As first announced here last month, Peachpit Press has generously allowed me to post the entire contents of the chapter of the Macintosh Bible that I edited (Chapter 7: Preventing and Solving Problems). It is now finally online! (I will be making some minor tweaks in the days ahead, such as adding more internal links to cross-referenced material.)
It is my hope that this will serve as a useful resource for all MacFixIt readers, but especially for those that want more background on troubleshooting basics.
I will maintain a link to the Chapter at the top of this page, at least for awhile. It is also listed on the MacFixIt Reports page.
I took the opportunity of this posting to do some house-cleaning of the MacFixIt Reports section. In particular, I deleted all of the Chapter and Fix-It pages that made up the Sad Macs Online Update (the complete text is still available in the Download Library). All that now remains is a collection of items that I considered to be the most generally relevant - called Sad Macs Update Highlights. I made a few other changes, including creating a new page on Troubleshooting Type 11 and Related System Errors (based on an item from Chapter 4 of the Online Update).
These changes are in anticipation of the forthcoming release of the third edition of Sad Macs. I will have an official announcement about this in about a week.