I am trying to validate my account on the NVidia GeForce website to start using the NVidea GeForce Now gaming graphics server to play games like Fortnite on my old MacBook.
But whenever I try to go through the online account validation process, I encounter this error : “Validator failed to load. Please check browser setting.”
What is wrong ? And how can I fix this ?
What you are experiencing is that the ReCaptcha validation website add-on can’t load… this might occur because of various reasons, but it’s most likely because you are trying to access this webpage from within a restricted user-account on your Mac.
To by-pass this error, do this :
open the website
when prompted to do so, add all blocked websites that are being presented as blocked (you’ll have to typ your admin login & password for this)
if things seem to hang, quit the app and reopen it (each time you repeat this, you’ll make a tiny progression towards the final login process)
keep repeating these steps until the ReCaptcha “I’m not a robot” checkbox appears
I’ve just upgraded to macOS 10.15 Catalina on my MacBook Pro, but now the NVIDIA GeForce NOW app is broken so I can no longer play Fortnite in a decent way…
The NVIDIA GeForce NOW app seemed to have disappeared completely from my Mac, but I found it is still in the Applications folder, but the icon is now a greyed-out NO ENTRY sign… so nothing happens when I click on it…
What can I do ?
For some unknown reason, some upgrades to macOS 10.15 Catalina break the NVIDIA GeForce Now app…
I just got myself a new Mac. Ofcourse, I am using the Migration Assistant to transfer the data from my old Mac to my new Mac, but my new Mac is a MacBook Pro that only has USB-C ports… and my old Mac doesn’t have any USB-C ports…
What is the best way to transfer / migrate my data ? Should I use WiFi or a cable ?
You could migrate your data over WiFi, but that is less stable than a cable-connection and therefore usually more time-consuming.
The fastest way would be to use a Thunderbolt3-cable that has a USB-C connector on one end and a traditional Thunderbolt connector on the other… but those are extremely expensive and therefore not worth to buy if you’re going to use it for migrating your old data only.
Your best option is to use a far cheaper USB3.1-to-USB-C-cable, like this one :
Note 1 : such a cable is also included with most USB-C enabled external SSDs, so you might already have one lying around – just make sure that the one you use is USB3.1-compatilbe
Note 2 : if you are considering using a regular USB-to-USB-cable together with a USB-to-USB-C-adapter… don’t do so ! That will in most cases mean that you are making a USB2-connection which is far slower than a USB3.1-connection
Note 3 : if you are considering using an Ethernet-cable together with a USB-C-to-Ethernet-adapter… don’t do so ! An Ethernet-cable is not as straight forward to set up, and most likely it will contain a USB2-maxed component, so it will be far slower than a USB3.1-connection and be far more expensive
I just did a clean install of macOS on my Mac and everything works fine. Except for one thing…
The birthdays of my contacts are not showing up in Calendar.app even though they were properly showing in Calendar.app on my previous version of macOS and they are still showing up properly in Calendar.app on my iPhone.
I’ve already tried unchecking and re-checking the checkmark at “Birthdays” in the list of available calendars (at “Other”), login out of iCloud and back in, restarting my Mac, adjusting some birthdays in Contacts.app, etc. Simply put : I’ve tried any solution I could think of…
How can I fix this ?
The solution might be simple, but easily overlooked :
in Calendar.app on macOS, go to “View” in the menu-bar and when the pulldown-menu appears, put a checkmark at “Show All-Day Events”, then click “Refresh Calendars”.
running Disk First Aid from another Mac while in Target Mode
reinstalling macOS Mojave from Recovery Mode
reinstalling macOS Mojave from a USB installer
So far, no problems where found, but the exact same problem keeps occuring :
When I startup my MacBook Pro, the progress bar goes quickly to 50%, then slows down but still keeps progressing up to 99% or even 100% and then hangs…
What can I do to solve this ?
You have already tried most of the options that usually give success when you encounter these types of problems, so you have little options left to choose from.
