Category Archives: Obsolete Macintosh

How do you burn a disk image (DMG) in El Capitan?

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What happened to the disk burning options in Disk Utility? They are now part of the Mac OS X Finder!

How do I burn a Disk Image in Mac OS X El Capitan?

If you noticed recently, Mac OS X El Capitan has removed a lot of handy features from the Disk Utility program–one of them being the ability to burn disk images (DMG or IMG). This used to be a staple feature in Disk Utility. As with most things, Apple has since decided that this is no longer a viable option and simply removed it from Disk Utility, as well as the “clone” feature that also used to be there. In order to burn disk images on Mac OS X El Capitan, here’s what you now have to do instead:

  1. Head to the Mac OS X Finder
  2. Select the disk image (DMG or IMG) that you need to burn in the Finder
  3. Go to the File menu and choose “Burn Disk Image ____ to Disk”
  4. Insert your blank DVD or CD and click on the Burn button in this window

That’s pretty much it–even though it’s no longer listed in Disk Utility, you can still burn CD or DVD’s of your favorite disk images right in the Mac OS X El Capitan Finder.

Speed up your Mac: Clean off your desktop!

Cluttered Mac OS X Desktop

Do you really need this many files on the desktop?

Here’s a really easy and effective way to speed up your aging Mac: Clean off your desktop! That’s right, by reducing the amount of icons you keep on the desktop (we’ve seen upwards of 250 icons on some computers), you will reduce the strain on the Mac OS X window server to draw all of those little icons.

Icons or windows?

Apparently, the icons that you see on your Mac’s desktop count as windows–small, redrawn windows. This basically means that the software that is tasked to draw and keep track of these windows, the WindowServer, has to work overtime to constantly show you these small windows. This translates to a load on the WindowServer, which translates into a speed penalty. By removing all of these icons on the desktop, you can help an older Mac to speed up a bit in the long run and give its WindowServer a break.

How do I clean off hundreds of desktop icons?

The easiest way we have found to keep the desktop clean, is to use a software program called “Hazel,” which we have talked about before on this blog. This is a simple utility that brings powerful rules to your computer, and allows you to not worry about keeping your files neat and tidy. For example, we have a Hazel rule that states “if any JPG hits the desktop, put it into our images folder located in the documents folder.” This works with any type of file and immediately makes the challenging task of keeping the Mac OS X desktop clean a manageable task for anyone.

Some bonus speed tips.

The Mac OS X also has a lot of “eye candy” going on throughout the system, including shadows, animations and transparency. By turning all of this off, you can also give the WindowServer and other processes that have to draw these effects a break. Some of the things to turn off to help speed up your Mac include:

  • System Preferences –> Dock –> Uncheck “animate opening applications”
  • System Preferences –> Dock –> Check “automatically hide and show the dock” which will make your dock disappear until you roll your mouse over it.
  • System Preferences –> Dock –> Uncheck “Magnification”
  • System Preferences –> Accessibility –> Check “Reduce Transparency”
  • Upgrade to an ultra-fast Solid State Hard Drive
  • Upgrade your RAM to the maximum amount for your machine. Contact Capital Mac for advice on this.
  • Keep your hard drive relatively clean–if it’s full or nearing full, the computer will feel like it’s running in molasses.

Mac Solid State Hard Drive (SSD) Upgrades: 5 Things You Need to Know

SSD Macintosh Upgrades

Speed up your slow Macintosh with a FAST SSD drive!

One of the best inventions over the last few years has definitely been the solid state hard drive, or SSD for short. Hard drive technology has taken a radical turn with the advent of the SSD drive, bringing many benefits to your aging Macintosh computer. Why is my mac computer slow? In this post, Capital Mac Service will explain 5 things you need to know before upgrading to this exciting new technology, which is now in reach to any Macintosh user and finally at affordable rates.

Speed is king in a Solid State Hard Drive.

Hard Drive vs. SSD Speed on a Mac

Witness the performance increase on a Mac from a solid state hard drive, seen in this speed chart–longer bars are faster!

  • Why is my mac computer running slow? Today’s solid state drive (SSD) upgrades will bring a new level of speed to your aging Macintosh computer. Most of our client interactions begin the same way: “My computer is so slow! It wasn’t like that when I bought it.” There’s good reason for this–old fashioned hard drives begin to slow down as they age, eventually failing completely. This translates into day to day speed degrading on your beloved Macintosh. An SSD will not only return you to early day speeds, but, it will sometimes eclipse the speed of your original hard drive by multiples. See some of the Capital Mac Service before and after SSD conversion videos here and prepare to be amazed–these are real client computers!

No moving parts.

Hard Drive vs. Solid State Drive internally

On the left is an old-fashioned hard drive with moving parts. On the right, an SSD with no moving parts to slow it down.

