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

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How to fix a MacBook's sound output which is stuck on headphones?

My MacBook late 2008, running Yosemite and it suddenly stopped playing audio through the internal speakers. I've checked "Sound" under System preferences, and headphones show up as the selected device ...
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How big is the apple on the back of your MacBook?

Bit of an offbeat question, I know: but are the apple logos on the back of Mac laptops all the same size? Has the size varied over time, or does it vary over the models that are currently available? I ...
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MacBook Pro in sleeping regime

Will there be any damage to a MacBook Pro if I keep it in sleeping regime all the time? The reason I don't switch it off is I had problems with the start button. It stopped working within a year and ...
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How do I get apple hardware test/diagnostics for MacBook Pro 17" mid 2009 (5,2) after clean install of Mavericks?

I clean installed Mavericks and put all my files back on the laptop thereafter. I have no access to Apple Hardware Test or diagnostics whatsoever. How do I obtain that? My original disks that came ...
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Deceive Logitech Control Center so that it think my mouse is another model?

I know that this is a difficult question. The Logitech M525 is a simple mouse with two buttons and a wheel. Backward/forward buttons are implemented as left/right tilt of the wheel. There is no ...
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Whirring/whining noise but only after sleep

I have a mid-2011 21.5" iMac. OS X Yosemite 10.10.5, 2.5 GHz i5, 20 GB RAM. About a week ago (coinciding with no significant update or other event that I can think of) it began making a whirring/...
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Macbook Pro SD card reader is not listed as USB hardware

I have 15' early 2011 Macbook Pro with Mavericks installed. Everything works fine, except SD card reader. Even it's not listed in USB hardware list. Tried find a solution by searching the internet ...
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MagSafe 85W weight

I want to find out the (average) weight of a MagSafe 85W adapter, but I could not find anything really useful on the internet. I bought an adapter that weighs about 210 grams, whereas my old one (...
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An undiagnosable screen fault (flickering/glitching)

I have been experiencing an intermittent screen flickering/glitching. The problem occurs where I use, or leave the laptop on for several hours, until I let the laptop rest (i.e. shut it down and leave ...
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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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Left Ctrl key stopped working totally

I have been using this keyboard for the last 2 and a half years. Eventually I noticed that Left Ctrl key stopped working at all. Means, when I push it down in some combination, like Ctrl-T, only T ...
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Charging Issue on iPhone 5S

My iPhone 5S restarts by itself at least once while charging. Am I having software or hardware issue in this case?
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El Capitan, Finder.app, and Fan Performance

Since upgrading today to El Capitan, my fan has been going non-stop. Under "Apps that Use Significant Energy", Finder.app is the culprit. Does anyone have a solution for this issue?
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Differences on modifier keys between US and International Keyboards

I'm aware of the differences in layout, character placement etc however I have always wondered why the modifier keys on the US layout use the full word such as command instead of cmd. Similarly the ...
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Checking MacBook Pro for incipient hardware problems before Applecare runs out

My trusty Macbook Pro is nearing its third birthday and the end of Applecare. Is there anything I can do identify hardware components that are starting to degrade, so I can get them serviced before ...
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What does a non-booting macbook displaying a lightning bolt mean?

I returned to my MacBook after a few days of not using it, and there was a message that the system had run out of application memory (weird...). So, I followed the recommendation and Force Quit a ...
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Can I use iTunes credit to help subsidise buy hardware in Apple online store?

I am thinking about buying an iPad Pro or MacBook Air (Skylake), as a first time buyer of Apple hardware. I was wondering if I can use iTunes credit balance to help subsidise/buy this hardware in ...
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Very low audio output to headphones on Macbook Pro Retina 13 inch

I get great sound output to an external speaker with my Macbook Pro, however, when I output to headphones the sound diminishes greatly. I have reset PRAM and the sound volume output improves, but ...
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Why do I have to reenter my passwords after moving HDD between Macs?

I recently had to transplanted my HDD into another Macbook Pro (after my own broke). I could boot without any problems in the new machine, but for some most (all?) applications wanted me to reenter my ...
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MBP freezes for 30 seconds all the time since this afternoon

I'm looking to find the cause why I'm getting the spinning beachball on my MBPro all the time since this afternoon. I can work for like 30 seconds and get a spinning beachball for like 30 seconds. ...
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iPhone 5 Constant Battery Problem (After replacing it 4 times)

I bought an iPhone 5 when it first came out. It worked perfectly fine for about a year, then the battery started to really lose its capacity, it would last only a couple hours, as time passed it ...
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Time Machine Backup to New SSD

I have a mid-2010 Macbook Pro with a 320GB HDD, and I'm upgrading to a 500GB SSD. Does restoring a Time Machine back up to the new SSD also include the OS? Are there any better alternatives? i.e. do ...
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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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MacBook Pro (A1278) gets stuck at startup (Verbose, Single User, Recovery…)

When trying to start my Macbook, it stops at the Apple logo with spinning gear or progress bar. I've tried Safe Mode, but it got stuck at the same point. Command + V, Command + S, Command + R = Not ...
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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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rpcvshost caught burning the cpu, is it hardware or software?