The first thing to try would be ‘Verbose Mode’ so you will be able to figure out what problems are encountered during startup :
shut down you Mac using the power button
startup your Mac in Verbose Mode by pressing the [CMD]+[V] keycombo on your keyboard during startup
now, your Mac starts up without a GUI (Graphic User Interface) but just displays lines of code (like in the Terminal.app and Console.app)
note that you might see a screen of code flashing by and than face your regular inlog screen… if so, just login and you will get to the Console-like black screen with white lines of code…
wait for the lines of code to halt and see what error messages are displayed in the final lines of code
if the error is “too many corpses being created”, use the solution outlined below (additional error terms are “Process”, “crashed:” and “opendirectoryd.”)
if you get any different error message : lookup the error message and the solution on the internet
The solution to the “too many corpses being created” startup-error :
shut down your Mac using the power button
startup your Mac in Recovery Mode by pressing the [CMD]+[R] key combo on your keyboard during startup
if FireVault is on, mount the HardDisk by clicking Disk Utility.app and then typing your password
then, go to Utilities in the top menu bar and click Terminal in the pulldown menu
in Terminal.app type this line of code (in which “Macintosh\ HD” is replaced by the name your have given your HardDisk ; the default name is “Macintosh HD”, and note that all spaces in the name of your HardDisk should be replaced by “\ ” (a backslash + a space) when typing these lines of code) :
cd /Volumes/Macintosh\ HD/var/db/caches/opendirectory
then press the [Enter]-key to run the code
when the cursor returns on the very next line you’re good, if you get an extra line in between, you’ve run into an error (e.g. “command not found” usually means you mistyped something, so you should just try again ; if you forgot to replace the space in your HardDisk’s name by “\ “ you’ll also get an error and you should just try again)
on the next line, type this :
mv ./mbr_cache ./mbr_cache-old
then press the [Enter]-key
when the cursor returns on the very next line you’re good
again, if you get an extra line in response, you’ve made an error and trying again with greater accuracy will probably solve it…
then, exit Terminal.app by pressing the [cmd]+[Q] key-combo
then restart your Mac by clicking on the Apple-icon top left in the top menu bar and clicking “Restart” from the pull down menu
now your Mac should startup without problems
note that the first startup will take a little longer, as all system settings need to be rebuilt
I have a MacBook Pro from 2012 (maybe 2011) and it has gotten slower and slower each year, and now it’s even so slow that I constantly shows a spinning rainbow-ball and apps keep bouncing in the Dock : everything from opening apps to opening files takes forever… the response time to what I type on the keyboard is extremely slow… even though I am sure I haven’t even used 50% of my hard disk space…
What can I do to resolve this ?
If you have a MacBook Pro ‘late 2011’ or ‘mid 2012’, and you have never upgraded the RAM, your MacBook may only have 4GB of RAM. Compared to current standards, that’s very little… especially if you are running macOS 10.13 High_Sierra or newer (macOS 10.14 Mojave will not run on the ‘late 2011’ model, only on the ‘mid 2012’ model).
There are various possible causes for your Mac running slow, to name a few :
your hard drive is too full (not in your case as you stated, but still worth mentioning)
you have too many processes running at once, so you’re short on RAM
over time some things have gotten messed up on your Mac
So, start tackling these potential problems one-by-one :
check your free hard drive space and free it up if needed :
go to the Apple-icon (top-left in the main menu bar)
from the pulldown-menu choose About This Mac
in the window that opens, click on the Storage tab
an info bar shows up :
if you have more than 25% of space available, you’re okay
if you have less than 10% of space available, you should free up space as soon as possible
to free up space on your hard disk, you can :
move files you do not use regularly to an external drive
delete apps you never use (apps from the Mac App Store you can delete, since you can re-download them if you need them in the near future ; other apps you should backup to an external drive if you want to be sure you will be able to re-install them in the future)
click on the Manage-button in the window you were in (About this Mac -> Storage) and follow the suggestions to free up space on your internal hard disk
check your available RAM and shut down background processes :
go to the Apple-icon (top-left in the main menu-bar)
from the pulldown-menu choose About This Mac
in the window that opens, click on the Memory tab
if you only have 4GB of RAM, it would be a good idea to upgrade your RAM (but if you do not use your MacBook intensively or intent to buy a new one within about a year, it’s not a very cost efficient solution, so you can choose not to)
if you want to upgrade your RAM, you could ask your local Apple-dealer to do so for you, or you could do it yourself if you are a little tech savvy and have the right tools :
for a Late 2011 MacBook Pro you need PC-10600 (1333 MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM, either 2x4GB or 2x8GB
