Mac

How can I get drivers for Windows using a Mac?

Tim from Temecula, CA

Episode 1321

Tim updated to Windows 10 and now he can't get online wirelessly. Leo says Tim's Asus uses the Broadcom driver. It's the ASUS T100 driver package and he can get it at asus.com. Then all he'll need to do is install it via thumb drive. He can even do it on a Mac. Then he can install the drivers to his Asus from the thumb drive. He should just make sure the thumb drive is formatted to FAT32.

How can I learn more about OS X under the hood?

Episode 1321

Brian from Fairview, CA
Apple iPad Pro

Brian has the iPad Pro. He is now all Apple and his boss has made him the expert for all things Mac. Leo says that Apple has quite a bit of information online. iTunesU is a great place to start and it's free. He should also look at MacPorts or HomeBrew. Since Brian is a Linux guy, and under the hood OS X is essentially BSD, he'll be right at home.

Why doesn't my iPhone sync with my Mac?

Episode 1317

Jay from Chicago, IL
Apple iOS 10

Jay has backed up his iPhone and installed the iOS 10 Beta. He's having issues with iCloud sync with his iPad and Mac, along with the universal clipboard. Leo says that a beta version will always have some things that don't work. Leo suggests restarting everything to see if they sync back together. He also should make sure everything is updated to the latest version. Being on the same Wi-Fi network also helps.

Why can't I get Skype to work on my Mac?

Tony from Buffalo, NY

Episode 1308

Tony is having issues with Skype and his Mac. Leo says that he can delete Skype, redownload, and reinstall it. That's how Chris Marquardt got it to work. Microsoft is making serious changes to it, though. The chatroom says that there's a Tech Note in Skype support that says to be sure the OS is up to date, along with Quicktime. Leo says to just delete it and redownload and install it. It's probably a localized issue.

How can I automate a TV playlist?

Abraham from San Diego, CA

Episode 1290

Abraham wants to create a commercial playlist for a local TV station at his church. TWiT uses Playbox to do this. He can also just use Automator on the Mac with AppleScript.

Automator is widely used in the Mac community and can make automated scripts without a lot of programming knowledge. It's all drag and drop and easy to create a playlist. He can do it by timing, sequence etc. Abraham should check out Automator.us for tips.

Does repairing permissions on a Mac really work?

Episode 1279

Tim from Melrose, CA
Apple MacBook Pro

Tim has a Mac and every once in awhile he has to run Disk Utility to repair permissions when it runs a little crazy. But it happens quite often. Leo sometimes thinks it's "voodoo" to have to run it, but repairing disk permissions is usually the best thing to do when the Mac starts to act up. What it usually reflects is that the metadata can get corrupted, preventing the computer to write to it. Repairing the permissions fixes that.

Why can't I install Windows 10 on my Mac?

Episode 1272

Mike from Louisville, KY
Windows 10 Start Menu

Mike is trying to use Windows 10 on his iMac with a Fusion drive and it won't take. Leo says that the Fusion drive causes issues with Windows 10. The key is to get the drivers from Apple. Mike tried those and they wouldn't load. Leo says that points to either a bad ISO download or a bad driver download. He should start over. Download the ISO and the drivers again and see if his luck improves. He'll also need the 64 bit version of Windows 10 to run in Boot Camp, and his Mac needs to be a late 2012 or newer.

Why is my Mac running so slow online?

Richard from West LA, CA

Episode 1271

Richard has a friend who's Mac is running slower. Is that because her machine is getting older? Leo says maybe, but it may also be that her hard drive is getting less reliable. As the hard drive gets older, it starts to have to work harder to process data. It begins to cache data more. So replacing the hard drive, especially with an Solid State Drive, can make a world of difference in speed. Updating your OS can also help, though if it's too old, you may not upgrade to the latest (El Capitan). Leo says there's a few easy things to do like resetting your browser and clearing the cache.