How to Fix a Damaged macOS Installer

Creating a macOS installer on a bootable USB drive provides a convenient way of installing a fresh copy of macOS on multiple Macs, and also allows you to perform a clean installation quickly and easily. If you are not friendly with the process, you an contact MacByte to do the same for you.

At MacByte we do repair such problems everyday

If you tried to run your installer recently and unexpectedly received an error that it is damaged and can’t be used, then don’t worry – keep reading for a simple and straightforward way to fix it

Why is my macOS Installer Damaged?

If you tried to use a macOS installer recently, you may have been met with an error message saying something like “This copy of the Install macOS application is damaged, and can’t be used to install macOS.

macOS damaged Installer alert

How to Fix a Damaged macOS Installer

To fix the damaged installer, you should just download the installer again. Doing so will also ensure that you have all of the macOS updates that have been released since you made the original installer, meaning you won’t have to update macOS immediately after the initial installation is complete.

You can find the latest official download links below for the last six versions of Apple’s Mac operating system, all of which contain a new certificate that has not expired:

Apple Made in India (!)

Apple pushes iPhone 6S with Made in India campaign (Source:- indiatoday)
Notice the “Assembled in India” section printed overleaf

Apple is having a hard time maintaining a strong foothold in India. The sky rocketing price of its iPhones has dissuaded the Indian customers from spending big bucks on the costly devices. This in turn has affected the company’s bottom line in India. Apple’s India shipment decreased from 3.2 million units in 2017 to 1.7 million units by the end of 2018. The absence of a budget smartphone – at a time when Chinese manufacturers are offering top specs and camera performance at a considerably low cost – hasn’t helped either. But it seems that Apple is willing to bridge that gap with its years old iPhone 6S in India.

A new report suggests that the Cupertino, California headquartered tech giant is bridging the gap between its customers and its iPhones by pushing the Apple iPhone 6S – that was launched back in 2015 – in India as a part of the ‘Made in India’ campaign.

A new ad campaign, first spotted by a Twitter user Varun Krishnan, indicates that Apple is touting the iPhone 6S as its entry-level smartphone in India and pushing it under the Modi government’s Made in India campaign, which in essence encourages businesses to manufacture goods in India. “The incredible iPhone 6S starting at Rs 26,910 – Now Made in India,” the ad campaign promoting the company’s new entry level smartphone in India states. Interestingly, Apple’s ad campaign, not only highlights its “Indian-ness” with the “Made in India” tagline and the fact that it is now manufactured at a Wistron facility outside Bengaluru, but it also borrows a punch line from the Ministry of Tourism’s “Incredible India” campaign, which further solidifies its Indian-ness, especially during the election season in India – a time when these words attain a different tone and meaning

The Made in India push for the iPhone 6S assumes more significance at a time when Apple is trying to set up its Apple Stores in India. At present, the tech giant sells its devices via authorized resellers in the country. But Apple wants to change that by setting up its native Apple Stores in the country. However, in order to do so Apple needs to meet the government’s requirement of 30 per cent locally-made products, which the company is try to attain by manufacturing the iPhone SE, the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 7 – which is the latest iPhone to join the bandwagon – in India.

Apart from focusing on its brand image and highlighting its ‘budget iPhone’ – however outdated it might be — the ad also highlights some of the phone’s cool features: a 12MP camera with 4K video, a 11.93cm Retina HD display with 3D touch, A9 chipset, long battery life and iOS 12 – which is the company’s most advanced mobile operating system so far. The good news, however, is that the iPhone 6S is likely to the iOS 13 update. So if you do end up buying the iPhone 6S, you would not miss out on the features offered by the company’s upcoming OS.

MacBook Pro “stage light” problem

The Touch Bar generation of MacBook Pro always had its quirks, but the thin-at-all-cost design may finally be proving more trouble than it was ever worth. The latest issue to crop up—dubbed “flexgate” by one users, reveals that the compact design for the display’s flex cables is prone to fatigue and failure, leading to a host of display problems that can’t be easily (or cheaply) fixed.

