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

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MacBook Pro: Strange crashes

I purchased a new 13" MacBook Pro about a month ago. I'm pretty happy with it for the most part, but I've been having a few issues which I find very worrisome. I'm a computer science student, but my ...
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When I shake my MacBook Pro it makes a strange noise. [closed]

I have bought brand new MacBook pro 15-inch model with highest specifications in this June. I have also installed newest Mac OS, Lion. Now I have a small problem (or maybe not) here. I would like to ...
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Bootcamp - Multiple Windows installations, how do delete one?

I've got a Mac Pro with 3 hard drives: 1 x 7200rpm 640GB - 1/2 for OS X - 1/2 for Windows 7 (Bootcamp) 2 x 5400 Western Digital'Eco-drive' (runs like a dog and is only useful for backups and ...
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How much does Hardware Growler affect performance?

I'm interested in knowing how much Hardware Growler affects performance. My MacBook's performance at some of point in time became terrible and I could not figure out the reason. The Beachball of ...
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How much RAM can a 2007 iMac hold?

The box says I can add up to 3 GB (for a total of 4GB), but is this restriction hardware based, or because of the operating system? If I upgrade to OS X 10.6 or higher, can I increase the RAM to 8 GB ...
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How can I diagnose hardware issues on my MacBook Pro 13" (mid 2010)?

I have hit some evil kind of problem with my MacBook Pro 13" (mid 2010). The backstory is as follow: I bought the MBP in January. Felt 4 GB of RAM memory wasn't enough, so in June, I upgraded to 8 ...
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macbook pro out of warranty, two keys not working in built in keyboard. Options?

I have a 2007 macbook pro and two keys are not working on the built in keyboard. I tried cleaning the keys by removing the keys and the plastic under it but that didn't help. After removing the ...
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NAS-drives for Lion [closed]

I want to invest in an NAS drive for backup & I looked around on the internet to see what is available; I looked at NAS drives from most of the leading brands but most of them get bad reviews ...
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MBAir wifi hardware not installed

I posted this question over at the Apple Support forums a couple days ago, but I haven't gotten an answer yet so I'll also post it here. Ever since I bought my 11' mid-2011 MBA I have issues with ...
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iPhone 4 receiver won't work

I've got an iPhone 4. One sunny day the receiver stopped working (the headset. the part where I hear the other side). The speaker mode will work just fine, the headphones will work just fine, in any ...
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Can I replace the home button on the iPhone 3G without removing the glass digitizer?

My iPhone 3G home button broke so I bought a new one online and all the repair guides require me to remove the glass digitizer, which seems very tough (hair drying glue etc.) and harder than I ...
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“Battery is not charging”?

When I connect the charger cable to my Macbook pro, sometimes the battery is not charged and I can read near the clock: "Battery is not charging". If I unplug and reconnect the cable, it usually ...
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How much will adding an extra hard drive to my MacBook Pro affect battery performance?

I have a current MacBook Pro 15" i7 2.2Ghz with a 500GB 7200RPM (default) hard drive. I am thinking of replacing both the current hard drive and the superdrive with two Seagate Momentus Hybrid 500 GB ...
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How to track hardware resource usage statistics on OS X?

Are there any applications that persistently track statistics like those displayed with iStat Menus (network, CPU, RAM, temperature, etc.)? Having this data would be cool on its own, but it would ...
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Screen flickers, stops after brightness change

Whenever I am using my 2006 Macbook for a while, the screen starts flickering, from one shade of brightness to another. When I change the brightness, it stops. It also occurs right after startup or ...
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Can the display casing from a 13“ MBP be used as a replacement on a 13” Aluminum Unibody?

Can the display casing for a 13" MacBook Pro be used in lieu of the corresponding part for a 13" Aluminum Unibody MacBook?? Both screens have identical specifications and appear to have the internal ...
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iPod Nano 5g recording specs?

What are the specs for voice recording on the Ipod nano fifth generation (such as how long can the iPod record until its battery runs out, what are the mic specs, does it continue recording until it ...
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How to speed up screen refresh on MacPro + Bootcamp?

I'm a .Net developer running Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) on a 2010 MacPro (2.27Ghz/6GB RAM) using Bootcamp. Until about a month ago its been, imo, the ultimate dev workstation. However recently I've ...
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After hard drive upgrade, battery not charging?

I just installed a new hard drive into my Macbook Pro 1,1. I had a little difficulty when I initially installed it because the monitor was not turning back on. After re-opening the MacBook Pro (with ...
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Can my MacBook use PC2-5300S RAM from my HP laptop?

I have a MacBook with PC2-5300S memory in it. I have an HP laptop with F2-5300CL5S in it. I'd like to take my 2GB modules from my HP and move them into the MacBook. Are these memory modules ...
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Mac Book Pro - 5 400 tr/min or 7 200 tr/min?

