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Cleaning the cooling fans of a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro 2015 model

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/03/14

After years of use, the cooling fans of my 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro 2015 model got quite a bit dirty, causing them to run louder and louder.

The video below the fold shows how to clean them: 11 screws, some isopropyl alcohol, (dry!) compressed, and caution for the connector-clips connecting the bottom plate.

It helps having a:

  • pentalobe P5 screwdriver
  • plastic spudger so separate the bottom plate (especially be careful with the connector-clips)
  • magnet to stick the screws to, as they are really tiny and it is easy to loose them

I got the pentalobe screwdriver with some spare screws from the German Amazon: [Archive.is] Kricson Ersatzschrauben MacBook Pro – 4 Pack Gummi: Amazon.de: Computer & Zubehör

You can get a similar one from the USA Amazon site: [Archive.is] Amazon.com: 8 Pack Rubber Case Feet + Set of 20pcs Repair Replacement Screw + 1pcs 5 Point Pentalobe Screwdriver for Unibody MacBook Pro Retina A1425 A1502 A1398 13″ 15″ Bottom Case(Retina): Computers & Accessories

Two important tips:

  • After using isopropyl alcohol, let the parts dry
  • Hold the fans when spraying compressed air (to prevent the fan-motors to create over-voltage, and to prevent the fans spinning faster than they are rated for)

The iFixit pictures for replacing the SSD help greatly to see how to remove and re-attach the back-cover, and where the various parts are inside the machines.

Note the screws differ between the 13-inch and 15-inch models!

–jeroen

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dd on MacOS / OS X with progress report

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/01/21

Since dd on Apple does not support progress parameters via [Wayback] macos dd progress – Google Search:

  • [Wayback] Quick: dd with progress indication on macOS

    A nice way I found to get progress indication whilst still being able to benefit from the huge speed increase in using /dev/rdiskX is to install a tool called pv, also known as [WayBack] Pipe Viewer.

    Example:

    sudo dd if=/dev/rdiskX bs=1m | pv -s 64G | sudo dd of=/dev/rdiskY bs=1m

    Another way to achieve something similar would be to use brew to install coreutils, which will come with a newer version of dd that supports the status option.

    Example:

    gdd if=/dev/diskX of=/dev/diskY bs=1m status=progress

  • [Wayback] el capitan – How can I track progress of dd – Ask Different

    You just need to enter a controlT character from the keyboard while the dd command is executing.

    By pressing the controlT character, you are sending the same SIGINFO signal to the dd command that the command pkill -INFO -x dd sends.

     

    dd itself doesn’t provide a progress bar. You may estimate the progress of the dd copy process by adding a pkill -INFO command though.

    Example:

    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/null bs=64m count=1000 & while pkill -INFO -x dd; do sleep 1; done
  • [Wayback] dd progress indicator on OSX

    signal siginfo is coupled to key-combination CTRL-T. No need to use kill, you can just type CTRL-T in the terminal window where dd is running.

–jeroen

Posted in Power User, *nix, Apple, MacBook, MacBook-Pro, MacBook-Air, Mac OS X / OS X / MacOS, Mac, MacBook Retina, *nix-tools, MacMini, iMac | Leave a Comment »

MacOS: when “Command-Tab” does not work (no visual response, no application switching) you need to restart the Dock

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/05/21

Based on [WayBack] Command-Tab Not working….. – Apple Community

If you go to Activity monitor and search for dock, doubleclick on it, choose Force quit.
It will restart the Dock app and now it should work.

I wrote this alias which restarts Dock (including Dashboard and Spaces as they are served by the same process).

alias restart-dock-dashboard-spaces='killall -KILL Dock'

Related: my 2013 post Mac: Restarting the Mac OS X Dock, Finder, Spaces or Menubar | Stefan Ernst.

–jeroen

Posted in Apple, iMac, Mac, Mac OS X / OS X / MacOS, MacBook, MacBook Retina, MacBook-Air, MacBook-Pro, MacMini, macOS 10.12 Sierra, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Power User | Leave a Comment »

Tools I use for audio/video downloading, media conversion and audio editing

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/07/03

A friend asked me what tools I use for downloading media, converting it to various formats (including audio extraction) and audio editing.

It is a surprisingly short list:

Most of it runs out of the box on Mac OS X/MacOS/OS X, as I’ve moved there form Windows for most of my day to day access to systems (there is a great set of Microsoft Remote Desktop in the app store: [Archive.isMicrosoft Remote Desktop 8.0 on the Mac App Store and [Archive.isMicrosoft Remote Desktop 10 on the Mac App Store; I like the first one better).

Audacity shortcuts

Shortcuts make Audacity life a lot easier. For keyboard shortcuts, Mac users use Command (⌘) instead of Ctrl.

Earlier related posts:

–jeroen

mps-youtube via [WayBack] Joseph Mitzen commenting on… – Carlos Moreno Gil – Google+

 

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Audacity error when starting “The application “Audacity.app” can’t be opened.”

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/06/29

For quite a while, I had the error “The application “Audacity.app” can’t be opened.” and Audacity still opening. Clicking the OK button often enough made me hunt for the solution:

This is what I did:

$ cd ~/Library/Application\ Support/audacity
$ grep Temp audacity.cfg
TempDir=/Users/jeroenp/Library/Application Support/audacity/SessionData

Then I checked if the directory existed:

$ find ~/Library/Application\ Support/audacity -type d
/Users/jeroenp/Library/Application Support/audacity
/Users/jeroenp/Library/Application Support/audacity/AutoSave
/Users/jeroenp/Library/Application Support/audacity/Plug-Ins
/Users/jeroenp/Library/Application Support/audacity/SessionData

The odd thing is the directory already existed, so I decided to delete the line, but first needed sed -n (the -n is important: it list only non-matching lines to stdout, see [WayBack] regex – What actually the meaning of “-n” in sed? – Stack Overflow):

$ sed -n '/^TempDir=/p' ~/Library/Application\ Support/audacity/audacity.cfg
TempDir=/Users/jeroenp/Library/Application Support/audacity/SessionData

Since this is Mac OS/Mac OS X/OS X, the -i parameter requires a string even if it is an empty [WayBack] shell – Delete lines in a text file that contain a specific string – Stack Overflow so we get:

$ sed -i '' -n '/^TempDir=/d' ~/Library/Application\ Support/audacity/audacity.cfg

After that, starting audacity still gave the same error and the TempDir entry was re-added.

So I did this:

  1. renamed the audacity directory to audacity.bad,
  2. recreated an empty audacity directory
  3. created empty subdirectories AutoSave, Plug-Ins, SessionData
  4. looped this loop
    1. Start Audacity
    2. On success copy a missing file in the audacity directory tree from the audacity.bad directory tree

In the end, these files were the cause:

  • pluginregistry.cfg
  • pluginsettings.cfg

Since I wasn’t using any plugins, I removed them. Now audacity starts fine.

Now that I had the files pinpointed, I could refine the search and this seems to be a common problem [WayBack] FAQ:Installation, Startup and Plug-ins – Audacity Development Manual: How can I solve Audacity not appearing or crashing on launch, or crashing after I add a plug-in?.

Too bad that page didn’t show up in the original search results.

–jeroen

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