Matters involving physical computer components, circuitry and parts, as opposed to matters of software or computer programming

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iPod Shuffle (4th Gen) is in a coma

The iPod lights up when connected to a power source but it doesn't turn on. Here are my observations: It syncs perfectly with iTunes, with the yellow light flashing and all. The yellow light is ...
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How to use PS3 Game Controller in OS X?

I am trying to set up PowerA Mini Pro game controller in OS X El Capitan. However, I have not succeeded via USB. It would be great if there is some central settings for the customization of each ...
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Check if G5 is a SMP one?

How do I check if a G5 PPC mac has 2 CPUs or not? When booting it up under Linux (Debian 8) only one CPU seems to be detected: cat /proc/cpuinfo processor : 0 cpu : PPC970FX, altivec ...
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Disable single heat sensor?

I have a Macbook Air 15". A few days ago, it started running extremely slowly, with the fan at max RPM. I opened Activity Monitor and discovered that I had kernel_task running at about 400% CPU, ...
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Apple Hardware Test reports error 4SNS/1/40000001:VeAS-0.000

I got a great deal on a base 2.66 GHz Quad-Core Intel (W3520) 2009 Mac Pro4,1 on eBay. I already have a (flashed) Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz edition. I have a 3.46 GHz Intel Xeon W3690 on the way. ...
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Is there some way for me to connect old technology to airplay?

I have a Mid 2010 MacBook Pro with El Capitan, I'm not able to use AirPlay because I simply don't have the hardware for it. However, I'm trying to work through the thought experiment of how I might be ...
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Will EarPods work with my 2010 Macbook Pro?

Plugging my EarPods into my Macbook pro will not allow me to use the button to control volume, nor will the microphone work. The speakers work fine though. Are there specific hardware requirements ...
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My battery icon has x in it

My MacBook Pro 15" battery has a black X in the battery icon and the indicator lights on the side do not light up when button is pressed. What could be the problem? It runs fine when plugged in
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Buying a Used Macbook, iCloud

I'm purchasing a used 2013 Macbook Air on craigslist and the seller told me he formatted it already and created a dummy account so I can go through settings, etc.. and browse around to ensure all is ...
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Can one exchange SSD's in a single MBP for doing a back-up (delayed) on one of them?

My logic board decided to leave without saying good-bye, MBP Mid 2012. This only serves as a delayed backup. I did however run Time Machine to backup my stuff, unfortunately it was 180 days ago... ...
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Power button, keyboard not functional after thermal place replacement (MacBook Pro 13, Late 2011)

After some searching on the internet, I have been struggling to reconnect the keyboard to the MacBook Pro after taking out the logic board to replace the aging thermal paste. I was following the ...
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Splice a 45W MagSafe 2 connector onto an 85W PSU?

I have an unused 45W MacBook Air MagSafe 2 PSU, and an 85W MagSafe 1 PSU that my dog chewed the connector off. I'm wondering if splicing the MagSafe 2 connector onto the 85W PSU would allow a MacBook ...
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MacBook Pro 13" 2015 CPU and GPU temperatures

I've noticed that my new MacBook Pro 13" 2015 (MF839) is getting hot while playing browser games or watching models at sketchfab.com. Both CPU and GPU temperatures rise to 100-105 degrees (Celsius) ...
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Where in El Capitan can I watch a USB device insert/removal?

I have a Wi-Spy DBx which is a wireless device one can use to see radio spectrum. It installs as a HID on any computer it connects to. (I've tested it on a PC succesfully.) I am trying to confirm ...
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Pinout and specs on 150W Cinema Display A1098 power supply?

I've inherited a 30" Apple Cinema Display. It's in great condition except for one thing: no power supply. I could pay $150+ for a used power supply on eBay, but -- with my past life as a ...
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MacBook bought as new could potentially be a refurbished older model [closed]

In mid-2014, Wife bought a new MacBook directly from apple.com . Said laptop has been acting in some weird ways, like freezing and rebooting itself for no reason, or taking in the order of a full ...
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Thin green lines on boot, then screen goes grey (late 2011 MBP - 8,2)?

