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How to Completely Disable Audio & Sound in Mac OS X

May 30, 2012 - 8 Comments
Mute audio in Mac OS X

Whether you just like peace and quiet or you work in an environment that requires audio input and output to be disabled on a computer for security purposes, it’s fairly easy to accomplish in Mac OS X. We’ll cover how to handle turning off audio for both situations, the first uses mute for basic audio … Read More

How to Manually Install Kernel Extensions in Mac OS X

Jan 12, 2012 - 7 Comments
Kext files

Can’t use the easy Kext Drop app for some reason to install a kernel extension? Installing kexts (kernel extensions) manually is always an option and it’s not too difficult if you’re comfortable with the command line: Copy the .kext file(s) to /System/Library/Extensions/ Open the Terminal and type: cd /System/Library/Extensions/ Type the following commands at the … Read More

Install KEXT Files Easily with Kext Drop

Jan 4, 2012 - 6 Comments
KEXT installer

Kext files are kernel extensions for Mac OS X, typically these are device drivers for hardware like the graphics card, wireless card, printers, etc. Most Mac users have no need to directly interact with .kext files, but for those who do, installing them can be annoying. Sure you can install .kext files manually by digging … Read More

List All Third Party Kernel Extensions in OS X

Aug 3, 2010 - 5 Comments
Terminal

If you’re troubleshooting a Mac machine with some particularly odd issues that routine measures don’t seem to be resolving, it can be helpful to list what kernel extensions are activated, particularly third party kexts loaded in OS X. Determining what kernel extensions are loaded and running is rather easy, and using grep you can then … Read More

Anti-Piracy Message in Mac OS X Kernel Extension

Mar 19, 2010 - 4 Comments
dont steal mac os x kernel extension

com.apple.Dont_Steal_Mac_OS_X is a kernel extension that runs within Mac OS X, it’s function is thought to insure that Mac OS X is running only on certified Apple hardware. You can see this kernel extension yourself by going to the Terminal and typing: kextstat | grep “Dont_Steal” Apparently the following message gets loaded into memory somewhere: … Read More

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