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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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iMac won't boot. No keyboard recognition

I know that there are a lot of people that ask for help when their iMacs won't boot, but in all sites they tell you to use keyboard commands to reset NVRAM or something like that. This case is ...
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iMac Aluminum Housing

Not sure if these kinds of questions are allowed here, but I would like to know how Apple machines the little Apple logo cutout on the bottom of the front iMac panel /housing. It looks like it could ...
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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 ...
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Cleaning my Macbook Pro Retina leaves greasy 'streaks' across the screen

I try to clean my mid-2015 Macbook Pro with Retina display by wiping the screen with a damp cloth and then immediately drying. However, there seems to be left some residue/streak marks, which look ...
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i dropped my phone and now there are lines on the screen and i can't access the screen

I had my phone in my pocket and it dropped on the tiles in my house. Now there are lines and I can't access the screen or get into my phone.
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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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Mac Freeze and Screen Goes Weird After RAM Upgrade

I've a MacBook Pro. I upgraded it's RAMs to 16 GB of 1600MHz(two 8 GB modules). Even though Apple suggests a maximum of 8GB, everymac.com's tests yield that it supports 16GB. And it did. After the ...
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Macbook Pro Differences (2015 vs 2016) [closed]

I was looking into getting a Macbook Pro 15 inch with Retina Display. I've never owned a Mac so I did some researching while looking at what to get. I saw a lot of articles saying to wait for the 2016 ...
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mid-2012 Macbook Pro Retina 15" won't recognize new adapter

I recently bought a new power adapter off Amazon, and it worked with my mid-2014 MBP at work and my colleague's mid-2014 MBP, but not my mid-2012 MBP Retina 15" (which, frustratingly, it was bought as ...
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My Mac is getting really slow, what should I do?

I bought a Mac (13", early 2011) almost 5 years ago. When I first got it, it was running under OS X 10.7 and it was pretty fast. I've being upgrading it ever since and it's now running under Mac OS X ...
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How to bring a dead MacBook Pro back to life

I have inherited a Mid/Late 2007 MacBook Pro from a colleague (A1226) but it doesn't work. It won't start up at all. No boot, not even the SuperDrive sound. I've tried resetting the SMC but it didn't ...
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Upgrading Mac mini (Mid 2011) RAM

I've got a Mac mini (Mid 2011). It currently has 4 GB of RAM which I want to upgrade to 16 GB. I know that officially with these versions, only 8 GB is supported, but I've read from OWC Announces ...
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Should one wait for new Mac Pro? [closed]

I want to buy Mac Pro. I've found used 1 year Mac Pro with Xeon 3.5 6-core with 2xD500 which is cheaper around 1700 euro then new one. However knowing there's new Mac Pro coming (hopefully) this year ...
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What are the technical differences between A1387 and A1431 iPhones

I know the A1387 model is sold elsewhere, and the A1431 in China, and they are both 4s, but I would like to know any technical differences between the two, i.e. what makes the China model different ...
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Mac Pro Tower, 1 or 2 CPUs

I'd like to know whether a 4,1/5,1 Mac Pro with dual processor board can actually work with just one CPU installed.
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How many CPU cores should be in my MacBook Air? [duplicate]

It looks like something's seriously wrong... My Air should have 4 cores. However, I saw that the number of cores has sunk to 2 when I was going to make a new virtual machine... I checked out what ...
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How bad is a runny nose over a MacBook Pro?

Happy cold season, everybody! Or at least, it'll be happy if you guys can tell me that my computer will survive it. I've got an early 2011 13" MacBook Pro and an annoying cold. My nose decided that ...
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iPod Shuffle (4th Gen) is in a coma

The iPod lights up when connected to a power source but it doesn't turn on. Here are my observations: It syncs perfectly with iTunes, with the yellow light flashing and all. The yellow light is ...
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How to use PS3 Game Controller in OS X?

I am trying to set up PowerA Mini Pro game controller in OS X El Capitan. However, I have not succeeded via USB. It would be great if there is some central settings for the customization of each ...
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Check if G5 is a SMP one?