Macbook Pro display cable loosely wrapped around the display controller board

None of the Lights

The issue is fairly simple: the current generation of MacBook Pro laptops (2016–present) uses flexible ribbon cables to connect the display to a display controller board beneath the Touch Bar. These cables wrap over the board, where they’re secured by a pair of spring-loaded covers—and they’re subjected to the stress of bending with every opening and closure of the laptop. Within a seemingly short time, those cables are starting to fatigue and tear. The backlight cable is generally the first to go, producing the infamous “stage light” symptoms, and eventually giving out entirely when the laptop is opened more than about 40°.

Macbook Pro’s delicate display cable setup, opened at MacByte

When it first debuted, the design seemed fine. But as always, the devil is in the details. Apple opted for thin, fragile flex cables as opposed to the beefier wire cables used in previous designs that could be routed through the hinge instead of wrapped around it, helping mitigate the stress of repeated openings and closings. But the bigger problem is that, in an apparent effort to make the display as thin as possible, Apple designed the cables as part of the display, so they cannot be replaced. This means that when (not if) those cables start to fail, the entire display unit needs to be replaced, as opposed to one or two little cables—effectively turning a Rs.2000.00 problem into a Rs. 40000.00 disaster.

For now, the issue is only affecting the Touch Bar generation of MacBook Pro. The new MacBook Air doesn’t use the exact same display cable design, but it looks to have a similar vulnerability—its cables wrap over their display board, and appear to be part of the display. We’ll have to wait to see if they exhibit the same cable failure, but color us “not-surprised” if they do.

Laptop Blue Screen problem

this message will make you scratch your head 😀

The blue screen of death—or BSOD—is always an unwelcome sight. BSODs appear when Microsoft Windows encounters a critical error from which it can’t recover by itself, usually the result of low-level software (or drivers) crashing or faulty hardware.

What Causes Blue Screens of Death

Blue screens are generally caused by problems with your computer’s hardware or issues with its hardware driver software. Sometimes, they can be caused by issues with low-level software running in the Windows kernel. Regular apps usually won’t be able to cause blue screens. If an app crashes, it will do so without taking the operating system out with it.

A blue screen occurs when Windows encounters a “STOP Error.” This critical failure causes Windows to crash and stop working. The only thing Windows can do at that point is restart the PC. This can lead to data loss, as programs don’t have a chance to save their open data.

When a blue screen occurs, Windows automatically creates a “minidump” file that contains information about the crash and saves it to your disk. You can view information about these minidumps to help identify the cause of the blue screen.

Blue screens also look a bit different, depending on what version of Windows you’re running. In Windows 7 and previous versions, the blue screen looked much like a terminal screen, displaying all manner of information.

Common blue screen error of any computer /laptop

In Windows 8 and 10, blue screens are much simpler.

That’s really not as big a deal as it sounds, though. Even in previous versions, blue screens tended to go by fast enough that reading that information was difficult, anyway. And there are easier ways to get all the details you need for troubleshooting.

Specify Whether Windows Restarts When a BSOD Appears

By default, Windows automatically restarts the computer whenever it encounters a blue screen of death.

If you would like more time to see the blue screen details (or just make sure that it’s a blue screen that’s happening), you can disable automatic restarts on BSODs from the Windows Control Panel.

Windows control panel modification area to stop / activate restart option automatically

Troubleshooting Blue Screen Problem

In Windows 7, 8, and 10, you can troubleshoot blue-screen information using the Action Center. In Windows 7, head to Control Panel > System and Security. In Windows 8 and 10, head to Control Panel > Security and Maintenance. In the “Maintenance” section, you’ll be able to check for solutions to existing problems.

Windows 8 and 10 actually perform this troubleshooting step automatically when your PC restarts after a BSOD. However, it may still be worth paying a visit to the Action Center to see if there are more details or additional troubleshooting steps.

If Windows can’t fix the problem on it’s own, your best bet for troubleshooting the problem is to search the web for the solution. Scan the blue screen or the mini-dump file for the specific error.

You may see a “Stop Error” number that looks something like “0x00000024.” Or, you may see an error like “Driver_IRQL_not_less_or_equal.” Either way, a quick search for the exact error will likely yield good results. In fact, Windows 8 and 10 often recommend right on the blue screen that you perform a search for the error.

