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

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Does CPU heating to 90 C cause any permanent damage?

I have a MacBook Air 6,2 (2013) with an i7 (1.7 GHz normally). When I was installing Debian on it I completely forgot about the "Turbo Boost" feature — my CPU was clocked at its highest possible ...
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Swap MacBook Air Logic Board

Just wondering, whether it is possible to install an early-2014 13'' MacBook Air logic board into mid-2012 13'' MBA? Having a look at ifixit.com: 2012 MBA logic board: 2014 MBA logic board: ...
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Is there a way to find out information on battery through macbook serial number?

i bought my MBP Retina display 13"(late 2013) 5 months ago; a week ago i had to change its battery at an authorised reseller when my small sister accidentally dropped a whole glass of water on it. i ...
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Is there a graphics card for 2010 Mac Pro that supports 4K?

I have a Mid 2010 Mac Pro with the stock Radeon 5770 card. I know the card doesn't officially support 4k resolutions, even though there are some tricks that work at a low refresh rate. I want ...
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iMac (early 2008) loses/switches USB 2.0 “high speed” ports

This has been bothering me for a while – finally I tried to find out about the reasons but couldn't find anything about this strange 'bug' yet – so I hope to get some advise from here. I have an old ...
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Corrupted 2012 Mac mini hardware, software, kernel? [closed]

Is it possible for the hardware of a Mac to be corrupted in some way as to not allow the proper functioning of the Recovery HD? I have a late 2012 Mac mini purchased through Apple certified ...
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Mac Pro Tower, randomly hanging convinced its a hardware problem but Apple think otherwise

Just about ready to launch this machine out the window it's driving me crazy. Ok so a rundown of what has happened thus far. Bought a Mac Pro Tower around 2010, worked like a dream for 3 years then ...
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Power Mac G4 - AirPort card too big for slot

I have an old Power Mac G4, for which I acquired an AirPort card, and tried to follow these simple instructions from YouTube but it turns out that the card does not physically fit into the slot. It's ...
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Grey screen on an apple

I have an old imac machine. I've tried doing a single user mode boot. Nothing. I tried doing a PRAM/NVRAM reset did not happen. There was no second restart. I also tried booting to a USB drive, ...
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Screen Blacks Out After Fans Run at Maximum

I inherited an iMac and it has an issue. It boots up fine but within the first five minutes the fans start to slowly ramp up to full speed. After about five to ten minutes of the fans running at full ...
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MacBook Pro 13" Mid 2010 is not seeing internal SATA HDD

I have a MacBook Pro 13" Mid 2010 that started to not see it's internal SATA HDD. I can connect the HDD in question to the computer via SATA > USB adapter and it works fine (Mac can even boot from it ...
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How do eject a SD card that is being used by Firefox?

I have had several occurrences where I dragged photos from my mounted SD card to upload to my google plus account but then after the photos were successfully update, my SD card was unable to be ...
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What must I check after I got my new refurbished MacBook Pro 13"?

My friend wants to buy new refurbished MacBoook Pro 13" mid 2014 MGX72 in Malaysia. He's afraid of defects. So he needs advice on how to check whether it has problem or not. If it has, he must report ...
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Why do Chinese EarPods not work with German MacBook Pro?

I own this MacBook Pro, which was bought in Germany, and I am currently residing in China, where I accidentally switched headphones with a Chinese friend. Both are official Apple EarPods, mine came ...
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New drive won't boot internally

So I purchased a new 2TB drive (Samsung model #ST2000LM003) for my 13" MacBook Pro. No issues with the old one, just getting close to capacity. I connected it with a SATA/USB adapter, formatted it, ...
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2009 Mac Mini Wakes Up Immediately After Sleep. What Could be Wrong?

