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Can't get webcam working (VirtualBox Ubuntu 11.10 on Mac OSX 10.6.8)

I installed the Guest Additions, installed the isight-firmware-tools by using the AppleUSBVideoSupport file but I still can't get access to the iSight webcam. When I launch >vlc v4l2:///dev/video0 I ...
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VLC: Play on Fullscreen

(Mac OS 10.6.8 Snow Leopard) Is there any way, to configure VLC to start playing paused videos when it enters fullscreen mode like in older versions of QuickTime (or newer versions with this ...
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Display VLC stream while copying

How can I copy a video stream with the command line version of VLC for Mac, and simultaneously display the video stream on the screen? I use: vlc -vvv -I rc mms://... --sout ...
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Something is changing the OSX default shell to tcsh

On one of the mac machines I'm somewhat responsible for (Snow Leopard), something periodically changes the default login shell from bash to tcsh. This seems like it's probably suspicious, but not ...
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Can I move the services menu to the top of the contextual menu?

Is it possible to move the services section of the contextual menu from the bottom to the top?
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dmesg.log on Mac OS X

Mac OS X does not seem to dump the exact output of dmesg to a file. I need to log the dump of dmesg to the disk. kernel.log and system.log do not contain the required information. Only output of ...
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Are there guidelines for the performance implications of adding multiple usb/firewire drives to a Mac?

I have noticed that I get a significant performance drop on a Mac Pro with more than 5 daisy chained firewire 800 drives. Task switching grinds to a halt, and the machine often beachballs between ...
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Single command to stop Parallels hypervisor (kernel extensions)

I'm using multiple virtualization products on my MacBook Pro (VirtualBox, VMware Fusion, Parallels). To avoid problems I always make sure only the procesesses/kernel extensions for one of those ...
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Play video files in VLC media player from behind HTTP basic authentication URLs without a password

I regularly open HTTP URLs and play them directly in VLC media player, using the "Open Network..." option. Unfortunately, the URLs are behind HTTP basic authentication (they require a username and ...
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How do I cancel Mac OS X install halfway through?

I'm installing OS X 10.4.5 from the original media, but have discovered halfway through (after the computer reboots into the new install and uses Disk 2) that the second disk is faulty, so I can't get ...
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Rendering Ligatures in PDFs in Chrome on OSX

When viewing pdf files in Google Chrome on OSX Lion, certain PDFs do not render properly. Namely, when there are ligatures (an fi combination or a ff combination) the two letters are replaced with a ...
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NFS mount on Mac OS X 10.6.8 - Problem with special characters such as “á”

On Snow Leopard, I used Disk Utility's "NFS Mount" feature to automatically mount a NFS shared folder from my Synology NAS. Here are the Advanced Mount Parameters I used: ...
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Samba share mounts fine in linux, doesn't mount in OS X

I have a NAS server running Arch Linux configured to share a simple samba share. My smb.conf looks like this: # cat /etc/samba/smb.conf [global] workgroup = MSHOME security = user [External] ...
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OS X Lion crashes on print

Any time I try and print any file from any application, the application trying to print crashes with this error: sandbox.d deny file-write-create /Library/Caches/Canon/UFR2 Sandbox seems to be ...
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tail -f is not updating on AFP mounted share

I am running Mac OS 10.6.8 I have mounted a network drive, whose file I need to watch. I was planning on using tail. When I run the following: tail -f /Volumes/Cache-A/TransferLog.txt I end up ...
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Search Windows share from OS X

Is there a way to search the file contents of a windows share in OS X (specifically Lion)? i.e. Find all files in a shared directory Foo containing the words "Bar".
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Mac OS Modal Dialog Offscreen Blocking Google Chrome?