If you have trouble locating good advice for solving your problem, don’t worry. BSODs can have a variety of root causes. We do have some additional tips that might help you deal with many blue screens:

  • Use System Restore: If your system recently started blue-screening, use System Restore to roll its system software back to a previous state. If this works, you’ll know that it’s likely a software problem.
  • Scan for Malware: Malware that digs deep into Windows and gets its hooks into the Windows kernel at a low level can cause system instability. Scan your computer for malware to ensure buggy malicious software isn’t causing it to crash.
  • Install Updated Drivers: An incorrectly installed or buggy driver can lead to crashes. Download the latest drivers for your computer’s hardware from your computer manufacturer’s website and install them — this may fix BSODs caused by driver problems.
  • Boot Into Safe Mode: If your computer is blue-screening every time you turn it on, try booting into safe mode. In safe mode, Windows loads only the essential drivers. If a driver you’ve installed is causing Windows to blue screen, it shouldn’t do so in safe mode. You can work on fixing the problem from safe mode.
  • Check for Hardware Problems: Blue screens can be caused by faulty hardware in your computer. Try testing your computer’s memory for errors and checking its temperature to ensure that it isn’t overheating. If that fails, you might need to test other hardware components—or hire a pro to do it for you.
  • Reinstall Windows: Resetting Windows—or performing a clean install—is the nuclear option. It will blow away your existing system software, replacing it with a fresh Windows system. If your computer continues to blue screen after this, you likely have a hardware problem.

A computer in proper working state shouldn’t show blue-screen error at all, but no software or hardware is perfect. Even a properly functioning computer may blue screen on rare occasions for no apparent reason—possibly as the result of rare driver bugs or hardware issues. If your computer is regularly blue-screening, you have a problem. If you encounter a blue screen once every two years, don’t worry about it.

5 common MacBook problems and how to fix them

Here are five fixes for what might be ailing your MacBook  by MacByte ( After warranty Apple Service Center in Kolkata)

1. Startup issues

Startup problem at Login Page

If your Mac fails to boot properly and you find yourself staring at a blank screen or gray startup screen instead of your desktop, then it’s time to try booting in Safe Mode. In Safe Mode, MacOS will boot with the bare minimum of software and drivers required and will run a check of your startup disk and repair any directory issues that might be the cause of your startup ills.

To start up in safe mode, start your Mac and then press and hold the Shift key. The Apple logo will appear and then the login screen. You can release the Shift key when the Apple logo disappears and the login screen appears. It may take a few minutes before you get to the login screen as MacOS runs its diagnostics on your hard disk. To leave Safe Mode and start up your Mac per usual, just restart your Mac without holding any keys.

2. Incompatible login items & how to remove them

Incompatible login item deletion will make you Mac faster

If you find yourself staring at a blue screen when you start up your Mac, it might mean that one of your startup items — apps that start automatically when you start up your Mac — is incompatible with MacOS. With a bit of trial and error, you can identify which app is the problem child. 

You can remove login items one at a time and start up your Mac after each removal to see if the problem is gone. To do so, go to System Preferences > Users & Groups and click your name on the left under Current User. Next, click the Login Items tab above the window to the right. Highlight an app and then click the “-“ sign below. It’ll get removed from the Login Items list and you can restart your Mac to see if your startup issue has been fixed. If not, you can head back to the list and remove another app and keep going until you find the culprit. You can add items back to the Startup Items list by hitting the “+” button and selecting items from your Applications folder.

3. Unresponsive app

You might find that an app will occasionally trip up your Mac and hang. And when an app hangs, it freezes you out and won’t let you do anything, including quit out of it. Enter: Force Quit. You can call up the Force Quit menu from the Apple icon in the upper-left corner or by hitting Command-Option-Escape. Just highlight the app that’s not responding and hit the Force Quit button. (You can also select multiple apps to force quit by using holding down the Command or Shift keys when making your selections.)

Force quit is the only option if you are hit by any or multiple unresponsive app(s)

4. Spinning beach ball of death

If you are seeing the spinning beach ball with increasingly regularity, then it’s time to take a look at what might be causing the slowdown. Open the Activity Monitor (by searching for it or finding it in the Utilities folder, which is inside your Applications folder) to see how much of an impact the apps you are currently running have on your system resources. In the Activity Monitor window, you can see real-time stats on the amount of CPU and memory resources each app is using. You can also use the Activity Monitor to quit any app that’s using more than its fair share of resources. Just highlight an app from the list, click the X button in the upper-left corner, and then choose Quit or Force Quit.

