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

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How to repair a MacBook Pro 2007 hard drive bus?

Is there a repair I can do to the hard drive bus on a MacBook Pro 2007? I've changed the SATA cable but it still won't see the drive, which I know is good as it boots externally! Disk Utility doesn't ...
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What's causing this purple banding on video shot with my iPhone 5?

I shot my first two video with an iPhone 5 last weekend, and both suffered from the same flash of purple banding you can see in this clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGLWJKDj1fE I've tried ...
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iPhone switches to speakerphone when away from my face

Since this morning I think, when I'm on a call and move my iPhone away from my face a bit, it seems to automatically switch to Speakerphone (the voice can be heard out loud) and it shows the number ...
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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 ...
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Why does placing a Moto X on my Macbook turn off the screen?

Whenever I place my Moto X down, face-up, so the center of it is just below and to the left of the fn key on a Macbook Pro Retina 15", the screen goes blank black. When I pick it up, I get the lock ...
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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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Run script when I connect something to the line in port?

I'm connecting my phone to my mac via the line in port to listen to podcasts. I'm using the app LineIn to do this and I was wondering whether there was anyway I could have: My audio input be set to ...
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Most suitable Mac OS X version for Power Mac G5?

I have a Power Mac G5 Dual 1.8 with 3.5GB of ram running 10.5.8 The system feels so slow though.. :( Taking in mind that this was a beast back then, which would be the best OS X version I could ...
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Can trackpad emitting artifacts be fixed?

My trackpad suddenly stopped working correctly without good and clear reason to. I've left my Macbook Pro Retina 15" Early 2013 with open lid with only cat in the room for less than two minutes, and ...
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repair an out-of-warranty Thunderbolt port

The Thunderbolt port on my trusty several-year-old MacBook Pro is failing. To connect an external display, I now have to wiggle the cable around, then pull it out a few millimeters until the contacts ...
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2012 MacBook Air - USB hardware ran out of device slots?

I've got a 2012 11" i7 MBA. This is a great little machine but one thing has been driving be absolutely batty about it... The USB ports work well for the most part, but inevitably I will plug in a USB ...
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Hardware issue on iMac, flashing question mark

I have an iMac 2008/2009 issue and recently the computer would not boot and I would get a flashing question mark. Ran through all the usual steps, try boot in safe mode, flash RAM, try single user ...
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Does AppleCare care if I've modded my machine?

I have a 15" MacBook Pro whose SuperDrive I have removed and added a ssd. It's been running well like this everyday for 30 months. I was using it the other day, and the video started to freak out ...
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How can I restart an iPhone 4S with a broken lock button and frozen springboard?

My springboard has frozen and the lock button is broken (two months out of warranty and it's not classed as a hardware failure). How do I restart the phone given that I can't access any apps or ...
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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 does autorotation work on the iPhone (in terms of hardware, not software)

I have always wondered how the orientation/autorotation hardware works inside an iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch. Originally I thought it was the accelerometer but I don't think it is as an accelerometer can ...
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What Macbook have you tried QuickerTek QCard2 with?

I wonder which versions of Macbook Air/Pro is QuickerTek QCard2 (2-port) compatible with? Anyone tried? With which Macbook? Did it work flawlessly? Any compatibility problems?
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Buzzing noise after reassembling iMac 20" 2009

I changed my iMac's hard drive to a SSD, following the iFix It guide. It all worked well, but after some hours using the machine, a buzzing noise appeared in the top left corner of it. I read in the ...
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Are you using a Sharp PN-K321 at 60Hz with a Late 2013 Mac Pro?

According to Apple's KBase article on "Using 4K displays", the Sharp PN-K321 monitor is supported at 60Hz in MST mode if you're connected via mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort. I've ordered a StarTech ...
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What is the hardware that has this serial number?

I have what appears to be an ear piece of some sort. Not sure. Serial number is 12731HOSXAP Model No A1221. What is it?
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Is my SMC damaged?

I have a Macbook Pro running 10.9.3 (13D65), Boot ROM Version: MBP55.00AC.B03 SMC Version (system): 1.47f2 The fans are always running at full rpm and the kernel task used to take up 90% of the ...
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Water damaged Iphone 5S

I have an IPhone 5S that I dropped and rolled into a puddle. Although I picked it up quickly and left it in rice all night the screen turned red (the screen isn't broken). I did some research and they ...
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Temperature logger compatible with Mac?

I'd like to measure the temperature in my fridge over a few days and graph the results, since I think the fridge may be starting to fail. So I'm looking for a cheap device which can run independently ...
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Headphones Jack not pluggable into Macbook-pro retina socket

I tried plugging in my apple headphone's jack into the socket, but I wasn't able to. Barely 70% of it goes in and the rest doesn't. There is no red-light coming out of the socket, but in the 'Sound' ...
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MacBook Pro retina, hardware repair - advice

A pair of weeks ago I spilled coffee on my MacBook Pro Retina 15'' (MacBookPro10,2, Early 2013), and now I just received the quote from the customer support centre. It's a 3rd party authorized ...
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iPhone 5s touch screen is extremely buggy after repair

My iPhone 5s fell out of my pocket and smashed the glass. Everything still worked perfectly. The touch screen was just as responsive as ever, and Touch ID worked fine. I had the glass (whole screen ...
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Can repeatedly touching the screen of a Macbook Air damage it?

