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

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Macbook Pro just started overheating and losing frame rate

It's strange because I've had Diablo III for a couple weeks now and I've been able to play it just fine without any performance problems. Starting today though, I've experienced some serious ...
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Can I get S.M.A.R.T. support on external hard drives?

Disk Utility reports the S.M.A.R.T. Status as not verified for external disks, and by default Mac OS X only seems able to access S.M.A.R.T. information on internal hard drives. Is there a way to get ...
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Can I hot-plug a DVI monitor in a Mac Pro?

I have a Mac Pro with a DVI display, and I got a new DVI display for it. I want to unplug the (only) display, and plug in the new display to that DVI port. And/or, unplug the existing display, and ...
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Can auto glass chip repair kits fix cracked iOS device screens?

Can auto glass chip repair kits such as this item repair cracked iOS device screens? If so, what should I watch out for?
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iPhone 4 won't charge

Tried plenty of other cables and plugs but it won't charge. I tried plugging it into a Mac and it's not even detected. It has had no major water damage; it just simply stopped working. Replaced ...
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Apple MFI: Is there any fee for entering the program?

I know that Apple charges fees after accepting the device (a fee for every device sold). Are there any costs associated with enrolling to the Apple MFI program?
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Upgrading RAM of a MacBook

Is it possible to upgrade memory to 8 GB my model of MacBook? The manual says no, but on the web some people have made some videos about the upgrade. I don't know if any of them are fake.
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Is it safe to use a MacBook in a slightly tilted position?

I have a separate wooden board on top of my desk that covers the desk's entire area. (The board is made of nice wood, making the desk look more classy than it actually is. :) I'm thinking about ...
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Concerns in testing a potentially water damaged Macbook battery

So, I acquired a water damaged Macbook (Late-2008 Unibody / 5.1) to cannibalize for parts for my existing macbook of the same model. I've taken everything I need off it, so I'm looking to part out ...
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Is the sixth-gen iPod classic compatible with recent Sony Dockstations?

I have a 6th-gen iPod classic (the first model classic) with an 80 GB hard drive. I have recently purchased a Sony Dockstation for iPods but I cannot make it work. Every time it connects to the dock, ...
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Differentiating Apple products by their MAC addresses

Apple has registered a ton of MAC address ranges for its products. Does anyone know whether it's feasible to reliably identify which Apple product (particularly iPad, iPod, iPhone, and MacBooks) a ...
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Macbook Air backlight occasionally powering off

Started a few months ago, and it's definitely not to do with sleep mode as I've checked but my MBA will drop the backlight then shut the screen off completely. Never had anything spilt on it, seems to ...
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Trackpad gets stuck in select mode

I'm experiencing the problems described here, basically the trackpad has spurts of spurious input, but the problems are fairly intermittent. I've kept the system usable by deactivating many ...
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Does the touch resolution of the new iPad match it's retina display resolution?

I've heard that Apple didn't change the touch input part of the new iPad's display when they upgraded to the Retina screen. Is the touch response accuracy pixel-per-pixel perfect on the iPad third ...
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Are Apple keyboards multi-key rollover?

I'm just curious if Apple keyboards are multi-key rollover or not? And if yes then which models (or how to determine that in OS X)?
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What is this button on my MacBook?

I have a 2011 MacBook. Along the left edge (looking at it from the normal typing position), near the front, there is a small silver button which is flush with the rest of the case. When pressed, a ...
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How can I open the 2011 MacBook Air without damaging the screws?

I would like to open the MBA, i don't have the screwdriver that fits this: Is there a way to remove the screws without the 5 points pentalobe required? The ideal solution would be to do this ...
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What external IR receivers are there for Mac?

I have a 13" white unibody MacBook from 2010 which I'd like to use with the Apple remote, to control keynote presentations. According to this question, I need an external IR reciever for the remote to ...
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Where can I purchase repair parts for Apple products?

I have an old iMac G4 that's well beyond being supported in any capacity by Apple. Two years ago, when taking it apart to upgrade the hard drive and CD drive, I accidentally severed the connector on ...
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current leakage of mbp?

I can feel current leakage on my mbp when it is being charged. And it seems a lot of people in my country report the same problem. Is this because of the voltage(220V) we use? What's the solution? ...
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Switch internal monitor off by software (script/terminal/shortcut/…)

I’m using my MacBook Pro (OS X 10.6) standing in a shelf with an external screen on my desk so I don’t use and need the internal screen. But if the internal one is on it’s shown in spaces. It is ...
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Locking an iPhone if button is broken?

My friend's iPhone's sleep/wake button no longer works. Is there any way to turn off the screen besides setting up auto-lock and waiting a few minutes?
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What's the refresh rate/sampling rate for the sudden motion sensor?

I like using my macbook pro's sudden motion sensors as an accelerometer for small at-home experiments. There are applications such as Seismac that already let you do this. I'm now writing one myself ...
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How can I benchmark my new RAM?

Based on the responses to my earlier question about memory replacement, I plan to upgrade soon. That said, once I've acquired and installed said memory, what is the recommended Mac software I should ...
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What kind of SSD is compatible with the 2010 Unibody MacBook?

I'm considering buying a solid state drive for my Unibody White MacBook 2010. The trouble is, I have no idea what to look for. What kind of connector am I looking for? (SATA?) What size? I'm told to ...
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1st gen iPad charges slowly and doesn't show charging indicator

A few months ago, my 1st generation iPad fell on the carpet and started having issues with charging. Note: it wasn't plugged in to anything when it fell. When I tried charging it, it didn't show any ...
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Can I change the flash storage in my iPhone 4?

