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Mac Boots to Circle with Line Through It 🚫 & How to Fix It

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Rarely, you may encounter a Mac that boots to a screen that shows a circle with a line through it, or a circle with a slash through it.

If you encounter a Mac booting into a circle with a line through it, read along to understand what is happening, and how to resolve the problem.

The Mac circle with a slash through it symbol looks kind of like this emoji, except it’s grayscale: 🚫

What does a Mac booting into a circle with line through it mean?

What the circle with a line through it means is that the Mac has found an operating system that is not compatible…

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Download a Full MacOS Ventura Beta Installer

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Many Mac users who wish to download and install macOS Ventura beta have discovered the Ventura beta update installs automatically over the current system software version, like a standard software update, rather than downloading a typical “Install macOS Ventura beta.app” application installer. But what if you want the full installer?

If you want to download a complete installer for macOS Ventura beta, you can do so directly from the Apple CDN servers, without having to use Software Update, and without needing a beta profile.

MacOS Ventura Beta Full Installer…

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How to Install MacOS Ventura Beta Right Now

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MacOS Ventura beta is available to install and run for Mac users who are interested in trying out the developer version of the upcoming Mac operating system.

Installing the Ventura beta is pretty easy, though it’s currently only available to registered Apple Developers. Other users will have to wait until the public beta is released next month, or for the final version in the fall.

Requirements for Installing MacOS Ventura Beta

You will need access to the macOS Ventura beta profile, which requires a developer account. Technically you can find the profiles…

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“Touch ID to Log In” Stuck on Mac Touch Bar? Here’s the Fix

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Owners of a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar may occasionally run into an issue where the Touch Bar gets stuck on a “Touch ID to Log In” screen, often with a Safari icon, displaying even if Safari is not the foremost app on the Mac.

Tapping on the ‘Cancel’ button on the Touch Bar doesn’t do anything, and the “Touch ID to Log In” message persists on the Touch Bar. You can attempt to put your finger on the Touch ID reader to login (to whatever mystery site or login is requesting the login… if you trust not knowing), but even that doesn’t dispel the…

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How to Clear Icon Cache on Mac

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Occasionally, Mac users may notice that icons in the Finder of MacOS or the Dock of MacOS either display as generic icons, or the icons do not align with what they should (for example, seeing a generic document icon instead of a PDF thumbnail, or seeing a VLC icon instead of a zip archive icon, or seeing a generic application icon rather than Safari icon).

If you experience an issue with the icon display on the Mac, you can manually clear the icon cache, which will force the icon cache to rebuild, thereby resolving the inaccurate display of icons on the Mac.

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How to Delete /AppleInternal from Mac

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Some Mac users have found that a directory called AppleInternal is sitting in the root of their Macintosh HD. The folder itself is empty, but is not removable through the typical means.

/AppleInternal is apparently used by Apple for internal development purposes, and thus likely has no benefit or reason to be installed on an average users Mac. Why it is included on some MacOS installations with new Macs (and apparently some reinstalls too) is a bit of a mystery, since these are not Apple employee computers.

If you attempt to delete /AppleInternal directly by…

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How to Screen Record an Android from Mac

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If you’re a Mac user who has an Android phone for personal or professional use, you may be happy to learn that you can easily record the screen of the Android from the Mac, thanks to a free third party app.


Appropriately called Android Tool for Mac, the free utility offers a variety of handy options for Android users that allow them to perform a variety of tasks right from their Mac, including side loading apps, snap screen shots, and what we’ll discuss here, which is record the Android screen right from a Mac.

This is kind of like recording the iPhone screen…

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How to Get the Older Style MacOS Alert Dialog Back

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MacOS Monterey and MacOS Big Sur introduced a new style to the MacOS alert dialog boxes, which look more like something you’d see in iOS than MacOS. In the new design style for MacOS alert dialog windows, everything is centered with the app icon on the top and the alert messages below, whereas the older traditional style of MacOS alert dialog boxes has always shown an icon on the far left, with the alert information to the right of that.

If you’d like to return to the older traditional style of MacOS alert dialog boxes and windows, you can do so with the help…

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How to Check SHA512 Checksum on Mac

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SHA512 hashes are often used to determine data integrity, whether for matching a downloaded file to an original on a server, or for command output, or to make sure a file transfer was successful, or not tampered with.

Checking a SHA512 hash is pretty easy on a Mac, thanks to bundled command line tools that are preinstalled on any semi-modern MacOS installation. We’ll cover two different methods to check and verify SHA512 hash on the Mac, using both the shasum command, and openssl command.

How to Check & Verify SHA512 checksum with shasum

MacOS includes the…

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