Vacuum Your Desk With FaxSTF

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Date: Friday, January 31st, 2003, 08:00
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I recently found the fans in my TiBook 1GHz have been actively running for eight consecutive hours. At first I did not pay much attention to it, but after quitting all apps at the end of the day, the ‘Book was still vacuum cleaning my desk. So I started CPU monitor and Process Viewer.

CPU monitor was at a steady 100 percent. In the Process Viewer I saw the reason: FaxJobMgr was taking 69% of the CPU power. Oops.

Went to the SmithMicro Web site and found two fixes. The first is to install their latest version: 10.0.8. The second is a manual fix (delete some prefs etc). Go to their site at and search by answer id number 886. Their direct link is two pages or something.

I did this fix, but found out that the phenomenon returns after not properly going to sleep or waking up: closing or opening the lid while connecting or disconnecting USB, monitor etc. You can easily tell the sleep mode or wake up was incorrect, because (in my case) the desktop picture is always gone and has to be reselected manually, or reset by rebooting. I run Mac OS 10.2.3.

Since FaxSTF is a bundled app, I think this could be of interest. By the way, answer #846 also gives you the specifics on manually removing FaxSTF entirely. If you want to be certain that 100 percent of the CPU power is (again) at your disposal, that is…

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