Having problems mounting disks? Both .img files and removable media? Take a look at your /etc/hostconfig file. It should be about 27 lines or so. Does it contain the line "AUTODISKMOUNT=-REMOVABLE-"? If the file fails either of these tests, it may be corrupt. How might this happen? Probably due to a System Preferences crash or general disk corruption. If you'd like a clean copy to restore with, along with instructions on how to do so, read the rest of this article.
The gist of the article is that Sherlock can't index the entire drive, since OS X is a multi-user system. If it were to index the entire drive, you'd be able to see files and folders that may not be yours. So it indexes your home directory (which shows up as a separate, indexed "volume" in Sherlock), and blocks you from searching portions of the OS X drive that you may not have rights to examine.
Since it seems to be a little known tidbit, Mozilla actually has been carbonized and ported to OS X - the port is called "Fizzilla" and can be found here: http://www.mozilla.org/ports/fizzilla. So far, it's working pretty nicely - though its rendering is not as good nor as fast as that of Internet Explorer.
This may seem obvious, but I forgot to do it one so I figured I would warn everyone else...
If for some reason you do a fresh install of OS 9.1 (including from the CD that came with OS X) remeber to run the software update control panel to update the OS before switching over to OS X. I forgot to do this and Startup Disk TOASTED my OS 9.1! I was able to re-install it, then quickly ran software update to fix the problem. Aparently the version of startup disk included on the OS 9.1 CD is not compatible with OS X.
This tip allows for easy editing of files such as ~/.tcshrc or ~/.bashrc, so you can click an icon in the dock, and the file will open in TextEdit. Read the rest of the article if you'd like the step-by-step instructions.
Re-run for man2 to man8... Also run on any other man directories you might have (like /usr/X11R6/man if you installed XFree86 or /usr/local/man if you installed lots of 3rd party UNIX software).
The command will compress the man pages, significantly reducing their space usage. after that, 'man' will be a bit slower because it has to decompress all the man pages before display, but it's worth it if you want some drive space back.
If you use white space characters in your user account password, the "Installer.app" will refuse to install packages (i.e. "Developer.pkg",...). Use the 'File->Show log' menu to see what happen in the log, the Installer application will complains on access right on.
Change your password, in the "Users" system preferences panel and retry. Et voila.
Many users of dual G4's who connect to the internet via the internal modem and PPP have been reporting repeatable kernel panics. In the "great news!" category, Darwin Developer Louis Gerbarg has created a modified Apple Serial driver that appears to have resolved the kernel panics!
You can read the thread about the original driver's problems and the solution on this MacNN Forum thread, and you can download the new driver here:
We know that the contrast keys on PowerBooks work if you have the Display preferences panel open. Apparently, this is because of a process called DisplayServices, which is located in System/Library/Displays.
If you have this app run everytime you log in (by dropping it into the login preferences panel) then your contrast keys should work. This worked for me, albeit with approximately 1 minute of testing.