Few 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:
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.
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).
Printing tip: For best results when printing from Acrobat, set page scaling to “none” in Acrobat’s print options.
Don’t want to mess around with printing and folding together a guide? Download a normal (non-PocketMod) PDF of the troubleshooting guide here:
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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.