Last night I was using my late 2012 MBP (higher res screen, dual intel/amd graphics), and the screen suddenly went black. I left it go for a minute - no change. I open and closed the lid - it ...
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SD card slot on mid 2012 15" MBP not working

I have a mid 2012 15" 2.7ghz MBP. I recently did a clean install going from 10.9 to 10.10. The SD card reader seems to have stopped working, (It was working previously, although i didnt test it ...
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Mac book pro manufacturing year [duplicate]

How to identify mac book pro product manufacturing year? And not the product release date. example is mac book pro series launched in 2012 but what is its product manufactured date?
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Are there any current Macs capable of running NVIDIA based CUDA SDK?

So I'm starting a new job, and seriously considering equipment purchases. I'd like to be able to have a Mac with NVIDIA GPU capable of developing CUDA-based code on it - it certainly wouldn't be ...
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Which Mac is good enough for iOS development? [closed]

Are you an iOS development? Please tell me which mac hardware is good enough for that. I am gonna use it in about 3 years or more. I am intended to buy a macbook pro 2015 with 13.3", core i5, RAM 8GB, ...
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Would this memory work on a MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011)?

Can anybody tell me if this module: Transcend 8GB 1600MHz DDR3L Unbuffered Non-ECC CL11 204-pin SO-DIMM would work on my MBP? My memory specifications currently: 10 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 (1x8GB) + ...
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Macbook Pro logic board getting no voltage

Laptop: MacBook Pro 13" Retina Display Late 2013 Logic Board: 820-3476 I have been doing testing on my logic board with the board removed from the computer and just plugging in the charger. I had an ...
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Troubleshoot faulty USB port on a MacBook Pro

I have a MacBook Pro from 2011 that has one faulty USB port. The USB port can power up devices such as iPods or iPhones just fine, but fails at communicating data between the Macbook Pro and devices ...
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epoxy to reconnect cpu fan on Macbook Pro late 2008? [duplicate]

I'm working on a friend's MacbookPro5,1 15" from late 2008, which was overheating, so I knew from past experience, the thermal paste needed to be removed, and reappplied. This was all achieved ...
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Macbook Air 11" mid 2013 keyboard backlight doesn't work

I've bought a Macbook Air mid 2013 trough a secondhand website. After test it all I told the man that I'm interested. So I payed. Once at home, I realize the keyboard backlight doesn't work. I've ...
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MacBook Pro (late 2008) new thermal paste applied, now how do I re-attach the cable for the cpu fans?

I'm working on a friend's MacbookPro5,1 15" from late 2008, which was overheating, so I knew from past experience, the thermal paste needed to be removed, and reappplied. This was all achieved ...
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Just installed new screen on wife's 5s, getting weird ghosting/burn effect

My wife's 5s screen cracked and for the holidays I had a friend of mine install a new screen on her phone. The only problem is, there's some weird issues going on. First, the outer edges of her screen ...
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Weird sound when doing something forbidden

MBP Mid 2012 on OSX 10.10.5 Since a couple of months I recogniz a weird sound on my computer. It appears whenever I do something "forbidden", i.e. using a key in a programm which has no ...
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iPhone 5s - What is the dot between rear camera and the LED flash?

There is a visible dot on the iPhone 5s between the rear camera and the LED flash. What is it for? I imagine it is a sensor of some kind. I'm concerned because my new iPhone 5s case covers it.
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Can I put PC hardware in a MacBook Pro case?

I would like a MacBook Pro, but they are so dang expensive!!! I already have a pretty nice Samsung Series 3 64-bit, and I have considered Hackintosh. Hackintosh however, does not include that slick ...
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Reuse an iMac's fusion drive?

