My Mac Won’t Start! A Tiny Guide.


HandPocketMod.jpgFew situations are more frustrating than struggling with a computer that won’t start. Especially with client deadlines looming. That’s the idea behind this tiny troubleshooting guide:

My Mac Won’t Start! (PocketMod Edition)

Print out this guide, fold it together, and keep it handy. Designed with the clever PocketMod template (read Discover PocketMod. The low-tech PDA.), you can tape this tiny booklet to the side of your Mac in case you ever need it. It lists several of the most common fixes for a Mac that will not start up properly.

What’s a PocketMod?

A PocketMod is a special paper template that folds together to make a tiny 8-page booklet from a single sheet of paper. You print it out on your printer, fold it together, and carry it around, well, in your pocket.

Follow the folding diagram shown below, or watch a short video tutorial on the PocketMod website (look for the “Video Instructions” button).

PocketMod-Folding.gif

Printing tip: For best results when printing from Acrobat, set page scaling to “none” in Acrobat’s print options.

No time to fold! Just help me fix my Mac!

Don’t want to mess around with printing and folding together a guide? Download a normal (non-PocketMod) PDF of the troubleshooting guide here:

My Mac Won’t Start! (Normal Edition)

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This troubleshooting guide was co-created by two designer-friendly computer support firms: CreativeTechs in Seattle and Forget Computers in Chicago. Both companies have spent years helping creative teams stay productive with today’s changing technology.

Comments

  1. says

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I was just about to send my mac away to be fixed, when all it needed was step 3 from your guide. Nice one!

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  4. Jordana says

    Ive tried everything in the pocket guide and my mac still wont start up.
    It just goes to the blue screen and loads… and loads… help please
    i really dont want to send it away!

  5. relieved says

    Thank you for putting this remarkable little booklet together. It was exactly the CPR my mac needed while it was under cardiac arrest.

  6. Madelyn says

    Thank you so much. As a typical windows person trying to customize my mac with catastrophic results, it was helpful being able to boot from my OS install disk and take of things from there. No mac site was ever so helpful.

  7. Stan says

    Doesn’t work very well for A4. Websites forum is down. Where can I get more pocket mods? How can I make pockets mods? Great idea, no one is supporting it though! Need more. I tried to make one with all the all the Mac shortcuts on it. Didn’t get very far. Is there one out there?

  8. sue says

    Thanks for the most useful origami
    I’ve seen yet! Looking forward to future publications.

  9. Steve says

    TIP?

    Can’t print it.

    Using Acrobat 5.0 full version on system OS9

    Thanks,
    Steve Collier
    Collier Studio

  10. says

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    My Mac Memory Book.

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  12. says

    I already thought the PocketMod was a great idea. Turning it in to a Mac troubleshooting guide makes it an even better. Great work. I will definitely be telling my listeners about it. themacattack.us

  13. Martin says

    Would it be possible for someone to create a “print t PocketMod” app/script/automator-thingy for the mac? Scaling pages and printing them on one page in a certain order is already possible, eh. Now if someone just knew how to: set the spcefic order, rotate the output and say not to scale the PDF output – hey a great tool would be born!

  14. Martin says

    Wow, that is just MOST super excellent! Thanks!
    I would also appreciate a shortcuts guide. Then again, the format lends itself best to if-then problems like the one you tackled.
    Super stuff – I hope it helps with your advertising too!

    Greets
    Martin

    P.S. There is an “easier” way to fold:
    - fold the sheet in half, white side to white side, when possible
    - cut on the only long line possible
    - fold in half length wise, again white to white with the cut showing in the middle of the bottom
    - hold the outside edges in each hand
    - press together like an accordion
    - fold the cover into shape

  15. says

    Help, My Mac Won’t Start!

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  16. Arturo R. says

    Wow, I’m clumsy… Newbie after all. I found my suggestion smack in the middle of the same page.
    Thanks.

  17. Arturo R. says

    How about a little guide with the key combinations for Mac’s shortcuts, for us, newbies…

  18. says

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  19. Susan Andersson says

    You guys are way too cool! Thanks for this little guide. I hope I never need it… but it is really nice to have and was fun to put together! Gives me some great ideas for my work too!

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