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

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MacBook Pro turned off and won't turn on!

I was just using my laptop normally when suddenly the whole computer just shut down. I turned it back on straight away and it was fine. Another hour passed and it did the same thing. I could also turn ...
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Column of keys still not working on Mid 2012 Macbook Air after Upper Case Replacement

My Mid 2012 Macbook Air (A1466) first had the Z key stuck and repeating uncontrollably, and after that issue stopped, the column of keys F7, 7, U, J, M stopped working in addition to ; and '. When I ...
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MacBook Misidentifies Physical Layout of Built-in Keyboard

I have a really strange problem with my sister's MacBook Pro (Mid 2012, running El Capitan): it is incorrectly identifying the physical layout of the built-in keyboard. It isn't just a matter of ...
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Solder new RAM in a 2015 Retina MacBook Pro [duplicate]

I know that the new rMBPs have no "user-serviceable" RAM. But is it possible to solder a new RAM chip onto a 2015 rMBP? Given that the technician doing this is able to install the new chip without ...
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Late 2013 Macbook Pro Versus a Later Build

I have a used Macbook Pro i7 late 2013 that I bought when I started my contracting work. I was thinking of buying a new one (except 15"), but I don't know if it's truly worth making the purchase. I ...
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Hard Disk problems, unsure of how to proceed

A couple of days ago, I closed the lid on my 2012 MBP running El Capitan with Samsung Pro 830; it had nearly no power left. Power ran out while I was closing the lid, I suspect, so I plugged it in, ...
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How to distinguish a filesystem corruption from a hard drive failure

If I understand correctly when Disk Utility starts throwing errors during a disk verification there are three possible outcomes: some errors can be fixed on the spot via the repair disk ...
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How to query the history record of when the USB driver which has been used?

I always use one USB flash disk on my MacBook Air (OS X 10.10.3), but I lost it recently. I need a way to view when the last date & time the USB device was connected to the computer.
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MBP with extremely tight hinges (unable to open with one hand)

I've 2014 MacBook Pro Retina, and hinges seem to be extremely tight. I cannot open it with one hand without holding the bottom part with my second hand. I've 2010 MacBook Air which opens pretty fine ...
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MacBook Pro: No hardware installed

I recently asked the following question: Macbook Pro Wifi: No hardware installed The answer made my Wi-Fi work for a day before the same error occurred, now it is permanent. I don't think it is an ...
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Getting input from a Sony PS3 Dualshock controller

I have Playstation 3 Dualshock controller, which was successfully paired to my Mac running El Capitan. When I open my Bluetooth settings, I can see it appearing as PLAYSTATION(R)3 Controller. When I ...
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Can a non-retina iMac with i7 3.5 Ghz and GTX775M handle three displays?

I am thinking about getting a used non-retina iMac with these specs: Core i7 3,5 GHz 32GB RAM 1TB SSD GTX 775M Since I own two Apple 27" Displays I'd like to hook these up via Thunderbolt/MDP. My ...
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Macbook Pro Wifi: No hardware installed

I have recently been getting a "No hardware installed" error when I click on my wifi. I have tried resetting the SMC, resetting PRAM, reattaching the cables in the electronics of the computer. Now I ...
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MacBook Pro Fan Screw Replacement

Long story short: a year of computing in the dusty environment of Queensland, Australia has lead to a buildup of a dust "carpet" inside the fan assemblies on my late 2011 MacBook Pro. I ended up ...
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Faulty magsafe 2 diagnosis

I found a Magsafe 2 60W power adapter in the electronics trash and I would like to find out where it's fault is. I am pretty sure I can handle most of the common repairs on the chargers. I am asking, ...
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Reviving iPad Air from the dead

My iPad Air died a couple of days ago, I recorded its last dying breath >> Youtube Before it crashed for good my daughter was playing a disney game in Safari when she told me the screen turned blue ...
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Location of Speakers on MacBook Pro Retina, 13-inch

I realize this question sounds rather idiotic, but I've truly looked all over the internet and haven't been able to find a simple answer (in a diagram or anything) telling me literally where the sound ...
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An US iPad Air 2 warranty work in Brazil?

Im about to go to US, and I was thinking about buying an "iPad Air 2", but Im worryed if, for some reason, Its needed to use the warranty. Could I do this in Brazil or would I need to send it back to ...
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OS X Finder: Why does it take less time to copy files in succession than to do so all at once?

Example: Select 10x2GB files, then drag and drop to another location. Drag and drop each 2GB file to the location individually, in succession (10 times). I’ve tested this across multiple OS X ...
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Loose enter key on macbook pro: can it be fixed?

I have a loose enter key on a macbook pro. It sometimes jams. Can this be fixed, and if so how? I wasn't exactly bashing the key, and didn't drop anything into it.
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Is there a way to cap the temperature so my wrist are not burning?

Using a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015) The heat of the place where the wrist are laying is annoying. I cannot measure the temperature of this exact part but with the help of smcfancontrol ...
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Optimise use of hardware under Mac + Windows in virtual machine

I use a macbook pro with OS X El Capitan 10.11.4, 2,5 GHz Intel Core i7 and 8 GB 1333 MHz DDR3. I need to code in Visual Studio and use Microsoft Excel for Windows, thus I installed Parallels ...
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What types of problems could lead to 10 logic board failures across 3 different laptops? [closed]

In March 2012, I bought a new 15" MacBook Pro. It required 3 logic board replacements over the next 13 months, leading Apple to replace the unit with a new 15" MacBook Pro in April 2013. That computer ...
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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 ...