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How to change MAC address on Mac OS X 10.7.3 Lion?

I'm trying to change the MAC address for the interface en1. ifconfig Output: lo0: flags=8049<UP,LOOPBACK,RUNNING,MULTICAST> mtu 16384 options=3<RXCSUM,TXCSUM> inet6 fe80::1%lo0 ...
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How to disable password prompts when changing something in OS X?

If I start MAMP Pro, I need to type the password. If a Flash update is available, I need to type a password. If I install an application, I need to type a password. Is there a way to stop this ...
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Logitech Performance MX Mouse Jumps on OS X Lion (10.7.4)

I have a Logitech MX Revolution wireless mouse that I am trying to use with OS X Lion. Everything is working except for one problem... there is a small, but quite noticeable, jump when the mouse ...
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Why does DropBox occasionally add *com.dropbox.attributes files?

I've been a user of Dropbox for a few years now. Just recently I noticed that files with the extension com.dropbox.attributes started to appear in some dropbox sub-folders. Steps I create a new ...
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Moving Swapfile in Mac OS X Lion

I had previously consulted this thread when using snow leopard to move all swap to an SSD: Moving the swapfiles to a dedicated partition in Snow Leopard The information appears to be out of date at ...
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Lion built-in VPN client times out connecting to Windows 2003 PPTP server

I have a new iMac with OS X 10.7 (Lion) on it that refuses to connect to a PPTP-based VPN server (running Windows 2003 SBS). To shortcut past a lot of questions: There is a Dell workstation running ...
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How to send a magic packet from OS X in order to wake a PC on the LAN? (WOL)

Either some (preferably free/OS) app or a command line tool will do.
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Disappearing scrollbar in Windows like in OS X Lion

Is there any tweak or utility for Windows that can make the scrollbar behave like in OS X Lion? In OS X Lion, the scrollbar appears only when the interface is interacted with and disappears after a ...
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iTerm2 vim cannot map alt key

I'm having trouble trying to map the alt-key bindings on vim in iTerm2. I want to map shortcuts for switching between buffers like this: map <A-Right> <C-w>l map <A-Left> ...
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How to re-install OS X Lion if you forgot your Apple ID

I erased my HD and am trying to re-install Mac OS X Lion. I forgot which Apple ID account and password I used. How can I re-install OS X Lion then? And what is a "keychain password"?
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Windows 8 refuses to install on new partition created using Boot Camp

I'm trying to install Windows 8 on my Mac (10.7.5) but I'm running into some big issues. First I'll explain what I already did. I created a partition with the Boot camp assistant (151 GB) I ...
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How to fix choppy audio and Wi-Fi problems with Bluetooth speaker on Mac OS X Lion?

I have a Creative D200 Bluetooth speaker that I use with my 2011 MacBook Pro running Mac OS X Lion. The speaker more or less works as a Bluetooth audio device, but I run into two problems seemingly ...
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Apple Magic Trackpad 3-Finger Drop Lag

After enabling three-finger dragging for my Trackpad, I notice that it drags well, but when I release there is about 1-2 seconds of lag before it actually drops. I understand this is supposed to be a ...
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How do I uninstall Google Chrome *completely* from my Mac?

I have 2 iMacs and just installed OS X Lion (clean install) on one of them (let's call it iMac A). Did a time machine backup and restored that backup to my other iMac (B) to avoid installing twice. ...
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Don't exit full screen when pressing escape in apps like Safari on Lion

In OS X Lion, pressing the ESC key exits full screen mode. Unfortunately, and especially when using Safari, ESC is used for other functions, such as in Javascript keystroke event handling. I don't ...
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How to restore bookmarks before accidentally syncing Chrome

I accidentally lost all of my bookmarks by signing into Chrome. How do I restore my bookmarks? I do not have the path: /Users/[username]/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default/Bookmarks ...
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Can Safari 5.1 for Mac OS display favicons for bookmarks in the Bookmarks Bar?

