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  2. There's some interesting things going on here. I did a bit of reading about the disconnecting magic input devices and the Mini. It seems that if there is stuff plugged into the USB-A ports it could interfere with the Bluetooth signal. I have removed the two drives I had plugged in there, plugged them into the Thunderbolt screen and the issue of disconnecting seems to have gone. For now. I also noticed that after unplugging those drives the Mini cooled down a lot - it was running really hot! I miss Steve Jobs. He took responsibility for his company's products. Cook only seems to care about profits.
  3. If it’s a new one take it back, that sounds awful.
  4. I'm sorry, Apple. This is just a bad joke. What the hell...? Now the trackpad won't work unless it's wired to the Mini, the keyboard randomly disconnects too, the OS has asked me to sign in no fewer than 12 times since I switched this new machine on. I'm about to totally loose my rag with this.
  5. Did I ever tell you that my middle name is Murphy? I know my email passwords, but for some reason this new Mac kept telling me they were wrong. All other passwords stored in the cloud were fine, but not the emails. Go figure...
  6. I don’t understand that problem Dallas as when I upgraded to Catalina the passwords app worked fine, even for FZ, very strange!
  7. I got my new Mac Mini today. Oh the agony of setup has just gotten worse over time... I thought I would be clever and restore my Time Machine backup onto this brand new computer. That worked, but then the computer was running Mojave, not Catalina which is what the backup was made on. Hours later I have finally got it to upgrade to Catalina and things are slowly starting to work, but for some reason all my passwords for the many email accounts I have didn't carry through so now I have had to update the passwords on every device for every domain name I use. I feel like I want to slit my wrists. I think Lasik eye surgery is more of a doddle than this password nonsense. And of course Adobe CC does not recognise my password either. So all that stuff has to be re-installed too.
  8. And I thought Australia got screwed on product availability! We do get an option of upgrading iMacs with either larger fusion drives or SSD with capacities ranging from 256GB to 2TB, depending on the model and your wallet. given that you do have some decent monitors, perhaps the mini is the way to go.
  9. That's silly, but it is what it is. The mini will do you well. I still have a mini from 2010 in the day that I run my security cameras from, recording 12 HD streams to the internal SSD, non-stop, all day long without a hitch
  10. Doesn't appear to be an option out here, unfortunately. See https://www.myistore.co.za. I'm leaning quite heavily towards the 256GB SSD i5 Mini now that I have had more time to think about it. I like that it's got upgradable RAM and the option for eGPU. And it also has both USB-A and USB-C ports. Seems foolish to not follow that path now. Quite weird that it will be exactly 10 years since I last bought a Mac Mini (Core2Duo) and that old silver girl is still going strong as a media server for the entire digital household...
  11. you can get any of the 2019 5K iMacs with SSD drives
  12. The replacement 5K iMac was slightly better than the first one, but it was still not acceptable to me. So it has gone back to the supplier and I am now down to my 2012 MacBook Pro 13" and 2010 Mac Mini. 😬 I came to within a hair's breath of committing to a brand new 2019 27" iMac 5K which would have broken the budget and gotten me into debt, but after reading a lot of commentary about the lacklustre 1TB Fusion drive that ships with those machines I have decided to skip it. The whole reason for getting rid of my old iMac was because of the slow spinning drive. It's hard to believe that Apple are still putting those things into their 2019 hardware. The Mac Mini is still in my periphery but the specs don't look so good compared to iMac and once I've added the keyboard and Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 3 dongle (and an SD card reader) I'm already spending more than I did for the 2015 iMac with faulty screen... Ugh, technology is beginning to make me want to chuck it all in and go back to the 1980's.
  13. Those look like interesting options, guys. Thanks for the suggestions. I'll give the refurb my seller is going to bring to me a look over, but if there is any discolouration or ghosting around the edges I will reject it and will then most likely get a new 5K. I really do like the screen, even though it is complete overkill (zooming in on a 16MP image barely changes your view!).
  14. If you really need the graphics, you could add one of these to the mini https://www.apple.com/au/shop/product/HM8Y2X/A/blackmagic-egpu if you don’t need the display, that leaves you in a similar ball park as the base iMac after swapping out the fusion drive for a real ssd.