5. No internet connection

The quickest fix We’ve found to fix this no network connection when users MacBook’s Wi-Fi status shows No Internet Connection is to tell it to forget the network and then reconnect as if it were brand-new. 

On the Network page in System Preferences, click the Advanced button in the lower left and you’ll see a list Preferred Networks. These are the Wi-Fi connections you’ve connected to in the past and your MacBook remembers for future uses. Highlight your Wi-Fi network and click the “-“ button and then choose Remove to forget it. With your network removed and forgotten, you can click the Wi-Fi icon in the menu bar and reconnect to your network by entering your password and starting anew.

Essential iPhone security setups

iPhone Security setup guidelines by MacByte

If one object you own encapsulates who you are, how you think, and what you do, it’s your smartphone. Our phones not only contain our contacts and messages, but capture and store countless other metrics about our lives, from financial records to health data to myriad communications with everyone we know.

Smartphones also contain data about the places we go (and the routes we took to get there) as well as the searches we make and websites we browse (revealing what’s on our minds). Thanks to journaling and to-do apps, they even document our goals, hopes, and dreams. And smartphones aren’t just data-retention devices; the apps and services we use on them broadcast data about us to third parties.

That’s why it’s so important to understand what privacy and security protections the smartphone you use offers–and to make sure you have such protections enabled. I’ve written before that Apple is unique among modern tech giants in that it builds its products with privacy at the forefront. But many of those protections and tools available on every iPhone only make a difference if you’re aware of them–and judging from my conversations with friends, many people aren’t.

If you’re an iPhone user, these are the security and privacy features you need to know about–and should be using.

Security code auto-fill

What it is: Many sites and apps–from Facebook and Google to financial services–offer two-factor authentication, or 2FA. With 2FA enabled, logging into a website or app requires both your password and a unique code which is texted to your phone number or delivered via an app such as Google Authenticator. You have to input this code in order to gain access to your account. Even if someone else has your password, they won’t be able to break into your accounts if they can’t get the code.

Why it’s important: Apple eliminated the most annoying thing about 2FA–which means more people are now likely to adopt it. If an app or website offers 2FA you should enable it immediately. Thanks to iOS 12’s security code auto-fill, 2FA will no longer slow you down.

How to enable it: Security code auto-fill is built into iOS 12, so you don’t need to enable the feature on your iPhone. When you get a text with a 2FA security code, it’ll be automatically routed to the code field on the app or website you are trying to log into.

You will, however, need to enable 2FA on any apps or websites you want to use the security feature with. I highly recommend enabling 2FA on every social media and financial site you use. You can see if some of the sites you use offer 2FA here.

Password reuse auditing

If you’re reusing passwords on multiple sites, cut it out–with your iPhone’s help.

What it is: iOS has long had the Keychain–an encrypted password manager that saves your usernames and passwords so they can be auto-filled on apps and websites you log in to. But with iOS 12, your Keychain now has a password reuse auditing tool built in. What this does is identify every instance where you’ve reused a password for multiple sites and apps.

Why it’s important: Password reuse is a major security problem. Before iOS 12, I used the same four or five password variations across over 200 sites and apps–and I wasn’t alone. Two recent surveys found that 59% of people use the same password everywhere and 83% of people reuse the same password on multiple sites. If just one of those sites or apps gets hacked, your information anywhere else you used that password is at risk.

Set encrypted messages to auto-delete

Automatically deleting old iMessages is a good security measure—and it saves storage space, too.

What it is: iOS automatically uses end-to-end encryption on all messages sent using Apple’s Messages app. This means no one can read your messages except for you and the recipient, not even Apple–even if the company is ordered to by a government agency. Yet end-to-end encryption won’t stop someone who has access to your phone from accessing your messages, which is why you should set them to auto-delete sooner rather than later. Once an encrypted message is deleted from your device, it is virtually impossible to recover (though a copy will remain on recipients’ devices until they delete it too).

How to enable it: On your iPhone go to Settings>Messages>Keep Messages. On the next screen, you’ll be able to select to keep messages for 30 days, 1 year, or forever. By default, this is set to forever, but I recommend everyone set it to 30 days, or at the most, one year.

Audit and block apps that have access to your camera, microphone, location, and more

Don’t give apps free rein over your data and device

What it is: iOS offers you an easy way to see what apps you have given permission to access your camera, microphone, contacts, location, reminders, photos, health data, and more. You can also easily revoke an app’s access with the tap of a button.

