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Disable Caps Lock

If you find yourself pressing the Caps Lock key accidentally as much as I do, note that you can disable it entirely in Mac OS X. Open the Keyboard & Mouse preference pane, click the Modifier Keys button, and in the dialog that appears, select No Action from the Caps Lock pop-up menu. You could remap it to another modifier instead, but that might make using differently configured Macs more difficult.

 
 

Firmware Updates for iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro

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Apple has released a quartet of firmware updates for models released in 2011: iMac EFI Firmware Update 1.9, Mac mini EFI Firmware Update 1.6, MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.4, and MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.7. Each update improves reliability when booting from the network, addresses issues with HDCP authentication after rebooting, and fixes a problem with boot device selection when a USB storage device is hot-plugged. As with any firmware update, you should read the installation instructions carefully before installing and avoid interrupting the update process. To ensure you get an update only if it’s necessary, we recommend relying on Software Update; if an update doesn’t appear for you, it’s not appropriate for your Mac. (Free, each approximately 4 MB)

 

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Comments about Firmware Updates for iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro
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Tony Hernandez  2012-03-11 08:56
EFI firmware update 2.7 was installed but every time I run system update it tries to install the update again. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-03-11 10:58
What happens if you let it install again? Perhaps it didn't finish successfully the first time?