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

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Dropping wifi, replace bcm4331 with bcm4360, MacBook Pro Retina Early 2013

I have a MacBook Pro 13" Retina, Early 2013, my wifi drops roughly ever 2 or 3 minutes when running ArchLinux (OS X works fine). As far as I know this problem is related to that there are no official ...
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Boot hangs on grey screen (even when booting from USB drive with fresh OS X install)

My MacBook Pro 15" Late 2011 (MacBookPro8,2) with AMD Radeon 6770M exhibited display corruption and associated system crashes/resets over a period of two weeks before it entirely failed to boot. The ...
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$600 for a sticky spacebar?

I spilt a little bit of juice on my Macbook Pro keyboard which causes the spacebar to stick (it still works but is not so convenient to use). I took it to a non-official Mac service where they told me ...
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How can I tell what model iDevice is plugged into my USB via Terminal?

This website has a useful list of the various iDevice models. And the "identifier" column is helpful for any iOS developers, as this is the string you can fetch in your application to determine what ...
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Dislocated metal plate in Thunderbolt port

This morning my external monitor refused to turn on. After examination I found my second thunderbolt port damaged. A small metal plate/contact on the top of the port had been dislocated, bent out of ...
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Removing stripped screws from MacBook Pro back case

I'm replacing the RAM in a 2011 MacBook Pro, something I've done before on other machines. I got all the screws from the back case off apart from one that sits in the corner on the end by the screen ...
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How fast is 256GB to 128GB on mid-2013 MacBook Air?

I've tried finding the comparison reviews of the performance differences between 128GB and 256GB PCIe SSDs of mid-2013 MacBook Air 11" and 13" (which now have been carried over as the ...
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How to troubleshoot macbook's failing parts

Not sure if its a software or hardware problem. When I turn on my macbook pro (2011) it asks me for a password, shows some progress bar after (it fills up to like 30%) and then it just reboots and ...
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Is it expected to have visual glitches while constantly moving one window from a retina monitor to a non-retina one?

It's a new macbook pro retina with gt750m, mid 2014 I'm moving firefox constantly from one monitor to the other, it glitchces similar to #50956 and #81021 - Doesn't seem to happen with Chrome however ...
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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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Screen turns pink all of a sudden while working on Macbook Air

What can I do to fix my macbook air running mavericks, all of a sudden its screen turns pink or another color like turquoise and becomes unresponsive, about once a month...
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Make macbook store apps on one hard drive and data on another

I just replaced my optical drive in my 2010 macbook pro 15 inch with my old 500GB hard drive that used to be in the HDD bay and placed a new SSD in the HDD bay. Now i have 256 GB of SSD storage which ...
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What should I do if my headphones don't go into my iPhone 4s

When I put my headphones into my iPhone It doesnt go completely in like it should. I don't know what to do. Can anyone help me?
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Wise Way To Boot Into Windows With Bluetooth Keyboard?

I'm a luddite and have a hardwired keyboard on my iMac. Booting into Windows is never a problem. A family member has an iMac with a Bluetooth keyboard and a Mighty Mouse. Never having used these, I ...
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Hardware differences between iPad, iPhone, iPod models within a single family

For Apple's mobile devices (iPod, iPhone, iPad): Does Apple allow hardware differences among models of a single device family? e.g. Do all iPad 3's have the same technical specs or is the Verizon ...
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i phone 5 screen replacement

Is there a difference between these two replacement parts ? 60 Dollars 55 Dollars 30 Dollars or is there another one you would recommend ? I am starting to repair IPhones and would like some ...
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A REAL iTunes server on NAS

I am certainly not the only one dealing with the issue (looking into questions here which deal with some aspects related to an iTunes Server or looking at the Apple Support Forum). So I ask: What is ...
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What is normal cpu temperature for macbook late 2011?

Problem with temperature on this mac: MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2011)MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2011) 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5 16 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 Intel HD Graphics 3000 512 MB Now I have temperature ...
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How can I avoid my MacBook Pro giving me minor shocks?

The aluminum Macbook Pro gives a mild shock when connected to a wall socket and charging. It only happens when I'm, for example, not wearing shoes or slippers and my feet are resting on the ground ...
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How to open Cinema Display power supply?

My Cinema Display bit the dust, and all the symptoms seem to point to the 150W power supply brick, which is apparently not an uncommon problem with those models. New power supply bricks are close to ...
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The iPhone is over 3 times more expensive than the iPod touch, how much more margin is Apple doing on the iPhone?

Besides small differences like a minor camera, fundamentally the difference between the iPhone the iPod touch is the GSM/CDMA antenna and I guess more battery to support the antenna. Yet the iPhone ...
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Could the recently announced Mac Minis power a theoretical 5K Retina display?

