TimeMachine & Samba

22 February 2008

Time Machine in Leopard is great for backing up your stuff! (especially as most External/Network drives come with only Windows software for automated backups!!) The problem is, you can’t seem to configure it backup to a Network drive. DOH!

I’m not posting a moan here.. but a solution! Oh yes!! Open a terminal and type the following:

defaults write com.apple.systempreferences TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1

Open the TimeMachine system preference and you should now see the drive! Yay!

The only other caveat is, you should eject the disk a couple of times before backing up to it as Leopard seems to have some difficulties with Samba (or similar) NAS drives and files tend to go missing?! :S

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Boot Leopard from USB device

28 September 2007

Leopard OSXGet a USB hard drive (or use your iPod if you are brave enough to wipe that?) and partition it into two pieces, the first will act as the installation disk, the other will become the partition leopard will live on.

Installation will take around 45 minutes and the system overall performs quite well off of the USB disk; however running or indeed building in XCode really is painfull!

Thinking about it however; I would prefer a slow system to wiping my Tiger installation off of my laptop and being left with an early beta of Leopard (trust me it is still an early beta!)

  1. Open Disk Utility and select the drive to partition
  2. Click the partition tab and choose 2 partitions
  3. Make the install partition 10Gb in size and set it to Mac Journaled
  4. Make the destination partition fill the rest of the drive and set to Mac Journaled
  5. If your using an Intel machine; select the destination partition and click options, choose Guid Partition Table, click OK
  6. Click the partition button to start partitioning the disk
  7. Once done select the install partition and click the restore tab and restore from the leopard_client dmg you have downloaded from Apple (*Paid ADC membership is required)
  8. Click the restore button to copy across the installation files
  9. Restart the machine whilst holding down the Option key and choose to boot form the install partition
  10. Follow the installation instructions and choose to install to the destination partition (will only not be available if you forgot to set the partition schema to Guid Partition Table, in which case you will have to start from the beginning again! DOH!)
  11. Leopard will eventually boot and download any updates, to default boot to Tiger; open system preferences and choose Tiger from the Startup Disk menu

iMovie Common Pitfalls

28 September 2007

iMovieI’ve seen a lot of people struggling with a couple of issues with iMovie. Through spending time sifting through forums and a little trial-and-error, I have managed to figure out how to resolve these issues..

#1 – I’ve connected my camera but it doesn’t appear in the import menu, only the iSight camera is recognised

This took some time to figure out, simply because of the following assumption; When you plug a Firewire/Usb component in, an event is triggered notifying the OS that this peripheral is available.. so in this case, when you plug the camera in and turn it on, you expect iMovie to find it and make it available in the camera sources menu? WRONG! iMovie seems to do a check for cameras when the application is launched. So as long as your camera is turned on and ready to go when you start iMovie, it should appear in the import dialog.

#2 – iMovie 2008 won’t start, it bounces in the dock but then nothing happens

This is a case of the iMovie going through all your Quicktime components (/Library/Quicktime) and finding one that it doesn’t like. Removethe Third Party plug-ins, leaving the two Apple ones present (If you take these out it won’t boot either as they are required!)
You should now be able to start iMovie.

Quit iMovie and slowly start to add your TP components back in; you should find that there is only one or two offenders and most should work ok. My problem was with the Divx 5 component.