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

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Audio Distortion After 2 Minutes of Music in Stock MBP

I have a MBP (13 inch early 2015, running 10.11.4) which after about 2 minutes of producing audio (Skype, Youtube from Firefox, iTunes...) via either the internal speakers or a pair of earbuds starts ...
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My Mid-2015 Macbook Pro no longer rapid charges my Nexus 6P over USB, why?

The USB3.0 ports on my mid-2015 Macbook Pro always charged my Nexus 6P "rapidly" (as reported by the phone), meaning at 2100mA+ or so. However, a couple months ago (around January/February), this ...
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SD card Reader is not reading cards anymore

My config : MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012), OSX El Capitan, Version 10.11.2 The issue : I was still able to read my SD card with the built-in SD Card Reader 2 weeks ago. I didn't make any changes ...
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Which is more durable. CPU or FAN?

i wonder which of the two components (CPU & FAN) is more durable in a Macbook Pro Retina 2015 (13 inch). I am asking because i am doing a lot of compiling on my machine and it gets very hot (up ...
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Installing a NETGEAR 1000MV2 wireless driver

I've a mac mini running El Capitan as well as a Netgear Wireless adapter lying about. Unfortunately, I find the mac mini's inbuilt wi-fi to be poor. Doing multiple speed tests and losing connection ...
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Can cards with magnetic strips damage my MacBook?

Recently I pulled a debit card out of my wallet and set it on top of my MacBook trackpad. I noticed if I shuffled the card around the cursor would jump around the screen a bit and using the trackpad ...
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SD card won't mount (late 2009 iMac running OSX El Capitan)

I am hoping that someone can help me diagnose and fix a recurring problem. When I insert a card into the SD card slot it does not read the card or register that a card has been inserted in any way. ...
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MacBook Pro (2006, A1150) fails to boot

My MacBook Pro (2006, model A1150) fails to boot beyond the white screen AFTER the screen with the Apple logo and spinner. I have tried: Resetting PRAM (doesn't work) Resetting SMC (how can ...
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Hardware Failure. Mac won't start

I have a Macbook pro from 2010 running 10.6. Recently, it has been acting very weird. It often freezes and when rebooted gets stuck at the loading screen. After enough reboots it does work. When ...
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My Macbook Pro (Early 2011) Keyboard and Touchpad are Unresponsive

So here's the situation. I have a Macbook Pro 8,1 (Early 2011, so non-Retina; this was just prior to that implementation, if I remember right) running El Capitan, 8 GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive. I've ...
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CPU System agent core (TC0E/TC0F) running very high

When my MBP (Retina, 13", Early 2015, identifier MacBookPro12,1) is under load, could either be CPU load or "bus-load", ie wifi, usb, webcam etc the CPU System Agent Core-sensor shows a very high ...
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External SSD not recognized after ejection or reboot

I have an USB external mechanical disk. It works fine, and I can remount it after ejection. Also, it is mounted automatically after a reboot, as it should be. I got an USB external SSD, too. It works ...
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lshw or lspci for Mac OS X

What's the closest alternative to something like lshw or lspci on Mac OS X? The closest thing I know of is system_profiler but it spits out way too much unnecessary information.
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I dropped my iPhone 5c and it cracked; now the screen is changing colors

Can I just get a new screen and is it not covered under AppleCare?
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How does my iPhone know which headphone cable I plug in?

When I plug in my Apple EarPod earphones, my phone sets the volume to whatever it was the last time, but when I plug in the auxiliary cable in my car (just a simple jack, no fancy infotainment system) ...
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How to fix a frayed cable on a MagSafe Power Adapter?

Any idea how to fix the broken plastic/rubber covering of the cable on a MagSafe Power Adapter? Mine is showing the inner wires and I'm afraid of getting an electrical shock.
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Can I use electrical tape instead of the plastic tab when replacing my hard-drive?

I'm replacing the hard-drive on my 2010 Macbook Pro, (This machine just keeps going, and I'm finally upgrading it to a SSD!) and I'm almost done (it's simple enough) but the plastic tab from the ...
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Does the weight of iOS devices change based on storage size?

