Wednesday, 26 February 2014

OS X Mavericks AD failed to login because an error occurred

After updating to Mavericks 10.9.1 I seem to be having problems logging in under active directory.

Found this post which describes similar issues.

Seems my problem is now fixed. Not sure what caused it or fixed it though.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Upgrading from OS X 10.6.8 to OS X 10.9 Mavericks

So, the plan is to have all macs updated to OS X mavericks, and a Mac Pro setup with Mavericks Server software! Here's how it is going:

Found this nice article on how to create an install disk for Mavericks. Basically download Mavericks just have a disk with GUID partition and type this into Terminal:
sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ --volume /Volumes/UNTITLED --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ --nointeraction

Should come up with:

Erasing Disk: 0%... 10%... 20%...100%...
Copying installer files to disk...
Copy complete.
Making disk bootable...
Copying boot files...
Copy complete.

Makes a bootable version on disk (here named UNTITLED)

After a fresh install I added to Active Directory, and Xservers LDAPv3.

Active Directory user logged in fine.

Setup Apple Remote Desktop. Working fine

It isn't getting managed preferences from the Xserver yet. I will wait an hour longer.


  • Software update:
  • Apples software update through App Store

  • Adobe CS 5 Design Premium
    • installed fine
    • when logging in it prompts:
    • To open "CS5ServiceManager," you need to install a Java SE runtime. Would you like to check for and install one?
      • AdobeCameraRaw 8.3
      • AdobeCamera RAW 8.4
      • AdobeDNG Convertor 8.5 is now released, needs installing
    • Adobe Acrobat Pro 9
  • Aperture 2.1.2
  • Audacity 2.0.5
    • with lame 3.99.5
  • Bootpicker
    • came up with message when trying to run the pkg file:
      "bootpicker.pkg" can't be opened because it is from an unidentified developer
    • ended up installing via ARD
  • Brushes Viewer
  • "Brushes Viewer" can't be opened because it is from an unidentified developer 
  • iBooks Author - through App Store
  • Evernote
  • Opera
  • Adobe Presenter
  • SketchBook Express
  • TextWrangler
  • Clickview 2.0.0
  • DivX Player 10 with HEVC plugin
  • Flip4Mac 3.2
  • Silverlight 5.1.209
  • Final Cut Studio 2
    • Double clicking the installer comes up with:
    • You can't open the application "FinalCutStudio.mpkg" because PowerPC applications are no longer supported
    • I remember this coming up when doing a fresh install on OS X 10.7.4 and there's a terminal command line i found here
      • sudo installer -package /Volumes/Final\ Cut\ Studio/Installer/FinalCutStudio.mpkg -target /
    • Double clicked the Audio Content install (takes a long time)
    • Double click the Motion Installer
    • Double click the DVD studio pro installer
    • GarageBand Extra Content
    • LiveType Media 1 and 2
      1. comes up with the same PowerPC errors
      2. Type:
        1. sudo installer -package /Volumes/LiveType\ Media\ 1/Installer/LiveTypeMedia1.mpkg -target /
        2. sudo installer -package /Volumes/LiveType\ Media\ 2/Installer/LiveTypeMedia2A.pkg -target /
    • XDCAM software only installs on FCP 6.0.2
      • Software update does not update final cut pro
      • Had to download the update here
    •  Cinema Tools 4.0 seems to crash on opening
      • Not sure where to get the update to version 4.0.1 
    •  Also need to put in the Serial number first time you launch the application!! 
  • Google Chrome 32.0.17
  • Firefox 27.0.0
  • iLife '09
    • iMac comes with the latest ilife
    • not sure if I can install this?
  • iWork '09
    • iMac comes with the latest iWork
    • not sure if I can install this?
  • LibreOffice 4.2.0
  • Maya 2008 (as per the fix for installing on later then 10.5)
  • Microsoft Office 2011
  • MPEG Streamclip 0.9.2
  • Mudbox 2010
  • Nikon ViewNX 2.03
    • Need to install latest ViewNX 2.10 for compatibility with Nikon D800 RAW files
  • OmniDiskSweeper 1.7.2
    • put in utilities
  • SendLogon App Installer 
  • Sketchup 2013 
  • Smartboard 2011 installer 
  • VLC Player 2.1.4
  • HandBrake 0.9.9
  • Logic
    • did the same procedure as per my other 10.7 reimage post
    • ran this:
      • sudo installer -package /Volumes/Logic\ Studio/Installer/LogicStudio.mpkg -target / -verbose
      • for f in /Volumes/Jam\ Pack\ Content\ 1/Installer/Packages/*.pkg; do sudo /usr/sbin/installer -pkg "$f" -target / -verbose; done
    • the second line is for extras which I found here
  • Burn 2.5.1
    1. for burning a multitude of different disks and ISO's
  • ScanWizard Pro 7.62 or 7.2
    • for ScanMaker 8700
    • Can't be done, PPC only!!!!
  • Canon MFD drivers
    • install:
      1. Foomatic-RIP
      2. GPL Ghostscript
      3. Hpijs
    • Copy the moded ppd files to /Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources
  • Dell Color Laser 3110 + 5110 drivers
    • copy ppd's to /Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources/en.lproj/
  • Canon 600D software
  • Wacom Bambo Pen And Touch
  • Wacom Intuos tablet
    • version 5.2.1
  • Wacom Bambo Tablet
  • MPlayer OSX Extended R14
    • Plays nearly all Video formats
  • iCanAnimate 2
  • install Canon LIDE 60 scanner drivers
  • Blender 2.71
Reminaging process:
  • Disconnect from AD
  • Get rid of unwanted files
  • Clear PRAM
  • /sbin/fsck -yf
  • target disk mode
    • Arghhhhhh, no firewire. Have to netboot.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Publishing HTML codes anywhere - HTML converter

So I always try and put the html code as examples in the blog and other places but it never converts it for me. I've even found html code which should show html code:

and there was another with x in it but I've forgotten. Needless to say it didn't work with a bit of php code I had. In the end I had to find a converter. I found this one which is good

Joomla and emails

Using emails in Joomla has been a slight learning curve. It seems it wants to hide this as much as possible from bots which is nice. So I found this article explaining ways to use emails in joomla

Friday, 14 February 2014

iMac 24 inch 7,1 SOS beeps

An iMac is beeping when switched on. Beeps are 3 short, 3 long, 3 short:

beep, beep, beep, beeeeeeep, beeeeeeep, beeeeeeep, beep, beep, beep

Basically SOS

So far I've tried:

  1. swapping RAM with working computer
  2. swapping power cable with working computer
  3. holding down D and other keys
Looks like its a EFI ROM corruption. Could possibly be the battery. Will try replacing the Battery first. Here's a tutorial on it

Monday, 3 February 2014

Epilog examples and presets

Just got emailed a couple of links to some quick and easy samples and presets for the Epilog Laser Cutter. Here they are: