InDesign Hangs

InDesign Hangs

InDesign was displaying a strange problem where after it was launched and a new document was created, it would freeze and hang. After an hour of messing around, I found the problem was a Japanese Typography plugin called SING in the plugins/text folder. I had completely uninstalled prior to this so I’m not sure if [...]

27″ iMac Firmware Fix Available

27″ iMac Firmware Fix Available

Apple made a new update available today for the 27″ iMacs. Hopefully this will solve the whole screen flickering issue. It’s a firmware update to the ATI HD graphic cards. Updates the graphics firmware on ATI Radeon HD 4670 and 4850 graphics cards to address issues that may cause image corruption or display flickering. I [...]

27″ iMac Screen Problems Are Hardware Related

27″ iMac Screen Problems Are Hardware Related

UPDATE 2: Apple came out and replaced the LCD screen and the vertical sync cable. After two hours, the problem re-appeared. Apple is now going to replace the whole iMac. UPDATE: On the fifth day now and the iMac running XP is starting to flicker. I was wrong in believing this was a software issue. [...]

Change Password Using ARD

Change Password Using ARD

Recently we had an issue with a student discovering the local admin password on the Macs. Now we have to change this globally. This may not be the easiest way but this is how I do it. Turn on all the machines you want to change and send out this unix command in Apple Remote [...]

27″ iMac Screen Flashing

27″ iMac Screen Flashing

I am starting to get weird video issues on my new 27″ iMac. It’s the Core2Duo model, not the i5 so I don’t believe it’s a processor issue. Mine has the ATI Radeon 4670 in it. Currently, the only was to fix it when the screen goes bonkers is to reboot or wait long enough [...]

27″ iMac has no audio in XP

27″ iMac has no audio in XP

I found a strange issue with the 27″ iMac, XP and Bootcamp 3.0. There is no sound coming out of the iMac’s internal speakers while in XP. The solution is to open Sounds and Audio Devices in the control panel. Goto the Audio tab and select Cirrus Logic HD Audio, from the pulldown for Sound [...]

Snow Leopard Software Update Problems

Snow Leopard Software Update Problems

I have recently started using Snow Leopard and besides having to recompile an Applescript app, things have been going good. One big bug that I have noticed is that when I’m logged in as an Active Directory user, Software Update doesn’t work. It seems to hang after you press the Install button. There is a [...]

TimeMachine AFP Restore

TimeMachine AFP Restore

In our environment, we have a an Xserve with a protected AFP share for TimeMachine backups. The problem comes from when you want to restore a backup using the Install DVD. Since it hasn’t mounted the share, TimeMachine will not see any backups to restore from. The solution is to mount the AFP share in [...]

AD Binding Errors

AD Binding Errors

The dreaded “Invalid user name and password combination” error that can be given in Directory Utility, can be the biggest pain for us Admins. I found these three commands allowed me to re-bind successfully. Give it a try and let us know your results. These must be done as root or with the sudo command. [...]

Casper Suite – Worth it?

Casper Suite – Worth it?

I have been using DeployStudio for a year or so now and Netrestore before that. After visiting another campus, I found they used Casper Suite from Jamf Software. After looking into the cost, it is significant. Especially when compared to our current free alternative. I wanted to know, who out there uses Casper and if [...]

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