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

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Watt and voltage for DIY iPhone charger

I'm working on making a simple solar to USB charger for my iPhone 5s, and I was wondering if the watt/voltage mattered for the solar panel I'm using. I know the product can handle the higher values of ...
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Can I upgrade the size of my Fusion Drive from 1TB to 3TB?

I bought a new iMac last summer and went with the 1TB Fusion drive. It works well, but is already full. Is it possible to upgrade the size of the fusion drive myself? Can I buy a 3TB internal drive ...
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Should I put the SSD in the Optical or Main Bay when replacing Optical Drive?

I have 2010 MBP. Wanted to put SSD in optical bay (and use it as main boot drive) because main bay has SMS (motion detection) that HDD would use. The only problem is that optical bay in my computer ...
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How do I make sure the firmware for my newly installed SSD is up to date for Mac OSX? Note: cannot use optical drive

Installed a 2nd HD (SSD) onto my 15" MBP and wasn't sure how to upgrade the firmware. SanDisk 120 GB SSD. Anyone know?
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Is LCD digitizer different on iPad 2 for different languages?

I have an iPad 2 from Japan as like to have ability to input Japanese characters. When recently trying to replace the screen and Wi-Fi antennae I managed to damage the LCD. Before I go out and buy a ...
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Configuring SSD over-provisioning on Mac OSX

I'm in early investigation stages of adding a SSD drive to my MacPro. Fragmentation problems can lead to serious performance problems on an SSD. There are a couple answers to this problem: TRIM - ...
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Volume won't turn down on 2009 Macbook Pro 5,5

I just replaced the hard drive, upgraded the memory, and installed Snow Leopard to upgrade to Mavericks. Now, the volume won't turn down, but I know the key is being pressed because the volume level ...
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Apple hardware diagnostic terminology - what hardware issue does this portend?

After 18 months of ownership, my MacBook Pro Retina (mid-2012) suddenly started behaving very strangely, and then powered itself off several times. Upon reboot, the diagnostic report said the cause ...
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Why is My iPhone's Lock Screen Wider than Usual? Serious iPhone issue

Today on my way home, I accidentally dropped my iphone with the back facing the ground from about 1.2 metres in the air. All other iphone functions are not damaged except for the screen. My phone has ...
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Do Mac versions (Snow Leopard, Mountain Lion, etc.) have a built-in “framebuffer” in their kernels?

Assuming you try to install Snow Leopard on an x86 board that has no GPU or integrated graphics, but only a, say, CRTC or such, does it have support to plot data on the screen without depending on any ...
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Normal operating temperatures and fan speeds for mid-2006 iMac?

I have an aging, but still functional mid-2006 iMac at home. Last night, my wife was in the basement and said she smelled a faint odor of something burning, she said it smelled like it might be ...
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Macbook Air's trackpad on trains

Is there any known issue with using a laptop's trackpad while on a moving train, i.e. is the EM field expected to interfere? I ask because often when I use my Apple Macbook Air 1.1 (Early 2008) ...
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Is this external DVD drive Mac compatible?

I am thinking of purchasing a Mac Mini but the lack of optical drive, makes me hesitant. I have an external super-multi DVD rewriter by Liteon (Model GP08LU10). Will this portable drive be compatible ...
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Does anyone know any good Diagnostic tools? [closed]

Does anyone know any good diagnostic tools for Mac? something inline with Apple Hardware Test, Apple Service Diagnostics, tech tool pro, preferably more in depth perhaps something low level, ...
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How to clean iMac screen?

I've messed up and used a generic LCD cleaning product on a glass iMac screen. According to the label it consists of distilled water and surfactants (or surface-active components, don't know how to ...
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iPhone 5 overheating and battery drains very quickly

My iPhone is always heated up even if I'm not using it. When I charge it, it heats up even more and battery drains very quickly. Its battery is currently fully drained for more than half an hour and ...
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What are the six openings on the bottom of the MacBook Pro for?