I'm curious, assuming that the Thunderbolt bus has sufficient bandwidth, would the Iris Pro graphics be capable of driving a 27" retina display?
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Purchasing a Mac Mini with Future Compatibility in Mind

I am contemplating purchasing a mac mini. However, now that Apple has just released newer models of the mac minis, I find myself a bit confused. Basically, my requirements are: A mac to learn and ...
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MBPr 13" - still warm and out in the cold

I have been using my Macbook Pro Retina 13" (late 2012 model) for a few hours, shut it down, put it in my laptop bag and went outside. It was pretty cold, I could see my exhaled breath condense; I ...
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Can a Body Dent on Mac book pro be repaired?

I have a Mac book pro 15 inch mid 2010 & there is a small dent between the touch pad & space bar as i dropped a metal ball by accident however it does not effect the performance of my Laptop ...
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what does it mean if my macbook loaded in safe mode?

My MacBook just booted in safe mode. Is it possible that somehow I made it to do so, or can it automatically load in case of a malfunctioning? What does it mean if it did so automatically?
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Which RAM to buy for mid 2010 15 Inch Macbook Pro

I am looking to upgrade my 15 inch macbook pro from 4GB to 8GB of RAM. I have never upgraded anything on a macbook before and I am wondering how important is the specific RAM that i purchase? I read ...
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New to Macbook Pro, need help upgrading

I was recently gifted an old Mid 2010 Macbook Pro with the following specs listed here: ...
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Macbook Pro can't connect to internal hard drive even after changing the cable to the main circuit board

So I thought my macbook's hard drive crashed last month when a folder with a question mark didn't allow me to use it. I got it replaced, but shortly after, the problem persisted. I thought it would be ...
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CD doesn't eject

I have a problem with ejecting a CD. It happened twice in the past few days, CD drive disappears from the list of devices in a Finder and I can't eject a CD that sits inside my laptop. I tried Disk ...
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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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Macbook: Flashing Folder with Question Mark At Startup

So, I've been hearing a clicking sound coming from my macbook for about a week now. The last few days the system has just been locking itself up when I try to type anything. Now, at startup I see ...
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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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What is covering my iPhone camera?

Just today I noticed something new covering my iPhone camera lens. It looks like a shutter or aperture blade over the optics, but knowing that the iPhone has neither, I'm really confused. The camera ...
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How to read old Apple ][ 5.25" floppy disks

It's like Apple is a different company than it was when it produced the computer I'm talking about, so I'm not sure this is the intended topic of discussion here, but this is a question about Apple ...
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Difference between US QWERTY and International QWERTY Apple keyboards?

What exactly is the difference between US QWERTY and International QWERTY Apple keyboards? I’m talking about the hardware keyboards specifically, not about keyboard layouts (in System Settings).
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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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Microsoft Mouse Settings do not work after restart until I open preferences

I seem to have this same problem my work and home Macbook Pro Systems. Both are running Mavericks. The Mouse is a Microsoft Explorer Touch Mouse and I have the latest version (8.2) of IntelliPoint ...
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AirPort Extreme won't turn on after power outage

So, we had a short power bump the other night and now I cannot get my AirPort Extreme to come back on. I have completely unplugged it and tried the reset button with no luck. This happened months ...
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If I leave my webcam (bultin Macbook) always on, may I reduce its life?

If I leave my MacBook iSight camera always on, does its life get shortened?
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imac mid 2011 ram installation issues

I just received 2x 4gb corsair 204 pin pc3-10600 ram sticks for my iMac 27" mid 2011. I put them in and turned it on and received 3 short beeps, a pause, and repeat, which I think is the ram integrity ...
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Will this memory fit into my MacBook Pro?

I'm planning to upgrade my MacBook Pro with another 4GB memory. How do I know which memory is compatible with my MacBook? I got MacBook Pro model A1278, processor 2.3 GHZ Intel Core i5, current ...
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Wifi Connction Problems

I'm having a WiFi sharing problem. I'm using my ipad air as a hotspot for my mac osx leporad (which has a airport card). My mac recognizes my ipad but when I click on it nothing happens. so I went ...
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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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Battery indicator is showing “Service Battery” notification

I upgraded my macbook RAM, but after that when I switched on my MAC it showed my "Service Battery" indicator in battery menu. I installed Battery Health application and it showed following stats. ...
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How long will an Apple SSD last?

Like all tools, an SSD will wear out from use and eventually fail. Are there data on roughly how long the SSD's that Apple ships in it's portable line last? From my research, it seems that the ...
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Does the camera on the iPhone 6 protrude from the back?

When the iPhone 6 was announced last week, I read that the camera would protrude from the back of the phone, instead of being completely flush with the back like on all previous iPhones. Is this ...
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MacBook Pro won't power on after SMC reset

Some water was spilled on the table and came in contact with my wife's Mid 2009 MacBook Pro near the MagSafe adapter causing the MBP to shut itself off. Based on some recommendations from the ...
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Battery replacement on MacBook Pro 13" Early 2011 considerations

I need to replace battery on MacBook Pro 13" Early 2011 and I've already found the one in the local shop, but I am not sure it will fit. Old non-working battery has the following parameters: Model ...
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Does hard disk continue to run while sleeping?

The question is pretty simple. I just wanted to know for sure but couldn't find an answer on google. Does the hard drive continue to "run" while the computer is asleep? I'd like to know if it does ...