  15. That sucks! A new Mac Mini will work well for you, just add one of thee bad boys with a good GPU and it will outperform the 2015 iMac no problem. https://www.razer.com/gaming-laptops/razer-core-x A new iMac would also hit the spot and may end up costing the same.
  16. The Current Mac minis don’t look too bad aside from only intel graphics. You can spec up to six core i7 processors.
  17. I think I am going to ask for a refund and just buy a new iMac. After selling the old one I'm not that far away from the cost of the entry level 27". I may ask about changing the hybrid HDD into a full SSD. I'm not sure how much of those hybrids are SSD and how much are regular drives.
  18. UPDATE: My 5K iMac had to go back to the seller as it was suffering from some serious image retention issues around the edges of the screen. Fortunately the guy I buy from has supplied me with another one, same model, but this one has the same issue. Some digging around on various Mac sites has revealed to me that these 27" models (late 2015) all seem to suffer from the same thing. They apparently have LG panels in them and there are a lot of disgruntled owners. I have been in touch with my guy and he says he has taken the one I first had back to Apple for them to replace the panel. As soon as it comes back he will swap it out again with this one I am using now. To be honest I am not very happy about this and I am thinking of canning this idea and going with something else. This drags me right back to square one again, what? The only feasible option I can see is a new Mac Mini, but they don't seem to have the same power that the iMacs have, especially as far as graphics and storage is concerned. And I sold the old iMac which didn't have any screen issues.
  19. I have developed a password "system" where I have a standard mixture of characters that satisfy the diversity requirements and I concatenate onto that something related to either the website or account I am trying to access. This has proven fairly useful over the past few years but this hard drive password has me stumped. I'm fairly sure that I am inputting the right thing, but for some reason it isn't accepting it. Router passwords are usually admin / admin but you can reset them easily enough with a pointy thing.
  20. I’ve got a couple of things I can’t remember passwords for. At the moment I can’t log into my router control panel, but at least I remember the wifi password.
  21. I did that, no dice. Anyway, al the work is now copied over to the bigger drive, so I can reformat this older one now. Without any encryption.
  22. Maybe encrypted without a password? Try hitting ok
  23. It is the most bizarre thing, Rodrigo. No sign of any encrypted drive in the keychain when it is plugged into the old Mac. It does open a dialog asking for a password but I click on the cancel button and it opens anyway. It doesn’t open on the new one though. But what surprises me most is that none of the password variations I use will open it on the new Mac. It can’t be anything other than the options I have input. Needless to say I won’t be formatting any more drives with encryption in the future.
  24. Never had that happen. So on the old machine you can't find the password in your keychain? Maybe you changed the name of the drive long time ago or have forgotten the password? You can go to keychain access on the old machine and sort all login keychains by kind and see what you have under "encrypted volume password". If the drive mounts on that machine the password has to be stored there and you can double check what the volume name and password are.
  25. ... Apple are having me on. One of the external hard drives that I have been using over the past three years to store client work contains my Lightroom catalogs also. So this morning I thought I would install Lightroom onto the 5K iMac and open the catalog. No problem, done this before, I thought. Until I plugged the hard drive into the Mac and it asked me for a password. Huh? I clicked on the password hint, saw something that pointed me in the direction of a typical password I have used in the past and got the dialog box to shake violently a few times. Huh? Tried again. Same result. And again, and again, and again. Took the hard drive to the other room where the old iMac is, plugged it in there and it opened it up, no password required. Now call me crazy, but surely if Apple KeyChain was saving this password I should be able to retrieve it from somewhere, right? Nope. No such luck. I tried more variations of passwords, and more still, but that stubborn little drive refused to open up on the 5K. Fortunately because I could still read it on the old machine (which thankfully I haven't sold yet) I was able to copy over all 1,8TB of files from there to another 4TB drive I was using as the Time Machine on the old iMac. That took practically all day. Has anybody ever had this happen with an encrypted drive on Apple before? Opens on one machine without password but not on another?
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