When bookmarking a web site, most contemporary browser will display the site's favicon next to the bookmark, both in the bookmark view and the bookmark toolbar. This is a useful feature. In the ...
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Error during Time Machine backups on OS X Lion

After I turn on my machine, the first couple of Time Machine backups seem to go OK, but after about an hour I get this error: Unable to complete backup. An error occurred while creating the backup ...
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Installing MySQL 5.1 on Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)

I am trying to install MySQL 5.1. I am on Lion, and when I remove all files associated with MySQL on my machine it still tells me that I have a newer version installed when I try to install it from ...
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How do I share external hard-drives between host and guest in VirtualBox?

I'm running VirtualBox 4.1.14, host is iMac OS X 10.7.3, guest is Ubuntu 12.04. I want to share folders between the two, ideally access to external hard-drives that are my storage for the Mac. Have ...
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How can I create a wireless hotspot on OS X like Internet sharing but without an actual internet connection?

I want to use my Wi-Fi Printer with my MacBook and it works great when the Printer connects to the Wi-Fi Network created when I set up Internet sharing. What I want to know is, is there a way to set ...
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Can't find the Google Chrome User Data Directory in Mac OSX Lion

I need to increase the font in my Inspect Element window in Chrome. I found a tutorial on how to do it: http://k20e.com/blog/2011/08/18/how-to-set-the-chrome-console-font/. According to the Chrome ...
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How do I stop automatic changing of iterm tab titles?

After switching to using .bashrc instead of .bash_profile (I didn't like how the default terminal worked with one config file and utilities like screen with another), the behavior of iterm2 changed. ...
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How to move through browser tabs using gestures in Mac OSX Lion?

I'd like to move back and forward through the tab collection in Safari (or Chrome or FF) using trackpad gestures. Does this gesture exist? Using a 3 finger swipe (left and right) nicely moves you ...
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Building ImageMagick on OSX Lion and can't link libpng

I am trying to build ImageMagick 6.8.0-5 on OSX Lion with support for libpng. I am just using the standard ./configure make make install procedure. I succeed in compiling when I do not reference ...
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Where can I get a “black screen” screensaver for OS X Lion?

Mac OS X Lion doesn't come with a "black screen" screensaver. Where can I get a screensaver that works with Lion and blanks the screen?
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Vertical mouse tracking reversed in OS X Lion at EFI Login Window

I am using a Razer Deathadder 3500dpi mouse and in 10.7, the vertical tracking is inverted at the EFI login window. I have FileVault enabled, so this is the password entry screen immediately after ...
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Apps not starting on Mac OS X Lion

I have a strange problem, some apps that I download do not launch. There are 2 scenarios The application starts but keeps bouncing, once I click the bouncing icon in the tray it disappears. The ...
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How to Re-install an App that Shows up in the Appstore as 'Update' Instead of 'Buy App'

So long story short: I dropped the wrong app into 'clean my mac' and I hit 'cancel' but it was too late by that point. I rebooted and appstore said it had an update, when I opened appstore it was ...
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Change the MacOS MenuBar name of a Chrome Save-Application App

I created an app for a page (say reddit.com) that I visit often using the Chrome Save as Application shellScript. When I did so, I had two problems: The reddit.com icon was not the icon of my ...
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How to reopen a closed window (CMD+W), in the app switcher on OS X?

I am navigating with CMD+TAB through the app-switcher, but if I release the keys on a closed window, I get only the focus on that application. Is there a way to reopen that window again, with a ...
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Dual boot MacOS-ubuntu using refit

I am trying to install a dual boot with Ubuntu on my Mac Version 10.8.5. I first installed Refit but I forgot to reboot my computer so that Refit get properly installed. My mistake was to boot ...
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Need to install a New Mac OS x in Macbook Air 13 2009 1.86ghz

Good day everyone. Im in need of your expertise to install a mac os x in a MBA 13. Im a newbie to mac btw. Just recently bought a used MBA 13 2009 mac OS Lion Here is my problem. I wanted to reset ...
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VBoxManage: error: Cannot read the partition information from '/dev/disk0'

I'm trying to make a partition .vmdk file for Virtual Box. Basically I want to boot my bootcamp partition box up in Virtual Box. But I get the following error when I try to make the .vmdk file ...
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Is it possible to turn off application state saving in OS X Lion?