I saw a super deal where I could get an iPhone 4 8GB for such a small amount that I couldn't resist. Does someone know if it's possible to change the flash storage for a 16GB or 32GB ? Would iTunes ...
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Mac Keyboard Doesn't Recognize iPhone via USB

I have a new Mac Keyboard and I've successfully connected my mouse to it, however when I connect my iPhone nothing happens. The iPhone doesn't go into a charge state and my MBP doesn't detect the ...
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Does AppleCare cover physical wear on MacBook Pros?

I have a Mid-2010 MacBook Pro with AppleCare. I've had a few minor/cosmetic hardware issues: My power cord recently started coming apart. The rubber/plastic coating around the MagSafe end of the ...
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What's the name of the screwdriver that will open up an iPhone 4?

I realize that opening up the iPhone can void the warranty, it's already out of warranty, so I'm okay with that. I was wondering where I could get a screwdriver that will open up the 2nd generation ...
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Where can I get highly technical documentation of Macintosh hardware?

I am often looking to dig deeper than the overview technical specifications that Apple provides and miss the old Developer Notes that used to be published as Apple Hardware Documentation in HTML and ...
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Is the connector the only difference between a Cinema Display and a Thunderbolt Display?

Is the connector the only difference between a Cinema Display and a Thunderbolt Display, or are there other features that changed between the two models as well?
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Are there any third party displays that have similar resolution and image quality to the Thunderbolt Display?

The cinema and thunderbolt displays are expensive. As such, I'm thinking about a third party display to attach to my MacBook. I currently have a Dell 24" monitor, but the color is waaaay off. The IT ...
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Does the iPad 2 HDMI out adapter work with the new iPad?

I was at the Apple store yesterday and I wanted to purchase an HDMI out adapter for my new iPad. Oe of the employees said to wait becaus they're getting in newer ones for the new iPad, which should ...
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Are there any AirPrint compatible print servers?

We have several printers here at home, and I am thinking about enabling AirPrint. I'm not interested in driver hacks, since they often require a computer to be running with a shared printer. I am ...
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Is the camera in the new iPad using “4S optics”?

Apple's website merely identifies it as a "5 megapixel iSight" camera. MacRumors claims that Apple is reusing older parts. I recall reading that the new iPad has a better camera than prior models, so ...
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Can I remove the clip of the iPod nano 6G?

Is there a (non-brute-force) way to remove the clip-part of the iPod nano 6G? I find, I don't use it and it add clunkiness. Also it's a bit scratched since it's the only part not protected by a ...
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Adjusting brightness on 27" iMac used as external DisplayPort monitor for PC

I have a Windows7 64-bit machine attached to a 27" iMac as an external displayport monitor It's working well, except I cannot adjust the brightness. I have attached a Mac keyboard both on the Mac ...
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How I can get OSX to recognize Canon MP560 Scanner again?

I have a Cannon MP560 that kept having communications errors. One of the suggestions I read was to remove the printer from the print & scan menu and re-add it. Once I did that the scanner ...
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Will the new iPad be world ready?

The specs for the third generation Verizon iPad say that it will be GSM/EDGE compatible. Does this mean that the Verizon new iPad will have a SIM card slot? Will I be better off with a Verizon iPad if ...
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Do persistently incorrect disk permissions indicate a disk should be replaced?

Something is wrong with my Mac, as indicated (and still unresolved) in the question: What is the Sixth Step of MacBook Repair? One possibility is that the main disk is faulty. Disk Utility reports ...
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Is it possible to add an internal broadband card to MacBook Air?

I have a Mid-2011 MacBook Air 11". Can I add a Verizon (or any kind of) broadband card to it internally? We want to avoid having an awkward USB modem hanging off the side.
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Use MacBook Pro LCD Screen as a standalone monitor

I have a broken MBP (2009, pre-unibody, 15") with a screen which I know is working. I took it apart and there's this fancy connector, attached to the screen (sorry for branding): Is it possible to ...
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Make Activity Monitor show more than 4 cores worth of CPU usage in the Dock

Is it possible to force more than 4 cores in the Dock, this looks like a feature apple does not want after checking out Mac OS X: Activity Monitor shows one CPU Usage graph on systems with more than ...
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Does the Mac Pro 2008 display memory speeds accurately in System Information?

Can anyone confirm that when a Mac Pro 2008 has 800MHz FB-DIMMs installed it displays the Ram speed as 800Mhz in the System Information and not 667MHZ. I am running OS X Lion.
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The keyboard and trackpad on my MacBook Pro 3,1 stopped working. How to solve this problem?

The keyboard and trackpad on my macbook pro 3.1 stopped working after having frozen the operating system and reboot. On my Mac I have Windows installed BootCamp and neither does the keyboard and ...
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Will the Airport Extreme card from the 2006 Mac Pro work in the 2008 Mac Pro?

An Airport Extreme card that claims to work with the 2008 Mac Pro and the card that I am using in my current 2006 Mac Pro. The cards look similar and since the ram is transferable from the 2006 models ...
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Fixing old G3 and G4 laptops

After I replaced the hard drive in my old iBook G3 (with the help of iFixit guides), it will not boot connected to mains power, only with the battery. It also always returns its date/time settings to ...
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What are good warranty coverage options for a pre-owned Mac?

I am really looking at getting a used Mac Pro, and there are a lot of good used machines out there that will meet my needs that are around $1500. I was wondering what options I can get to help cover ...
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Upgrading iMac G3 memory

I got an iMac g3 450 mhz (summer 2000 i think) and i want to upgrade its memory. I know i need PC 100/133 168 pin . I already got one 512mb from amazon with those specs although it didn't work. For ...