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

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epoxy to reconnect cpu fan on Macbook Pro late 2008? [duplicate]

I'm working on a friend's MacbookPro5,1 15" from late 2008, which was overheating, so I knew from past experience, the thermal paste needed to be removed, and reappplied. This was all achieved ...
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Macbook Air 11" mid 2013 keyboard backlight doesn't work

I've bought a Macbook Air mid 2013 trough a secondhand website. After test it all I told the man that I'm interested. So I payed. Once at home, I realize the keyboard backlight doesn't work. I've ...
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Does my sound card support hardware volume control?

I would like to check whether one of my sound cards supports hardware volume control, and whether MacOSX has detected it. Under linux I would use: cat /proc/asound/Audio/usbmixer And I would get a ...
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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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Just installed new screen on wife's 5s, getting weird ghosting/burn effect

My wife's 5s screen cracked and for the holidays I had a friend of mine install a new screen on her phone. The only problem is, there's some weird issues going on. First, the outer edges of her screen ...
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Weird sound when doing something forbidden

MBP Mid 2012 on OSX 10.10.5 Since a couple of months I recogniz a weird sound on my computer. It appears whenever I do something "forbidden", i.e. using a key in a programm which has no ...
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Is it possible to change the wireless card on a MacBook Pro?

I'm interested in possibly upgrading my MacBook Pro's wireless card. Is this possible? Can I take apart the MacBook and install it? Is there a guide somewhere on how to do this? (This isn't because ...
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Transcend Jetdrive vs OWC Aura

I've just bought a used 2012-era MacBook Air (model MacBookAir5,2). I'm considering upgrading the SSD using a Transcend Jetdrive or an OWC Aura. Going by their specs, both devices are the same. ...
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iPhone 5s - What is the dot between rear camera and the LED flash?

There is a visible dot on the iPhone 5s between the rear camera and the LED flash. What is it for? I imagine it is a sensor of some kind. I'm concerned because my new iPhone 5s case covers it.
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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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What happens at the user/OS level when an SSD finally wears out?

I have been reading up on SSD technology current as of 2011 and don't know of any first hand reports on what happens when an SSD eventually fails due to over use. I am most interested in the SSD that ...
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Can a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014) have their hard drives upgraded

My friend has a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014) -- she wants to install a magnetic 2.5" HDD. Can I install any such drive or do they have to be apple compatible hardware.
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Fans always on in Boot Camp

I have a 2015 Retina Macbook Pro 13″ running Boot Camp Windows 8.1. On default settings, the fan seems to idle at 0 according to "Macs Fan Control", and then slowly climb when it reaches 70℃ or so. ...
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MacBook Pro battery will not charge even though cycle count is below max count

I haven't used my MacBook Pro (Mid 2011 version with non-removable battery) for over 6 months, as I was out of country. Now it only works on power connected and battery won't change. Symptoms I ...
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MacBook Pro overheating after being repaired

I've recently had my MacBook Pro 15" model late 2011 repaired, it was a graphics card problem, they changed it and now it's working. The problem that I've encountered now is that it is overheating a ...
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MBA6,2 10.11 faulty temp sensor 230~300% kernel_task problem

Problem started after I sprayed some water during shower. Fan runs on 6500rpm as soon as I log on and kernel task stays on 230~300% even though laptop is not even warm. So I ran HWmonitor and it ...
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Screen Blacks Out After Fans Run at Maximum

I inherited an iMac and it has an issue. It boots up fine but within the first five minutes the fans start to slowly ramp up to full speed. After about five to ten minutes of the fans running at full ...
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Is it safe to discharge my body's static electricity onto my MacBook Pro?

Often in the winter (low humidity), getting up from and sitting down onto the seat at my desk, or taking off a jacket, and such will build up a static electric charge on my body. Sometimes I don't ...
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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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Will I ever spoil my iPhone by placing it on top of my laptop?

Does anyone know if I will ever spoil my iPhone by placing it on top of my laptop? I mean I don't know about these electronic/magnetic stuff and I want to know if there may be any problem putting ...
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I short circuited my iPhone 5 through audio jack

Long story short, I short circuited my second most expensive asset through a usb-male-audio-male. I'm devastated. I'm not rich. I was still giddy about saving a dozen dollars during black friday ...
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diagnose possible issue with MBpro 2012 running very slow

tl;dr Can a MacBook Pro become unbearably slow because of hardware issues, e.g a hard-drive failure? How can I best diagnose this? I own a MacBook Pro from 2012, which recently has become unbearably ...
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Mac Book Pro - Display blink issue

suddenly, I am getting issue in my mac book pro of display blink issue, When I start mac book, It starting to blink and then black screen. I ask at service center and they told to replace with new ...
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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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HD fine, SATA cable fine, but MBP internal won’t mount/boot

I’m looking for some advice regarding a specific problem with a MacBook Pro mid-2009 running the latest version of El Capitan. The basics follow, but I have shared details of the troubleshooting ...
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Can a 2009 MacBook Pro use more memory than Apple's 'maximum RAM' figure of 8 GB?

