Apple has at long last published official Windows 8 support – but only for 64 bit Windows and only if you are running OS X 10.8.3. A tad irritating if, as on my machine, Windows 8 installed itself as 32 bit and not 64 bit.
The small print is at Boot Camp 5: Frequently asked questions
I’ve use two of the download managers currently on the market for OS X and they are both a lifesaver if you have a poor connection and want to download large files. Not only are they faster than a browser — they open multiple connections to the server which browser don’t* — but they resume incomplete downloads so they cope much much better with poor and failing connections.
They are … how can I put this … very similar. You could think they were different skins of the same product. iGetter shows the fact that it’s 10 years old (which is about how long it’s been saving my bacon), Folx looks more modern. They have different approaches to nagging non-purchasers: Folx distinguishes their free/pro versions, and requires a key-press to start a download. iGetter makes you wait for an increasing time when you launch the program.
They’re both downloadable for free trial or purchase.
* Because major browsers respect the internet standard which says client applications should not open more than 2 connections to a server.
If you’ve downloaded bootcamp drivers for Macs to run Windows 7 or 8, but still have problems, here’s my summary of the main issues and solutions I know of:
- The download file won’t open; or it doesn’t seem to work somehow; or doesn’t contain all the drivers you expect Do the download again using a download manager because sometimes the download appears to finish but hasn’t really. There are a couple of download managers I know of for OS X:
- You get an error message saying that the drivers can’t be installed on this computer model.In this case you may have one of 3 problems:
- You clicked the wrong download link. Check the instructions on finding your ModelIdentifier again carefully, and try again.
- Some Macs only get drivers for 32-bit versions of Windows and some only get drivers for 64-bit versions of Windows so if you install the wrong one, you’ll have to start again.
- Older models don’t support 64 bit Windows.
- Late 2012 Macs appear to only get drivers for 64 bit Windows, in spite of the Apple website not saying that. In this case, you’ll have to re-install a 64-bit Windows version.
- Try the Everymac page for a summary of which computers run 32/64 bit windows
- Back to item one – your download didn’t work properly. Get a download manager and try it again
- If you no longer have OS X on your machine, or if you did the download in Windows anyway, then opening-a-bootcamp-driver-download-on-windows-7-or-8-with-7-zip is the page that explains how to open the pkg file and the dmg file in Windows
- And finally the really obscure one: All you get in your download is drivers for a Motoral modem. I’m not sure what’s going on here, so I’m grasping at straws but you could try this: in the download URL, replace the http://swcdn.apple.com/ by using nslookup to to see if you can change which server is ‘really’ serving your download, for instance:
For years I have shunned Apple’s OS X Spaces as useless. I was excited about them for a good 2 minutes, which is how long it took to find out that if I had 2 spaces open, and I opened a browser in the 2nd space, then it flipped back to the 1st space. Completely not the point of having Spaces.
Until today. I found this setting in Mission Control:
So I un-ticked it. Perfect. Now I can have a space for work, a space for homework, with browser and mail and other windows open in each space, and it no longer flips between them except I want it to.
Do this from the terminal command line:
open x-man-page://cmp. Neat, huh?
Better, do this from the command line:
open -e ~/.bash_profile and then add these lines somewhere to the startup script:
and save it. Now open a new terminal window and type: