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Is it possible to upgrade my MacBook Pro RAM and Hard Drive?

I bought Macbook Pro 15 inch laptop last year with 4 GB RAM and 300 GB Hard disk, Now I feel like upgrading its RAM to 8 GB and 1 TB hard disk. I want to know is it possible to do that or not. My ...
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What is a good processor speed for FCP 6 real-time playback?

I currently have a 2.2GHz dual-core macbook pro (2007) and it doesn't seem to work very well with HDV 720p real-time playback. I am looking into buying a new iMac this or next year. What would be a ...
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Upgrading RAM/HDD in latest MBP [closed]

I planning to buy a 13 inch MBP this month. Is it a good idea to stick to the standard 4GB of ram and 500GB harddrive, and upgrade it myself to 8GB/1TB? This would save me about $350. I have ...
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Recommendations for USB 3 ExpressCard/34 [closed]

There is a proliferation of portable and cheap portable USB 3 drives nowadays and nothing of the sort for Thunderbolt. I was wondering if it is worth my while getting an ExpressCard/34 USB 3 card for ...
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Keyboard recommendation [closed]

Has anybody found a good ergo keyboard for a Mac? I've been using an MS Natural KB 4000 for quite a while but I need to retire it and thought I'd look around for something that would work a little ...
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Potential macbook convert - windows on mac?

I'm in the market for a new laptop and so have a few queries. What I'm after is a high res screen (when I say high res I mean I want better than 1280x800) and good battery life. Obviously this tends ...
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Quick questions about the new Mac Mini Server (2011)

I'm planning to buy the new Mac Mini Server (2011), but I couldn't find the answer to a few questions: I've read that it had an issue with its video card, but never found any site that details the ...
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External hard drive buying advice? [closed]

I am trying to create a backup 'strategy' for my MacBook Pro (I have important files on Dropbox but want a bootable clone of my entire HD) using Carbon Copy Cloner. However I need an external hard ...
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Upgrading to Lion - Questions about disks, RAID and backups

I've gone Lion on my MBP and now, having backed up four year's worth of files am ready to upgrade... A bit of background: I have a 2007 MacPro and have filled all four drive bays with: 2 x Western ...
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Mac Pro 2008 graphics card crashing

I have a mac pro 2008, and the graphics card (nvidia 8800GT) has started to lock up - I can still move the mouse but cannot do anything in Windows 7 (I hardly use OSX latelly so dont know if it ...
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Where can I get a Thunderbolt hub or splitter?

Apple has just announced the new MacBook Airs, Mac mini, and Thunderbolt display. One of the features of the Thunderbolt display that caught my eye was its ability to daisy-chain two displays together ...
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iPad portable printer

I have a project running on a iPad and my client have decided to print a document on his clients and with that I'll need to find a portable printer for iPad. I have searched on Canon and HP and ...
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XCode 4 - slow performance [closed]

I have an issue with XCode 4 which is responding very slowly to user interactions (e.g. editing code, scrolling areas). This particularly happens with larger scale projects with many controllers/view, ...
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White iphone Home button defect?

Recently 1 week back I bought a new white iphone... I have found 1 problem in iphone... Actually the problem is: white iphone home button is little bit deep.. i can feel edges/corner while pressing ...
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What is the minimum hardware needed to run Xcode 4?

I understand from the Apple developer site that Xcode 4 requires an Intel Mac running Snow Leopard, but I can't see any advice on hardware spec (other than Intel). I imagine it could run on an old ...
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USB Stereo Microphone for iPad?

What are working stereo USB microphone options for the iPad? It needs to be usable as an audio input into recorder apps? Presumably plugged into the iPad through the USB camera connection adapter.
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Can I reactivate my Peggle Nights in-app purchase on my new iPad without being charged again?

I own Peggle for iPhone and bought the Peggle Nights addon from within the app. I installed Peggle on my new iPad, but Peggle Nights isn't available. I've seen other iOS games (like 100 Rogues) that ...
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Great Apple (first and third-party) accessories or peripherals

List your favorite accessory (or peripheral) for your Apple hardware. Rules Limit to one accessory per answer. Add a short description for the accessory. Add a link to the website in the name of ...
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Can I get (something like) an Apple wireless keyboard with numeric keypad?

That would be perfect; their current wireless keyboard is too laptop-like. I like having wide arrow keys, the delete/end/page up/page down/home keys. Otherwise, can someone recommend a similar ...
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Do I really need an iPhone 4?

I have an iMac for day to day use, with LaCie backup, and a MacBook Pro for use on the road, also with LaCie backup, and a mobile phone, too, of course. I do not care much for the mobile phone I have ...
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Help “Rebuilding” a Mac Pro G3?

I've got a gutted Mac Pro G3 tower which I'm thinking of building a machine into. What form factor should the motherboard be and what are some good starting points for parts? I'm not necessarily ...
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Memory upgrade for MBP

I'm looking to upgrade my 15'' 2011 MBP from 4 GB to 8 GB. The memory upgrade on the Apple Store is 200$, apparently it can be done for ~100 $ quite easily. I've seen this 2x8GB kit from Crucial: ...
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Is the i7 2.2GHz MacBook Pro worth the price difference with respect to the 2.0GHz model?

I am a software developer and I'm considering getting a 15" MBP as my development machine. I would mostly use that laptop to code with Java and I probably won't be playing much on it, so having the ...
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Is it OK to buy a refurbished MacBook Pro?

I need to buy a MacBook for iPhone development, but I have budget constraints also. I saw on Apple UK website that they are offering refurbished laptop(s). So is it OK to buy a MacBook (refurbished) ...
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Why are iPads so expensive at amazon? [closed]

I have some money at my amazon account that don't seem to be transferable to Europe so I was thinking about redeeming them and buying an iPad. After a small research I have found out following things ...
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Buy macbook pro 17 from amazon vs apple?

