I have an iPad Pro 2018 with a USB-C port, and I found out that I can connect a regular USB-stick using a USB-to-USB-C-adapter and then browse and use all files on the USB-stick from within the Folders.app on my iPad Pro. That’s great !
Now, since I only have USB-C ports on both my MacBook Pro and my iPad Pro, I was wondering : are there any good USB-C memory sticks available for an affordable price ?
The answer is simple : Yes, there are USB-C memorysticks that work great.
We have tested this one, that is both USB-C and USB compatible, that makes it even more versatile :
I am trying to install macOS 10.15 Catalina on an unsupported Mac using dosdude1.com’s Catalina Patcher. I have a SanDisk Cruzer 16GB USB-stick plugged in. I have just reformatted it as per dosdude1.com’s instruction video. But when try to install the Catalina Installer onto it, I get an error saying that the selected media is not large enough because it needs at least 10GB of free space.
The USB-stick is 16GB so that shouldn’t be a problem. What can I do ?
Some versions of Disk Utility seem to have trouble (re)formatting disk volumes. Could it be you tried this with Disk Utility on a macOS 10.13 High_Sierra Mac ?
The solution is rather simple: format the USB-stick from Disk Utility on a different Mac that runs another version of macOS (preferably an older version of MacOSX / OSX). Make sure you (re)format the USB-stick as “Master Boot Record” in “HFS+ Case-sensitive (Journaled)” (a.k.a. “Mac OS Extended”) format.
I have a 2018 MacBook Pro 13″ with TouchBar and 4 Thunderbolt3 ports that seems to hang during startup : the MacBook ‘sighs’ (fan noise) during startup and shows only a black screen with a white Apple-logo, but no progress bar as usual… then it automatically restarts… and the same thing repeats itself…
Is there any way to solve this ?
This might be caused by a hardware problem, so if it happens frequently, you should take your MacBook Pro to an AppleStore or authorized Apple Repair shop for repair.
But before you do so, try this, as it might fix your problem :
If you do see a progress bar during startup, look at this post :
I have a Peugeot 208 from 2013 with a built-in navigation system. Since the maps are completely out-dated, I want to update them. Peugeot says I can buy and download new official map-updates from a company called HERE, which have their website at http://www.navigation.com
I think I have found the right maps, but the pictures of the compatible navigation systems that are shown on the site are not identical to the navigation system in my Peugeot 208, so there’s no way to tell before I buy.
Furthermore, the updating instructions in the installation manuals that HERE is providing online cannot be used in my case, as several buttons and options mentioned simply do not exist on my navigation system.
What can I do ?
You are completely right, HERE (previously named Navteq) acknowledges that your navigation system is not listed in the reference photos and that they do not provide installation instructions for your navigation system online.
Anyhow, more reasons for us to put these instructions online for you :
STEP 1 : GET YOUR CAR’S VIN-NUMBER
to be able to buy the navigation map update, you will need your car’s VIN-code
go to your Peugeot 208
do not step into your car, but stand outside and look at the front windscreen
in the bottom-right corner of the windscreen, you will see a see-through opening in the black film that covers all edges of the windscreen
behind this see-through opening, you will see a 18-digit code ; that’s your car’s VIN-number ; write it down ! (the VIN-number usually starts with VF3…)
STEP 2 : BUYING THE RIGHT MAP UPDATE
as you have a Peugeot 208 from 2013, you should have a built-in navigation system with a Screen-diagonal of about 17.5cm and a radio-dial and 2 physical buttons on the left of the screen ; the button bottom-left is MENU and just above it is ‘a button with a rectangle with an arrow below it and 2 lines at both sides’ ; if so, HERE calls your navigation system a Touchscreen 7″ so yours does not have MirrorScreen, this navigation system is also known as SMEG+ iV1 running version 3 of the SMEG operating system ( probably SMEG3.25 )
if your Peugeot 208’s navigation system does not match the above description, you either have a Peugeot 208 from a different model year or your navigation system is not the built-in original, in that case, contact Peugeot, HERE or your local dealer to find out which navigation system you have
if you are wondering if this is the right time to buy as maps have to be updated continuously, HERE usually updates these maps every 6 months (in April and in October) but there’s no guarantee they will keep on doing that
HERE acknowledges that
buying advice : only buy the map of your own region ; since maps need to be updated so frequently to keep then kind-off up-to-date, it’s no use to buy maps of regions you will not be visiting any time soon
to be able to buy the map update, you will need an account at HERE ; if you don’t have one, you have to register for a new account