This computer would sleep fine before. Now it wakes up immediately after sleeping, either from a timer, or from the Sleep menu item. Even if all USB ports (except the wireless mouse) are empty Even ...
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Options for Replacing 60w Magsafe Power Supply

For the second time in four weeks I've had to re-solder the mag safe cord back on to the power supply. This time, unlike the first, the cord broke on the negative terminal on the circuit board itself. ...
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MacBook Pro won’t boot up after putting the bottom case screws back in place

I'm kind new in this world of Apple, and I have an Intel-based Mac that suddenly had the hard drive fail. So I make a Mac OS X USB flash drive, and realize that the old hard drive died since “Disk ...
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Should I get the new MacBook? [closed]

I'm a math phd student, who currently owns the mid 2009 13" MacBook Pro (2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 memory and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 256 MB graphics). I use my laptop ...
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Mac Book Pro - Logic board stopped working

I Had purchased Mac Book Pro before around 14 month from one of the apple store. It just blinking and doesn't start. As per customer service they ask to replace logic board and It costs almost around ...
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1.7 GHz Intel Core i5 10.7 Macbook Air Water Damage… still works… Battery issue

While on a flight in June 2014, the guy next to me put his drink in the gap between the tray and his cup spilled liquid below including on my macbook air which was in the pouch. Unsure of whether ...
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Can I add different size RAMs to iMac 5K?

I have an iMac Retina 5K (27-inch, Late 2014) with 8 GB of RAM (2 * 4 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 memory modules). There are 2 memory slots free/available, and I want to add RAM to these two slots. My ...
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How to change location of specific keys

I've spilled a coffee on my keyboard, as a result right and left arrows don't function any more. Is there a way to change locations or maybe to create a shortcut to represent those keys? for example ...
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Which minimum hardware for Smartalbums

I need to use SmartAlbums for my job, but I don't yet have a Mac. I am willing to buy a 2°hand Apple computer to run SmartAlbums but I don't want to overbudget it. There is anyone that uses this ...
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Distorted Audio from Speakers and Line-Out

I've been working on my early-2008 iMac of late, replacing the HD with and SSD, and upgrading the CPU to 2.8 GhZ. The SSD and new CPU seem to be working fine, except after I finished I ended up with ...
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Magic Trackpad stuck battery

I have a Magic Trackpad that sat unused in a work drawer for a few months. Like a total noob, I neglected to remove the batteries. I recently reconfigured my workspace and decided to start using ...
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Does my Macbook Pro support 5 GHz Wi-Fi?

I have MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013). Does it support 5 GHz Wi-Fi? I found the following details about Wi-Fi module there: Broadcom BCM43xx 1.0 802.11 a/b/g/n If 5 GHz are supported, ...
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how to check my MBP's logic drive properties

A few days back my MBP had lot issues like multiple beeping sounds as well as black screen anomalies. Beeping sound issue goes away, when I force shutdown. When I took it for repair, they reported ...
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Mac mini fan replacement: amperage rating

I have a 2011 Mac mini server (quad-core i7, 2.0GHz) and the fan is going bad. The current fan, part no. 610-0164 is rated 12V 0.66A. The widely available replacement fans on eBay are rated 12V ...
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How to fix a Macbook Pro (late 2013 model) with liquid damage?

I bought a refurbished 13" Macbook Pro (late 2013 model retina) from the Apple store website in Sept 2014. It worked great till last month, when I had some water leak out in backpack and get through ...
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Dying iMac drive, emergency repair assistance

I have a older 27" iMac ( 2011 ) and the hard drive is on its way out in a serious manner, ( smart status failing, io error every few seconds in much kernel log , speed of io is the worst I have ever ...
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How can I fix a broken MBP camera cable?

While I was upgrading my early 2011 13" MBP's HDD to an SSD by the instructions on iFixit, I think I broke my camera cable. When I tried to talk to my friends on Google Hangouts later that day, my ...
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Intel Core 2 Duo and Yosemite

I have a iMac circa 2009/2010 running a 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, with 2GB RAM installed. If I was to upgrade to Yosemite, even with an upgrade to 8GB RAM, would this be enough to run Yosemite well? ...
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Can I move my logic board between different models of MacBook Air?

