How To: Manually update OS X time from Command Line

How To: Manually update OS X time from Command Line

Sometimes OS X’s time and date gets out of sync with the real world, and using the option “Set date and time automatically:” doesn’t always work.

You can use this command in terminal to update it manually:

ntpdate -u

The server address can be any of the Apple Servers such as or the free Time Servers,

This same command should work for most Unix/Linux Operating systems, as long as ntpdate is installed.

How to fix: “10.4.11 Broke my Mac!”

How to fix: “10.4.11 Broke my Mac!”

A lot of people have been complaining that the 10.4.11 Software update broke their Mac, especially those running bootcamp.

Users experienced problems such as Blue Screens when the login screen was expected, a screen that switched between a black and a blue one, or simply the mac whirly-thingy is sticking. A lot of people have ended up simply reinstalling the system.

A bit of Googling brought me to this post about 10.4.9 doing the same thing. The author claims it is because the system got interrupted while it was pre-binding after the install was done. I encountered the problem on several machines that had been forced to run software update via Apple Remote Desktop and all upgraded to 10.4.11. Nobody was actually using the machines, but it’s possible they were running processes while prebinding was happening.

So from terminal on each affected machine I ran: sudo /usr/bin/update_prebinding -root / -force -debug

And now each machine boots happily!