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Q&A: MacFixIt Answers

Readers ask about the power usage of memory upgrades, and more.

By June 28, 2013


What to do when a Mac won't boot to Safe Mode

If your system hangs when going into Safe Mode, or will not load into Safe Mode at all, there are a couple of things you can do to fix the situation.

By March 11, 2013


How to manage OS X boot options with wireless keyboards

If you have a Bluetooth keyboard, OS X may ignore keystrokes at startup for booting into Safe mode and other optional boot environments.

By February 21, 2013


Tackle clamshell mode issues with Apple laptops

A quick PRAM reset or settings change may help a stubborn MacBook that refuses to enter clamshell mode.

By January 24, 2013


Check a used Mac's condition before purchasing

If you are considering purchasing a used Mac, here are some ways to find out if its hardware is running properly.

By November 26, 2012


Use the Calculator to reveal a Mac's firmware password

In Mac systems prior to 2011, you can uncover the Mac's firmware password using the Calculator's ability to manipulate binary numbers.

By September 27, 2012


What to do when a Mac always boots to verbose or single-user modes

Apple supplies various alternate boot modes for OS X, but sometimes systems get stuck in them.

By August 22, 2012


Tackling Macs that always boot to Safe Mode

Safe Mode in OS X is a great troubleshooting option, but on rare occasions, a system might always boot to Safe Mode.

By March 8, 2012


Boot argument options in OS X

The OS X boot arguments are useful for troubleshooting problems with system startup and how the system behaves when running.

By February 7, 2012


Gray progress bar showing at start-up

If you always see a gray progress bar at start-up when booting OS X, there are a few things you can do to correct the situation.

By May 24, 2011