I have a 2011 MacBook Air. Are there technical/physical reasons why it might be harmful to have the screen repeatedly touched or pressed? Why or why not?
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Can I change the flash storage in my iPhone 4?

I saw a super deal where I could get an iPhone 4 8GB for such a small amount that I couldn't resist. Does someone know if it's possible to change the flash storage for a 16GB or 32GB ? Would iTunes ...
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Is palmrest harmful for macbook pro 15 retina?

I recently got a new Macbook Pro 15 retina. I already have a keyboard cover on it, and earlier today I put a palmrest and trackpad cover on it as well. However, This Apple support website says that ...
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A1208 2006 Intel iMac Power Supply “Power Good” voltage?

This might be a bit specific, but I am trying to test a trashed A1208 Intel iMac (Late 2006 17" Model). The power supply is dead (Fuse was blown, bypassed with a wire and bang poof a resistor and ic ...
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Will running the fans at maximum rpm all the time hurt the computer?

I installed Macs Fan Control and I like to make both fans in my mac work at top RPM available all the time. The sound does not annoy me at all and I really like that the computer runs cooler. Will ...
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Replaced Ipod video hard drive and battery, now won't start. Did I accidentally kill the hard drive?

As I said in the title, I've been trying to revive an old 5th gen ipod video. I replaced the hard drive, screen, and battery. At first it wouldn't boot, only giving sad ipod error. Then out of ...
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Mid 2012 Macbook Air Black Screen

Turned on my Macbook Air this morning and was greeted with a black screen, I could vaguely make out the login screen but when I entered my password the screen went completely black. I tried ...
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Mavericks GPS Receiver

Can anyone suggest an USB GPS receiver that has support for Mavericks 10.9? It would be nice if it has a replaceable antenna. I'm going to use it for reading data from within an application I'm ...
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Coffee spill on MacBook Pro Retina

I spilled half a cup of coffee (Nescafé, whole milk, water, no sugar) on the keyboard of my MacBook Pro Retina 15'' (MacBookPro10,2, Early 2013) Details that you can skip: It happened almost 3 days ...
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Second monitor randomly turns off and on

I have an iMac running 10.9.2 and sporadically the second monitor turns off then on. It's only off for a second or two. It's an Acer AL2216W. It's connected from display port to DVI.
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Pioneer DVD-ROM will not eject after some time of system usage

I'm having an odd issue where after my Mac Pro works for a certain amount of time (it seems variable), the drive will no longer seemingly be recognized. It shows up in the hardware profile for the ...
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How to run a performance benchmark on my MacBook Pro?

I need to run some sort of performance benchmark to measure how slow my MacBook Pro is (and why)—a 15" MacBook Pro (late 2008) with a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4 GB of DDR3 memory, and ...
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My iPhone charger emits a little very high pitch noise when my iPhone is charged… is it normal?

When my iPhone 5s is fully charged my charger (which is the official one), emits a super little noise that is very high pitch (I would say nearly an ultrasound...). Is it normal ?
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Will a 1.8GHz MacBook Air be much faster than a 1.3GHz model?

I am looking to purchase a refurbished Macbook Air from Apple's refurbished store. When comparing the models there are two I am looking at. The difference between the two is slight but one of the ...
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How is swap on mid-2013 MacBook Air w/ PCIe SSD?

There appears to be confusing and incomplete information about the PCIe SSDs in mid-2013 MacBook Air 11" and 13" (especially the 128GB models), where a different queue depth may result in different ...
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Connecting a displayport monitor to my Mac Mini (late 2012) using the Thunderbolt port what is the max resolution?

I have a 27" ASUS PB278Q display equipped with a display port, the monitor has a resolution of 2560x1440. If I connect to my thunderbolt port using a mini displayport to displayport cable will it ...
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Does having to turn on an iPhone by holding power and home indicate the device is dying?

I had to press and hold the Power and Home buttons because my iPhone shut off and wouldn't turn on through normal measures. When I pressed the Power and Home buttons for 20 seconds the iPhone powered ...
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Has Apple fixed the iPhone 5 sleep/wake button problem?

There is a well-documented design and/or materials defect in at least some iPhone 5 devices that causes the sleep/wake button (sometimes also referred to as the "lock" button or "power" button) to ...
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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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Watt and voltage for DIY iPhone charger

I'm working on making a simple solar to USB charger for my iPhone 5s, and I was wondering if the watt/voltage mattered for the solar panel I'm using. I know the product can handle the higher values of ...
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Can I upgrade the size of my Fusion Drive from 1TB to 3TB?

I bought a new iMac last summer and went with the 1TB Fusion drive. It works well, but is already full. Is it possible to upgrade the size of the fusion drive myself? Can I buy a 3TB internal drive ...
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How do I make sure the firmware for my newly installed SSD is up to date for Mac OSX? Note: cannot use optical drive

Installed a 2nd HD (SSD) onto my 15" MBP and wasn't sure how to upgrade the firmware. SanDisk 120 GB SSD. Anyone know?
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Does anyone know any good Diagnostic tools? [closed]

Does anyone know any good diagnostic tools for Mac? something inline with Apple Hardware Test, Apple Service Diagnostics, tech tool pro, preferably more in depth perhaps something low level, ...
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Is LCD digitizer different on iPad 2 for different languages?

I have an iPad 2 from Japan as like to have ability to input Japanese characters. When recently trying to replace the screen and Wi-Fi antennae I managed to damage the LCD. Before I go out and buy a ...