How To Show Desktop On The Mac and Macbook

In Windows the “show desktop” button is right at the bottom of your screen in the lower right, some users miss this function when they come to the Mac from Windows. The good news is that a “show desktop” function is there in OS X, it’s just a little hidden.

On your Mac keyboard simply press the fn and f11 keys at the same time. All of the windows on your screen will slide out of the way to reveal your desktop. And when you want the windows to come back you can simply press fn and f11 again and your windows and applications will come back.

 

Re-enable “Additional Dialog” Boxes On Chrome

If you clicked the checkbox on the “Prevent this page from creating additional dialogs” here is how to re-enable additional dialogs.

You might have clicked the checkbox and then found out that some piece of software or a web page needed additional dialogs in order to function properly.

Fortunately one of these two actions will re-enable additional dialogs in Chrome:

  1. Close the Tab and open a new Tab where you navigate back to the webpage you were on. By closing the tab you reset the additional dialogs setting back to on.
  2. Close Chrome and then re-open Chrome. This will re-enable Additional Dialogs.
 

How To Connect Sony Portable Bluetooth Speaker SRS-X11

If you’re having trouble connecting to your new Sony Bluetooth Portable Speaker then you’re not alone. These speakers are designed to be easy to connect but sometimes they will refuse to “pair” with your phone or computer no matter what you do.

Fortunately it’s pretty easy to fix the connection/pairing issues. Simply go through the fixes listed below until the problem is solved:

Fix #1: Charge The Speaker Using AC/DC Adapter

The most likely problem causing connection problems is a lack of power in the speaker. Connect the speaker to power and charge it for a few hours.

Sometimes the USB charging is not enough and you’ll need to use an USB-to-AC/DC adapter to charge the speaker at a wall outlet. This is what worked for me personally.

Fix #2: Reset The Speaker

Follow the instructions in your manual to reset the speaker using the reset pin located on the back of the unit.

 

 

How To Fix “Spotify could not load tracks” Error

A lot of people are getting the same error when using the Spotify app. Fortunately it’s fixable in many cases and here is how to do it.

First of all the full error text is: “Spotify could not load tracks. These tracks are currently unavailable please try again later.”

Usually this error pops up when you try to add a song to playlist. It just won’t let you and instead bothers you with this error.

Here are a few fixes to try:

Fix #1: Connect To The Internet

Usually if you make sure that you have data or that you’re connected to Wifi the error will go away and you can add the song. So just enable your data or connect to WiFi and try to add the song again.

This will solve the problem for most people.

Fix #2: Delete And Re-Install The Spotify App

Delete the Spotify app from your phone and then go and download it again. This will clear any temporary files that might be messing things up.

Let me know if these fixes worked for you. Unfortunately Spotify seems to have acknowledged this problem isn’t always solved for 100% of users through the above fixes. They are working on a fix/update and I will update this article when they release the fix/update.

 

 

How To Easily Fix Whatsapp Error Code -24

A lot of people are getting this Whatsapp error message and getting annoyed by it but fortunately the fix is insanely simple.

The error message is: “Unknown error code during application installation: -24”

Usually it looks like this:

whatsapp-error-24

Fix #1: Wipe Google Play Cache/Data

  1. Tap on Settings
  2. Tap on Apps
  3. Find and Tap on Google Play Store or Google Play Store
  4. Tap on “clear data” button

Fix #2: Wipe Whatsapp Cache/Data

This will delete your Whatsapp downloaded files so make sure they’re backed up.

  1. Tap on Settings
  2. Tap on Apps
  3. Find and Tap on Whatsapp
  4. Tap on “clear data” button

Fix #3: Remove and Re-Install Whatapp

  1. Hold down on the Whatsapp app and Uninstall it
  2. Turn off your phone
  3. Turn on your phone
  4. Re-install Whatsapp and log back in

One of these three fixes should have solved your problem!

 

How To Fix Tinder “Error getting requested profile” error

If you’re browsing Tinder and you try to check out a person and get the message “Error Getting Requested Profile”.

Here’s why it happens and how you can fix it.

Fix #1: Sign Out and Sign Back In

The easiest fix is usually just signing out and then signing back into Tinder. This fixes whatever hiccup Tinder is having and it opens the profile right up.

Fix #2: The Bad News

Alright this isn’t really a fix. If Fix #1 doesn’t work then the problem is probably happening because of one of two reasons:

  1. They’ve deleted their Tinder account.
  2. They’ve blocked you.

If this is the case then there isn’t really anything you can do about. Best move on and try someone else.

 

How To Completely Stop Windows 10 Upgrade Message FOREVER

For those running Windows a constant annoyance is the message from Microsoft annoying them about upgrading to Windows 10. Some users even report being tricked into upgrading!

