Fix Mac by Resetting NVRAM PRAM

Hi guys and welcome to 123myIT. In this video, we will show you how to fix your Mac by resetting NVRAM.

Before we get started, what is NVRAM? NVRAM is a small amount of memory that your Mac uses to store certain settings. Therefore, if you are having issues with Sound Volume, Display Resolution, Start-up disk selection, Time zone and Kernel Panic then resetting NVRAM might help. 

Ok to reset the NVRAM you need to hold down Option, Command, P and R buttons on your keyboard as your Mac restarts.

Resetting NVRAM
Hold down the ALT Command and P R keys will help you in resetting NVRAM.

Go up to the Apple menu and restart your Mac now and you see your Mac restarting. Quickly, hold down the Option, Command, P and R buttons. Because you will hear the first Apple chime continue to hold down the Buttons and you should hear a second Apple chime. Great job the NVRAM has been reset now let go of your buttons now.

You can log back into your Mac and hopefully your issues have been resolved! Other helpful reset videos are fix MacBook Air with T2 chip. The T2 chip is that funny looking power button on some of the Mac computers.

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Install Windows 10 on Mac 2020

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Install Windows 10 on Mac 2020

Hi, Guys Welcome to 123myIT. In this video, we will show you how to install Windows 10 on a Mac in 2020.

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I get allot people asking me. Why would you want to install Windows 10 on a Mac? Moreover, my reply is always. You have nice Apple hardware; why not put the best OS software on that hardware? People, if you disagree leave a comment in the comments section below.

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Ok let us get started. You will need a Mac a USB stick and a copy of Windows 10. To get a FREE copy of Windows 10 you can get it from the 123myit.com website under downloads. However, you will need a Windows computer to download that copy onto your USB drive. In the Downloads section scroll down to where it says Windows 10 Media Creator tool and run that. Select create installation media for another Pc. For language, I select English US, Edition Windows 10 Pro and Architecture 64 bit.

Next we want to select ISO file. This is the Windows 10 file that we will copy to the USB and then from that USB we will copy it to your Macs Desktop.

SanDisk USB C and USB 3

Ok so I have already copied the Windows 10 ISO file to my Macs Desktop from the USB stick. The USB stick I am using is a SanDisk Dual drive USB. It has both USB C and the older USB 3 so I don’t get stuck when using USBs on my new MACs. They are helpful I will leave a link here. Once the Windows 10 ISO file is copied to your Macs desktop. Go ahead an open Boot Camp assistant. Just click on finder and search Boot Camp.

Ok if Boot camp does not select your Windows 10 ISO file Automatically go ahead and select it manually. Mine has detected so all is ok.

Windows 10 on Mac
Partition the Macintosh hard drive to keep both Mac and Windows.

Partition your Macintosh HD

The next step is to Partition your drive so that you can fit Windows 10 onto you Mac. If you are unsure about this just move your slider to halfway. Click install and then your Mac will download the Windows support software. This may take a while so let the Mac do its thing. Next, it will partition the disk and just follow the prompts it will restart.

If everything has gone ok you should see the Windows 10 setup screen. Just go ahead and select the options for Language and Click do not activate Windows now.

Ok select your country and follow the prompts to setup Windows 10.

So setup for personal use, click that and I always just use offline account. However, feel free to setup Windows whatever way you want. Click limited experience and then type in your user name. I just create 123myIT as a user. Add in a password and click next. I always click no and decline. Up to you, what you want to select for Privacy settings I just click no.

Installed Windows 10!

Awesome you have just installed Windows 10 on a Mac. The last step here is to make sure the Boot Camp drivers are installed. It is an important step so do not skip this. Otherwise, things like your sound buttons on your Mac will not work properly.

You should see a Boot Camp Window on your screen just click next and follow the prompts. If you didn’t get this screen go back into your Boot Camp folder on your hard disk and run the boot camp setup.exe file again. If you want to check your drivers are installing properly go into device manager and you should see all the devices install properly.

Sweet that is finished now check your devices and you can do a restart and test if your Sound and Volume buttons work ok.

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Fix MacBook Air T2 Chip by resetting SMC

Hi Guys and welcome to 123myit, in this video I will show you how to Fix your MacBook Air by resetting SMC.

Ok guys in this video we will show you the official way to Fix your MacBook Air with the T2 chip. If you do not have the T2 chip on your Mac but you still want to reset the SMC then I will put a link in the video to an earlier video I made which shows you how to do it on Macs without the T2 chip. Find that link here. If you do not know what I mean by T2 chip, it is that funny little power button on some Macs.

