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

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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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Windows 7 on Bootcamp doesn't want to boot. Can't copy files from Bootcamp to Osx mavericks

I have strange problem. A few days ago a was doing some projects on windows 7 and updates appeared , when windows was installing updates I closed it down by holding power button. After that I can't ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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2008 MacBook (A1181) won't boot from battery

I have a 2008 13" (2.4GHz) white MacBook that will only boot from mains power. If you attempt to boot from the battery it's as if it's not even connected. Once you get even past the initial startup ...
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Are there informed speculations about what is the next Mac that is going to be upgraded? [closed]

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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Can I boot Mac from an external hard drive (internal hard drive+hard drive closure)

Model: Macbook Pro 2010 mid OS: OS X 10.9 Hard Drive: WD5000BPKT 500GB For some reason I need to change my perfectly working internal bootable drive to external bootable drive. I took out my ...
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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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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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W and Q keys don't respond after batteries died?

So I didn't pay attenion to the batter and didn't plugin in my macbook pro and it died. Once I turned it back on I found out the w and Q keys no longer respond. I've had this computer since early ...
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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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Is there any downside to buying the Apple TV 3rd generation rather than the 3rd Generation Rev A?

The 3rd generation Apple TV apparently comes in two versions: 3rd generation (A1427, model MD199LL/A) 3rd generation Rev A (A1469, also model MD199LL/A) According to the Apple TV article on ...
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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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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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Macbook freezes, disk errors, symptoms of SSD death?

Macbook freezes, system disk "disappears" from system, I get errors about reading/writing. Spinning ball of death appears on the screen, I am able to move pointer for a few seconds after first ...
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Buy SSD With OS X 10.9 Pre-Installed?

Is it a reasonable ask to have my local hardware store pre image Mavericks onto the new 2.5 laptop SSD, or does OS X have a bunch of setup configs it has to run? I intend to do the hardware install ...
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Which devices support airplay (video)?

I am looking for devices which support receiving airplay video. I'm looking specifically for a TV. But other very small devices which work our of the box would be nice too.
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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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Identify disk manufacturer in Macbook Air

I wonder how can I know which is the disk's manufacturer for my Macbook Air. Is there a way to know whether the disk is one of those faulty SSD disk that Apple has recalled.
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Diagnosing what's wrong with “vintage” iMac

I have a "vintage" iMac with the following spec: I've been told by an official Apple store that they won't touch it and neither will any Apple resellers so it's left me with two options: Buy a ...
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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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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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Test Z-Wave on OSX

I have an old ZWave stick that I was hoping to get working with my OSX computer. I know for a fact the manufacturer never supported OSX (Intermatic HA22) but I was hoping I could hack away a little ...
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Battery charge suddenly drops to 0% even when plugged into mains (Mid 2009 15″ MacBook Pro)

My mid-2009 15″ MacBook Pro (A1286) has developed a nasty habit in the last couple of days. It suddenly discharges its entire battery without warning, and won't start until it's had about 10 minutes ...
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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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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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New SATA cable, same hard drive problem

I was having hard drive problems with my mid-2010 unibody Macbook Pro. I bought a new hard drive and set up it using a SATA to USB cable before installing. Everything worked great so long as I had the ...
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What to do about broken WiFi on iPhone 4S after iOS 7 update?

Several iPhone 4S owners have noticed a problem with their WiFi not working after upgrading to iOS 7. It appears to be both a software problem (our phones have been working for nearly two years with ...
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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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MacBook Pro 2008 Aluminum - keyboard problems

I have a late 2008 Macbook Pro all aluminum. The green caps lock light comes on intermittently: sometimes solid, sometimes flashing. When it comes on, the arrow pointer gets stuck and the screen ...
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How the low battery message graphic is loaded?

When your iPhone battery is "almost" dead, it turn off, and then if you want to turn it on again it loads this very informative graphic: The problem is that when you turn on "power button" this ...
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Is the iPhone 5s physically similar enough to the iPhone 5 to use a close fitting case?

I wonder if there is any reason why a close fitting iPhone 5 case wouldn't also fit the iPhone 5s? It would be helpful to know whether the cutout for the camera or the various buttons (mute switch, ...
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Black screen after failed restore - G5

I tried to restore a G5, something went wrong and now I have this at startup: dyld: library not loaded: /usr/liblibconv.2.dylib Referenced from /bin/sh Reason: Incompatible library version: sh ...
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Powermac G5 showing black screen after failed OSX restore

I was reinstalling OSX from a USB using restore in disk utility. It seemed to be going well so I changed channel and started doing some other stuff. A few minutes later the fans were emulating ...
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2013 MBP Hotspots in Backlight / Apple Warranty

So last night I was playing Portal 2 in a rather dark room, and the combination of the dark colors in my screen with the darkness of the room allowed me to see quite a few "dead spots" in the ...
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Replace power supply on late 2005 G5

I recently bought an old G5 to use as a server. Whilst there the guy had another G5 that I bought for spares. The 'spares' G5 is a newer model with better GPU / CPU etc so I intend on swapping them ...
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MacBook Pro 13" (2009): No startup-chime, no error sounds, internal screen stays black

I have a 2009 MacBook Pro 13". After I haven't used it for a while, I wanted to start it up again to give it to my sister and something really odd happened. I have searched both google and ...
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“Pre-registered” AppleCare — to whom is it registered?

When I log into my Apple ID on Apple's site here, https://selfsolve.apple.com/GetAgreements.do, I am able to view a complete list of all of my AppleCare registrations. This is very convenient for ...
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Determine age of iPhone unit

How can I determine the manufacture date/age of any iPhone device? If there is any way for this, please suggest one. Thanks in advance.
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OSX system and installation disk won't boot

Problem: I cannot boot into system nor can I boot to the installation disk. Errors I get in verbose mode: BSD root: disk0s2, major 14, minor 2 disk0s2: media is not present 0 [Level 3] [ReadUID ...
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How to thoroughly waterproof a Macbook?

I am just now coming to know the hard limits of water destroying equipment. I don't know if it's realistic to be able to have my Macbook as a floatable rubber ducky in the bath in this day & age, ...
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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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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 ...