Microsoft is offering the upgrade to Windows 10 for free until mid-2016 and they want to push as many users onto Windows 10 as possible. Their motivations here are probably money. Windows 10 has an app store and ability to show ads to users that Windows 7 does not. Microsoft knows that Apple and Google are making oodles of money from their app stores and they want that as well.

But a lot of us love our Windows 7 (or 8 or 8.1) systems and we don’t want to upgrade. But the message keeps on popping up no matter what we do.

So here is how to block that annoying upgrade nag forever.

Method #1: Download and Run “Never10”

Steve Gibson is a famous security expert and computer programmer. He’s created a program called “Never10” that blocks the Windows 10 upgrade message forever (or until you want to unblock them).

This option is the easiest. All that you have to do is download the Never10 program from Steve Gibson’s website and run it.

You can download it from his website here: https://www.grc.com/never10.htm

Method #2: Edit The Registry Manually

If you don’t want to download and run Never10 then you can do what the program does yourself manually. Be warned that editing the registry directly can be dangerous and should only be done by experienced users.

Here are the steps:

  1. regedit
  2. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate
  3. Create a DWORD value called DisableOSUpgrade and set it to 1

 

 

How To Create Playlists On Youtube

Creating playlists on youtube is easy as pie. Once you’ve found the first video you want to put in the playlist simply navigate to it and do the following:

  1. Right under the video click on +Add To
  2. Click on Create New Playlist
  3. Make up a cool name
  4. Choose whether you want a public or private playlist
  5. Click Create

Done! Now just open the side menu when you want to go to your new playlist and it’ll be there in the list. To add new videos just click Add To+ under the video and then place a checkmark next to the playlist.

 

How To Get Your Snapchat Working (What To Do)

Are you having problems with snapchat? Not able to get it running right? Here is the easy way to fix it.

Just try a fix and if it doesn’t work try the next one until your problem is solved.

Fix #1: Restart Your Phone

Believe it or not this solves 90% of Snapchat problems. Just turning your phone off and then on clears a lot of errors and issues away. Do this before doing anything else so you don’t waste your time.

Fix #2: Clear The Cache

(Android Only)

That sounds geeky and difficult but it’s really easy to do.

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap on Apps
  3. Swipe to the right until you get to the ALL section
  4. Find Snapchat and tap on it
  5. Tap on Force Stop
  6. Tap on Clear Cache
  7. Go back to the home screen and open Snapchat again

Fix #3: Delete And Then Re-Install the App

Sometimes the App gets damaged and the only thing you can do is to uninstall and then reinstall the app. Fortunately this takes less than 2 minutes to do so you’ll be up and snapping before you know it.

One of these three fixes should do the trick and solve 99.9% of all Snapchat problems. Let me know if you run into a problem that this doesn’t solve.

You can also take a look at my other article about Snapchat where I talk about fixes for a specific Snapchat login problem. You can find it here: http://www.thefakegeek.com/2015/10/how-to-fix-snapchat-not-logging-inconnecting-being-stuck-on-verifying-device/

If one of these tips fixes your problem please let us know in the comments below. Sharing your experience will help other people when they run into the same problem.

And if you have any other problems you would like help with don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments below. I’m always looking for new problems to write about.

 

How To Fix No Bootable Device Insert Boot Disk On Hackintosh OS X

no bootable device hackintosh

I ran some updates on my hackintosh (a PC running the Apple OS X operating system) and was prompted to restart to finish installing updates.

But when the computer restarted I was presented with a black screen and the error: “No bootable device — insert boot disk and press any key”.

Not good.

It seemed that the updates had broken something. Now I had a backup (always make a backup) but I wanted to see if there was a way to fix this issue. And after messing around for a few hours I found an extremely simple fix.

The Fix:

This fix assumes that your hackintosh is using the Chimera Bootloader and you used the Multibeast method of setting it up. If you used a different method this will not work and will make things worse.

Disclaimer: This worked for me, I don’t guarantee it’ll work for you. It might make things worse or make you end up losing data. Use these instructions at your own risk. 

  1. Download and created a GParted LiveCD
  2. Boot from the GParted LiveCD. In the menu choose “Local Operating System In Hard Drive”
  3. The PC should now boot to OS X. But don’t rejoice. It isn’t fixed and you’d need to use the GParted CD every single time.
  4. Once you’re in OS X run Multibeast
  5. Go to the “Bootloaders” Tab and select “Chimera v4.0.0”
  6. Then go to the “Build” Tab and click on Install in the lower right.

Once the process finished eject the GParted CD from your CD/DVD drive and restart your computer.

It should now boot just fine.