macOS BigSur

Why Is It Hard to Read Fonts on My iMac?

iMac 27"

Episode 1820

Chuck from Thousand Oaks, CA

Chuck has a 5-year-old iMac, and the hard drive has crashed. He replaced it, and now he's having issues with the second external monitor. Leo says that the cable adapter may have caused issues. So changing the cable may solve the issue. But it could also be a problem with your system preferences.  Look for "smooth LCD fonts where available." There was also a change in BigSur that may be impacting how your fonts are seen.

Why Did My Scanning Printer Break After Updating macOS?

Big Sur Desktop Image

Episode 1769

Pamela from Ventura, CA

Pam upgraded her MAC to macOS BigSur, but now her all in one printer/scanner can't scan unless she uses the software itself. Leo says it sounds like her printer needs a new firmware update or printer driver to do it. He recommends going to the printer manufacturer to download the latest firmware and drivers for your printer. 

Can I Install macOS BigSur on a Bootable External Drive?

BigSur Desktop

Episode 1763

John from Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Joe is buying a new Mac Mini and wants to know if he can install macOS BigSur onto an external hard drive and run from that. Leo says you can, sure. But make sure you format it to APFS. But what about Pro Tools. Leo says that Pro Tools doesn't support Big Sur yet. That's not a good sign since major studios are using it to record music. And he's heard that Apple may continue to sell an Intel version of the Mac for that very reason. So since Joe uses ProTools, he may want to stick with macOS High Sierra since he needs ProTools to work consistently.