Fixes for macOS High Sierra Problems. Day 3 After Update

Day 3 after the official macOS High Sierra launch has gone by. High Sierra has seen very slow adoption rates so far. It probably is because most of the changes that High Sierra brings to the table have to do with the backend as opposed to fancy OS elements like UI. But, if you are still on the fence  about High Sierra, we recommend that you make the upgrade. The Apple File System, the new iCloud features and improved Siri all do a quite but great job of improving your Mac performance and experience.

Anyways, coming back to our fixes for common problems related to High Sierra installation and usage, here is a roundup of popular fixes to common problems.

  1. Not able to disable infrared volume control from external speaker

If your external speakers are still controlling your Mac’s volume levels, even though you have disabled Infrared control, here’s what you can do to fix the issue.

Go to Terminal and copy paste the following command (without the quoted) and press enter.

“sudo kextunload /System/Library/Extensions/AppleIRController.kext”

Ignore the error message it throws out at you. Check your Mac’s volume control now and it will have native control, without requiring use of an infrared device that was controlling it before.

2. Dilemma about formatting secondary hard disk with Apple’s new APFS format

Just don’t do it. Apple doesn’t recommend it even. Leave your external drives to the format they are already using. Though your secondary hard drive can be formatted with APFS format, it will result in colossal hang times when you access data from it.

3. Concerns about how well SMB works on High Sierra

The few users that have tried it at Apple Discussions seemed to suggest that all is well with SMB and High Sierra. You will have to do small things like authorize a driver for the Sonnnet 10G and you will also have to disable client signing. But otherwise, SMB works well and there is no reason why you should hold off your High Sierra update if only SMB is your concern.

4. Error code 118 when you try to convert HDD to APFS format

If you have tried the right click “Convert to APFS” option but have been presented with the 118 error code, here’s a workaround. Please note that this method will require you to erase the disk that you want converted to APFS. So back up data is you want to retain it!

Go to disk utility. Click on View and then select Show all devices. Select the target drive and click on the Erase option that you see at the top. Now, format the target disk with Mac OS Extended – Jounaled, GUID format. Then, try the convert to APFS and it should work this time.

5. Mac on High Sierra won’t come back from sleep

To fix this issue that is affecting some High Sierra users, simply reset the SMC controller. Look up Apple’s website for quick instructions on how to carry out a SMC reset. Don’t worry. It won’t delete user data. The most you will have to do is reset time and some basic system preferences, after the restart.

That’s it for today. We will be back with the Day 4 update tomorrow!

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