I have a MacBook Pro that I take from work to my house. I rarely open the lid and almost always hook up to an external monitor. I frequently find, and I'm unable to find a pattern to consistently ...
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Disable automatic fsck_exfat on dirty volume mount in Mac OSX

I've several large hard disks formatted in exFAT to keep clean compatibility between Win7/Bootcamp and Snow Leopard. Here's the problem: fsck_exfat needs something like 6-8gb of RAM to complete on a ...
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Make a dock icon always open a new window in OS X?

In OS X (Snow Leopard), I find that for web browsers and terminals, whenever I click the dock icon, it opens the existing window, not open a new one. Is there any way to modify the behaviour so that ...
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Win2k8R2 + Hyper-V + MacPro = Virtualized OSX Allowed?

I have an older (2007 or 2008 i think) Mac Pro. Its a Dual Dual Xeon 2.6 with 12Gb RAM, and i installed Windows 2008 R2 Server on it with HyperV. Apple have something in their license that specifies ...
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OSX: Stop CDROM spinup during Open or Save

If there's a CD in my Macbook's drive, it spins up any time I invoke the Open or Save dialog in an application. And while it spins up, it freezes the application for about 5 seconds! How do I make ...
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Windows within OSX VMWare Fusion not able to access mac partitions

when I run my bootcamp Windows 7 natively, I installed macdrive and it can see all of the HFS+ partitions as windows drive letters. Read/Write performance is great. When I run my bootcamp Windows 7 ...
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How can I get all of my keys and mouse to work using Midnight Commander on OSX?

I used port to install it and I figured out how to fix home/end/pgup/pgdn in the terminal preferences, but still, none of the keypad keys work. the mouse doesn't work. Any assistance would be ...
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Final Cut Pro: Multi-Multiclips?

I have several videos in the Browser that I can make a multiclip out of with no problems. Then I thought that it would be great to: Take a camera angle, shrink it, lay it on top of another one and use ...
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How can I make Mac Mail mark messages as read automatically?

I have rules set up that correctly filter messages into different folders, but for some reason no messages are marked as read.
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Safari proxy bypass for IPv6

I'm a first-time n00b on Mac (but have been doing computers since before PC's). This Mac has 2 VLANs, vlan0 in IPv4, vlan1 in IPv6. Safari can surf via IPv4 squid proxy OK. Safari can surf via IPv6 ...
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How do I change OSX package install directory?

It drives me nuts that every time I download a binary to run on OSX that it wants to install in system directories. ~/Applications is a perfectly fine place to install and doesn't require blindly ...
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When I lock my screen on my MacBook Pro my running application automatically closes after a while

First I must said that I have been asked this question in different form in this topic. but my problem didn't solved yet. When I want my laptop do a long schedule thing (like get all Mac OS X new ...
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Garageband file backwards compatibility

Is there anyway to open a file made with Garageband 5 in Garageband 4? Would it be possible to open it in another program, like Audacity, so that I can re-edit? I'm a bit new to Macs, so if someone ...
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Dual monitors on one screen in OSX Yosemite?

I am seeking a way to keep a permanenent small window in the corner of the screen that can show video, while working on multiple desktops (TotalSpaces 2), without the window getting affected. In the ...
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Strong “Force Touch” feedback for normal clicks

On my new Retina MacBook Pro with the "Force Touch" trackpad, the click feedback feels disappointingly weak compared to the physical click of the old trackpad (and my Magic Trackpad). However, the ...
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How does OS X's Terminal pass the new tab's dir to login or bash?

In OS X, you can add a shell to /etc/shells and set it as a user's default shell, such that when they open the terminal they are presented with that shell. In addition, When you have the option to ...
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Visual Studio Txt file opening

I'm running visual studio in parallels on a macbook air. First time I'm using C++ to open txt files and it seems to work only when debugging but not when I run without debugging. example code: ...
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Can I modify the Mac's default “next word” delineator to include an underscore?

For example, if I hold the option key and press the left arrow, the cursor jumps to the next space or special character. I use this a lot when naming files, for example, "description-date.ext". If I ...
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Apache config being re-generated when using OSX Server?

