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  • danielsaidi 10:33 am on July 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , print screen   

    How to print screen in BootCamp using the Apple keyboard 

    I have decided to go wild and boot my computer in BootCamp, instead of running Windows under VMWare Fusion. I do it occasionally, I admit, skipping the OS X core to benefit from the wonders of GB of RAM, instead of having to share it with OS X.

    Greed is good.

    However, doing Windows with an Apple bluetooth keyboard, without being able to use some OS X keyboard shortcuts, can sometimes be a bit frustrating.

    Today, for instance, I had to take a screen dump. No OS X keyboard shortcut. No print screen button. I was at a total loss, despite all blog posts that spoke about the Shift+Fn+F11 combination. It did not work for me, because I had this option enabled:

    Screen dump

    With this option enabled, neither Shift+Fn+F11 or Shift+F11 work to print screen

    Before you rule me out as a no-brainer, I naturally tried to press Shift+F11 without the Fn key, but that did not work either.

    What did work, however, was:

    • Uncheck the checkbox above
    • Press Shift+Fn+F11
    • Enjoy your screen dump in any way you like
    • Re-check the checkbox above
    It’s a bit of a pain, yes. Any suggestions? Having to press the Fn-key every time I have to press an F-key is not an option.
    • Harry 5:14 pm on July 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      and it still doesn’t work with Windows XP under Bootcamp…..

    • Igor 7:23 pm on January 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I found a way to do this.

      Just download SharpKeys, remap lets say your Right Command key in this case Right Windows Key to Print Screen. In Windows 7, works flawlessly.

    • J 11:15 am on August 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the info, but I can’t find how to get into the boot camp control panel. Could you please tell me? This print screen thing has been bugging me.

      • danielsaidi 10:20 pm on August 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Oh, it is in the bottom-right system tray. It’s a tilted, black square if I remember correctly.

  • danielsaidi 8:39 pm on June 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Open file with keyboard in OS X 

    Although I love OS X in so many ways, the unintuitive and “secret club”-like keyboard shortcuts are not one of my most favorite parts.

    For instance, it took me a year or so to discover that I could press space to preview files in Finder, with the preview software being one of the best I’ve ever used. Why so obscure, Apple?

    When I want to open files, I have been pressing the return key SO many times, only to enter “rename” mode. Today, I finally found that you do not press return, but rather:

    cmd + down

    Once again:

    cmd + down

    This rocks! It’s like pressing enter in Windows…just a bit more secret. No more magic mouse double-click.

    • Roy Milder 4:07 pm on January 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Halleluja, thanks. It took my a long time as well 😉

    • Chris 3:40 am on June 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Or just CMD+o (like open)

    • Francesco 7:22 pm on March 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      “unintuitive, secret club-like keyboard shortcuts”

      🙂 hahaha

      Too true!

    • solomonabrahams100 11:29 am on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks so much!

    • Amaury Rodriguez Beltre 2:11 am on May 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      WTF?? why not just ENTER? This is ridiculous

      • danielsaidi 10:17 pm on May 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, it’s strange. It’s not like changing the name of a file is what you mostly want to do.

  • danielsaidi 6:24 pm on May 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , hdd, , , ,   

    How I solved my slow iMac with constantly working HDD 


    The mighty iMac – great once you fix Spotlight

    A couple of days ago, I blogged about that I could have managed to solve a really frustrating problem that made my iMac dead slow. Turns out that I had.

    In short, my 27″ iMac has been really (really!) slow since I bought it. The HDD was working more or less constantly, especially when starting and waking up the iMac, but also when just running e.g. Firefox. When the HDD was reading and writing like hell, the iMac went into slow motion mode. I use OS X 10.6.7 and have a BootCamp partition on which I have Windows 7 installed.

    Neither the retailer, nor the service provider (to which i sent the computer for service) nor Apple Support were able to figure out why this was…and as a matter of fact, the SP did not even confirm the slow behavior. They probably just ran Disk Utility…and managed to scratch the chassi when doing so.

    Last Thursday, however, I finally managed to solve the problem and end 6 months daily frustration. To help others out, I sent the solution to my colleagues…and instantly received a bunch of responses from equally frustrated colleagues who had the same problem without being able to solve it.

    The problem turned out to be (as discussed at https://discussions.apple.com/message/12913591?messageID=12913591) that Spotlight tries to index the BootCamp partition. When it fails to do so…it just tries once more…then once more…then…well, you understand 🙂

    The solution is to add the BootCamp partition to the Spotlight ignore list. When I did, the problems stopped immediately and my Mac is now fast as lightning. It’s an amazing difference. You may need to re-add the ignore after rebooting (I had to do it once) and maybe add a certain file to the BootCamp root, but when you have, you will be in a world of speed.

