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

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MacBook Pro fan running with no CPU load and computer is COLD

Under normal circumstances (not installed new programs recently; had the usual programs running) I found my MacBook Pro 13" (Early 2015) with the fans running at average speed. I always have the ...
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What programs actually use the memory on a Graphics card?

I noticed that the Graphics Card memory is hardly used at all, even during Cinebench 3D testing despite the FPS being high. What programs actually use the graphics card memory? Trying to determine if ...
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How does one interpret Load Average in iStat menus?

I'm trying to find the actual GPU processor load on my iMac with the M290x. The load average being reported never goes above 5, even when running Cinebench 3d benchmarks. Certainly that doesn't mean ...
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Not getting to boot! [on hold]

Last week I upgraded my MacBook Pro 13" mid 2012 RAM to 8 GB and I had random restarts. So I did a safe boot and everything was fine, two days later the same thing happened again and the again it was ...
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A single click on my trackpad occasionally acts like a double click

I have a Macbook Pro and when I click with the trackpad, it will occasionally act like a double click. This happens whether I physically click the trackpad or if I just do a tap to click. I have tried ...
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Is there a program to monitor GPU processor usage in Yosemite?

iStat only reports memory usage, but I'm looking to see how much of the processor is being used from the AMD M290x graphics card in my iMac. Is this possible?
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MacBook Pro used in smoking area

My late 2012 Retina MacBook Pro has been used in area's in which it was allowed to smoke. The smoke is now in the circulating system. Is there a way to clean this? The MBP is "smoking" now, producing ...
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Mac Air battery replaced, recognized, but not charging

So I attempted to replace my Mac Air battery myself. Swapped it out just fine, screwed things all back in place. Problems: It's recognizing the battery in the System Preferences>Power display, but ...
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My 2011 Macbook Pro won't start - folder with blinking '?'

My Mac will not start up. I went to recovery mode and made a backup of everything on an external drive. Now the Mac only starts up from the external drive. I have OS X 10.10, Yosemite. I tried to ...
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My iMac makes no sound at all

My iMac abruptly stopped making any sounds while I was using Garageband. I think I had a microphone and headphones plugged in at the time. I have tried everything that is written online: Safe mode, ...
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macbook air 2011 13 inch is still freezing after motherboard change after 3 changes the motherboard is fried

so my macbook air 2011 was freezing and one time i open it and it wont open and would stay on the grey screen no apple logo and the keyboard i take it to be fixed and i change the motherboard but ...
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Macbook pro late 2011 can support 16GB 1600Mhz RAM [closed]

I want to upgrade my MacBook Pro to 16GB 1600Mhz of RAM. I want to know if it is possible before buying something incorrectly. My macbook model is MD322LL/A A1286.
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Upgrade Macbook Air Logic Board

I'm looking at the logic boards for both the 2012 and 2013 Macbook Air. They look the exact same. I have to replace the logic board, and the extra battery life would be a plus. Is this possible? I ...
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MBPr early-2013 display turns off by itself

I've been recently experiencing random issues where the display turns off by itself while the MBPr is connected to the TV via HDMI. The computer is not responding even if I press the power button for ...
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is 8GB enough for iOS dev and occasional VM?

I'm going to buy a rMBP 13'' (i5, 256gb) exclusively for iOS\OSX development. I might run a windows VM occasionally (visual studio). I plan on keeping it for ~2-3 years. Should I go for the default ...
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iPhone 4s is not responding at all

I have an iPhone 4s, and at the moment, my phone is going through alot of issues. I haven't been able to charge my phone, due to the phone not responding or not reacting to the cable. My phone also ...
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Replaced RAM and now web browser flickers

I have a Macbook Pro 13-in. mid-2012, OS X Yosemite 1010.3. I recently upgraded the RAM from 4 GB to 8 GB using Apple's guidelines: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT1270 After replacing the ...
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I cant get past my password since my mac only spells caps and starts up in safe mode

In the morning two days ago, I spilled some water on my Macbook pro. It was shut down, so I dried it with a towel but that evening it worked perfectly. I didn't use it for a day and this morning I ...
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Does my MacBook Pro have an expiry date?

While dismantling my 2011 MacBook Pro, I found that the bottom case place has an etching: What does it all mean? In particular, one part of it appears to be a date in the future. Is it, and if so ...
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No entry grey screen with spinner with new SSD

My hard drive bit the dust rather spectacularly on my 2011 15" MBP. Luckily, I have a model without torx screws, so I popped it open, put in a 240 GB SSD I had lying around, and did and Internet boot ...
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Which graphics cards or integrated GPUs support metal?

Apple announced metal for OS X. Apple's website clearly states some features will not be available on all macs, which seems to refer to metal support. But is there a list of already confirmed GPUs, ...
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Which macs are compatible with OS X 10.11 El Capitan?

Is there a list of officially supported Macs for OS X El Capitan? I ask to plan if any hardware which is supported on Yosemite that are not supported by El Capitan?
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Does taking keys off of a MacBook keyboard void warranty

I have some friends that try turning my MacBook Pro off (I always do it back to them if they do :) ). My question is to make it harder for them to do that I could remove the power button key from my ...
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Why does my MBP mid retina 2012 run so slowly when using it's built in monitor?

I'm having severe performance troubles when I'm using the laptop's built in screen as opposed to an external display. Whenever I stop using the external display, many of the OSX animations become ...
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Black lines on my Macbook pro screen

I keep on having glitches with my Mac, and then after it freezes with 3 beeps.I have to press the power button for about 8 seconds before it stops. Sometime it turns on back, sometimes it doesnt. What ...
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MBA mid 2013 trackpad not clicking

Should the top part of MBA mid 2013 (MD711) trackpad click? I recently noticed that mine doesn't. I don't know if it's an issue just with mine.
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My keyboard can only produce 95 characters?

