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

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How can I find the serial number on a mac programmatically from the terminal?

What command can I use to retrieve the system's serial number from the unix command line? As uname will output some information about the software and hardware, I would like to retrieve the serial ...
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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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ctrl key no longer working in OSX

The ctrl key on my Macbook pro has stopped working at once! I have tested "Show keyboard viewer" from the languages, all keys are shown to be working correctly but not the ctrl key. Could it be any ...
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MacBook Pro battery life tanking even after battery replacement?

I've been having some issues with battery life on my MacBook Pro (15", Mid 2010). I thought I had tracked it down when I found out that the battery was near the end of its life (only holding 60% of ...
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How do I find the installed RAM layout in my MacBook without opening it up?

I have a mid-2009 MacBook with 4 GB of RAM installed in it and I'd like to upgrade it to 8 GB of RAM. In order to do that I have to figure out what the installed RAM configuration is so I can ...
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Can i turn my Old 2009 Imac into a Multi-use NAS server?

I have a late 2009 imac, everything is perfectly fine with the machine. Can i turn that into a Media/ NAS server?
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Can I use a Time Capsule to share internet connection?

My internet provider limits the number of connected devices to two. I would like to know whether I can use a Time Capsule to share my signal with all other devices in my house?
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OS X no longer sees my DVD drive. How to debug this?

My Mac Pro has its original built-in DVD burner, which has always seemed to work fine in the past. Sometime in the recent past (10.9.1?), it simply disappeared. I first noticed that pressing the ...
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How to use iSight webcam without activating the green light?

Recently a the Dutch government advised to put a tape on your webcam to prevent hackers from taking pictures and video using your device (news article in Dutch). The build in iSight camera in Apple ...
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How can I get started with using I2C on a Mac?

I have this Devantech I2C thing. It has Mac drivers but i have hard time to figure it out. Instructions are way too hard for newbie like me. Are there any GUI apps which makes it easier to use I2C in ...
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Sourcing a replacement graphics card for an iMac

I have a Early-2009 2.93 GHz 24" iMac, which has a faulty graphics card. I'm keen to try replacing it myself using this excellent guide. Unfortunately the guide doesn't mention any advice on ...
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Does Apple make a keyboard with a wide “return” key, and modifier keys with their symbols printed on them?

I happened to notice in a picture that the Apple "German" keyboard had the modifier keys labeled with their symbols, e.g., the option key is labeled as "⌥". (It's confusing as heck that the Apple's ...
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Replaced LCD/Digitizer iPhone-4 works but intermittently blacks out frequently

Just replaced the LCD/Digitizer on my iPhone4 the screen works fine. Then, it gets fuzzy after some time and then blacks out. Then I have to lock the screen, then unlock, the picture comes back to ...
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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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Corsair Vengeance 2100 on OS X

I just purchased the Crosair Vengeance 2100 headset to use with Steam on OS X (Mountain Lion) and to use with Skype. I can get the headset to be detected by OS X and set it up as a sound device but ...
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Squeaky Retina MacBook Pro upon pressure to bottom-right corner

I just got my new Retina MBP that I ordered online. I noticed a minor squeaky/creaky sound whenever I apply some pressure on the bottom right corner and beside the right speaker. The sound also ...
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iPhone 4S speaker not working for apps but works for ringer

I have an iPhone 4S and the speakers are not working for applications. The speaker works when doing voice calls on speaker phone, adjusting the ringer, and other default things. However, when trying ...
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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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Metallic ticking noise from the MBP

I have an early 2011 MBP and opened it's back more than once, to replace RAM, HDD and 2 weeks ago I installed an SSD. For some time already I hear a faint ticking noise from the body when the laptop ...
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How do I make sure I purchase the correct replacement gfx card for my iMac?

I have a 24" Early 2009 iMac, and it has a faulty graphics card (detailed here). I'm obviously no longer under warranty or applecare, and I'd like to try to replace the part myself. I'm unsure about ...
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Is it okay for a brand new 13" MacBook Pro Retina to not sit flat?

So I've got this new 13" MacBook Pro Retina... a beautiful machine by all accounts! Here's the thing though: It doesn't sit flat. As in, if you put it down on a flat surface, all four of the rubber ...
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Scratch on MacBook Pro LCD screen (not the glass)

I was replacing a rather broken piece of glass on my macbook pro 13" and got impatient toward the end, managing to slip and scratch the LCD screen itself. Before I cover it up with the new piece of ...
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Does the Macintosh classic have the signatures of the original Mac team?

I am huge fan of Apple, and I just bid on one a 1990-era Macintosh Classic. The bid is going higher, but I only want it if the computer has the signatures of the original Mac team. It's before I was ...
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Will Parallels Desktop harm the hardware of my MBP?

I am running VM, PD in particular, on my MBP. I have encountered several scary things today: machine noise (sounds like "Kah-Kah") occurs while I am in 64-bit Windows 7 in VM. Will the PD actually ...
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Trackpad tap to click malfunction

I have been having issues with my trackpad lately and I believe that I have a broken trackpad sensor, but I thought I would ask here to see if it was something to do with the software instead of the ...
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How can I remove stickers from the lid of my MacBook Pro?