I don't think this is just true of Apple products but the weight advertised for iOS device model of varying storage size is always same. For example the weight of the iPad Pro is 437 grams. Is this ...
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Unlock Mac without low energy bluetooth capabilities by iPhone app

I have an old iMac (11,2) that doesn't have Bluetooth Low Energy. Do you know any way I can use my iPhone's Touch ID to unlock it? All the apps I found require Bluetooth LE support.
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Is the Lightning connector safe for my children?

Having an Apple Lightning connector cable beside my bed to charge my iPhone 6 at night, I asked myself whether the cable is safe for my three-years-old kids? I.e. having the cable dangling without an ...
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Is a Power Mac G4 a good candidate for a home server? [closed]

A friend of mine has offered to give me a Power Mac G4 that he is no longer using. I haven't picked it up yet, but it sounds like it is a single core 1.25 GHz 2003 "Mirrored Drive Door" Model. I have ...
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Long term effect on Mac computer of installing Windows/Running a Windows VM

I need to install Windows on my MacBook Pro. Hardware limitations are not a problem for me. I am mostly concerned about the long term effects that running Windows might have on my Mac. I am assuming ...
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Thermal paste for A8 chip

On the iPhone logic board (or at least for the iPhone 6), there is a metal shield (heatsink?) covering the A8 SoC and few other components. There is also black thermal paste between the chip and ...
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Test iPhone 4s hardware without battery. Possible?

So, I have this iPhone 4s, which was broken. So i replaced the screen. While I was replacing it, I accidentally broke the black wire that connects the battery to the motherboard. So I dont know if it ...
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Blinking “forbidden” and “question mark folder” symbol. SATA cable is the problem?

A couple days ago my macbook pro mid 2012 was running perfectly, with a SSD drive that I,ve installed about a hear ago (I also updated my ram up to 8 gb). The day after that I turned on my computer ...
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Docking Station for 13" MacBook Pro and Surface Pro 3

Is there a docking station that is compatible with both 13" Macbook Pro (2015 model A1502) and a Surface Pro 3? I am looking for one that has Connectivity up to two monitors (DVI/HDMI/VGA) Ethernet ...
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WindowServer crashes

So I've been having a number of graphic problems with my 2012 MBP (Non-retnia) First is screen distortion. I have black rectangles flash black and a pixelated yellow. Moving a window or program over ...
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Can I upgrade RAM to 16GB on MacBook Pro 17" i7 2.66 GHz?

When I checked it on System, it says 8 GB RAM. But I wonder, if I put 16 GB of RAM in the two slots of my MacBook (2 8GB sticks) will it work?
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iPhone 5 in tough situation(Please read and help)

I purchased an second hand iPhone 5 from a dealer several months ago , its iPhone 5 A149(Global) model 16GB. It's acting weird from the date of purchase , having several issues like 1. Time and Date ...
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Are my MacBook Pro 2015 (15-inch) fan parameters correct?

Are the fans on MacBook Pro 15inch always on? If so should they be audible when ear against keyboard? I am not sure but I think my fans were not audible before but now I can hear them if I put my ear ...
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What are the under documented differences between the iPhone SE, 6s, and 6s plus?

Besides price, size and case design of course, what are the differences between the iPhone SE, 6s, and 6s plus? Also what about specs that are not listed on Apple site such as the amount of RAM?
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MacBook Schematic Diagrams

I'm trying to learn how to repair MacBook water damaged by my own. I'm really good in the cleaning process using ultrasonic professional cleaner and most of the times it solves the problems. But I ...
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Macbook7.1 (Macbook mid-2010 ) White unibody bottom rubber falling off

The bottom cover on my Macbook7.1 (mid-2010) White Unibody is beginning to fall of. I tried using some glue that a guy from a repair shop I could use for rubber-on-aluminium. I tried it and all I got ...
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iPhone 6 Logic Board Water Damage Clean/Repair