    Now, since no one (except the great people at the forum) was able to help me out with this problem, my advice to Apple is to:

    1. Fix the Spotlight bug (duh)
    2. Recognise it, so that you know what is causing something that makes your great computers sooo slow and your customers soooooooo frustrating.
    3. Recognise it, so that, when people call in in desperation, you will be able to help.
    4. Please, tell your SP:s not to scratch my monitor the next time I send it to them. It is impossible for me to prove that they did.
    If you have the same problem, I really hope that you found a solution (and some piece of mind) here.
    • Stinky 8:13 pm on June 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Mac are crap and so are the users that prefer such a crap. EXPENSIVE SHIT that what are those machines, large screens to appeal fool people and nothing more. Dont buy that crap

      • danielsaidi 11:23 am on July 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, I’d like a PC with a really small screen instead.

      • Bob 4:05 am on May 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Brainwashed morons say the stupidest crap

    • observer 11:11 pm on October 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the fix, it stopped after i deleted my bootcamp partition but it is good to finally know what it was. At the time i didn’t connected it to the spotlight. Thumbs up! 🙂

      Stinky, you’re name fits you like a glove. And it’s not about Mac vs PC, it’s more about Mac OS vs Windows and in that matter Windows is pretty crappy. You can have the best hardware out there and still be stuck to an unreliable operating system which tries to copy mac os unsuccessfully.

      • danielsaidi 12:47 pm on October 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Great to hear that it works well, Andrei! I am actually considering removing my Bootcap partition as well, and see if I can get my iMac to stop sounding like a percolator 🙂 It worked for a while, but now it is reading mostly all the time (but not as bad as before the fix).

    • Nikki 10:10 pm on June 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Daniel, this is an awesome advice. Thanks for sharing it. Though the post is a bit old, it still holds pretty well today 🙂 Two months ago, I updated my iMac to OS X El Capitan and it was extremely slow as well. It turns out it’s the same culprit – Spotlight indexing. Fortunately, after a day, the speed went back normal.

      I too, expect Apple would fix the issue. Hopefully in one of the upcoming updates. By the way, I also have a small blog dedicated to fixing slow iMac issues, in case other readers who read your article might be interested to know, it’s here: https://www.imacslow.com/

      I welcome you to check it out and would love to know any feedback you may have on the content. Thanks again!

      • danielsaidi 8:22 am on June 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Insane that the problem is still around! My disk eventually crashed as well, and with the new SSD, the iMac is completely silent and (still, after all these years) lightning fast! 🙂

  • danielsaidi 10:20 pm on May 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Slow iMac about to be fixed? 

    I have been having a world of pain with my iMac 27″ (4GB RAM), on which I run Windows 7 on a Boot Camp Partition (using VMWare Fusion). It’s basically the same setup as I have on my MBP (which has 8GB RAM though), with the minor difference that the MBP is fast as lightning and the iMac is slow as HELL!

    Now, don’t get me wrong. I do not expect the iMac to be lightning fast when running both OS X and Win 7 with 2GB each, but you have to experience my iMac to know what I’m talking about. Basically, the HDD reads and writes a lot…all the time. Sometimes, it starts hammering the disc like crazy, during which the computer goes into slowmo.

    And…it does not matter whether or not VMWare is running – it’s dead slow anyway. Despite all my communication with various Mac Stores and Apple Support, no one has been able to help me…

    …until tonight, thanks to the people at https://discussions.apple.com/message/12913591?messageID=12913591

    The key concept here is that Boot Camp + Spotlight can go no no, causing Spotlight to constantly indexing the Boot Camp partition. I am almost certain (99% give or take) that this is what has been causing the slowmotion behavior for me as well.

    When I rebooted my computer, the disc was going crazy from start, as usual. As soon as I added the Boot Camp partition to the no-indexing list in Spotlight, the disk went quiet and the computer has been working SOOOO good since then. The Boot Camp exclude gets reset when I restart my computer, but I will follow the root folder file advice in the discussion and see if it helps.

    So, if anyone of the brave forum members at https://discussions.apple.com/message/12913591?messageID=12913591 reads this – thank you sooo much! You may just have ended six months of daily frustration 🙂

  • danielsaidi 8:31 pm on January 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , macbook battery,   

    MagSafe toggles green/orange 

    In my last entry, I wrote about all my problems with my MacBook (strangely though, this computer is by far the best I’ve ever had…which says a LOT about PC:s 🙂

    The last problem in the long list was that my battery swelled and had to be replaced. So, instead of buying a new Apple battery for about $190, I found a web site that sold “unofficial” batteries for almost half the price. Nice!

