Category Archives: Apple

Mac Sonoma 14.2.1 SMB issues with Synology NAS

Over the holiday break here I wiped and upgraded my personal Macbook which is still an Intel Mac to the latest OS, currently Sonoma 14.2.1.

Upon trying to set up a TimeMachine backup location on my synology NAS I noticed I could no longer authenticate to my Synology NAS.

In Finder, I was using Connect to Server, smb://ipaddress

It would recognize something was there and prompt for credentials but it would not take the correct username and password I was inputting it just kept prompting.


This was a freshly wiped Mac with no settings on it at all, setup as a new Mac. The DSM version I was running was DSM 7.1-42661 Update 4. I have a DS920+.

I have since updated my DSM version to the latest (DSM 7.2.1-69057 Update 1). I can no longer replicate the issue, but not sure if after you authenticate for the first time you can’t replicate it anymore? Very weird.


I found on another article somewhere on the web to capitalize a letter in the username. I thought this sounded funny but it actually worked. I capitalized the first letter in my username, and then it allowed me to connect.

Macbook Pro (16-inch, 2019) Left Side Popping/Cracking Noise

I have a 16-inch Macbook Pro laptop that recently started this popping/cracking noise on the left-hand side, but only when I was using VMware Fusion.

After looking around online this is apparently a thing and it sounds like it has been going on for quite some time. This sounded to me like an actual hardware problem and I was worried I was going to have to get my Mac in for service.

On one of the forums I came across they said it was a software issue and they provided a temporary work-around. I was intrigued.

The Fix:

Launch “Quicktime Player” and click close on the Open File dialog that pops up. Then go up to the top toolbar and select “File -> New Audio Recording”.

Once the Quicktime Player shows up you can simply push the yellow button to minimize it! That’s it! You should notice that your audio issues go away.

This is clearly a software issue and I hope Apple works on getting it fixed soon but at least there is a reliable easy work-around to bypass this annoying popping sound.