I'm buying a mac book pro (this one: http://store.apple.com/us/configure/MC723LL/A?mco=MjEyOTY4OTQ). My doubt is: 5400 tr/min 750Gb or 7200 tr/min 500Gb ? I would appreciate the extra space but ...
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Why does the fan come on after having my MacBook Air on for only 2 minutes?

Running Windows 7 and after a resume the fan comes on about 2 minutes and doesn't turn off and it's the loudest thing in the room. I'm not doing anything but browsing . . and I don't think it's ...
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What is the position of HD Heads during a spin down?

So I'm debating between powering down and sleep mode when toting my macbook around in my backpack. Apple says the HD 'spins down' when in sleep, which obviously means is not spinning. But are the ...
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What are the best practices for battery longevity?

How do you maximize the cycle count of your battery? There seems to be a debate between: Leave plugged in 24/7 but do a full cycle once a month Charge to ~100%, drain to ~10%, repeat. NOTE: ...
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How can I make my MacBook Pro screws stop screwing around?

The title might be a bit misleading, but it's precise: the screws keep screwing out by themselves! It's quite random and I'm not even sure how I've managed to never lose one so far. Most of the ...
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Home button unresponsive due to Mail?

I've recently started to notice that my home button has been a little unresponsive. Sometimes a single click won't work at all and it takes a few tries to get it to quit an app. Sometimes two clicks ...
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What can be done to save an old macbook?

I have a 2008 Macbook 13.3 inch (Model number: MB061LL/A) whose battery stopped working yesterday. It also has frequent kernel panics, so although the cosmetic condition is pretty good, its market ...
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Who makes the Wifi component on the Macbook Pros?

In Apple's Macbook line, who is actually making the Wifi components for them? Intel? I ask because I've never had any trouble with wireless connections on my Macbook but all the adapters I buy for my ...
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Disk Space requirement for Xcode on a Solid State Drive (SSD)

I have a question on the storage requirement for running Xcode and working on Application development. I am planning on upgrading my Macbook Hard disk to a Solid State Drive (SSD) for an increase in ...
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Is it possible to determine the model of an iOS device by its MAC address?

I'm starting to work on iOS apps at work, and I'm trying to determine the minimum version of iOS I'll need to support. We have a network registration system that gathers some basic information about ...
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Is it possible to install an SSD and/or another hard drive after purchase in a 27" iMac?

I'm looking at buying a new iMac 27" for university and want the hard drive + ssd but the problem is that its so expensive. So is it possible to install another hard drive without adding in the ...
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How can I troubleshoot a WiFi setup that needs close proximity to function?

My Macbook does not pick up wi-fi signals that my iPhone can pickup. I have an wi-fi setup at home and the router is in a room. Outside that room - or even in some corners, my Macbook Pro does not ...
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Where can I find a replacement screen for my 13" MBP?

I have purchased Macbook Pro 13 inch, and it was shipped by DHL, but when I received it, the screen was damaged. So, I want to buy a new one. Where I can find it? Because I want to buy and install it. ...
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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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MacBook Screen Does Not Work, External Monitor Does

Update 2012-03-19: I never figured out what the problem was because the screen started to work again after reinstalling OS X 10.6 for a second time. I sold the Mac on eBay a few months afterward (I ...
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Wacom Bamboo - no pressure sensivity

I have a Wacom Bamboo tablet. I installed Wacom drivers, and Wacom dock. Now I can use both the pen and touch, but there is no pressure sensivity when using the pen (I tried using it in Photoshop). Is ...
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Will I ever spoil my iPhone by placing it on top of my laptop?

Does anyone know if I will ever spoil my iPhone by placing it on top of my laptop? I mean I don't know about these electronic/magnetic stuff and I want to know if there may be any problem putting ...
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List of graphics cards supported by Snow Leopard (10.6.x) but not OpenCL capable? (In older Intel Macs.)

I want to know what graphics cards without OpenCL capabilities are supported by Mac OS 10.6 ‘Snow Leopard’? The list is probably really short.
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Mac Pro Early 2008 fails during boot

I'm trying to diagnose an issue with a Mac Pro Early 2008. When I received it, it just doesn't boot: when I pushed the power button, it started for less than a second, and then it automatically ...
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Site for checking so-dimm memory for MacBooks

Is there any website, where I can check which memory (RAM) is suitable for any MacBook or Apple computer?
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What happens at the user/OS level when an SSD finally wears out?

I have been reading up on SSD technology and don't know of any first hand reports on what happens when an SSD eventually fails due to over use. I am most interested in the SSD that apple includes as a ...
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Restore 200mb EFI Partition/Write Support for WIN7 HFS+

So I posted earlier about recovoring an HFS+ partition on Windows. I used Testdisk with awesome success. Now I've run into another issue. The biggest issue is that I need to read AND write to my ...
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When do the Macbook Pro fans turn on?

As a complement to this question about keeping the Mac cool so the fans don't get triggered: At what temperature does the mac turn on the fans? I know that a high CPU load can cause the fans to go ...
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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 ...