files: What Files Are Invisible?
Invisible Files: Making Invisible Files Visible (and Vice Versa)
Invisible Files: Working with Invisible Files
Maximizing Performance
Quick Fixes
7 Troubleshooting Printing
Printer Support in Mac OS X
Installing Printer Drivers
Setting up Printing with Print Center
Printing from Classic
When Documents Fail to Print
Printing Quick Fixes
8 Troubleshooting Networking: File Sharing and Internet
Network and Connection/Port Types
Setting up System Preferences: Network
Setting up System Preferences: Internet
Setting up System Preferences: Users
Setting up System Preferences: Sharing
Using Connect to Server
Troubleshooting File Sharing and Internet
9 The Classic Environment
What Is the Classic Environment?
How to Install and Configure Classic
Using Classic
Troubleshooting the Classic Environment
Classic Quick Fixes
10 Unix for Mac OS X Users
Understanding Unix
Unix: Listing and Navigating
Unix: Changing Permissions
Unix: Copy, Move, and Delete
Executing Unix Commands
Other Unix Commands
Beyond This Chapter