I recently installed OSX Server on a clean install of Yosemite 10.10.3, and wanted to customise the apache config to change the version of PHP being used by the server. I installed php using homebrew ...
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Delay packets sent through a given TCP port

What is the best way to purposely delay packets (by 10 seconds for example) uploaded to a given TCP port (e.g. 1935) on the RTMP protocol? The approach must work on Mac OSx Yosemite. I have tried ...
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Virtualbox VMmanage cpuidset - access denied

hello I'm trying to install OS X Yosemite on my machine. Running a intel core i5-4210u CPU with Windows 8.1 and Virtualbox 4.3.26. however the installation freezes around 40-50% and doesn't progress ...
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Activate PHP OpenSSL module on Mac Yosemite

I've got a new MacBook Pro (with latest Yosemite) I'm setting up for web development. I am running PHPStorm as my IDE. PHPStorm cannot use its built-in composer functionality, saying it cannot connect ...
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Is it possible to define custom Power Nap tasks/behavior?

In OS X 10.8, Power Nap was introduced. When it's turned on, a machine can perform tasks like checking for new email and backing up using Time Machine. I was wondering if it is at all possible to ...
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Adjusting 10.10 Desktop Change Python Script

I'm not fantastic in Python and I'm currently using a script based off of https://gist.github.com/gregneagle/6957826. I'm looking to make one change to the Desktop Image Dictionary Keys option in ...
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Mac OSX unable to SSH connection reset by peer

I have an SSH server running at home and I am trying to connect to it from school. But when I try to connect I get: ssh_exchange_identification: read: Connection reset by peer However, when I ssh ...
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Go to specific row number in Numbers (OSX)

Is there a way in Numbers to go to a specific row number? For example I need to find an alternate way to not have to scroll but rather can immediately go to row # 3000.
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OSX - Stop Bluetooth Low Battery Message

I've seen this asked before but never any solution. When using the Apple wireless keyboard and trackpad a message pops up when the battery level gets down to 15%. When you click the message away it ...
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Disable OS X Server's shutdown prompt?

I've just installed OS X Server. Whenever I try to shut it down (as a local interactive user), I keep seeing a prompt that requires me to enter an admin's name and password before proceeding with the ...
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OSX Sleep mode messes with sound and window sizes

Here is my work environment: 13" Retina Macbook Pro 2015 (The Force Touch thing) Latest OSX External DELL Screen connected with HDMI (set as the main screen) Apple Earbuds connected to the rMBPs ...
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OSX: Locking in vagrant with Ubuntu guest using NFS doesn't work

On OSX 10.10.3 using VirtualBox 4.3.26 and vagrant 1.7.2 when using NFS for the shared folder in a Ubuntu 14.04 LTS guest, PHP application ins the guest trying to use LOCK_EX on the shared folder ...
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Chrome ignores self-signed SSL certificates in MacOS

I'm trying to get a self-signed certificate from a Raspberry Pi accepted by Chrome (42.0.2311.90) in OSX 10.10.2. A method I've found involves: click the (red, crossed) lock symbol left of the URL ...
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Firefox & Chrome isn't launching

I recently updated Xcode and the OS to 10.10.3. Firefox, Firefox Dev Edition, Chrome, and Canary all stopped working. They just bounce in the dock. They do the same thing in safe mode. Only Safari ...
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What protocol do networked scanners use? Linux server emulation of same?

TLDR: What protocol do network scanners use, and how do I use that to set up a Linux scan server to OS X client? I have a Brother DCP-7065DN laser printer/scanner. It's great. It's connected to ...
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Spotlight and apple.developer.com (?) using an unusal amount of CPU

Sporadically, my OS X 10.10.2 machine start using a crazy amount of CPU for no apparent reason, with all the disadvantages that come with it (battery drain, overheating, ...). If I look at Activity ...