Chapter 11: Troubleshooting the X
In This Chapter
Mastering the scientific approach
Using troubleshooting techniques
Performing the radical solutions
Checking troubleshooting resources
OS X Mountain Lion is rugged, stable, and reliable — and as you can read in Chapter 9 of this minibook, practicing regular maintenance can help prevent problems caused by everything from power failures to faulty software drivers to cats on the keyboard. However, sooner or later you will encounter what I like to call The Dark Moments . . . a blank screen, a locked Mac, or an external device that sits there uselessly like an expensive paperweight.
How you handle The Dark Moments defines you as a true OS X power user because most folks seem to fall into one of two categories: Either you panic and beat your head against the wall (which really has little effect on the computer, when you think about it), or you set your brow in grim determination and follow the troubleshooting models that I provide in this chapter to locate (and, I hope, fix) the source of the problem.
My friend, this is the ...