I'm aware of this question, however it doesn't solve my problem. Today I bought a water damaged iPhone 6 at a good price, thinking that since I am pretty decent at repairing iPhones (and fixing water ...
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MacBook Air won't power on, except I remove the battery and plug it back in (SMC reset?) - sleep works

I have a bizarre problem with my 2012 MacBook Air 13": At some point, a couple of weeks ago, it suddenly stopped turning on. The battery would charge, but pressing the power-button just wouldn't have ...
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USB adapter stops working after deleting NetworkInterfaces.plist

TL;DR: I have an external USB wifi adapter on a MacBook Pro which was working fine before I deleted my /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/NetworkInterfaces.plist file without making a copy. Is ...
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USB short protection

I was prototyping some USB things and I was wondering if the Mac USB ports have any short-circut protection. If I were to connect Vcc and GND directly together would it break my Mac? Would the ...
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How do I debug keyboard input?

I'm getting a bug with my Steam Controller (which is basically a configurable keyboard/mouse/etc) where if I set any of the buttons to either of the shift keys, they don't register as such, instead ...
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How to interpret the USB info in my MacBook Pro's System Report?

I'm trying to find out if my MacBook Pro USB ports are USB3. It seems to have two USB2 ports and one USB3 port: But my MacBook Pro only has two USB ports. How do I interpret this report? Do I have ...
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Apple Thunderbolt Display randomly goes black throughout the day

My Mac is connected to two Apple Thunderbolt Displays. The first monitor works without flaw. The second however will randomly turn off its screen 3 to 4 times a day. A quick but annoying fix is to ...
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Keyboard unresponsive out of nothing

I have an old 13” MBP (Early 2011) which I use regularly but just a few minutes per day. Today I came back home - MBP was turned on and charging - and keyboard just doesn’t seem to work. Some keys ...
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iMac won't boot. No keyboard recognition

I know that there are a lot of people that ask for help when their iMacs won't boot, but in all sites they tell you to use keyboard commands to reset NVRAM or something like that. This case is ...
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iMac Aluminum Housing

Not sure if these kinds of questions are allowed here, but I would like to know how Apple machines the little Apple logo cutout on the bottom of the front iMac panel /housing. It looks like it could ...
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No version model of Macbook in 'About This Mac' section

What does it mean if there is no version model? Is it normal? I expect the money year after the words "MacBook Air" similar to this. I would like to buy this particular Mac, should I worry about ...
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Cleaning my Macbook Pro Retina leaves greasy 'streaks' across the screen

I try to clean my mid-2015 Macbook Pro with Retina display by wiping the screen with a damp cloth and then immediately drying. However, there seems to be left some residue/streak marks, which look ...
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i dropped my phone and now there are lines on the screen and i can't access the screen

I had my phone in my pocket and it dropped on the tiles in my house. Now there are lines and I can't access the screen or get into my phone.
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Intel Mac Pro 1.1 stops responding after ~5 minutes

If anyone could shed a little light on this, I'd be extremely grateful. I have a 2006 mac pro 1.1 (intel cpu) that consistently stops responding after 4-5 minutes. The mouse still moves but nothing ...
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Mac Freeze and Screen Goes Weird After RAM Upgrade

I've a MacBook Pro. I upgraded it's RAMs to 16 GB of 1600MHz(two 8 GB modules). Even though Apple suggests a maximum of 8GB, everymac.com's tests yield that it supports 16GB. And it did. After the ...
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Macbook Pro Differences (2015 vs 2016) [closed]

I was looking into getting a Macbook Pro 15 inch with Retina Display. I've never owned a Mac so I did some researching while looking at what to get. I saw a lot of articles saying to wait for the 2016 ...
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mid-2012 Macbook Pro Retina 15" won't recognize new adapter

I recently bought a new power adapter off Amazon, and it worked with my mid-2014 MBP at work and my colleague's mid-2014 MBP, but not my mid-2012 MBP Retina 15" (which, frustratingly, it was bought as ...