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

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Hardware Failure. Mac won't start

I have a Macbook pro from 2010 running 10.6. Recently, it has been acting very weird. It often freezes and when rebooted gets stuck at the loading screen. After enough reboots it does work. When ...
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How to disable the built-in MacBook keyboard?

Is it possible to completely disable the built-in keyboard on a MacBook? No input should be possible from that keyboard when I connect an external keyboard. This is sort of possible with the trackpad ...
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My Macbook Pro (Early 2011) Keyboard and Touchpad are Unresponsive

So here's the situation. I have a Macbook Pro 8,1 (Early 2011, so non-Retina; this was just prior to that implementation, if I remember right) running El Capitan, 8 GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive. I've ...
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CPU System agent core (TC0E/TC0F) running very high

When my MBP (Retina, 13", Early 2015, identifier MacBookPro12,1) is under load, could either be CPU load or "bus-load", ie wifi, usb, webcam etc the CPU System Agent Core-sensor shows a very high ...
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External SSD not recognized after ejection or reboot

I have an USB external mechanical disk. It works fine, and I can remount it after ejection. Also, it is mounted automatically after a reboot, as it should be. I got an USB external SSD, too. It works ...
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Can I test the functioning of an AirPort antenna of a MacBook Pro?

Recently my Wifi connection has suffered greatly on my MacBook Pro mid2012 non-retina. I now need a much stronger Wifi signal to have a working connection. I did not change my position at my desk (...
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I dropped my iPhone 5c and it cracked; now the screen is changing colors

Can I just get a new screen and is it not covered under AppleCare?
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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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How does my iPhone know which headphone cable I plug in?

When I plug in my Apple EarPod earphones, my phone sets the volume to whatever it was the last time, but when I plug in the auxiliary cable in my car (just a simple jack, no fancy infotainment system) ...
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How to fix a frayed cable on a MagSafe Power Adapter?

Any idea how to fix the broken plastic/rubber covering of the cable on a MagSafe Power Adapter? Mine is showing the inner wires and I'm afraid of getting an electrical shock.
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Can I use electrical tape instead of the plastic tab when replacing my hard-drive?

I'm replacing the hard-drive on my 2010 Macbook Pro, (This machine just keeps going, and I'm finally upgrading it to a SSD!) and I'm almost done (it's simple enough) but the plastic tab from the ...
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Does the weight of iOS devices change based on storage size?

I don't think this is just true of Apple products but the weight advertised for iOS device model of varying storage size is always same. For example the weight of the iPad Pro is 437 grams. Is this ...
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Unlock Mac without low energy bluetooth capabilities by iPhone app

I have an old iMac (11,2) that doesn't have Bluetooth Low Energy. Do you know any way I can use my iPhone's Touch ID to unlock it? All the apps I found require Bluetooth LE support.
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Is the Lightning connector safe for my children?

Having an Apple Lightning connector cable beside my bed to charge my iPhone 6 at night, I asked myself whether the cable is safe for my three-years-old kids? I.e. having the cable dangling without an ...
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Apple iPad is not turning on and my home button is broken to force restart

Three days ago when I tried to use my iPad it did not turn on (black screen). I fixed it to the charger and nothing happened. After one day of trying I decided to search online. And yes, there is a ...
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Thermal paste for A8 chip

On the iPhone logic board (or at least for the iPhone 6), there is a metal shield (heatsink?) covering the A8 SoC and few other components. There is also black thermal paste between the chip and ...
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Is a Power Mac G4 a good candidate for a home server? [closed]

A friend of mine has offered to give me a Power Mac G4 that he is no longer using. I haven't picked it up yet, but it sounds like it is a single core 1.25 GHz 2003 "Mirrored Drive Door" Model. I have ...
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Long term effect on Mac computer of installing Windows/Running a Windows VM

I need to install Windows on my MacBook Pro. Hardware limitations are not a problem for me. I am mostly concerned about the long term effects that running Windows might have on my Mac. I am assuming ...
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Force external display refresh rate

I have a 27" screen which is connected to my mid-2012 MacBook Pro retina through a HDMI/DVI-D (HDMI on the MacBook Pro, DVI-D on the screen). Before I was using a adapter DisplayPort+USB/DVI-D and I ...
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Test iPhone 4s hardware without battery. Possible?

So, I have this iPhone 4s, which was broken. So i replaced the screen. While I was replacing it, I accidentally broke the black wire that connects the battery to the motherboard. So I dont know if it ...
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Docking Station for 13" MacBook Pro and Surface Pro 3

Is there a docking station that is compatible with both 13" Macbook Pro (2015 model A1502) and a Surface Pro 3? I am looking for one that has Connectivity up to two monitors (DVI/HDMI/VGA) Ethernet ...
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Blinking “forbidden” and “question mark folder” symbol. SATA cable is the problem?

A couple days ago my macbook pro mid 2012 was running perfectly, with a SSD drive that I,ve installed about a hear ago (I also updated my ram up to 8 gb). The day after that I turned on my computer ...
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iPhone 6 Logic Board Water Damage Clean/Repair

I'm aware of this question, however it doesn't solve my problem. Today I bought a water damaged iPhone 6 at a good price, thinking that since I am pretty decent at repairing iPhones (and fixing water ...
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WindowServer crashes

So I've been having a number of graphic problems with my 2012 MBP (Non-retnia) First is screen distortion. I have black rectangles flash black and a pixelated yellow. Moving a window or program over ...
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Can I upgrade RAM to 16GB on MacBook Pro 17" i7 2.66 GHz?

When I checked it on System, it says 8 GB RAM. But I wonder, if I put 16 GB of RAM in the two slots of my MacBook (2 8GB sticks) will it work?
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What are the under documented differences between the iPhone SE, 6s, and 6s plus?