I have a problem with my Mac -early 11- The laptop crashes every X minutes.. When I check the console I see [ RPCVSCHOST caught burning the CPU ] I can't start the device without doing this trick.....
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How can I secure a Retina MacBook Pro to a desk? (similar to how the older MacBook Pro could use a Kensington Lock)

I work for a company renting office space from a downtown skyscraper. In order to deter casual theft from building employees and cleaning staff my company prefers we secure our laptops to our desks ...
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Kernel Panic Bluetooth

I have been receiving kernel panics a few times in the past few months, but each time I have noticed it is when I am connected to the internet through Bluetooth PAN to my iPhone. Most recently, the ...
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Is something on the IO logic board burnt or..?

yesterday, i plugged my macbook pro to charge, and my magsafe charger got a little burn where it connects to the magsafe charger (wall->magsafe). Now my macbook pro won't charge, no light, no nothing, ...
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How to monitor and control thermal CPU throttling in OS X?

I recently came across the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility for Windows. I tried it under Bootcamp Windows and it was very interesting to learn in what situations my MacBook Pro's (mid2012) CPU is doing ...
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MacBook Pro Retina rattling noise

About two months ago, I purchased a MacBook Pro Retina, 13-inch (model MF840LL). Recently, I have noticed a quiet rattling noise when doing something performance-intensive (some webpages in Firefox, ...
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Spoofing a serial number on a MacBook Pro

I have a MacBook Pro that got liquid spilled on it. I cleaned it up and everything works except the fact that it no longer has a serial number. When I go to look at System Information, it says "Serial ...
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Problem with Thunderbolt on Mac Air A1466

Recently I noticed that Apple TB Ethernet Adapter stopped working on my Mac Air. It is not a problem with lost packets. Or with DHCP not working. The system does not detect Adapter. It does not shown ...
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Identifying FireWire chipset on a MacBook Pro (13-Inch, Mid 2010)

I have a MacBook Pro, 13 inch, mid 2010, running OS X Yosemite (10.10.5). How can I identify what FireWire chipset it has? Unless there's an OS X utility to do this, perhaps someone could point me to ...
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MacBook Pro (2009, 15-Inch) - nothing on monitor

I have a Macbook Pro 2009 15" Model 2160. Problem: There is nothing displayed on the monitor at all, a bright display on monitor when switched on. I can use the bright - + keys to control the ...
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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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MacBook Pro, Mid-2014, SSD replacement

I own a MacBook Pro, Mid 2014, and its 256 SSD started facing problems almost 8 months after I bought it. I've been looking to replace it. I've read over at iFixit that you can replace it, But ...
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Can I upgrade my 121 GB Flash Storage SSD?

Is it possible to upgrade the 121 GB Flash Storage in my MacBook Pro 13" Retina? If so, can Apple do it for me or would I have to go to somewhere else to get it upgraded?
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Are CPU temperatures over 110 something to worry about? [duplicate]

I am primarily a Java developer and love using OS X and Mac as my primary development environment. However recently I have been having temperature and heat concerns. I have a piece of code that ...
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How can I put my iPhone 4 in DFU Mode if the Home button is broken and it is turned off?

So basically I have a tethered reboot iOS 6.1.4 on my iPhone 4. Recently the Home button broke and now I'm unable to put it into DFU Mode to turn it on. Is there a way I can put it in DFU Mode, or ...
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MacBookPro temperature inconsistency

I have a 15" MacbookPro with a Windows 7 Bootcamp partition. I check the temperature when using Windows but I think it doesn't report the right temperature. I shut down Windows with a temperature ...
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Mavericks 10.9.5 / MBP 17 2011 - system intermittently hangs when a USB mouse is plugged in

This has happened to me a number of times (6-10). I am not sure of the specific circumstances because it is not easily replicated. I usually only use the trackpad, because I am just typing. But ...
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MagSafe 2 frequently broken

I've got a MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012), once in a longer period of time my MagSafe 2 adapter simply fries. Just a minute ago I fried the third MagSafe 2 adapter in three years time. It occurs with ...
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What should I know about replacing my computer's battery?

My early 2011 13" MBP has been telling me to "Replace Soon" the battery, and today it's finally getting its wish. I know the hardware procedure, courtesy of iFixit, but is there anything else I should ...
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hardware status for iOS devices

I have iPad Air 2 with latest iOS 8 update. Recently, I have started experiencing some issues with opening apps on my iPad. It looks bit slow. Even when I press home button, home-screen comes bit ...
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RE:Boot hangs on grey screen

I followed the advice from this page Boot hangs on grey screen (even when booting from USB drive with fresh OS X install) It worked though as I could log in my system but the graphic is dull and slow ...
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Is it possible to have pixelated graphics on a MacBook Pro due to a defunct trackpad?

had availed of the logic board replacement scheme for 2011 MacBook Pro's with faulty (AMD) graphics cards. The laptop came back from servicing with a new (refurbished as I understand) logic board. But ...
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My SD card doesn't fit into my MacBook Air, but it fits into my MacBook Pro!

My camera's SD Card can't fit into my MacBook Air's SD Card Slot. I can only push the SD Card into the slot halfway, but then ONE CORNER can't go in any further. The left corner of the card can still ...
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Early MacPro 2009 keeps needing SMC reset

My MacPro keeps needing to have its SMC reset to stop the video card putting my monitor to sleep when it switches from the logo screen to the desktop image during boot up. The problem seems to have ...
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MacBook Air trackpad erratic, no bulging battery

I have a MacBook Air 13-inch, Mid 2011 10.10.3 (out of warranty) bought in 2012 and I have been struggling with trackpad issues since January 2015 soon after receiving the warning "Battery Service" ...