    After installing the new batteri and calibrating it, I was confused to see that my MagSafe adapter started to toggle between orange (loading) and green (loaded) although the battery IS fully loaded. The indicator reaches 100%, drops to 99% and goes on like this…on and on. So, I received a replacement battery and installed and calibrated it, but the problem remained.

    The way I thought, the problem could be either:

    • The replacement battery (two in a row = unlikely)
    • The battery together with my computer model
    • My MagSafe adapter
    • My computer’s battery connection (due to the swollen battery)

    However, if my battery would be loose, it would not be able to load…so…strike out the last alternative.

    To investigate this further, I took my computer to a friend of mine and installed the battery in her MacBook, where it worked like a charm…see below:

    • Her computer, MagSafe and battery = OK
    • Her computer and battery, but MY MagSafe = OK
    • Her computer, but my battery and MagSafe = OK

    So, this did not seem so promising…but when I re-installed the battery into MY computer, using MY MagSafe…it suddenly worked! Baffled (yet lucky), I returned home, where everything continued to work…

    …for a while. After two hours or so, the indicator started to blink once again! It still does so, so I am once again stuck with a MacBook component that does not work.

    If we boil this down to a summary, the battery seems OK, since it worked in my friend’s computer. However, so did the MagSafe, but…….is it possible that the MagSafe is damaged and that it happened to be “not loose” when I tried it out at my friend’s place?

    I will call another friend and ask him to come over with his MagSafe. If it works, it seems like I have to go to the place where I bought my computer and keep on struggling with this odd odd ODD MacBook example.

    • Johan 7:50 am on January 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I was confused by your sudden change av språk.

      • danielsaidi 8:00 am on January 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Ha ha ha, seems like I left a residue from the opinion I wrote on the reseller’s web site 🙂 Thanks for noticing!

  • danielsaidi 7:15 pm on January 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , swollen battery   

    MacBook – swollen battery 

    I have previously written about my numerous problems with my white MacBook, which I purchased in August 2007.

    For instance:

    • the fan roared like a truck
    • the audio out port shone with a red light and thought that I had plugged in an optical device (which I had not), which turned of all sounds from the internal speaker
    • the chassi cracked(!)
    • the color wheel of death appeared every now and then, freezing the computer
    • the computer stopped waking up from sleep
    • the computer stopped recognizing my hard drive and displayed a ? when booting up

    Fortunately, I had documented all these problems with pictures and videos and written a long issue report, which I intended to give to the reseller (in hope of a replacement computer). When the last problem occured, I was very glad that I had taken this step. The support person I gave the computer to doubted that I would get the errors accepted as a reclamation, but when I handed him the report, he said that it improved my chances drastically.

    And so it did…obviously, since I got the computed repaired. After that, it has worked like a charm…

    …until the battery swelled.

    I did not notice it at first, but after a slight bump in the battery, things quickly became worse, and before I knew it, the battery stood out quite a bit from the computer. Apple did NOT accept this complaint, so I had to buy a new battery. Luckily, I found a reseller that sold unofficial batteries.

    Still…(suprised that the problems keep washing over me?)…the new battery did not work as I had hoped. I will write about this in the next entry…the green/orange color toggle problem.

  • danielsaidi 5:07 am on September 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , hidden files, , terminal   

    Show all files in Finder 

    As a computer professional (just kidding), I prefer to see all files in the file system and not just the ones that Finder or Explorer wants us to see.

    In Windows, you can easily just check a checkbox to show all hidden files in Explorer. In OS X, however, you have to type the following in a terminal window:

       defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
       killall Finder

    This will show all files in Finder, hidden or not. To disable this feature, simply enter the following in a terminal window:

       defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
       killall Finder
  • danielsaidi 8:54 pm on September 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: external disk, , sleepwatcher   

    Auto-eject external drives when Macbook goes to sleep 

    Edit August 28, 2010: SleepWatcher has been modified and differs compared to the information that is found in the link below. The information does, however, still work, as does the modified script that I provide below.

    I have a Macbook, and have always been annoyed that I manually have to eject my external disk every time I put the computer to sleep. In Windows, I have never had any such problems.

    Luckily, I found a solution to this problem. The link below provides a link to a nice piece of software called SleepWatcher, and also provides you with a nice collection of wakeup and sleep scripts:


    Following the information there will make sure that all of your disks are automatically ejected when your computer goes to sleep.

    However…the original script will also eject USB drives, mounted .dmg drives etc…which is not what I want. I only want to eject the external drive. I therefore edited the .sleep script to the following:

    osascript -e 'tell application "Finder" to eject (disks where name = "type in the name of your disk here")'

    Voilá – your external disk will now go to sleep when your computer does…and no more annoying warning messages.

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