Besides price, size and case design of course, what are the differences between the iPhone SE, 6s, and 6s plus? Also what about specs that are not listed on Apple site such as the amount of RAM?
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iPhone 5 in tough situation(Please read and help)

I purchased an second hand iPhone 5 from a dealer several months ago , its iPhone 5 A149(Global) model 16GB. It's acting weird from the date of purchase , having several issues like 1. Time and Date ...
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USB short protection

I was prototyping some USB things and I was wondering if the Mac USB ports have any short-circut protection. If I were to connect Vcc and GND directly together would it break my Mac? Would the ...
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Are my MacBook Pro 2015 (15-inch) fan parameters correct?

Are the fans on MacBook Pro 15inch always on? If so should they be audible when ear against keyboard? I am not sure but I think my fans were not audible before but now I can hear them if I put my ear ...
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MacBook Schematic Diagrams

I'm trying to learn how to repair MacBook water damaged by my own. I'm really good in the cleaning process using ultrasonic professional cleaner and most of the times it solves the problems. But I ...
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Audio doesn't work in OSX but the start-up chime does

I have a MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2010 MacBookPro6,1 ) that the audio stopped working on. The audio jack has a red light on in it. In Sys Pref, under Sound, in the Output tab, only Optical digital-...
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Internal SSD not found when installing OS X

I just upgraded my Mac Mini Late 2012 to an SSD. Now, I wanted to boot from my bootable USB and then install Mac OS X to my SSD but it does not find the SSD when I want to select it. The SSD is from ...
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MacBook Air won't power on, except I remove the battery and plug it back in (SMC reset?) - sleep works

I have a bizarre problem with my 2012 MacBook Air 13": At some point, a couple of weeks ago, it suddenly stopped turning on. The battery would charge, but pressing the power-button just wouldn't have ...
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How to diagnose repeated OS X hang / spinning beach ball of death?

Here are my stats and brief summary of the problem: macbook pro; mid 2009; 13 inch; 2.26 GHz; 4GB RAM (currently, will elaborate); 10.7.5 The issue I'm having is that the computer constantly gets ...
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Macbook7.1 (Macbook mid-2010 ) White unibody bottom rubber falling off

The bottom cover on my Macbook7.1 (mid-2010) White Unibody is beginning to fall of. I tried using some glue that a guy from a repair shop I could use for rubber-on-aluminium. I tried it and all I got ...
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USB adapter stops working after deleting NetworkInterfaces.plist

TL;DR: I have an external USB wifi adapter on a MacBook Pro which was working fine before I deleted my /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/NetworkInterfaces.plist file without making a copy. Is ...
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Intel Mac Pro 1.1 stops responding after ~5 minutes

If anyone could shed a little light on this, I'd be extremely grateful. I have a 2006 mac pro 1.1 (intel cpu) that consistently stops responding after 4-5 minutes. The mouse still moves but nothing ...
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How do I debug keyboard input?

I'm getting a bug with my Steam Controller (which is basically a configurable keyboard/mouse/etc) where if I set any of the buttons to either of the shift keys, they don't register as such, instead ...
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How to interpret the USB info in my MacBook Pro's System Report?

I'm trying to find out if my MacBook Pro USB ports are USB3. It seems to have two USB2 ports and one USB3 port: But my MacBook Pro only has two USB ports. How do I interpret this report? Do I have ...
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Can I put PC hardware in a MacBook Pro case?

I would like a MacBook Pro, but they are so dang expensive!!! I already have a pretty nice Samsung Series 3 64-bit, and I have considered Hackintosh. Hackintosh however, does not include that slick ...
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Unable to use full resolution of P2416D

Dell P2416D (Vendor 10AC, Product A0C3) is 2560x1440, but my Mac OS X (on Macbook Pro Mid 2010 connected via Thunderbolt with Mini Display Port cable) doesn't have corresponding file in /System/...
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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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Apple Thunderbolt Display randomly goes black throughout the day

My Mac is connected to two Apple Thunderbolt Displays. The first monitor works without flaw. The second however will randomly turn off its screen 3 to 4 times a day. A quick but annoying fix is to un-...
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Macbook Pro Fan fullspeed, no temperature and keyboard backlight

I've got a Macbook Pro 2008 15" 4,1 with OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 and the latest Firmware and both fans run the whole time at fullspeed. My research brings up, that it's probably the temperature Sensor, ...
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What's the best way to prolong the lifespan of a Macbook Pro battery?

I have two Mac book Pros: A 2013 Unibody retina that I use every day An older 2006 model with removable battery that I use a couple of times a month (when not in use, it's not connected to the AC. ...
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My Macbook Pro dies randomly, doesn't start, and Apple couldn't solve it

I brought my MacBook Pro, retina, 13" late 2013 to the Apple Store to find out what's wrong. They couldn't replicate the problem, therefore they couldn't give me any answers. I know of others who have ...
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Keyboard unresponsive out of nothing

I have an old 13” MBP (Early 2011) which I use regularly but just a few minutes per day. Today I came back home - MBP was turned on and charging - and keyboard just doesn’t seem to work. Some keys (...
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I know my battery should be replaced, but is that all of the problem? (Update)

Updated: I am using a MacBookPro8,1 with a non-replaceable battery. Recently that battery charging status was saying,Replace soon. But it was working fine and kept enough charge for my daily works. So ...
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Mac Pro cd drive stuck open

I just got a brand new mac pro. I opened the cd drive with the eject button on the keyboard, and then went to close it the same way, the cd drive goes in, but the metal gate doesn't come back up. What ...
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No version model of Macbook in 'About This Mac' section

What does it mean if there is no version model? Is it normal? I expect the money year after the words "MacBook Air" similar to this. I would like to buy this particular Mac, should I worry about ...