I have a 2013 Retina MacBook Pro. I have noticed there are six slits, three on each side, on the base of the laptop. What are these for, and if I were to use them as a place to clip something, ...
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LVDS (LCD data) cable replacement

The video on my mid-2009 13" Macbook Pro freezes and becomes noisy sometimes, depending on the position of the lid, pressure, etc. I opened it, and could reproduce the behavior by poking at the LVDS ...
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iPad Mini Retina with yellow tint

I just got a new Space Gray iPad Mini Retina 32GB Wi-fi and today I noticed that the whole screen has a yellow tint. This seems to be a common issue and I will go to an Apple Store as soon as possible ...
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convert 30 pin docks for lightning devices

I recently upgraded from an Iphone 4 to a 5s. I have 4 different docks that worked with all my previous Iphones and Ipods - I just swapped out a cheap plastic holder around the connector that could ...
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iPhone 4S logic board replacement

I have damaged my iPhone 4S. A weight was dropped on it and it stopped working instantly. I've opened the back and it appears the bottom of the battery, the speaker and charger point have been ...
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Force external display refresh rate

I have a 27" screen which is connected to my mid-2012 MacBook Pro retina through a HDMI/DVI-D (HDMI on the MacBook Pro, DVI-D on the screen). Before I was using a adapter DisplayPort+USB/DVI-D and I ...
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Proximity sensor stopped working after upgrading to 7.0.6

The proximity sensor stopped working as soon as I updated to the latest version. Now the screen does not switch off when I receive a call !! Tried restoring the phone to factory default and then ...
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Memory tester for Snow Leopard

Can somebody suggest a memory tester for Snow Leopard (10.8)? Command line or other doesn't matter, ideally something that doesn't have to be installed though (doesn't change the machine) and just ...
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MacBook Pro 5,1 will only turn on after SMC reset

Resetting the SMC every time the machine is turned off is the only way to turn it back on and when it is on the fans run at max speed etc. etc. (SMC issues). Have tried to swap out HDD and RAM. ...
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MacBookPro Ram Frequency

i have a MacBookPro 5,5 (Intel Core 2 Duo 2,26GHz) with Snow Leopard. Actualy i've 2 ram block of 2GB (total 4GB) of DDR3 at 1067MHz. Now i'm buying 2 ram bloc of 8GB of DDR3 but at 1600MHz, could ...
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2012 MacBook Air - USB hardware ran out of device slots?

I've got a 2012 11" i7 MBA. This is a great little machine but one thing has been driving be absolutely batty about it... The USB ports work well for the most part, but inevitably I will plug in a USB ...
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Boot hangs on grey screen (even when booting from USB drive with fresh OS X install)

My MacBook Pro 15" Late 2011 (MacBookPro8,2) with AMD Radeon 6770M exhibited display corruption and associated system crashes/resets over a period of two weeks before it entirely failed to boot. The ...
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Durability of plastic screen on latest Retina Macbook Pro?

I am in need of a new MBP. I do development (Ruby/Rails) on my mid 2009 13" MPB running Mavericks, and I find it is getting old enough that I'm getting some lag when I'm running DB and web server, ...
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MacBook Pro battery life tanking even after battery replacement?

I've been having some issues with battery life on my MacBook Pro (15", Mid 2010). I thought I had tracked it down when I found out that the battery was near the end of its life (only holding 60% of ...
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How do I find the installed RAM layout in my MacBook without opening it up?

I have a mid-2009 MacBook with 4 GB of RAM installed in it and I'd like to upgrade it to 8 GB of RAM. In order to do that I have to figure out what the installed RAM configuration is so I can ...
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iPhone Cable or Accessory Not Certified

This isn't a coding question, but it is an issue that affects my ability to develop iPhone apps. Beginning this morning, I began seeing the message "The cable or accessory is not certified and may not ...
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Can I use a Time Capsule to share internet connection?

My internet provider limits the number of connected devices to two. I would like to know whether I can use a Time Capsule to share my signal with all other devices in my house?
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OS X no longer sees my DVD drive. How to debug this?

