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

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Why do the new iMacs have mobile video cards?

I noticed that the new iMacs graphics cards are AMD Radeon HD 6970M. Why do the new iMacs have mobile video cards? What are the implications of those cards? Are those cards as powerful as dedicated ...
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Reset the PMU on macbook when the left shift key is dead

I have a fairly new white Macbook, the kind with a built-in, non-user replaceable battery, model MacBook6,1. The thing's Power Management Unit is clearly on the fritz-- the battery indicator says "no ...
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SMC issues on a MacBook Pro Thunderbolt

I've bought few months ago a MacBook Pro Thunderbolt 13'. As a Linux geek, I'm really happy with this computer, and it usually works fine. Unfortunately, three days ago, I wasn't able to restart it. ...
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How can I add some SSD goodness to my MBP?

I have a decently modern (late-2010) Macbook Pro, with a 7200 RPM 500GB HD. I need this much space, but I'd like to have an SSD for compiling code, running the OS, and running games. Is there any way ...
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Kernel panics; Apple hardware test error codes… Bad memory?

My MacMini, which I bought new around Thanksgiving 2010 from Amazon, has been having quite a few kernel panics. They aren't consistent in any way, but they have become more frequent and now many apps ...
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Filter out duplicate keystrokes in software?

I have a flaky keyboard which sometimes translates a single keystroke into several, and while I hope to repair it soon, I am wondering if there is a software solution which would help for the time ...
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MacBook not detecting external display

I have an old MacBook 1.1 and since I upgraded to Mac OS X 10.6 it does not seem to connect to my external Monitor or TV. I'm using the Mini-DVI to VGA adapter. I've tried using detect displays and ...
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Docking station for Macbook Pro that lets you use the book + external monitor

Does a docking station exist for MacBook Pros that let you dock it and keep the book open, so you can still use the keyboard, trackpad and monitor plus let you have an auxiliary monitor connected. I ...
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Get Alert on low disk space

Is it on MacOS possible to get notified by eMail if the space on a disk gets low.
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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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Most suitable Mac OS X version for Power Mac G5?

I have a Power Mac G5 Dual 1.8 with 3.5GB of ram running 10.5.8 The system feels so slow though.. :( Taking in mind that this was a beast back then, which would be the best OS X version I could ...
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How to turn off spindle of internal HDD on MacBook from command line?

I'm going put SSD drive instead of DVD and move OS-X to SSD. Big capacity HDD I'm gonig leave to have some place for large multimedia data and archives. So I whant keep HHD in spindle off mode most ...
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Xserve shuts itself off and boots at will

Okay, there's a lot of smart Mac guys here, so lets see if any of you can figure out this stumper. Our Xserve G4 (RackMac1,1) went incommunicado a few years ago was left in this state until I pulled ...
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Can a hobbyist or individual apply for Apple's MFi program?

I found that Apple has the MFi program to help develop a hardware for iPad/iPhone/iPod, but it looks like that only a company can apply for this program. Can a hobbyist or an individual apply for ...
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Repair Bent Unibody Case Mac Book Pro 15"

I dropped my 15" MacBook Pro off of the couch onto hardwood floor (a drop of about 24 inches). It works fine still, but the bottom part (not the LCD) has bent inwards as a result. So if you are ...
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Is an iMac upgradable to a 256 GB SSD?

Can an i5 27 inch iMac with an exsisting 1 TB hard drive be upgraded to have an additional 256 GB SSD and if so, is it possible to remove Mac OSX from hard disk and re-install on SSD disk?
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Why am I getting a BSOD when resuming Windows 7 x64 on my SSD with AHCI?

I recently got an OCZ Vertex 2 SSD for my Spring 2010 i7 MacBook Pro and am having issues getting AHCI working reliably under Windows 7 x64 in Boot Camp. Following the instructions outlined here I've ...
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Compare new (Mar 2011) 15" Macbook Pros

I'm interested in purchasing the 15" model of the latest generation (Mar 2011) of Macbook Pros. They list two variants that differ $400 in price. As far as I can tell, these are the only differences ...
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Is there a way to evaluate OS X without purchasing Macintosh hardware?

I'd like to play with OS X to see what makes it tick under the covers for the purpose of IT support - at CWRU here we have a lot of Mac-using professors. However, I can't justify spending twice as ...
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Does an ipad last in a public exhibition? [closed]

I want to use an iPad as an interactive part of an exhibition. Will it last or will it break? Does anyone have experience?
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How do I clean out dust in the fans of my MacBook Pro?

How do I clean out the dust in the fans of my MacBook Pro? (I'm perfectly comfortable with opening my MacBook Pro up (Unibody 2008 edition with removable battery cover), but I'm not exactly sure how I ...
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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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Keyboard failure, possibly software fault

I've got a MacBook Pro (17", 2010 model), and recently I've been having a few issues with the keyboard. Frequently, some keys on the keyboard fail to respond. These are mainly on the right-hand side ...
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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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CPU at 100% for a long time - Harmful or not?

