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10.4: A MacBook Pro 'no sleep' solution System 10.4
Tiger only hintSo, I had troubles sleeping my Macbook Pro, since I use a Sony VAIO memory card adapter (VGP-MCA20), plugged into the cardbus slot. When I try to sleep my computer, the screen turns black, then the SuperDrive is activated (I can hear the sound), and finally, the password prompt appears, asking for my password to access my session.

I also found this in the System log in Console:
May 10 14:26:12 zvetlana kernel[0]: USB caused wake event (EHCI)
I unplugged then the memory card reader, and then everything seemed to work well. Note that no memory card is inserted in the reader.
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10.4: Adjust word break behavior back to 10.3 default System 10.4
Tiger only hintProblem: With the advent of Mac OS X 10.4, the default "text double-click selection" behavior was changed so that when double-clicking a key in an AppleScript record, not only the key would be selected, but in certain cases, also its value along with it.

For example, double-clicking aKey in the following line in Script Editor will select the entire aKey:aValue string:
{aKey:aValue, anotherKey:"itsStringValue"}
Workaround: In the International System Preferences pane, under the Language tab, set the Word Break pop-up value from Standard to English (United States, Computer). End of problem.
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10.4: Reorder the list of firewall rules System 10.4
Tiger only hintIf you're using the built-in firewall in OS X, you'll find that you can't rearrange the order of the rules in the GUI -- things are stuck in the order that they're shown in the panel. This can make it difficult to find the rules you've added, for instance, as they'll be at the bottom of the list.

If you'd like to rearrange the list, I've figured out how to do it. Read on for the solution...

[robg adds: I haven't tested this one...]
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10.4: Resolve Spotlight pause on hard disk sleep System 10.4
Tiger only hint Lately I have been noticing a slowdown when I activate Spotlight. My searches would not begin for a few moments, and then would take a moment to complete.

I thought it was because of my two 500GB internal hard drives, but I found something while browsing my Energy Saver Preferences, a 'Put the hard disk(s) when possible' checkbox.

After unchecking the box, I've have a noticeable speed increase on my searches. Startup searches as well as complete indexes take a fraction of the time they used to.

Seems like a rather simple fix, but it was driving me crazy for the past few months.

[kirkmc adds: If one of the drives is asleep, then Spotlight searches will certainly take longer as the drive has to start spinning before Spotlight can access its index. As to why this would speed up indexing, however, I don't know. If you write to the drive, Spotlight indexes new files immediately, and the drive will be spinning when you write files.]
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10.4: A Smart folder Automator action System 10.4
Tiger only hint I have made a Automator Action that allows you to use your smart folders in Automator workflows. It's written in Cocoa and relies on Spotlight and it's notification features.

You can download the Automator Action installer here, and you can see an example of how to use it here.

[kirkmc adds: After you install this Automator action, it displays in the Finder library as Get Smart Folder Contents. Its popup menu picks up any smart folders you have stored in your Saved Searches folder (~/Library/Saved Searches), or, if you select New, opens a Finder window ready for you to create a new smart folder.]
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10.4: A PDF workaround for PowerPC printing on Intel System 10.4
Tiger only hintI tried this earlier hint on using PowerPC printer drivers on Mac OS X Intel. I noticed when printing from Intel or Universal applications that if I selected the print driver options which were provided by the PowerPC code in the printer driver, the printing application would crash.

I attempted my printing with Firefox, and for the purposes of discovering a way to get access to those printer features that crashed it, I set Firefox to open with Rosetta. Once I did so, the options worked properly without crashing Firefox. Of course, starting Firefox with Rosetta made it much slower.

Preview, on the other hand, doesn't seem to run slower than my tolerance in Rosetta mode. So what I now do is print from my applications to a PDF file, open the PDF with Preview in Rosetta, and set my print options from there. I'm sure someone could make a nice little AppleScript to automate turning on Rosetta, opening Preview and then turning it back off, but I've not examined that yet.

At least for me, this workaround lets me setup the advanced printing options when I need them, which is only around 10% of the time. So if you're stuck with a PowerPC-only printer driver like me (I have a Samsung ML-1450), this may be a suitable workaround.

[robg adds: Instead of an AppleScript, another option is to simply duplicate the Preview application, and set the duplicate to open in Rosetta. I've tested this, and it seems to work as expected, though I'm not sure what might happen if you had them both running at once, and then changed the prefs in one, for instance. But for typical use, it seems like the simplest solution -- just drag and drop the PDF onto the Rosetta version of Preview. Keep it in the Dock, Toolbar, Sidebar, etc. for fast access.]
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10.4: Prevent hang after login of Active Directory User System 10.4
Symptoms: Spinning beachball after login, only Desktop picture is shown, no menu bar except the Spotlight bar, no Dock available. Local users can easily login, remote login via ssh still possible.

Solution: It turned out that some Login Items caused the problem. The login items were AFP-mounted network shares. Disabling them by removing them from the loginwindow.plist file of the specific user(AutoLaunchedApplicationDictionary) and subsequent boot into safe mode (to remove caches) resolved the problem.
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10.4: Use iSync with a Nokia 6230 with older firmware System 10.4
Tiger only hintIn Apple's latest update (10.4.6), they have finally added iSync support for Series 40 Nokias, including the 6230. Unfortunately for some reason, that only applies to 6230's with later firmware revisions.

However, there does seem to be a workaround. I found the following in this Apple Discussions thread, so all credit to Aur for posting there. But in the interest of easy searching, here is the process -- back up first, of course!
  1. Go into /Applications, control-click on, and choose Show Package contents from the pop-up menu.
  2. In the new window that opens, navigate into Contents -> PlugIns -> ApplePhoneConduit.syncdevice -> Contents -> PlugIns -> PhoneFamilies.phoneplugin -> Contents -> Resources
  3. Open the MetaClasses.plist file with TextEdit.
  4. Search for isPhoneSupported. Not far below that point, you should see return 0; change that to return 1. If you need more context, here's the whole block.
  5. Save, quit TextEdit, and relaunch iSync.
I can confirm that this works (so far), but obviously, there might be a good reason Apple decided against allowing 6230s with older firmware to sync, so use at your own risk.
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10.4: Watch and listen to the Tiger setup movie System 10.4
Tiger only hintI was asked by a friend to help him make the setup tune that is played when you first install Tiger as his phone's ringtone. After a lot of digging I found the location of the sound file (an MP3), and the movie (a QuickTime movie). I couldn't find this documented anywhere, so thought I would share it here.

From the Finder select Go -> Go to Folder (or hit Shift-Command-G), and then paste the following:


(That's one long line, and should copy properly, even if your browser shows it on two lines). The two files are intro-sound.mp3 and Have fun.

[robg adds: Amazingly, we've never documented these files' location before, though we discussed the original version of the music in a much older hint. You can combine the two files into a new movie with sound using QuickTime Pro (or iMovie HD, I imagine).]
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10.4: Update WindowsXP with SP2 for Boot Camp System 10.4
Tiger only hintI just tried installing Windows on my Intel Mac last night, but had some driver issues. It turns out it was because I had on old install disc of XP that didn't include any service packs -- and SP2 is required for the Mac to run Windows.

So what to do? Slipstream SP2 into my install disc. This thread at Apple Discussions explains how to add SP2 to your older XP install disc, so you can install it on your Intel Mac.

[robg adds: Yes, I know we need a new category (or categories) to cover hints such as this one, along with Intel Macs in general. Coming soon...]
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