I have heard from multiple sources that a standard QWERTY keyboard can produce 96 different characters, not counting the option key characters. Here is a picture of my keyboard: I highlighted in ...
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Bluetooth unavailable with Yosemite 10.10.3

Bluetooth is unavailable since the middle of last March. I've followed all topic suggested: reset SMC, PRAM, deleted preference files (com.apple.Bluetooth.plist), reinstalled OS X from scratch and I ...
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Broken iPhone dock connector pins, is this a hazard?

The dock connector on my iPhone 4S had some bent pins, which I scrubbed using a jewelry screwdriver until the pins broke and fell out. The phone still charges, and aside from thinking it's always ...
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2011 iMac (high-end) taken apart, how to reassemble?

Well, this is awkward. I set about disassembling my iMac in attempt to fix a problem, and the problem is fixed, but now I'm not quite sure how to put it back together. Does anyone know where I can ...
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How to check which parts of a dead MacBook Pro 17" Mid 2010 work

Mac was water damaged. No start up chime. Charger shows green light dimmer than when plugged in to working Macs when plugged. Battery status button on side has no effect. Won't start in safe, target ...
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The screen problem

Hardware specs: MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012); 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 processor; 4 GB 1600 MHz DDR3; Intel HD Graphics 4000 1024 MB Software specs: Mac OS-X yosemite 10.10.3; Some ...
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Q: Mid-2009 15" MBP Line-out / Headphone-out jack not working properly - how to resume behaviour without replacing Logic Bus?

I'm in the unenviable position of having a pretty maxed out Mid-2009 15" MacBookPro (1TB SSD+8Gb memory), and I've been getting almost 6 years of continuously decent behaviour out of it... Except... ...
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Tech Specs of Built-in iSight Camera of MacBook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008)

What are the tech specs of the Built-in iSight Camera of the MacBook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008)? Especially: What is the focal length? Does anybody happen to now, if there is something online, ...
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Internal and External microphone isn't working

There is a problem with the microphone on my MacBook (Yosemite 10.10.3) The internal speakers work OK, and if I plug in headphones, they will work too. Unfortunately, the internal microphone doesn't ...
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4SNS TCBC - Which Mac Pro sensor is that?

Briefly my Mac Pro (4,1 Early 2009 ) stopped booting which I eventually traced to the plastic clip holding the north bridge down failing. Seems to be a common issue. Replaced the clips and now it ...
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I know my battery should be replaced, but is that all of the problem? (Update)

Updated: I am using a MacBookPro8,1 with non-removable battery. Recently that battery charging status was Replace soon. But it was working fine and kept enough charge for my daily works. So I didn't ...
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Force eject a CD from a broken iMac SuperDrive (hardware issue)

Today, I inserted a CD into my 2007 iMac desktop, but when I tried to eject the CD, the optical drive made some odd whirring noises, and nothing was ejected. After further research, I tried every kind ...
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840 EVO performance restoration

I got a Samsung 840 EVO mounted in a Mini late 2012. Now, this is the SSD affected by the notorious performance degradation problem. Searching samsung site, I was able to find an upgraded firmware ...
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Reclaiming the display interface of laptop mainboard using external display

Instead of replacing a my macbook's broken display, I would like to utilize the Macbook mainboard's display interface with an external monitor. In what ways is the Macbook's built-in display ...
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How to fix a mechanical problem with a single key on a MBP keyboard?

I've got a mid-2009 macbook pro that generally runs well. Unfortunately, though, I've started having problems with one key on the keyboard ('o'). It works intermittently. To type the letter I either ...
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Is my MacBook Pro Retina fan failing?

My MacBook Pro Retina 15" (Mid 2012) has what sounds like a failing sound. I've uploaded a recording to Dropbox however it's hard to hear. The best I can describe the sound is that it sounds as if ...
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Optimal Mac setup for web designer/developer? [closed]

I’m ready to upgrade my hardware but in a dilemma over what to buy, since I’m not completely sure what I need. I have a feeling that I’m going to throw money at a setup which will end up being serious ...
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Feasibility of swapping two MacBook Pros (both hard drive and RAM)?

I have an early 2011 MacBook Pro, and my sister has a mid-2012. I've already seen the suggested duplicate possibilities that say that just swapping the hard drives shouldn't be problematic, but I've ...
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Accidentally broke of an SMD part of my iPhone 5's logic board (DZ17)

Well, sh**... It's the tiny part at the very very top right of the logic board (camera facing away, so as it lays in your iPhone when you open it) I don't know what to do now. What kind of part is ...
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Dual monitor setup macbook 13'' pro retina

13'' macbook pro retina. I want to connect two monitors that display different desktops (not the same desktop in stretch). At the moment I am using both the available thunderbolt ports (1 for a ...
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Mac Mini with lots of I/O errors and related issues, trouble identifying culprit

Setup: Mac Mini 2011 with two drives: SSD with OS X Yosemite and admin account home folder HDD with my user home folder Symptoms: It began as many months of seemingly random slowdowns/beach ...
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What kind of SSD is compatible for MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2010)?

I'm about to buy SSD for my Macbook Pro mid 2010. What would you recommend for the following specification: MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2010) Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Memory: 4 GB 1067 MHz ...
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Swap Batteries MacBook Pro & MacBook Unibody

My MacBook's (late 2008, unibody, 13") battery has just become very bad. I also have a MacBook Pro (mid 2012, 15") which has a still-ok battery. Now, since I take my MacBook (the old one) everywhere I ...
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Keys not working after cleaning under key caps [macbook pro early 2008]

I was using my father's computer while mine was in the shop, and thought I would clean out under the keyboard to be nice. Unfortunately, I managed to break his D key in the process. Needless to say, ...