I’ve found this to be a real annoyance, especiallly with a business where I have to send images in emails often. Mail.app by default displays images inline, and most email clients won’t recognize them as attachments. Continue reading
I’ve had my Macbook since mid 2006, and it’s still hanging tight. It’s been bugging out on me lately though a little bit.
Last night I had a real scare. Photoshop crashed, and I figured I should reboot, but first I decided to fire up Cocktail and run the cron scripts, clean my caches, repair disk permissions and restart when that was done. It was running the weekly script when I got the dreaded multi-lingual kernal panic screen, and I had to manually shut down the little guy by holding down the power button for awhile.
I started it back up, heard the startup sound, and made it to the gray Apple screen with the spinning gear. I let it sit for awhile but nothing was happening. I turned it off and tried again. Same thing. I got a terrible sinking feeling, as I remembered Time Machine stopped working after its last update. I then surfed around for ideas on another computer and tried a couple things:
I finally found an idea that hadn’t crossed my mind, and it worked. This may or may not help anyone out there but after a 3 hour rest I fired up my MacBook and held down the X key throughout the gray startup screen until I hit the blue screen and my cursor showed up. It took awhile longer than usual to boot up but it worked!
Will this work for you? I have no clue. The blog post I found the idea on listed it as one of the attempted but failed fix ideas.
Edit — September, 10, 2009. I have come to realize this doesn’t do a thing. What saved my Mac? A little rest and relaxation I guess. As Don points out in his comment below, holding X was something that I recalled from the early days of OS X, when people were dual booting with OS 9, and not related to Boot Camp at all. I related the boot-up shortcut to distinguishing between a Windows/Unix/Linux install and OS X install when it’s actually an old school way to tell your Mac to start up in OS X instead of OS 9.
About my MacBook:
Black Macbook Core Duo 2GHz
- 2 gigs RAM
- 250 gig HD
- Mac OS X 10.5.6
- Boot Camp w/Windows XP Pro
- Drop Box
- Last.fm Scrobbler
- Google Notifier