Resetting SMC
The T2 Chip on some Macs – Resetting SMC

Resetting SMC can fix issues such as fans running at high speeds. Battery and charging issues. Sensors and status indicator light issues.

Problems when opening and closing the lid on your mac as well as a host of other issues you might be having with your Mac.

Resetting SMC

To reset the SMC when your Mac is powered off hold down the Ctrl, Option and right shift buttons for 7 seconds. Once 7 seconds is up press and hold the power as well. If you Mac is on it will turn off. Here’s a picture of the keys you should be holding down.

Keep holding the keys down for another 7 seconds and then release them. Wait a few seconds and then press the power button to your Mac on. Once you Mac is powered back up check and see if you are still having the issue that bought you to this video. If you are, still having an issue leave a comment in the comments field below. I can try figure it out for you.

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Clean Install MacOS Catalina on any Mac

The clean install process is easy.

In the video we will show you how to do a clean install of MacOS Catalina on any Mac.
In a previous video I showed you how to create a MacOS Catalina installer USB and I here is the link. Create MacOS Installer Drive.

Once you have followed that video and created your USB we can now show you how to do a clean install on any Mac.

One more thing to mention your USB can be USB type A or USB type C it doesn’t matter which one. If you want to buy one similar to what I am using here’s the link.

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Step 1 – Clean Install MacOS

Go ahead and shutdown your Mac. Apple Menu > Shut Down and Select Shutdown again. Next plug in your MacOS Catalina USB. Press and hold your Alt Option Key on your Keyboard and press your power button to turn your Mac on.

You should then see the Boot menu with Install macOS Catalina, use the arrow keys and select Mac OS Catalina drive. Press return on your keyboard.

It will eventually boot you into the macOS Utilities menu. If you want to Upgrade or Install a new copy of macOS, select the install macOS option. I want to show you a clean install so I am going to wipe the hard drive first. Click Disk Utility.

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Disk Utility a program to help you format your hard disk before installing MacOS Catalina.

Step 2 – Disk Utility

When you are in Disk Utility, select your Internal Hard drive in the top left hand corner and press partition. Press partition again. Give your partition an Name in this case I will call it Mac HD. Under format you can select APFS or if you have an older drive Mac OS Extended (Journaled).Click Apply and click Partition. When you have done that go back up to Disk Utility menu and Quit Disk Utility.

Alright you have wiped your hard drive and now you are about to do a clean install of macOS. Select install macOS. Click continue. Agree to the terms. Select Mac HD and then click install.

So by now you Mac would have rebooted and you should get the Welcome screen where you select the country you are from. You have now done a clean install of macOS Catalina and you can just go through all the mac setup prompts, similar to when you first purchased your mac.

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Fix MacBook by resetting SMC

This video will show you how to Fix MacBook by resetting SMC System Management Controller.

This should be a pretty straight forward easy one. Sometimes your Macbooks will play up and you will need to Fix it by resetting the SMC. If you are having issues suggested in the picture below then resetting the SMC should resolved these issues.

Fix MacBook by resetting SMC

You will need to hold down a combination of buttons and it will vary slightly depending on which MacBook model you have. I have tried to cover all models in the video.

I should add first to reset SMC on older MacBook’s try this video here.

Ok to get started you will need to shut your MacBook down. So just power it off. Once the Mac is powered off, Press and hold down the Shift, Ctrl and Option buttons are the same time. While holding down these buttons next press and hold the power button for 10 seconds while still holding down the Shift, Crtl and Option buttons.

Once this is done hold your power button down again to start your Mac up. This should now have reset your SMC and any issues that you were experiencing should now be gone.

If you want to check out the original Apple SMC reset page you can do that on the link here.

Macs with the T2 chipset you will need to shutdown again. Once the Mac is shutdown you will need to hold down the T2 button again for 10 seconds and this should reset the SMC and this should fix MacBook.

Lastly, shutdown your Mac again.press and hold down the right shift key. and the left option key and hold it for 7 seconds. And then press and hold down your power button for 7 seconds keeping the right shift key and left option key held down. Let them all go power on your Mac and you should have reset the SMC.

I hope this helps!

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This video & article will show you a MacBook Pro Unboxing Benchmark. You will find it helpful if you are in the market of buying a MacBook Pro.

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My After thoughts are that the MacBook Pro its a great laptop for web browsing some video editing, but still these MacBook’s lack a strong GPU for people who also want to do some Gaming. Another issue that I should mention is that heat is a problem on such s small computer as a result you will hear the fans spin up quite high when the laptop is under load. I have added these details in the video so you can hear the back ground noise that they make.
Mac OS Mojave light or dark featureis pretty cool too, it allows you to set your Mac OS to light or dark mode.

