Common OS X issues, solutions and useful tips
This sticky is a consolidation of the other stickies that have been living at the top of this forum for a while.
Common issues with OS X have been covered in here where possible. Older stickies such as the Leopard bug fixes, have been linked to for future reference & discussion below.
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Changing the name of your home folder that shows in the sidebar of the Finder
I would like to add that with Leopard, you can easily change short user name and the location of your home directory without any third-party apps!
1. Launch the Sys Prefs and select Users.
2. Authenticate, if necessary, by clicking in the padlock on the bottom-left and entering a user name and password of an administrator.
3. Right-click the user whose short name and/or location of the home directory you would like to change and select Advanced from the contextual menu.
4. Make the changes you want in the dialog.
5. Restart your machine.
Note that this might still screw up your machine if you select the home directory of another user, for instance.
Working around error "restore failure could not find any scan information"
Recently I made a DMG backup of my 10.6 Snow Leopard retail DVD. This is useful because one can use Disk Utility's Restore feature to basically clone the DVD DMG to a USB thumb drive, internal partition or other external Firewire or USB source (even an SD card). With that clone you'd be able to boot the OS X installer from that media for simplified troubleshooting or reinstallation.
Unfortunately I was trying to restore from just such a DMG, with the DMG as Source and a USB drive as Destination, but kept getting the error "restore failure could not find any scan information." I tried Disk Utility Images menu > Scan Image for Restore, but this also gave an error.
As a workaround, mount the DMG. Now from Disk Utility's left-hand pane, click your desired destination, then click the Restore tab and drag your destination to Destination.
Now right-click (or two-finger tab) the mounted drive under your DMG and choose Set as source.
Click Restore and it should now process correctly.
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