Any Mac owner should know what to do if his/her computer refuses to turn on. Whenever you face such a situation you don’t have to give up and take your Mac to the nearest Apple Store immediately because there a number of steps that you can take to prevent yourself being embarassed.

Although some tend to let others solve their problems, there are other Mac users that want to know how to take care of their computer on their own. If you are such a person you should read the Apple support article describing this problem or read this so you will know the exact things you have to check for when your Mac refuses to start up.

Check the power cable

First of all, you have to make sure that you Mac is connected to a working power outlet. You may want to plug any other electric device in the outlet to give it a try. If the device does not work try another outlet and, if that works, connect your Mac using its power chord. If your Mac still isn’t starting up try the next step. More »

In what is a rare occasion in the Apple ecosystem, Cupertino has confirmed virtually every one of the recently emerged rumors on the company’s upcoming plans to release updated Macintosh computers, and an all-new product called the “Magic Trackpad.” Apple’s online store went down just a couple of hours ago and is now back up, but a bit glitchy. However, the Apple.com PR section lists the goodies in question, as well as a brand new, 27-inch Cinema Display.

Apple has updated its all-in-one iMac line with the latest Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors, as well as better graphics, featuring discrete ATI Radeon HD processors. The computer’s design remains unchanged. The new 21.5-inch 3.06 GHz Intel Core i3 iMac is now available for $1,199 (US). At the other end of the spectrum, the new 27-inch 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 iMac is available for a suggested retail price of $1,999. More »

Yesterday, Apple released Mac OS X 10.6.3, the third incremental update to its Snow Leopard operating system, delivering bug fixes and enhancements, as well as addressing a number of security issues discovered since the release of OS X 10.6.2 in November. This news piece goes deeper into the changes delivered with this update. The security side of 10.6.3 will be detailed in a different article later today.

Over at its Support Downloads area, Apple mentions key 10.6.3 improvements such as a more reliable QuickTime X. Apple’s player has also been updated with compatibility fixes, according to the summary of changes. Other compatibility issues have been addressed with OpenGL-based applications, Apple stresses. The Mac maker continues to list changes like improved performance of Logic Pro 9 and Main Stage 2 when running in 64-bit mode, improved reliability of 3rd party USB input devices, and a few others.

However, via a Support document posted in the section with the same name, Apple talks “About the Mac OS X v10.6.3 Update” more broadly. Before users attempt to do anything, the Cupertino-based Mac maker advises customers to back up their systems. Although the Mac OS X built-in Time Machine utility is probably the best choice to accomplish the task, there are several other tools that allow them to achieve the same results. More »