My Mac Pro has its original built-in DVD burner, which has always seemed to work fine in the past. Sometime in the recent past (10.9.1?), it simply disappeared. I first noticed that pressing the ...
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How to use iSight webcam without activating the green light?

Recently a the Dutch government advised to put a tape on your webcam to prevent hackers from taking pictures and video using your device (news article in Dutch). The build in iSight camera in Apple ...
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How can I get started with using I2C on a Mac?

I have this Devantech I2C thing. It has Mac drivers but i have hard time to figure it out. Instructions are way too hard for newbie like me. Are there any GUI apps which makes it easier to use I2C in ...
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Sourcing a replacement graphics card for an iMac

I have a Early-2009 2.93 GHz 24" iMac, which has a faulty graphics card. I'm keen to try replacing it myself using this excellent guide. Unfortunately the guide doesn't mention any advice on ...
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Replaced LCD/Digitizer iPhone-4 works but intermittently blacks out frequently

Just replaced the LCD/Digitizer on my iPhone4 the screen works fine. Then, it gets fuzzy after some time and then blacks out. Then I have to lock the screen, then unlock, the picture comes back to ...
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Can i turn my Old 2009 Imac into a Multi-use NAS server?

I have a late 2009 imac, everything is perfectly fine with the machine. Can i turn that into a Media/ NAS server?
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A REAL iTunes server on NAS

I am certainly not the only one dealing with the issue (looking into questions here which deal with some aspects related to an iTunes Server or looking at the Apple Support Forum). So I ask: What is ...
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iPhone 4S speaker not working for apps but works for ringer

I have an iPhone 4S and the speakers are not working for applications. The speaker works when doing voice calls on speaker phone, adjusting the ringer, and other default things. However, when trying ...
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Metallic ticking noise from the MBP

I have an early 2011 MBP and opened it's back more than once, to replace RAM, HDD and 2 weeks ago I installed an SSD. For some time already I hear a faint ticking noise from the body when the laptop ...
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How do I make sure I purchase the correct replacement gfx card for my iMac?

I have a 24" Early 2009 iMac, and it has a faulty graphics card (detailed here). I'm obviously no longer under warranty or applecare, and I'd like to try to replace the part myself. I'm unsure about ...
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Corsair Vengeance 2100 on OS X

I just purchased the Crosair Vengeance 2100 headset to use with Steam on OS X (Mountain Lion) and to use with Skype. I can get the headset to be detected by OS X and set it up as a sound device but ...
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Does Apple make a keyboard with a wide “return” key, and modifier keys with their symbols printed on them?

I happened to notice in a picture that the Apple "German" keyboard had the modifier keys labeled with their symbols, e.g., the option key is labeled as "⌥". (It's confusing as heck that the Apple's ...
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Scratch on MacBook Pro LCD screen (not the glass)

I was replacing a rather broken piece of glass on my macbook pro 13" and got impatient toward the end, managing to slip and scratch the LCD screen itself. Before I cover it up with the new piece of ...
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Will Parallels Desktop harm the hardware of my MBP?

I am running VM, PD in particular, on my MBP. I have encountered several scary things today: machine noise (sounds like "Kah-Kah") occurs while I am in 64-bit Windows 7 in VM. Will the PD actually ...
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Windows 7 on Bootcamp doesn't want to boot. Can't copy files from Bootcamp to Osx mavericks

I have strange problem. A few days ago a was doing some projects on windows 7 and updates appeared , when windows was installing updates I closed it down by holding power button. After that I can't ...
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Trackpad tap to click malfunction

I have been having issues with my trackpad lately and I believe that I have a broken trackpad sensor, but I thought I would ask here to see if it was something to do with the software instead of the ...
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How can I remove stickers from the lid of my MacBook Pro?

I've got a MacBook Pro with Retina display and I've got a ton of stickers on it. Is there a method for removing the stickers from the back without damaging the finish and without leaving sticky ...