In OS X Lion it saves the state of an application before you exit an app so that when you start it you can pick up where you left off. This is a cool feature and all, but I would prefer to disable ...
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How do I obtain statistics about sent email from Mail.app?

I use the Mail.app in OS X Lion. I would like to determine statistics about all emails sent within a timeframe (in this case, from 2010 to current). In particular, I'd like histograms for emails per ...
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Can't propagate permissions on HFS+ Lion, after copying data back from NTFS drive

I recently copied a bunch of data back from an NTFS drive I had used for backup, which had NTFS permissions of Everyone - Full Control. The copy was done using Linux Mint, with the 2 drives slaved ...
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How do I change my resolution on my Mac to a custom size?

I want my Macbook to be 1280x720 for a certain thing I need to do, yet all the programs that do this cost money. Is there a free way to do within on Lion? NO: SwitchResX or whatever is not free.
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Can I upgrade a MacBook 2,1 to OS X 10.8?

I have a MacBook 2,1 mid-2007 model with a 2.16 GHz Intel Core2 Duo processor, 3GB of RAM and 500 GB storage with 300GB still available. I was using this Mac to submit apps to the AppStore but for ...
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How do I setup a local DNS server on Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)?

I had some serious lag to resolve website address and sometimes things simply wouldn’t load; pages keep loading for 5+ minutes without even a timeout error. So I had setup a local DNS server/cache ...
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What is the Keyboard Shortcut for Moving to the First/Last Message in Mail.app in Mac OS X Lion?

In Snow Leopard holding option-up arrow (for > 1s) will select the first message and option-down arrow will select the last message in Mail.app (see: What Is the Keyboard Shortcut for Moving to Last ...
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AppStore: how to login permanently?

I'm starting to go nuts already, how to ALWAYS be logged in? I can't stand logging in every freaking time when I want some app...
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Location Services are always disabled in Mac OS X Lion

A simple location services program was working fine on my machine and suddenly stopped working. Upon further exploring the problem, I realized that some process has disabled location services in ...
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Is it possible to install Mac OS X Lion on a laptop having AMD Processor? [closed]

I have a laptop with AMD A8 processor, is it possibe to install Mac OS X lion on it using retail DVD ?
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Unable to access .shh folder in terminal

Hey guys I am just wondering why this bellow command will not work: Nicholass-MBP:~ nicholasmaddren$ sudo cd ~/.ssh So I run this command within terminal to try and access the .shh folder that has ...
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Prevent Mac From Reloading Apps After Restart

I had to power cycle my Macbook Pro by holding down the power button after it locked up. When it restarted, it reloaded all the apps that I had been running before, which took a long time and was ...
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Upgrade to OSX Lion cannot connect to TV with HDMI cord?

I recently upgraded to Lion and now I can't connect to my TV with an HDMI cord. I need to be able to transfer webpages on my iMac on to a tv. If i upgrade to mountain lion does anyone know if this ...
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How to move from MAMP to native Apache on Mac OS 10.7

I just upgraded my development computer to Mac OS 10.7.3 (Lion) from Mac OS 10.5.8 (Leopard), which required a complete disk erasure. For several years I've used MAMP to run a development server on ...
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How to change the background color of a transparent desktop image on Mac OS X?

Under Desktop & Screen Saver I have selected to show a PNG image with transparency on my Desktop. It looks like this: The transparent area shows the exact same color that is listed as the first ...
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Forgot password to id_rsa [duplicate]

I forgot the password to my ssh. I am planning to remove the files (id_rsa, id_rsa.pub and known_hosts) in the directory and starting from scratch. I haven't been using ssh since the whole heartbleed ...