for a Mid 2012 MacBook Pro you need PC3-12800 (1600MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM, either 2x4GB or 2x8GB
whether you upgrade your RAM or not, you should also open the Activity Monitor app (that is in the Utilities folder within the Applications folder)
in the window that opens, you can see which apps and background processes take up the available RAM capacity
if you encounter any app in top-10 of the list that is either running slow or that you don’t need, you can Force Quit the app by selecting it from the list and then clicking on the 8-sided-X-marked-button top-left ( NOTE : only do this with apps you know, do not do this to processes from the list that you do not recognize, or of which you do not exactly know of what they do… it’s far safer to keep one process too much running than one process too little ! )
then, go to the Apple-icon (top-left in the main menu-bar)
from the pulldown-menu choose System Preferences
in the window that opens, click on Users&Groups
in the window that opens, click on the current user in the list on the left
then click the Login Items tab
there, make sure to only leave iTunesHelper there, so delete all other background-apps listed by selecting them from the list and clicking on the Minus-button bottom-middle ( NOTE : background-apps that are known to slow down your Mac extremely if you have little RAM are SpotifyHelper and Dropbox (DropboxHelper), so make sure you delete both of them if you are not planning on using Spotify or Dropbox regularly )
then restart your MacBook Pro ( go to the Apple-icon top-left and select Restart from the pulldown-menu )
after the restart, check to see if the background-app you had just deleted are really gone from the Login Items list, if they haven’t, delete them again, restart & check again
if your Mac is still slow after doing all of the above, reset the PRAM/NVRAM/SMC by doing the following :
disconnect all cables from your MacBook Pro ( also disconnect from all USB-devices )
restart your MacBook Pro ( go to the Apple-icon top-left and select Restart from the pulldown-menu ) to ‘zap the PRAM’ :
when the screen goes black, immediately press this key-combo on your keyboard : [P] + [R] + [ALT] + [CMD] and hold all of them until you hear the second startup chime (sound), then release
then also ‘reset the SMC (Software Management Controller)’ :
make sure your MacBook Pro’s power adapter is disconnected
restart your MacBook Pro ( go to the Apple-icon top-left and select Restart from the pulldown-menu )
when the screen goes black, immediately press this key-combo on your keyboard : [SHIFT-left] + [ALT-left] + [CMD-left] and press the [POWER]-button at the same time for 10 seconds or more, then release
then press the [POWER]-button again to start-up your MacBook Pro
Lately I have had a bad and unstable internet connection. I have a Mac and it has been working fine for years. My internet provider is Vodafone-Ziggo.
I tried to find out what was wrong using the AirPortUtility.app on my Mac, and I found something strange : when selecting my wireless WiFi-network, my internet connection is presumed working, but when selecting my wired LAN-network, I get an error message saying there is no internet connection.
If it would have been the other way around, I could think of an explanation… but having wireless internet connection from my router and not LAN-internet just doesn’t make sense…
I’ve tried numerous resets of the Ziggo-modem, of my TimeCapsule and of my Mac. Nothing helps.
Do you have any suggestions on fixing this ?
Even though you’ve tried most of the available options already, there is one other thing I would suggest to try :
make sure the UTP/Ethernet/LAN-cable is correctly connected into both your Mac and the ‘local network device’ (be it a TimeCapsule, a router, a modem, a network-switch or a wall-socket)
then, on your Mac : click on the Apple-icon (top-left on your Mac’s desktop screen)
in the pulldown menu, click on “System Preferences”
in the window that opens (“System Preferences”), click on “Network”
in the window that opens (“Network”), click on “Ethernet” in the list on the left
in the info that appears on the right, check if it says “Status : Connected”
if it doesn’t, your UTP/Ethernet/LAN-cable isn’t connected properly, so check all network-cables again until it says “Status : Connected”
then, click the Advanced-button
in the window that opens, click on the DNS-tab
in the info that opens, at “DNS Servers:” make sure that you have at least included one of the following DNS Servers : 184.108.40.206 (Google), 220.127.116.11 (Google), 18.104.22.168 (OpenDNS) and/or 22.214.171.124 (OpenDNS)
if none of those DNS Servers are listed yet, add them by clicking on the +/Plus-button bottom-left
then click on the Proxies-tab (of the elongated TCP/IP-button)
in the info that opens, make sure to remove the check-mark at both “Web Proxy (HTTP)” and “Secure Web Proxy (HTTPS)”
in case both were already switched OFF, I would suggest to switch both of them to ON
then leave the rest as is, and click on the OK-button
in the previous window that appears, click the “Apply”
now check the AirPortUtility.app again, and you should see that the internet connection is back up for both the wireless and wired/LAN connection
also check by opening Safari (or another internet browser) and refresh the page by clicking on the circular arrow in the address bar