during the registration process, you will need to enter your car’s VIN-number
during the buying-process you will get an Activation Code ; write it down ! (after buying online, you will get the Activation Code in an extra eMail also, you could also print out that eMail)
click on the download link that is provided during the buying process to download the map updates to you Mac (you can also find the download link in the Activation Code eMail afterwards)
STEP 3 : PUT THE MAP UPDATE ON A USB-STICK
get yourself a USB-stick of 1GB or more that is formatted as FAT32 MBR and completely empty
if you buy a new USB-stick for this, you can buy a basic one of any size (8GB is probably the smallest you can find these days), any brand will do, as nearly every brand format their USB-sticks as FAT32 MBR ; a USB-stick with an indicator light is slightly more useful, as the navigation system will not tell you if the USB-stick is being recognized (like your computer would)
plug the USB-stick into your Mac (if you haven’t done so already)
on your Mac, locate the download of the map update (usually it’s inside the Downloads folder)
the file has probably been unzipped already automatically, but if it isn’t, double-click on the ZIP-file to unzip it
open the folder (that has a name consisting of 5 digits, like 52044 or something similar)
select one file inside the folder, then typ [CMD]+[A] ( = Select All ) on you keyboard
then, drag&drop all files onto the empty USB-stick
HERE advises you to put all update contents directly onto the top-level folder of the USB-stick, but if you have bought multiple map updates together and you want to install them at the same time (immediately after each other that is) you are probably best off by putting all their respective folders next to each other onto the top-level folder of your USB-stick
when the copying is done, drag the USB-stick’s icon to the Trash to eject
then, unplug the USB-stick
STEP 4 : GET THE MAP UPDATE ONTO YOUR CAR’S NAVIGATION SYSTEM
go to your car, and take these with you :
the USB-stick with the map-update
the Activation Cade you have written down
these update instructions (preferably printed out)
get into your car, and start the engine
plug the USB-stick into one of the USB-ports that are next to the cigarette lighter (in the cavity in front of the gearshift-handle)
your navigation system will now display a message “Verification of media data”
click the (physical) MENU-button
the window “Main Menu” will open, click the (on-screen) Navigation-button
then click the (on-screen) Navigation GPS-button
the window “Navigation” will open, click the (on-screen) Settings-button
the window “Navigation Settings” will open, click the (on-screen) Maps-button
a new “Navigation Settings” window will open, where you can see all installed maps and their versions listed
click the (on-screen) ‘circle-shaped arrow’-button (top-right)
if the ‘circle-shaped arrow’ button is greyed-out, there’s something wrong with the USB-stick ; go back to your Mac and make a new USB-stick with the map-update on it using the directions listed above
the next window “Add and update maps” will open, select the name of the map you want to update
then click the (on-screen) Confirm-button
now, you will get a warning message : “The update will take more than 20 minutes. Keep the engine running. Confirm update?” (the update will probably take less than 10 minutes to complete anyway… but it is important that you keep your car’s engine running throughout the updating process)
click the (on-screen) Yes-button
after a few moments, a window will appear where you need to type your Activation Code
then, click the (onscreen) Confirm-button, and wait…
a window with a progress bar will now be displayed ; the update will probably take less than 10 minutes to complete, but as mentioned, it could take more than 20 minutes…
when the progress bar window disappears, the update is done
I would like to use two lightning-connections on my new iPhone that only has one lightning-connector. Are the available lightning-splitters any good ?
Yes and No.
Yes, if you only want to use a pair of wired headphones and charge your iPhone at the same time, all lightning-splitters I’ve tested are up to the job. And if you have a USB-headphone (or a mini-jack-to-USB-adapter) you could even use the Apple Lightning Camera Connector.
But if you want to connect anything else, the lightning-splitters that I’ve found won’t do the job… even the ones that claim to support data syncing didn’t support in iOS 12 in my testing…
So, for now it’s only power&audio-splitters…
Here‘s an in-depth comparison [open attached file] of the lightning-splitters I’ve tested :
The car stereo in my (rather old) car has broken down, so now I need a new one…
What is the (most) basic one that has good compatibility with a recent iPhone for playing music ?
Considering that the relevance of any suggestion regarding buying electronics is always a temporary advise, as technology keeps progressing rather quickly and always depends on the way and intensity of your use…