Geek talk

I did warn you it was going to be geek talk! I seem to always be looking online for these tips so I figured I will put them in the one area so I don’t have to Google it all the time.

Apple Boot Key Combos:

  • Bypass startup drive and boot from external (or CD)…. CMD-OPT-SHIFT-DELETE
  • Boot from CD (Most late model Apples) …………….. C
  • Boot from a specific SCSI ID #.(#=SCSI ID number)…… CMD-OPT-SHIFT-DELETE-#
  • Zap PRAM ………………………………………. CMD-OPT-P-R
  • Disable Extensions ……………………………… SHIFT
  • Rebuild Desktop ………………………………… CMD-OPT
  • Close finder windows.(hold just before finder starts).. OPT
  • Boot with Virtual Memory off……………………… CMD
  • Trigger extension manager at boot-up………………. SPACE
  • Force Quadra av machines to use TV as a monitor…….. CMD-OPT-T-V
  • Boot from ROM (Mac Classic only)………………….. CMD-OPT-X-O
  • Force PowerBooks to reset the screen………………. R
  • Force an AV monitor to be recognized as one………… CMD-OPT-A-V
  • Eject Boot Floppy……………………………….. Hold Down Mouse Button
  • Select volume to start from………………………. OPT
  • Start in Firewire drive mode……………………… T
  • Startup in OSX if OS9 and OXS in boot partition…….. X or CMD-X
  • Hold down until the 2nd chime, will boot into 9?……. CMD-OPT
  • OSX: Watch the status of the system load…………… CMD-V
  • OSX: Enter single-user mode (shell-level mode)……… CMD-S

After startup:

  • Bring up dialogue for shutdown/sleep/restart……….. POWER
  • Eject a Floppy Disk……………………………… CMD-SHIFT-1 or(2) or (0)
  • Force current app to quit………………………… CMD-OPT-ESC
  • Unconditionally reboot…………………………… CTRL-CMD-POWER
  • Fast Shutdown…………………………………… CTRL-CMD-OPT-POWER
  • Goto the debugger (if MacsBug is installed)………… CMD-POWER
  • Reset Power Manager on PowerBooks…………………. USE THIS LINK
  • Put late model PowerBooks & Desktops to sleep………. CMD-OPT-POWER

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Dos commands for network trouble shooting

  1. getmac – This tool will enable you to display the MAC addresses on a system.
  2. hostname – machine name on the network
  3. netstat – displays protocol statistics and TCP/IP network connections
  4. pathping – is a middle solution which bundles the functionality delivered by traceroute and ping

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How to run Control panel tools by typing in a command

Control panel tool             Command
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Accessibility Options          control access.cpl
Add New Hardware               control sysdm.cpl add new hardware
Add/Remove Programs            control appwiz.cpl
Date/Time Properties           control timedate.cpl
Display Properties             control desk.cpl
FindFast                       control findfast.cpl
Fonts Folder                   control fonts
Internet Properties            control inetcpl.cpl
Joystick Properties            control joy.cpl
Keyboard Properties            control main.cpl keyboard
Microsoft Exchange             control mlcfg32.cpl
(or Windows Messaging)
Microsoft Mail Post Office     control wgpocpl.cpl
Modem Properties               control modem.cpl
Mouse Properties               control main.cpl
Multimedia Properties          control mmsys.cpl
Network Properties             control netcpl.cpl
NOTE: In Windows NT 4.0, Network
properties is Ncpa.cpl, not Netcpl.cpl
Password Properties            control password.cpl
PC Card                        control main.cpl pc card (PCMCIA)
Power Management (Windows 95)  control main.cpl power
Power Management (Windows 98)  control powercfg.cpl
Printers Folder                control printers
Regional Settings              control intl.cpl
Scanners and Cameras           control sticpl.cpl
Sound Properties               control mmsys.cpl sounds
System Properties              control sysdm.cpl
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Windows short cut keys

WINKEY + D

Brings the desktop to the top of all other windows

WINKEY + M

Minimizes all windows.

WINKEY + SHIFT + M

Undo the minimize done by WINKEY + M and WINKEY + D

WINKEY + E

Open Microsoft Explorer

WINKEY + Tab

Cycle through open programs through the taskbar

WINKEY + F

Display the Windows Search / Find feature.

WINKEY + CTRL + F

Display the search for computers window

WINKEY + F1

Display the Microsoft Windows help

WINKEY + R

Open the run window

WINKEY + Pause / Break key

Open the system properties window

WINKEY + U

Open Utility Manager

WINKEY + L

Lock the computer (Windows XP and above only).