MacBook Pro Unboxing Benchmark

This model has the following specs:

Retina display
13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2560-by-1600 native resolution at 227 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors
500 nits brightness
Wide color (P3)
CPUs
2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz, with 64MB of eDRAM
Configurable to
2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 4.0GHz, with 64MB of eDRAM
Storage SSD
128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB
Memory
8GB or 16GB
Graphics
Intel 640, Intel 655
Two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports with support for:

Charging
DisplayPort
Thunderbolt (up to 40 Gbps)
USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10 Gbps)
Wifi
Bluetooth
720p FaceTime HD Camera
Stereo Speakers, Two Mics and 3.5 headphone jack

Battery
Up to 10 hours wireless web
Up to 10 hours iTunes movie playback
Up to 30 days of standby time
Built-in 54.5-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
61W USB-C Power Adapter
Size and Weight
Height: 0.59 inch (1.49 cm)
Width: 11.97 inches (30.41 cm)
Depth: 8.36 inches (21.24 cm)
Weight: 3.02 pounds (1.37 kg)3

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Windows 10 on MacBook Pro 2015

This video will show you how to install Windows 10 on MacBook Pro 2015.

Well here it is guys, the video you guys have all been waiting for. I have had quite a few people ask me about installing Windows 10 on MacBook Pro 2015 and 2014 models and have been a bit slow to get this video out as the hardware is not cheap as you all can imagine. So if the above video helps you out, please help 123myIT out by clicking on the donate button on the left hand side of the page. All donations will help purchasing new hardware.

Some of you will be upset to know that I didn’t get any errors when going through the video. To be honest I kind of expected maybe 1 or 2 problems. But the setup went very smoothly. Even the Boot Camp drivers at the end of the video applied correctly.

You will need 2 things to complete the setup.
1. USB drive 8GB or larger
2. Windows 10 or 8 ISO file which you

In the Windows 10 on MacBook Pro 2015 video I link to another video called Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. This will help you get the Windows 8 or 10 ISO file which allows you to then create the USB which you use to install Windows 8 or 10.

I was able to get a copy of the Boot Camp Drivers from the WININSTALL USB that I can confirm work with Windows 10.
I have labelled it Windows 10 64-bit Captured by 123myIT.com BCD and you will find under the MacBook Pro page here.

All up the install took about 1.5 hours, with the downloading of the boot camp drivers seeming to take forever. The file being around 1.2GB in size meaning if you are on a slow internet connection it could take hours for just that part to complete. So be prepared to wait.

Windows 10 on MacBook Pro 2015

Overall Windows 10 on MacBook Pro 2015 seems to run very well and I will take a closer look at how Windows 10 works in future videos. So stay tuned. 🙂

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Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch Retina Display 2015

This video will show you an unboxing of the Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch Retina Display (2015) laptop.

Hi All,
I managed to get my hands on the Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch Retina Display (2015) model. This is to try and help 123myIT users with some of the problems they face when they are trying to get Windows 8 or Windows 10 installed on Apples newest version of laptops.

Shortly I will do a step by step video on how to install Windows 8 and Windows 10 on the Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch Retina Display (2015) laptop, however lets take a quick look at what you can expect when you purchase the new version of the MacBook Pro.

On the outside of the laptop there isn’t much changes the design is pretty much the same as the 2014 MacBook Pro. However with the Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch Retina Display (2015) version there is the change of the Track Pad. Now I know what you are thinking. Come on Matt big deal right? Who cares about a Track Pad and what actually features can you improve on?
Well after using the new MacBook Pro in the video I briefly show you what is possible able with the new track pad which has the new functionality called Force Touch.
I describe it in the video as a click within a click. But its more then that. The second click seems to be pressure activated.

MacBook Pro 13 inch - Force Touch

What this allows you to do, lets say if you are browsing a website and you have a website link on the page.
Clicking once and then on the second click if you use a little bit of pressure you can get a small preview of the page that is linked. On the second click if you use allot of pressure it will bring up a bigger preview of the linked page.
Its a bit hard to explain without actually using it for yourself, but you get the idea anyone. On the outset it might seem like a gimmick. However some people might find this feature pretty useful.

Worth the upgrade? Hard to say. If you are a Mac fan any upgrade is probably worth it. However if you do have a 2014 model you could probably run with that for now.

Cheers
Matt