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 have been using Jacksta Media Recorder for a long time now, and it has always worked marvelously for me when I need to download a video. Jaksta can download nearly any online video that I can watch in Safari.
But recently, Jaksta does download the exact videos I want, but the downloads turn out to be .mp4 files that QuickTime hangs on when trying to play them…
What can I do ?
The exact reason for this is unknown, but it might have something to do with the fact that not all browsers play HTML5-videos using the same technology.
It turns out that your solution is to use the Google Chrome (or Firefox) web browser – instead of Safari – with Jaksta running in the background. That way, when you play the online video in Chrome (or Firefox), the file that Jaksta downloads will be a .mp4 video that QuickTime can play without any problems.
I am setting up an app (ToDoist.app in this case) to work across my devices. I have set up the app (ToDoist.app) on my iPhone about a week ago, and now I am trying to set up the app on my Mac. The problem is I need to login to my ToDoist-account on my Mac, but since I have used the password that was automatically suggested I have no recollection of the password I have set…
Is there any way to retrieve the password from iCloud ?
Yes, there is 😉
To make the actual password visible, do this :
make sure that both your iPhone and your Mac are logged in with the same iCloud-account
on your iPhone, goto Settings.app > [your name] (listed on top) > iCloud
on your Mac, goto System Preferences > Apple ID (grey tile with the white Apple logo, top right)
then, make sure that iCloud’s password backup is switched on
on your iPhone, in Settings.app > [your name] (listed on top) > iCloud > “Apps using iCloud” > Keychain should be ON
on your Mac, in System Preferences > Apple ID > “Apps on this Mac using iCloud” there should be a check-mark at “Keychain”
if it wasn’t, restart the app on your iPhone
then, on your Mac, goto Safari > Preferences > Passwords
then, login on the window that opens ( using your Mac’s screen unlock password )
in the next window, scroll down the list and select the appropriate website
then, left-click on the dotted-out password ( so the actual password will be shown )
then, right-click on the password and select “Copy Password” from the pop-up list
now, paste the password into the app’s login-window
I need to generate a random password for a new online account for an app, but for some reason, macOS doesn’t suggest a Strong Password as usual…
How can I easily generate a random strong password ?
When using Safari on macOS, Safari will automatically suggest a Safari Strong Password (and backs it up to iCloud) whenever a field where you need to manually type a new password…
However : this feature is Safari-only (as the name Safari Strong Password suggests), so if you need to manually type a new password into an app (or anything outside of Safari) this automatic suggestion won’t kick into play…
Luckily, macOS has a Password Generator built-in… only tricky thing is it’s a little hard to access… there are 2 ways to get the Password Generator to start up (and an alternative in case you need extra features) :
– Option 1 –
Apple Menu > System Prefs > Users & Groups > Change Password > Key Icon
now Password Assistant opens in a separate window
Close previous window (that is now in the background) by clicking Cancel-button
Back to Password Generator window
set type of password you need
Close Password Generator window
– Option 2 –
User’s Home Folder > Applications > Utilities > KeychainAccess.app
now the Keychain window opens
click on the Plus-sign button ( or press the CMD + N key combo on your keyboard )
now a pulldown window opens
at “Password”, on the right, click the ‘black key’-button
now Password Assistant opens in a separate window
note : leave the Keychain Access window in the background, as trying to close it will also close the Password Assistant window
in the Password Assistant window, set the type of password you need
then, generate the new password
copy the password
switch to the window where you need to paste the new password
then, switch back to the Keychain Access window and close it
– Alternative option –
If macOS’ built-in Password Generator doesn’t allow you to get a random password that suits your needs, for example if you need a memorable password, you can get the StrongPassword.app for FREE from the Mac AppStore.
To get access to a website I need for school, I need to create a new account. While doing so, Safari suggests a Strong Password, but when I accept to use it, the website gives an error since the Safari Strong Password format does not comply with the rules that this website has for passwords : at least 8 digits, of which at least one undercast letter, one capital letter, one number and choice from only a very limited set of symbols. Unfortunately, the ‘minus’-symbol that is used in each Safari-generated Strong Password is not allowed for this website…
How can I generate a random password that will be accepted by this website ?
Some websites do not allow the automatically-generated password format of Safari Strong Password, because they only allow capital and undercast letters, numbers and a limited array of symbols, in that case, Safari Strong Password cannot be used to automatically generate a strong password
I have just downloaded some zipped archives from a support website, and even though most of them were .zip-files that were automatically unzipped by macOS, some are .exe-files which I can’t open or run on my Mac…
What can I do ?
Sometimes, Windows computers create self-extracting Windows .exe-files instead of .zip-files or .rar-files when creating compressed archives to transport over the internet or using external drives or USB-sticks…
The built-in Unarchive.app in macOS cannot extract these kind of .exe-archives, but various other unzip-apps can.
Just go to the Mac AppStore, find TheUnarchiver.app, download it and use it for FREE ; the .exe-archives will now be extracted as if they were regular .zip-files or .rar-files
My internal HD is too full, so I want to make room for macOS to run smoothly again. As my iTunes Music database is huge, would it be possible to move that database onto an external HD that is continuously connected to my Mac ?
Is there any option to do so ?
Yes, it is possible to move your entire iTunes Music database to an external HD. Apple does explicitly recommend to use an external HD that is connected to your Mac directly with USB, ThunderBolt or FireWire. (and Apple explicitly recommends against putting your active iTunes or Music.app database on a wireless drive or network drive)
To do this, do this :
get yourself an external HD, preferably one that is using a fast cable connection to connect to your Mac ; Samsung currently has some small and very good external HDs using USB-C for this : Samsung T5 Portable SSD
plug the external HD into your Mac
goto Applications –> Utilities –> Disk Utility
open Disk Utility
reformat the external HD as “Mac OS Extended”
now, in the Finder, create a new folder on the external HD named Music
inside that folder, create 2 new folders ; one named iTunes, the other named Music
then, in the Finder, goto Users –> [your name] –> Music –> Music –> Music Library (if you don’t have one, skip the next step)
then drag&drop the Music Library folder into the Music folder inside the top-level Music folder on the external HD you have just created
…this may take a while
then, in the Finder, goto Users –> [your name] –> Music –> iTunes –> iTunes Library (if you don’t have one, skip the next step)
then drag&drop the iTunes Library folder into the iTunes folder inside the top-level Music folder on the external HD you have just created
…this may take a while also
when done, open the Music.app (or iTunes.app if you are running an older version of macOS)
goto Music (or iTunes) in the top-bar of your screen –> Preferences
in the window that opens, select the Files tab, and at “Music Media folder location” click on the Change-button
in the Finder window that opens, select the Music (or iTunes) folder inside the Music folder on the external HD and click Open-button
back in the Files window, click the OK-button
now Music.app (or iTunes) will start up using the Music Library (or iTunes Library) on the external HD (and it will keep using the Music Library (or iTunes Library) on the external HD as its default library from now on)
check inside Music.app (or iTunes) to see if all your photos are now available (there’s no reason why they wouldn’t but just to make sure…)
now start using this setup as your new Music.app (or iTunes) setup, and if you don’t run into any problems in a few weeks (or even months if you need to) you can delete the Music Library (and/or iTunes Library) that was in the Music folder in your Home folder on your Mac’s internal drive to clear up some space