If I take out my logic board in my MacBook Air 2011 11-inch i5 2 GB RAM and put in a MacBook Air 2011 11-inch i7 4 GB RAM, will it work? If not why?
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BGR - RGB Pixel layout problem. How to fix wrong subpixel optimization in “LCD font smoothing”

Maybe someone has idea how to solve this problem. I have display Dell P2314H it has BGR subpixel layout instead of common RGB. If to turn on font smoothing on Mac - fonts are looking terrible. I have ...
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Are there USB-A to USB-C adapters for the Early 2015 MacBook

Apple announced a new 12" MacBook. The only port other than a headphone jack is USB-C. Since it is new technology I do not have any USB-C memory sticks. What adapters will let older USB sticks work ...
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Is it okay to install a second RAM chip?

I have a 2010 MacBook Pro with a recently replaced logic board and SSD upgrade. I haven't yet upgraded the RAM. Currently, RAM is 4GB, one slot, Apple RAM (whichever manufacturer they use). I am ...
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built-in screen flickers on macbook air

I have an early MBA 11" (Jan 2011), dual booting to Mavericks and windows 7. Recently it has started exhibiting the following symptoms: built-in display flickers during boot and continues to flicker ...
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which os x will be good for pentium 4 pc?

I have an old pentium 4(2.67GHz) pc with 1760MB RAM, 80GB Hard-disk. I was wondering if i can install something different than windows xp on that.
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What would happen if I force installed a Linux driver into Mac OS X?

So, recently I got a Mac system and I was planning to put in an Intel WiFi card (as an upgrade for its current card). Now, as we know, Apple and Intel do not get along WiFi-wise. However, this same ...
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Is it worth upgrading my AP Extreme to the new one that supports 802.11ac? [closed]

I currently have the 802.11n model and all my devices run on 802.11n is there any benefit to the 802.11ac upgrade or should I just wait?
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Opening up your MacBook and how to avoid static electricity

Static electricity can exert incredibly high voltages (upward of a thousand volts) which can zap sensitive equipment. Hence, all videos that explain opening up your Mac feature some form of ...
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Replace iSight camera on MacBook Air late 2010 (A1369)

My MacBook got a small water damage some time ago. Luckily everything still works without any problems except the iSight camera, which is no longer detected. I reinstalled Mac OS X a couple of times ...
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How to disable a specific sensor within a .kext?

I have a Macbook Pro 13" Retina, mid 2014 with a "right palm sensor" that is malfunctioning. It thinks that the computer is overheating, and it therefore is causing the kernel_task to eat up 250% - ...
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Application for OS X to send more power to USB Hub

Does anybody know a Mac OS app to override the usb power settings in order to send more power to an USB Hub.
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Macbook beeps randomly during normal operation

The issue is very similar to this one, which seems to be unsolved: Macbook Air 2012 single beep while on Basically my late-2014 macbook pro beeps randomly (always once), it's a very low beep, seems ...
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Is it possible to use old RAM on new MacBook?

My current MacBook Pro, a early-2013 13" i5, is getting very slow and I therefore want to buy a new one. However, I want to wait until the next generation comes out. In the meantime I will change the ...
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Top row of keyboard isn't working

I just turned on my Macbook air this morning and now the top keys aren't doing anything (F1, F2, etc). I can't turn down my keyboard light or anything. I tried going to system preferences and checking ...
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Chromatic Aberration with Mac Mini

I recently bought a Mac Mini Late 2014 intermediate version of the three available. I have the following issue. Sometimes when I turn the Mac Mini on or from standby I get this chromatic aberration ...
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Can I move a hard drive from a MacBook 13 to a MacBook 15?

I'm thinking of upgrading my machine to a 15" and wondering if I can just move the hard drive over and put a new one in the 13"? The reason is my 13" Macbook has a 2TB HDD and I'd rather keep that ...