We’re trying to do something and the dreaded bing sound interrupts our plans. Some error codes and messages are easy to figure out. But Apple has hundreds of error codes embedded into OS X and even experienced Mac users have no clue what they are without a flashlight and a guide.
Here’s the worst Mac error code you can ever have.
Bad Error Code. Bad. Down Boy!
My life consists of running and managing a few hundred Mac, Windows PC, and Linux servers across a half dozen state agencies.
Through the years I’ve collected my fair share of Mac error codes. Apple even has a number of web pages dedicated to Common System Error Messages (and what they mean).
For example, Type -43 error.
That means File Not Found, Folder Not Found. Easy, right? If you know the code.
My neighbor told me of a problem he had with his Windows PC. Whatever happened he didn’t know how to fix it, so he called his teenaged son into the family room to take a look.
Teenagers always know more than their parents, right?
The son clicked away on the keyboard for a few seconds, restarted the PC, and all was well. The father was impressed and asked about the problem.
Dad: What was wrong, son?
Son: It was an ID ten T error.
Dad: An ID ten T error? What’s that? I may need to fix it again.
Son: You’ve never heard of an ID ten T error? It’s the most common kind.
Dad: It’s new to me.
Son: Write it down. You’ll figure it out.
My neighbor told me the code, so I wrote it down.