I've got a MacBook Pro with Retina display and I've got a ton of stickers on it. Is there a method for removing the stickers from the back without damaging the finish and without leaving sticky ...
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What are the OS X Mavericks hardware system requirements?

I have a fairly old (I am not sure when it was bought) iMac 5,1 running OS X 10.6.8, but I just saw the free upgrade to Mavericks. It looks tempting, but I'd rather first know if my computer can ...
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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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Other than size, what's the difference between the iPad Air and the Retina iPad mini?

They both have an A7 processor, the new MIMO wifi, etc. What, if anything, are the technical or spec differences other than screen size?
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How can I fix this pixelated Macbook Pro display malfunction?

My Macbook Pro (Core 2 Duo - 2007) has seen better days. When I try to start, it simply boots to this odd pixelated image of the Apple start screen: I can only imagine that this is a display issue, ...
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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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Screws for macbook pro early 2011 fan

when I was cleaning my mac book's fans I destroyed one screw head shown in picture (right fan) picture from ifixit How can I replace it? Drill that screw up, or other method? And where can I buy a ...
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Retina Macbook Pro 15'' overheating?

I got this RMBP mid 2012. I am now noticing overheating problems when I browse the internet + about 15 tabs of youtube open, mainly music. I also notice that my battery quickly depletes during this ...
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Any way to be sure, that Macs don't come with built-in hardware keyloggers?

What the title says. If this is the case, even if you choose to delete everything OS X related and put entirely Linux in your box; you'd still be screwed. Hardware keyloggers sit between the keyboard ...
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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 do I identify a MacBook Pro from its serial number?

This article on identifying a MacBook Pro lists the serial number as one method of identifying it. However, the article it links to, doesn't explain how to identify it either. How can I identify a ...
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Mouse not Working, need to operate Mouse through Keyboard

I have been working on my computer and my Mouse has stopped working. Its optical light is still on, but the cursor is not moving. But i have no time fix mouse. I am in real emergency to operate the ...
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How to trigger lid close action programmatically?

Is there a way to trigger the lid close action programmatically with a script or through terminal? I am testing this by placing a small magnet near the SD slot on my MacBook Pro.
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Must I reformat my hard drive to reclaim space from unused 2nd partition?

I wanted to see if I could also have Ubuntu on my Macbook alongside the usual OSX. Now, a year later, I want to remove the Ubuntu and the space associated with it on the hard drive. That is, my hd is ...
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What hardware does Xcode storyboard performance depend on the most?

I'm considering upgrading my MacBook Air to a Pro in the interest of getting better performance out of Xcode development experience. Right now using Xcode 5 seems ok for writing code. However ...
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Are the new MacBook Unibody Aluminum Batteries better than the old ones?

Of course a new battery is almost certainly better than an old one. That's not what I'm asking about. I used the same battery in my Mac for five years but it sucked from day one really, only lasted ...
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how do I transfer my iOS developer profile to another computer because of hardware failure?

Is it possible to transfer my iOS developer profile to another computer if my hardware failed but the hard disk is ok? Thanks!
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What causes a Mac to lose its serial number?

I upgrade my brand new late 2012 Mac Mini's drive to an SSD and changed the RAM. Now when looking up the serial number in "About this mac" or System Profiler it just says "System serial#" : The ...
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Could two WD Passport Ultra 1TB drives be used in the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini enclosure as RAID 1?

I'm thinking of buying one more WD Passport Ultra 1TB (I have one already) so that in the near future I could disassemble the two Passports and install the 1TB drives into the OWC Mercury Elite Pro ...
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Why doesn't my Mac Pro see my new 4TB SATA drive?

I purchased a Seagate ST4000DX001 4TB SATA Hybrid Drive (SSHD) and installed it into my Mac Pro (six core 3.33 GHZ MacPro5,1) in one of the internal SATA drive bays. However, the system didn't see it ...
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Make SCSI Appear as Internal Hard Drive

I have the HighPoint RocketRAID 2720SGL Raid card running on my Mac and it shows as an external drive. I would like to make it appear as an internal drive. Is this possible? From: To: Here ...
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Are there informed speculations about what is the next Mac that is going to be upgraded?

There are five lines of Macs (MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, iMac, Mac Pro), and AFAIK Apple has almost always updated only one at a time, leaving the others a bit behind. Now, it should be easy ...
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List all devices connected, lsblk for Mac OS X

In Linux if I want to see all the devices currently connected to my computer in the command-line, I run: lsblk or blkid What's the equivalent command under Mac OS X? NOTE The goal here is ...
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How to pesistently configure a Macmini4,1 to boot after power failure?

I do have a Macmini4,1 (2010) and I want to use it as a server so it will always start even after a power failure. Please remind that I am running Ubuntu on it, not OS X. Still, based on what I ...
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Are the 4 LCD screws to fix the LCD replacement in an iPad critical?

I just successfully replaced the front glass of my 3th Gen iPad WiFi, but when I cleaned up my desk, I found out I forget to use the 4 LCD screws: Is it worth it working another hour to open up ...