I have a 2013 iMac with a broken logic board and display. It's too expensive to repair, but I'd like to salvage the fusion drive. If I put the drive in an external case will it work?
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Can a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014) have their hard drives upgraded

My friend has a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014) -- she wants to install a magnetic 2.5" HDD. Can I install any such drive or do they have to be apple compatible hardware.
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MacBook Pro battery will not charge even though cycle count is below max count

I haven't used my MacBook Pro (Mid 2011 version with non-removable battery) for over 6 months, as I was out of country. Now it only works on power connected and battery won't change. Symptoms I ...
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MacBook Pro overheating after being repaired

I've recently had my MacBook Pro 15" model late 2011 repaired, it was a graphics card problem, they changed it and now it's working. The problem that I've encountered now is that it is overheating a ...
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Fans always on in Boot Camp

I have a 2015 Retina Macbook Pro 13″ running Boot Camp Windows 8.1. On default settings, the fan seems to idle at 0 according to "Macs Fan Control", and then slowly climb when it reaches 70℃ or so. ...
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Transcend Jetdrive vs OWC Aura

I've just bought a used 2012-era MacBook Air (model MacBookAir5,2). I'm considering upgrading the SSD using a Transcend Jetdrive or an OWC Aura. Going by their specs, both devices are the same. ...
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MBA6,2 10.11 faulty temp sensor 230~300% kernel_task problem

Problem started after I sprayed some water during shower. Fan runs on 6500rpm as soon as I log on and kernel task stays on 230~300% even though laptop is not even warm. So I ran HWmonitor and it ...
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No sound (speakers/jack) + microphone's dead after spilling water

Hello there kind people. Sadly, yesterday I've spilled some water on my MacBook Pro (El capitan). Before you yell at me - it was closed, turned off and it wasn't a lot of water, the laptop was wet ...
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Is it safe to discharge my body's static electricity onto my MacBook Pro?

Often in the winter (low humidity), getting up from and sitting down onto the seat at my desk, or taking off a jacket, and such will build up a static electric charge on my body. Sometimes I don't ...
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Screen artifacts that show up in screenshot

My MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012) running El Capitan (10.11.1) intermittently displays screen artifacts. I thought the issue might be with my screen connector, but the artifacts are captured when I ...
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I short circuited my iPhone 5 through audio jack

Long story short, I short circuited my second most expensive asset through a usb-male-audio-male. I'm devastated. I'm not rich. I was still giddy about saving a dozen dollars during black friday ...
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Mac Book Pro - Display blink issue

suddenly, I am getting issue in my mac book pro of display blink issue, When I start mac book, It starting to blink and then black screen. I ask at service center and they told to replace with new ...
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diagnose possible issue with MBpro 2012 running very slow

tl;dr Can a MacBook Pro become unbearably slow because of hardware issues, e.g a hard-drive failure? How can I best diagnose this? I own a MacBook Pro from 2012, which recently has become unbearably ...
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HD fine, SATA cable fine, but MBP internal won’t mount/boot

I’m looking for some advice regarding a specific problem with a MacBook Pro mid-2009 running the latest version of El Capitan. The basics follow, but I have shared details of the troubleshooting ...
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Sending USB and audio to LCD through thunderbolt

It is disappointing to me that in order to use my monitor's USB ports, I have to send 2 Data cables from my MacBook to my monitor: Thunderbolt->DVI and USB->USB. In order to use my monitor's inbuilt ...
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Macbook Pro can't wake up (resume) after the battery dies

2015 15" Macbook Pro, AMD Radeon graphics. When the battery runs out and the macbook is reconnected to power, I press the power button and the screen turns on. It shows a corrupt, purple and green ...
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MacBook not recognizing Wireless N USB Adapter

I have an aluminum unibody (2008). I recently upgraded RAM & downloaded all software to get my baby up to date. THEN the wifi card died. I tried to fix that myself but thanks to Apple's almost ...
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iPhone 4s not charging 9/10 times

iPhone 4s, my iPhone 99% of the time won't charge arms the battery is power-draining. Started happening at random, going from good - absolute hell while i was at work. One time out of the many times ...
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Can my mac book pro run Starcraft Legacy of the void?

The days of gaming are long a distant memory. I haven't touched games since 12 years of age. These days, my notebook is used for computational and mathematical modelling. That said, I do enjoy an ...