On my 2010 MBP, I want to encode several hours of video, which will end up with the CPU used at 100% for a long time and the MBP heating quite a lot. Is this considered as normal use (I would say ...
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Replacement DVD drive for MacBook Pro

Howdy. I have a MacBook Pro 15" (MB133LL/A) with a Matsushita UJ-867 DVD drive. The DVD drive is failing and I'm looking for a replacement. Are there any other supported drives for this machine than ...
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What's the advantage of buying an iMac over building a Hackintosh?

I'm not looking for a flame war or anything like that. I am looking at (once I have some money, the hardest part) buying a iMac. Let's just assume one could build a fully working Hackintosh with ...
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How does autorotation work on the iPhone (in terms of hardware, not software)

I have always wondered how the orientation/autorotation hardware works inside an iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch. Originally I thought it was the accelerometer but I don't think it is as an accelerometer can ...
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Mac Pro Memory - Should I use 8 RAM slots in dual-channel mode or 6 RAM slots in triple-channel mode?

I have a Mac Pro tower with a 2 x 2.66 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon chipset, and 8 RAM slots. I have been told because of the processor's triple-channel memory capability that I should be installing RAM ...
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How can I tell if my MacBook's iSight has a hardware problem?

I've got a 2006 13" MacBook (Core Duo; the first ones they produced with an Intel chipset), and the built-in webcam doesn't seem to work anymore. Here's what my System Profiler shows in the USB tab: ...
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Why does my Mac Pro have two ethernet ports on the back of the computer?

I'm curious as to how or why I might want to take advantage of two ethernet ports on the back of the tower?
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When can we expect upgrade of 13" macbook pro? [closed]

Core2Duo is old architecture in comparison with iCore (MacBook Pro 15" and 17"). When can we expect upgrade of 13" macbook pro? And any rumors about what we can expect? Apple Updates MacBook Pro ...
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How to replace iPhone 4 front glass?

My iPhone 4 front glass broke. Screen is OK, I only want to replace the glass. Assuming I get a new glass, is it hard to replace it myself? Can anyone provide some step by step tutorial on how to ...
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Cleaning White MacBook

I have a white MacBook, and it has gotten kinda dingy over the past couple of years. Still runs fine, but I would like to know what I can use to clean the white plastic. I was thinking one of those ...
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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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Switching two MacBook motherboards

I have two similar MacBooks that are off by one revision: Black: Model 2,1 --- 2.16 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM White: Model 3,1 --- 2.2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM ...
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I think I have bricked my MacBook Pro, what are my options to get it fixed?

I have been having power issues with my MacBook Pro (late 2007?). The power cable had a dodgy connection, and kept cutting out. This destroyed the life of the battery to the point where it would only ...
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How can I diagnose a superdrive that won't read disks?

My MacBook (Snow Leopard) seems to be unable to read DVDs and CDs. I've searched around the nets, and it looks like I may be experiencing a relatively common problem, but I don't want to jump to ...
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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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Can the Lagom.nl “Inversion / Pixel Walk” screen test truly indicate a problem on a 13" MacBook Air?

My 13" MacBook Air (late-2010 model) shows strong flicker on some of the following "Inversion / Pixel Walk" test images from the LCD test on the site "lagom.nl". Does that truly indicate a quality ...
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Can I use a non-Apple keyboard with OS X?

Recently I've been thinking about the idea of migrating from PC to Mac, specifically Mac Mini. The biggest issue however is hardware, since I'm not sure what will and what won't work on OS X. First ...
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MacBook will not turn on

I have a MacBook pro and it won't turn on. Basically I press the power button and the White light at the front turns on. Then a few seconds later it just crashes and the White light goes off then the ...
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there used to be a full sized wireless keyboard?

I am a programmer and find the small wireless keyboard hard to use (the small arrow keys and lack of home/end keys). From what I remember there used to be a full sized wireless keyboard, is this ...
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Mac display won't turn on

I have an Apple HD display that has been in our IT depart for a few months now. It was working fine until recently (the past month or two). I can turn it on and it will work for a few days, but then ...
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iMac bundled pointing devices

With the purchase of a new iMac, Apple seems to be offering your choice of Mighty Mouse (Apple Mouse) or Magic Mouse with the option of adding a Magic Trackpad to the Magic Mouse. I have no interest ...
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Macbook Air (1st gen) running really slow, basic apps crash and no internet

Macbook Air was working fine yesterday. Switched it on this morning and it wouldn't boot, just hung on grey screen. Eventually got the Air to safe boot, now Air boots normally (but very slowly). Once ...
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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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What is Best Practice when storing MacBooks for over a month?

We have a pod of 30 MacBooks and MacBook Pros that don't get used over the holidays. What's best practice to store the laptops for 6 weeks? I know that when you store laptops for long periods at ...
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iMac wont startup and won't boot from CD

My 24" 3.06Ghz iMac will no longer fully boot. It constantly gives me the grey "Your machine needs to be restarted" half way through booting. At first I was able to boot into SuperUser mode and run an ...
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Is Mac Pro Airport Extreme simultaneous dual-band?

Can the Airport Extreme in a Mac Pro be used to create a network that is simultaneously dual-band such as the Airport Extreme base station? The Mac Pro is a 5,1 with the AirPort Extreme (0x14E4, ...