In this video I show how simple it is to run a Verify Disk on your Mac, this maintenance task is simple but can reveal a lot of underlying problems, I recommend running one if you have experienced a slowdown of your machine, if you are getting weird file errors, such as corruption, failure to open or save a file etc.
I’ll be talking about a different kind of Mac Support this week
My colleague is going to be doing a sponsored skydive for charity on June 4th 2012, with all of the money donated going directly to Macmillan Cancer Support, so it would be great if you could find the time to make a donation, any amount is fine, whatever you can afford, and if you can’t afford to donate then please post the following link on your Facebook or Twitter accounts, any help would be greatly appreciated.
Below is a bit of information on Cancer taken from the Macmillan website
Cancer is not a single disease with a single cause and a single type of treatment. There are more than 200 different types of cancer, each with its own name and treatment.
Each year nearly 300,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK.
Cancers can occur at any age, but the risk of developing cancer increases with age. Cancer isn’t common in children or young people.
Some cancers are very common and others are very rare. The most recent statistics for the UK (from 2008) show that for men the most common cancer is prostate cancer (24% of all cancers in men), followed by lung cancer (15%), colon and rectal cancer (14%) andbladder cancer (5%).
For women, the statistics show that the most common cancers are breast cancer (31%), colon and rectal cancer (12%), lung cancer (12%) and womb cancer (5%).
Nearly a third (31%) of all cancers diagnosed in children are leukaemia. Teenagers and young people (aged 15-24) are more likely to be diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma,testicular cancer, melanoma and leukaemia. The most common types of cancer diagnosed in adults aged 25-49 are breast cancer, melanoma, bowel and cervical cancer.
We don’t know the cause of most of these, but we know about some of the risk factors that can increase or influence a person’s risk. Increasing age is a risk factor that we can’t do anything about. But we can make lifestyle choices about some of the other risk factors, such as stopping smoking, eating a balanced diet, cutting down our alcohol intake and getting regular exercise.
We’re getting better at recognising and treating cancer, so today many people with cancer can be cured. Even if a cancer can’t be cured, it can often be controlled with treatment for months or years.
Make sure you have the latest version of X11, you can download this from http://xquartz.macosforge.org/trac/wiki
always choose the stable version, download the DMG and double click on the XQuartz.pkg to begin installation, click continue or next on all default options, then reboot the machine
Next download Wineskin
Install by dragging into /Applications/Utilities
Run Wineskin Winery by double clicking the app
Under Installed Engines, click on the + button
Download & install the top available engine by clicking on ‘Download & Install’
When the ‘File Downloader’ window opens click the ‘OK’ button
Once that has finished the Wineskin Winery window will open again, this time locate the ‘Wrapper Version’ section and click on the ‘Update’ button
A new ‘File Downloader’ will open, again, click on the ‘OK’ button
Now you will need to create your wrapper so that you can install Office 2010, do this by clicking on ‘Create New Blank Wrapper’
name it ‘Word 2007′ and click on ‘OK’
You may be prompted to install a Wine Gecko package, if so then click Install
Once that has completed you will get a window announcing that the wrapper creation has finished, click on ‘View wrapper in Finder’
Double click on your Word 2007 app and click on ‘Install Windows Software’
At this point, insert your Office 2007 DVD or mount the ISO and navigate to the ‘setup.exe’ file on it, click on ‘setup.exe’ and then click ‘Choose’
You should get a regular Office 2007 window and you can proceed with the installation as follows
Enter your license code and click on the ‘Continue’ button
click on the box next to ‘I accept the terms of this agreement’ and then click the ‘Continue’ button
click the ‘Customize’ button
click on the icon next to ‘Microsoft Office’ at the top of the screen and choose ‘Run all from My Computer
Next remove the components you don’t wish to install, I tend to remove Excel, Outlook, Access, Publisher, Groove, Infopath, OneNote, Outlook, Visio Viewer.
then click on the ‘Install Now’ button
Once the installation has finished click on the ‘Close’ button
You will get an error screen saying that ‘The programs executable file currently set in Wineskin is not found after installation’, this is fine, just click on the ‘OK’ button
You will then be presented with the wineskin window again, this time click on ‘Advanced’
In the ‘Wineskin Advanced’ window, click on the ‘Browse’ button next to Windows EXE
navigate to /Users/USERNAME/Applications/Wineskin/Word 2007/Contents/Resources/drive_c/Program Files/Microsoft Office/Office12/ and click on WINWORD.EXE, then click the ‘Choose’ button
(replace USERNAME with the shortname of account that you are using)
then click ‘Done’ on the Wineskin Advanced window, then click the ‘Quit’ button on the Wineskin window
next navigate to /Users/USERNAME/Applications/Wineskin/ and double click on ‘Word 2007.app’
Enter your details when prompted in the ‘User Name’ window and click ‘OK’
unstick all the boxes on the ‘Privacy Options’ window and click on the ‘Next’ button
click on ‘I don’t want to use Microsoft Update’ and then click on the ‘Finish’ button
To get rid of the .dotx template error at startup, do the following, click on the Office button in the top left hand corner of the Word window, click on close, then click on the Office button again, and choose New, then Blank Document, then quit Word, the next time you open Word you won’t get the error again
So you are almost done, all you need now is a decent icon for the Word app
google search for a decent Word.png and download it
Next download IMG2ICNS from http://www.img2icnsapp.com/
drag the app into your Applications folder
Open img2icns.app and then just drag your downloaded image file into the app window and then click on the icns export button, save it to your desktop
Next navigate to Users/USERNAME/Applications/Wineskin and single click on Word 2007.app, then click CMD I to open the Get Info window
At the very top left hand corner of the Info window there is the current icon, drag the one you created to the icon in the info window and you will get a little green + button, release the button and the new icon will take the place of the old one, much tidier
and finally, if you wish to open all of your Word documents with this program then do the following
locate a word document in Finder
CTRL click (right click) on the document and choose ‘Open With’ then ‘Other’
when the window opens navigate to your Word 2007.app (/Users/USERNAME/Applications/Wineskin/Word 2007.app)
make sure you click on the ‘Always Open With’ checkbox at the bottom and click on the ‘Open’ button
To test if it has worked just double click on a Word Document