I have a 2009 MBP with 8GB of RAM. I run Windows under Parallels pretty much all the time (I use Visual Studio for work). I recently installed an SSD to speed it up a bit and its running beautifully. ...
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Sending USB and audio to LCD through thunderbolt

It is disappointing to me that in order to use my monitor's USB ports, I have to send 2 Data cables from my MacBook to my monitor: Thunderbolt->DVI and USB->USB. In order to use my monitor's inbuilt ...
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Wireless with 802.11r, 802.11k and 802.1x

I was recommended to seek for assistance here from the Networking/Stack Exchange site towards OS X queries, do hope someone has the answers. Have El Capitan on a testing iMac and deploying 802.11r/k ...
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Macbook Pro can't wake up (resume) after the battery dies

2015 15" Macbook Pro, AMD Radeon graphics. When the battery runs out and the macbook is reconnected to power, I press the power button and the screen turns on. It shows a corrupt, purple and green ...
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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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MacBook not recognizing Wireless N USB Adapter

I have an aluminum unibody (2008). I recently upgraded RAM & downloaded all software to get my baby up to date. THEN the wifi card died. I tried to fix that myself but thanks to Apple's almost ...
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iPhone 4s not charging 9/10 times

iPhone 4s, my iPhone 99% of the time won't charge arms the battery is power-draining. Started happening at random, going from good - absolute hell while i was at work. One time out of the many times ...
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Run two 4K and one non-4K external display from late 2013 Macbook Pro

I have a late 2013 Macbook Pro with both the Intel Iris Pro integrated graphics and the NVidia Geforce 750M dedicated GPU. I run two 4k displays, one at 60Hz through a thunderbolt bolt and one at 30Hz ...
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Can I add different size RAMs to iMac 5K?

I have an iMac Retina 5K (27-inch, Late 2014) with 8 GB of RAM (2 * 4 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 memory modules). There are 2 memory slots free/available, and I want to add RAM to these two slots. My ...
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How can I send audio to airport speakers from a stereo system, not a computer?

I have some speakers connected to an Airport Express, and can easily send audio to them from a computer. So far, so good. However, I also have an actual stereo system (receiver, CD/tape decks, etc.), ...
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Number pad does not work in vim and less

I am working from an iMac running Yosemite and using this keyboard. The number pad works in the terminal, but when I open vim or less it does not. For example using less, if I type for the number 8, ...
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Spilled water on Macbook Air

I spilled water on my 2014 Macbook Air. I had a keyboard cover on, so I don't believe much got into the workings from the top. However, it appears that a decent amount of water got in through the ...
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How does force touch work?

I was wondering about how force touch actually works. Is something beneath the display sensitive to pressure and based on this, changes the resistance to an input wire of the processor ,thus changing ...
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How many GPUs my macbook pro has?

I am trying to find how many GPUs has my macbook pro and if I have some of them, what are their characteristics. I though I can find it from About this mac -> System Report -> Hardware, but was not ...
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RAM upgrade MacBook pro 15 inch mid-2010 on “El capitan”

I have a MacBook pro 15 inch mid-2010 i5 2,4 Ghz, which I already have upgraded to 8GB of RAM. I recently tried to upgrade my MacBook's RAM to 16GB on Yosemite and it gets a kernel panic, I know ...
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Phone won't boot after disconnecting battery when removing the back of the device

I wasn't paying to close of attention when removing the back of my iPhone 4 and the battery ended up getting disconnected from the little tab in the corner connecting it to the chip with 2 rows of 4 ...
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Bluetooth Not Available - Mid 2010 Macbook Pro

I have a 13" mid 2010 Macbook Pro running 10.8.3. For some reason, I started it up the other day and my Bluetooth is now for some reason unavailable. I've had this problem in the past, and if my ...
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Macbook Pro 2011 shuts off at Apple logo

So my 2011 Macbook Pro shuts itself off on startup, always right when the Apple logo shows up with a status bar at the bottom of the screen. The status bar fills up a tiny bit and boom, it shuts off. ...
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iPhone 5s serial number issue

When I connect the phone to iTunes, it recognizes and shows the serial number; however when the updating process begins it turns into "n/a". Can it be a clue to something?
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Why doesn't a stripped/cracked MagSafe power cable shock?

Behold, the fate of all (poorly handled) MagSafe power cables: Why doesn't this shock me? I've read that MagSafe cables are low voltage, but I don't even get a tingle. Is there any danger of ...
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What Thunderbolt to USB 3.0 cables/adapters exist for OS X and Mac hardware?

I have the Late 2013 Macbook Pro, which has two USB 3.0 ports and two Thunderbolt 2 ports. I currently use both USB 3.0 ports and one TB2 port. I want to connect a third USB 3.0 device to the machine, ...
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iPhone 4s leaking weird substance, has 2 small shadow bumps on the side of screen, and is getting hot very quickly

It is only a little more than a year old! On the bottom right of the screen, there are 2 small bumps of shadows, it has been heating up VERY quickly, and is leaking a very weird, clear, oil-like ...
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2010 Macbook pro makes intermitten beeping sound

It seems like every time I press a button or scroll on the touchpad I can hear little beeping noises coming from the hard drive area. How can I know what this noise is and whether it's a problem?
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Does the iPhone have a disabled chip for FM Radio?

This commentator writes: The iPhone 6 has an FM receiver chip Apple disables, forcing you to use iTunes… My question is: Does the iPhone 6 have a disabled chip capable of receiving FM Radio?
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How can I receive FM radio broadcasts on my iPhone 4?

How to listen my local FM stations in my iphone 4? Like I can listen with my old Nokia phone, without using Internet, GPRS etc. Is iPhone 4 lacking this facility? I heard about "Pandora Radio" but ...