I'm about to purchase the new macbook pro 17 from amazon. $134 less than from Apple and no tax means almost $400 is saved... amazon only has the base model without any upgrades, but that's what I ...
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Replacing HDD on 2007 17" iMac

My iMac's HDD has died so I need to replace it. I don't just want to go like for like, does anyone know what the upper limits of the machine are? I have a 1TB USB drive plugged in, so I'm assuming ...
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A better configuration to do development? [closed]

currently I have a mac mini: Hardware Overview : Model Name: Mac mini Model Identifier: Macmini2,1 Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor Speed: 1,83 GHz Number Of Processor: ...
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How much capacity is good for an iPad? Does one need 3G on it?

My iPod Touch (8GB) always bothers me with lack of free space. And right now I'm considering buying the new iPad and would like to choose the right storage capacity. I'm trying to decide between 32 GB ...
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MacbookPro 13 or 15 2010 for software development

From my own research and asking on other Mac forums. The answer to my question seem to be split. People who prefer mobility chose 13 over 15 and people who like better screen resolution pick 15. How ...
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Apple shipping - air or sea? [closed]

Hope this isn't off topic too much, but I have just ordered a new Macbook Pro and it's in process of being shipped from Shanghai to my rural address in western Canada (I'm tracking it on UPS's site). ...
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Headphones that look good on a desk next to a MacBook [closed]

I'm looking for some headphones that will be aesthetically (and acoustically) pleasing when combined with my MacBook Pro (2011, aluminum unibody). Requirements: Over-the-ear style (not earbuds or ...
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MXL USB Mic on an iPad 2?

I am considering getting an iPad 2 because of the support for inputting an electric guitar in via an Apogee JAM device. However, part of my bigger picture is to take an MXL .009 USB Condensor Mic into ...
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2008 Mac Pro: Any chance of upgrading hardware to current technology? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I upgrade my 2008 Mac Pro completely? I have a 2nd Gen 2008 Mac Pro 2.8ghz Quad Core with an 8800GT. I'm sure I can get away with the processing power and more RAM ...
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When do Apple Authorized retailers get refreshed?

How long is it usually between when Apple releases a refreshed product and when authorized retailers like Best Buy and Target get the updates? I feel like when the last iPod refresh happened it took ...
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What video cards are compatible with Mac Pro (Original) 1,1?

Anyone know which video cards are available/supported/will work on the Mac Pro (Original) from December 2006 also known as MacPro1,1 in the system profiler?
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Kensington lock for iPhone

I'm going to a conference where there be a booth for my company to showcase our product. I'm bringing an iPhone which will be part of the product demonstration. Now is there any product out there ...
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Mac Pro video card recommendations

I am looking for recommendations for a video card for my Mac Pro version 2,1 circa spring 2007. It currently has the ATI 512MB card that Apple sold as an option at the time. Are there new cards on ...
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Purchasing an iMac but pay every month

I'm not sure about this, but I just want to know if it's possible to purchase a product from the Apple website, but not to pay in full, but pay every month since I cannot fully pay the whole price of ...
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Which Mac to develop iPhone apps? [closed]

I'm a developer working with Windows. I have some cutomers who are interested in iPhone Apps, so I'm looking for a Mac right now. The problem is, that I have no clue at all about what to buy. I don't ...
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What external DVD drive should I use my MBP's internal drive is broken?

I've got an old MBP where the internal drive starts to refuse reading discs and stopped burning discs a while ago. Now I'm thinking about getting an external drive (DVD-RW, USB or Firewire). Most of ...
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Peripherals with Great Mac Compatibility [closed]

What peripherals do you use on your Mac that really work well? It seems like most things (especially mice and keyboards) don't work all that well, even if they claim compatibility. I'm looking for ...
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Do MacAlly keyboards require drivers to function?

I need to replace the keyboard on my iMac G5, and I'm considering the MacAlly keyboards, probably the iKey Slim as it's available for less than $20 with shipping and tax. It also has two USB ports on ...
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What's the best NAS for home usage with Macs?

Please share your experiences and reviews about NAS (Network-Attached Storage) below. In particular, rate their compatibility with Macs, OS X, iTunes, Time Machine, AppleTV, and other Apple-specific ...
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Can I upgrade my 2008 Mac Pro completely?

Hey everyone, I have a 2008 Mac Pro/2.83hzXEON(8)/8800GT512mb. Is it possible for me to upgrade this machine to newer hardware, since it is Intel based? What would it entail to put a newer processor, ...
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Relative performance of 2006 Mac Pro and 2007 iMac

I'm trying to evaluate a purchase but am having trouble finding apples-to-apples performance comparisons for these two machines. A year and and many details separate them. Are there any common ...
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What are some tips for replacing my MacBook Pro hard disk with SSD?

I would like to replace my MacBook pro hard disk with an SSD, without reinstalling everything. I am looking for your experience on good SSD drive models that have good performance at a fair price ...
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MacBook keyboard mod?

Is it possible to mod the MacBook keyboard to be backlit? Is there any website or business that can help or would do it for me?
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Apple-Certified RAM?

I'm planning to upgrade my RAM in my MacBook Pro (Late 2008) from the base 2GB to 4GB. I'm planning to buy RAM from Kingston. There's two types of Kingston 1066 2GB RAM here. (Laptop-sized RAM) ...
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What are good specs for a MacBook to develop on iOS with? [closed]

I want to buy a MacBook to develop on iOS with. What is the best configuration of one? Should I go with a MacBook Pro or just a MacBook? What are the positives and negatives of each?