How do I check if a G5 PPC mac has 2 CPUs or not? When booting it up under Linux (Debian 8) only one CPU seems to be detected: cat /proc/cpuinfo processor : 0 cpu : PPC970FX, altivec ...
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Disable single heat sensor?

I have a Macbook Air 15". A few days ago, it started running extremely slowly, with the fan at max RPM. I opened Activity Monitor and discovered that I had kernel_task running at about 400% CPU, ...
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Apple Hardware Test reports error 4SNS/1/40000001:VeAS-0.000

I got a great deal on a base 2.66 GHz Quad-Core Intel (W3520) 2009 Mac Pro4,1 on eBay. I already have a (flashed) Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz edition. I have a 3.46 GHz Intel Xeon W3690 on the way. ...
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Is there some way for me to connect old technology to airplay?

I have a Mid 2010 MacBook Pro with El Capitan, I'm not able to use AirPlay because I simply don't have the hardware for it. However, I'm trying to work through the thought experiment of how I might be ...
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Will EarPods work with my 2010 Macbook Pro?

Plugging my EarPods into my Macbook pro will not allow me to use the button to control volume, nor will the microphone work. The speakers work fine though. Are there specific hardware requirements ...
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My battery icon has x in it

My MacBook Pro 15" battery has a black X in the battery icon and the indicator lights on the side do not light up when button is pressed. What could be the problem? It runs fine when plugged in
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Buying a Used Macbook, iCloud

I'm purchasing a used 2013 Macbook Air on craigslist and the seller told me he formatted it already and created a dummy account so I can go through settings, etc.. and browse around to ensure all is ...
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Can one exchange SSD's in a single MBP for doing a back-up (delayed) on one of them?

My logic board decided to leave without saying good-bye, MBP Mid 2012. This only serves as a delayed backup. I did however run Time Machine to backup my stuff, unfortunately it was 180 days ago... ...
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Power button, keyboard not functional after thermal place replacement (MacBook Pro 13, Late 2011)

After some searching on the internet, I have been struggling to reconnect the keyboard to the MacBook Pro after taking out the logic board to replace the aging thermal paste. I was following the ...
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Splice a 45W MagSafe 2 connector onto an 85W PSU?

I have an unused 45W MacBook Air MagSafe 2 PSU, and an 85W MagSafe 1 PSU that my dog chewed the connector off. I'm wondering if splicing the MagSafe 2 connector onto the 85W PSU would allow a MacBook ...
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MacBook Pro 13" 2015 CPU and GPU temperatures

I've noticed that my new MacBook Pro 13" 2015 (MF839) is getting hot while playing browser games or watching models at sketchfab.com. Both CPU and GPU temperatures rise to 100-105 degrees (Celsius) ...
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Where in El Capitan can I watch a USB device insert/removal?

I have a Wi-Spy DBx which is a wireless device one can use to see radio spectrum. It installs as a HID on any computer it connects to. (I've tested it on a PC succesfully.) I am trying to confirm ...
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Pinout and specs on 150W Cinema Display A1098 power supply?

I've inherited a 30" Apple Cinema Display. It's in great condition except for one thing: no power supply. I could pay $150+ for a used power supply on eBay, but -- with my past life as a ...
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MacBook bought as new could potentially be a refurbished older model [closed]

In mid-2014, Wife bought a new MacBook directly from apple.com . Said laptop has been acting in some weird ways, like freezing and rebooting itself for no reason, or taking in the order of a full ...
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Thin green lines on boot, then screen goes grey (late 2011 MBP - 8,2)?

Last night I was using my late 2012 MBP (higher res screen, dual intel/amd graphics), and the screen suddenly went black. I left it go for a minute - no change. I open and closed the lid - it ...
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Mac book pro manufacturing year [duplicate]

How to identify mac book pro product manufacturing year? And not the product release date. example is mac book pro series launched in 2012 but what is its product manufactured date?