Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

How can I use TRIM with OS X Yosemite?

Episode 1130

Dave from Buena Park, CA
SSD

Dave upgraded his MacBook Pro with a Samsung SSD and it was running TRIM. But OS X Yosemite has a new security requirement called Kext Signing, and it only allows drivers that are approved by Apple. Leo says he can download TRIM Enabler, but he does have to disable kext signing to use it. And that's dangerous because it could open the door for malware. TRIM is built into Yosemite, but it only works with Apple Hardware.

Would I save money by buying a Mac Mini and a 4K monitor instead of the new Retina iMac?

Episode 1127

Tom from Bozeman, MT
Mac Mini

Leo says sure, but it won't be fast. And he won't get the high resolution he wants. The Mac Mini is a low power mac -- it's essentially a MacBook Air in a desktop package. So he will likely have issues. Leo says says he uses a 4K screen with a Mac Pro and that has even been sluggish.

How can I get my two external monitors to work with my MacBook Pro?

Episode 1128

Jerry from Phoenix AZ
Apple MacBook Pro

Jerry has a MacBook Pro and bought a pair off brand Cinema displays. But the MacBook Pro can't power them. Leo says that MiniDisplay port will do it. But Apple has replaced that with Thunderbolt 2. He'll just need the right cable. Most monitors don't have Thunderbolt. DVI ports are a possibility, but he'll need an adapter to handle it. Monoprice is a good place to look.

How could I create documents on a Google Chromebook?

Benny from Pasadena, CA

Episode 1126

Benny would just use Google Docs and then store it in the cloud. Then he can work from computer to computer. It's a great way to do it, but some don't like that they have to use the cloud to save their data. But he'll have plenty of storage in the cloud. Prices start around $200-400. He can get them just about anywhere including the Google Play Store.