The reason most old-fashioned hard drives fail is because they are built with moving parts–many moving and delicate parts. These hard drives spin like an old record player at about 5,400 RPM–that means they spin almost 6,000 every minute while in use. The arm that reads the data on this spinning disk is delicate and will usually be the failure point of these hard drives–you may even hear it “clicking” when it dies. Solid State hard drives on the other hand, have no moving parts whatsoever. This translates into longer life and much faster response time.

SSD Drives are affordable, now more than ever.

SSD Pricing declining year over year

The price of an average Solid State Hard Drive is dropping dramatically as seen in this graph from a few years back

The prices of solid state hard drives have fallen dramatically over the last few years. This means that Capital Mac Service can now offer very competitive pricing on these exciting SSD upgrades. If your computer is in good working order, we can usually even transfer all of your current data from the old hard drive to the new SSD drive. We offer a variety of sizes on the SSD upgrade, from 128GB, all the way to 1TB if needed. Contact Capital Mac Service today for this amazing upgrade opportunity before you look at a new Macintosh.

Some Quiet, please.

Another benefit of the SSD upgrade on your Macintosh is the noise factor–SSD hard drives are silent since they have no moving parts. This means that you will virtually never hear anything coming from your hard drive bay, since there is no spinning disk anymore!

Hard Drive Vs. SSD Power Consumption Rates

This graph shows the power consumption of a standard hard drive vs. a Solid State hard drive…lower bars are better!

Better battery life with an SSD.

Because there are no moving parts or motors to drive, your Mac’s battery will thank you for upgrading to a new SSD drive. Power requirements are much less with an SSD, which translates to longer battery life on your portable Macintosh.

Scratched Hard Drive Platter

Here we can see a scratch on a hard drive platter after being dropped. Chances of data recovery are almost 0% in this case. Solid State Hard Drives don’t have this issue!

Reliability and less accidental failures.

If you have ever dropped your Macintosh laptop, the first thing that will usually become damaged is the internal hard drive. It’s similar to dropping an old-fashioned record player onto the floor while playing a record. Bad drops are usually the death knell for a Macintosh hard drive. With a SSD upgrade, your hard drive’s chances of survival increase to almost 100%. Since there are no moving parts in an SSD, there’s nothing to damage. SSD drives are also slated to last longer than a traditional hard drive. SSD drives have a predictable rate in which they can no longer accept or write data, unlike a standard hard drive.

SSD Macintosh Upgrades Before and AfterCapital Mac Service is a local SSD Upgrade leader.

Capital Mac Service has been installing SSD hard drives into older Macintosh computers in the Capital District for the last 3 years–we have the experience and knowledge to get the right SSD for your Macintosh and install it correctly and quickly. Most SSD upgrades are either same day upgrades, or, 24 hours at most. While your hard drive is currently working, contact us for a quote on this exciting new upgrade that will breathe life into your older Macintosh!

Speed Up Your Old MacBook With an SSD

SSD Macintosh Upgrades Before and AfterHere’s another new video of Capital Mac Service upgrading an old (and slow) hard drive to a speedy new solid state hard drive (SSD). Contact us today in the Capital District (Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Latham, Saratoga) for more details on this super-easy way to speed up your older Macintosh laptops! We offer competitive rates, warranty and data transfer on all of our SSD conversion and upgrade services.

Ask the Macintosh Historian: What was the Mac TV?

Macintosh TV Computer

Don’t confuse the MacTV and AppleTV!

In today’s “Ask the Macintosh Historian,” we take a look at a product from Apple that has a similar name to a product of today, yet, they are as different as night and day. What we are going to look at today is the strange and beautiful Macintosh TV, which was a unique computer that also had television capabilities. The best part of this computer? It was all black, which was a radical departure from the boring beige Macs being churned out from Cupertino. The second best part? It also functioned like a television, which is why they tacked on “TV” to the end. Again, this product was nothing like our AppleTV of today, which is more of a set-top device than a computer. Let’s take a look at some of the specs of this strange hybrid computer-meets-television.

First of all, the machine basically was nothing more than a fancy version of the Macintosh Performa 520 of that time period–October 25th, 1993 to be exact. They produced about 10,000 of these MacTV units, which could either be a television (cable-ready), or, it could be a computer–unfortunately, you could not do both simultaneously. This baby even had a rare matching black keyboard and mouse, as well as a small remote control that could control a Sony TV as well. The MacTV boasted mid-range specs, including a 32 MHz 68030 processor and 5MB of RAM. The computer ran Macintosh System 7 and was quickly discontinued after only about 4 months on the market, probably due to the $2,097 price tag.

If you have any unique Macintosh history you’d like Capital Mac Service to explore, drop us a line and we can do some research for you!