This page collects all the information we have about specific operating systems we deal with and the challenges we will likely come up against with them.
Things you should know how to do on various operating systems.
- Taking Screenshots in Windows and Mac OSX
- Configure language setup in Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Mac OSX
- Check your disk space in Windows and Mac OS X
- Get a system profile in Windows and Mac OS X
- => Map a network drive - can someone write this article?
- Mac Keyboard Shortcuts http://davespicks.com/writing/programming/mackeys.pdf
- You can also Change Mac Keyboard Shortcuts
- Windows http://support.microsoft.com/kb/126449
All Windows-OS-specific problems and tips should either be here, or be linked here.
- Computer keeps switching to another language
- OS Freezing? See Windows Hangs Before or After Login
- Icons disappear from desktop and folders in Windows? That's icon corruption.
- Run general Diagnostics on your computer
- Repair Windows Update
- How to Disable Automatic Restart after Windows Update -- if your computer restarts automatically after updates and you don't want this to happen. For example if you run a program overnight and it's essential that the computer doesn't restart on its own without your input!
- See: Vista
Mac OS X
- Mac not waking up properly from sleep? See http://www.macfixit.com/article.php?story=20070129234938244 and see Delete Mac Hibernation File.
- Wireless set-up: For some reason, setting up wireless to connect to midd_secure can be very iffy at first. Even with the right settings it will sometimes "remember" PW/settings it shouldn't remember. Play around with it and if you don't have any luck after a couple tries, turn off the Airport then turn it back on, then try again.
If you're having trouble configuring wireless, don't follow the current instructions we have. What should work is clicking on the Airport icon, selecting "midd_secure", entering your username and password, then accepting the certificate. Sometimes it is necessar to visit System Prefs => Network => Airport => Advanced => last tab => Delete all instances of "midd_secure", then try again... No firm steps for now. --Petar
Older versions of Mac OS 9 and OS X
Really, really old versions of Mac can NOT run the newest version of Safari. DO NOT upgrade to the newest version of Safari unless you're sure it will be compatible with the version of Mac.
Call me an optimist but I foresee more and more Linux OS on campus each semester. What will we be dealing with?
- Asus Eee subnotebook - has a specialized version of Xandros Linux customized for small screens and light portable usage. Has basic web programs, basic office programs, etc. Registering it on the network: does it have Eth port to go wired? Mac address can be found somewhere in the computer settings windows. Ask Haseeb.
- Ubuntu, on various systems - so far I have seen 4 users using Ubuntu Linux, all on Dell laptops, all slightly (but not necessarily very) tech-savvy people. Ubuntu has a massive amount of community-generated documentation & support available, search for problem solutions w/ Google.
- Virus problems virtually nonexistent.
- Very stable.
- Biggest problems are hardware compatibility (drivers etc) and software compatibility. Both of these are improving steadily and a solution to the user's needs can often be found through a good old Google search.
Thanks to Mwaki for launching this section.