How to enable it: Go to Settings>Privacy and you’ll see a list of various types of data your iPhone holds, from location data to photos. You’ll also see items like camera and microphone in the list.

Tapping on any one of these items takes you to a list of apps that have requested access to that type of data, such as health data, or your iPhone’s hardware, like its microphone. To restrict an app from accessing that data anymore, simply toggle its switch to off. Now the app will be completely blocked from accessing that data or hardware. The only way it can regain access again is if you toggle its switch back on.

Search more privately by changing your engine

Why it’s important: Using Google for search just gives the company more information about you and allows it to better track your movements around the web. In the past few years Microsoft’s Bing, Yahoo, and even underdog DuckDuckGo have improved their search algorithms; all three now serve results that are virtually indistinguishable from Google’s.

In a worst case scenario, nuke your data

What it is: iOS offers a feature which deletes all data on your iPhone if the wrong passcode is entered 10 times in a row.

Why it’s important: The contents of your iPhone contains personal and private details about every aspect of your life. If the worst happens and someone steals it, it’s good to know that with this security feature, the thief won’t have endless opportunities to guess your passcode. Once they get it wrong for the tenth time all the data on your iPhone will automatically be deleted, and can’t be recovered.

Yes, this is a worst-case scenario, but it’s better than having all your personal and private data in the hands of a thief or hacker.

How to enable it: Go to Settings>Face ID & Passcode (Touch ID & Passcode on an older iPhone) and at the bottom of the screen toggle the “Erase Data” switch to on.

How to make Google Chrome faster ?

You can make Chrome faster by following these steps.

Every month we face many customers here at MacByte Kolkata who get irritated because of the slow performance of Google Chrome. We follow up few steps to make it faster and deliver best performance to its master. Here are few tips for our readers to make Google Chrome faster for browsing.

Keep reading and follow all the steps making chrome 8x faster and better performing:

Step 1: Clear cache & browsing data.

Lower disk space makes the chrome run slow. It causes the decrease in usage of virtual RAM which helps to run the windows software at the optimal speed. If you clear all your browsing data and cached files, the chrome will speed up its performance.

To clear cache & browsing data:

  • Go to chrome://settings/clearBrowserData
  • A popup window will open “Clear browsing data“.
  • Here you may choose whichever you feel good, but I recommend to check the option of “Cached images and files
  • Make sure you have chosen “Time Range” >> “All time
  • Now restart the chrome and it will remove all the unnecessary data and starts with the clean state.

Step 2: Always check and update Google Chrome.

To fix the common chrome problems you always need to check for updates and see the latest browser version for your computer. Try to keep Google Chrome up to date to make Google Chrome fast & secure again.

Moreover, if your system has 64-bit version of Windows, then I highly recommend you to use 64 Bit version of Google Chrome.

To update the Chrome:

  • Go to “customize and control Google Chrome menu” (3 vertical dots)
  • Click on “Help
  • Choose “About Google Chrome
  • Now it will automatically detect and install the updates for you.

Step 3: Remove unwanted Chrome extensions.

By default, Chrome comes with some unwanted extensions that you probably not using. Also, not all but few addons hogging CPU time and eating up the RAM causing slower operations so these add-ons are needed to be checked regularly.

While using Google Chrome, press “Shift+Esc“, the “Task Manager” window will open, it shows which tabs and installed extensions using the RAM.

Keep an eye on the extensions you are using and if you find any useless or rarely used extension, I suggest you remove or disable unwanted chrome add-ons to improve the RAM uses in Chrome.

To remove Chrome extensions:

  • Go to chrome://extensions/
  • Check the list and if you find any unnecessary, click on the trash icon.
  • Remove useless extension to improve the RAM performance in Chrome.

Step 4: Make Chrome faster for web browsing.

Allowing the network action predictions i.e. “page prefetch” will make your Google Chrome open the web pages faster.

It will pre-download the links that you might be going to open.

To enable network predictions:

  • Go to “Settings
  • At the bottom side; choose “Advanced
  • In “Privacy and security” section, turn ON the option for following settings:
    Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar
    Use a prediction service to load pages more quickly

Hope above described process will make your device run smoothly and won’t let you down.