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

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Time Capsule internal drive is slow

I have a one-terabyte Time Capsule (third generation, 802.11n) that's served me well since I got it a few years ago (I don't remember exactly when). I use it mostly as the primary router in my home ...
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Where is the hard drive in a Mac Book Pro 15" (early 2011)?

This morning I am hearing an occasional periodic quiet clicking type noise from my macbook, from roughly the lower right quadrant, underneath the arrow keys. I have no CD/DVD in the optical drive. ...
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How do I know which nvidia graphics cards work with a Mac Pro?

I can't find a list of compatible graphics cards anywhere at the Apple web site and I can't find a list of compatible Apple machines anywhere at the nvidia web site. How does someone go about finding ...
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Is it bad or unhealthy to put my Mac to sleep?

I am wondering if it is bad or unhealthy to always put my Mac to sleep or should I shut it down instead? What I mean by putting it to sleep is that the display and hard drive are sleeping. The reason ...
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How to permanently disable (defective) graphics card in MacBook Pro?

My graphics card has malfunctioned and is preventing my MacBook Pro (2011) from booting. Based on my research I will have to otherwise have the logic board replaced. The defective ATI graphics card ...
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MacBook not recognising internal drives (HD and SSD)

A week ago my MacBook crashed. When booting, a folder with a question mark showed up on my screen indicating severe trouble. I tried holding the Opt key while booting, but the Mac would not recognize ...
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DVD drive makes a horrible rattling noise

Whenever there's a disc in the DVD drive in my Mac, it makes a horrible rattling noise. Besides replacing the whole drive, is there anything I can/should do to fix it?
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Is it documented exactly which i7 is in the mac mini late 2012?

They have announced a number of different CPU options for the late 2012 mac mini. I'm interested in the 2.6 Ghz Quad-Core i7. Should I assume that's the i7-3720QM processor? Is there an official ...
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Can I use the screen (and keyboard) of a separate laptop with a Mac Mini?

At the moment, I really need a Mac to run Logic Pro, and I reckon my cheapest option is getting a Mac Mini. It would be very convienent if I could use the screen (and optionally keyboard) of a ...
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Is it possible to purchase hardware using my Apple ID credit?

I know that I can purchase apps, music, movies etc. using the credit that's on my Apple ID. But is it also possible to purchase hardware from the online Apple Store, using that same credit on my Apple ...
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Is is possible to use remote desktop to a Mac via direct cable or wireless?

I develop on Windows, but I need a Mac for iPhone development. So I'm thinking of getting a Mac mini or a MacBook for the Mac part, and connecting to it as needed from my Windows machine. A mini, in ...
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Is it possible to mount a hard drive to the back of a cinema display?

I'm looking for a way to mount a Thunderbolt Hard Drive to the back of a Cinema Display. I remember seeing a way for a hard drive to be mounted to the original monitor stand, but I am using this ...
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Why can I sometimes not enter my password on my iPad?

I have an iPad 3 (16GB, no 3G), running iOS 6. Three times recently it's got into a state where when I've turned it on (from sleep, not from completely off), and I haven't been able to enter my ...
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Mountain Lion screen crashes after returning from sleep

During the past 3 days I have experienced the following issue: when returning from sleep, I see an extremely garbled version of my desktop. The only thing that seems to help is a reboot. My first ...
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Apple hardware connectivity

What licenses are required to connect and communicate over a non-Apple hardware to and from iPad/iPhone? I have non-apple hardware which I want to connect to iPad and communicate with it by writing a ...
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System clock reset to Jan 2001?

I got an error message saying something like "System clock reset to Jan 2001" and then many things stopped working. I has my laptop in standby mode and the battery must have gone completely flat ...
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How to disable the built-in MacBook keyboard?

Is it possible to completely disable the built-in keyboard on a MacBook? No input should be possible from that keyboard when I connect an external keyboard. This is sort of possible with the trackpad ...
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MacBook freezes with three beeps

My Feb-2011 MacBook Pro hangs with three beeps. I noted the first strange thing a few days ago. The MacBook was in standby (as always) but very hot (not usual). I thought some process must have ...
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iPhone 5: Does the Wahoo Key work with the Classic-to-Lightning adapter?

I have a Wahoo Fisica Key I use for sports. It’s is a small dongle that enables sports apps to connect to heart rate monitors, pedometers, etc. It goes into my iPhone 4 classic iPhone ...
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Late-2007 Mac Mini (A1176) Unsoldered Mystery Connector on Interconnect Board

I'm just wondering if anyone has ever done a thorough probe/exploration of the interconnect board in late-2007 Mac Minis. I'm specifically curious about the 14 unsoldered pads on the back of the board ...
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iPhone 5 power button rattles on vibrate

My iPhone 5 has a slightly "loose" power button. Not like its going to fall off or anything, but it visibly wiggles a little bit, and if I stand the phone up and then quickly turn it upside down, or ...
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Can I place a Western Digital RE3 WD1002FBYS in a MacPro1,1?

I have a bare WD1002FBYS and am wondering if I can place this into a MacPro1,1 (the first Desktop MacPro).
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My Mac Mini doesn't wants CD

I had a Mac mini. Then the HD broke. So I took an HD from an old Windows notebook. I moved this HD from the Windows notebook to the Mac mini. Now Mac mini correctly starts with Windows XP (what a ...
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How many USB buses do Mac Pros have?

I know how many USB ports the Mac Pros have, but what I can't find is an answer to how many dedicated USB buses they have. Reason being, I'm involved in developing an app that uses 3 Kinects to track ...
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How to stream Spotify from iPad to receiver?

I would like to get some answers on how I can stream music from Spotify on my iPad to my home-cinema receiver. Exactly what hardware do I need to invest in?
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What purpose does this broken plastic clip serve in the MacBook Pro?

Yesterday I opened my mid 2010 15" i7 MPB (model 6,2) in order to replace its HDD. Everything went perfectly fine. Except that I noticed a broken little piece of plastic a little above the battery, ...
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Where can I buy a replacement MagSafe female chip for my MacBook Pro?

I am trying to find a replacement charging chip for my MacBook pro 5.5 (mid 2009). I have looked on eBay and can't find them. Does anyone know of a site that sells parts like this? Thank you.
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What license is needed to use Apple hardware in a movie?

I want to enter a short film in a NZ student film competition. I want to include a scene where a girl works on an Apple MacBook. Is it okay to show the Apple branding/logo in the film? The fact it ...
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Mac Mini won't start

I got a 2007 Mac Mini off eBay a year ago. Now it won't start. It will show the Apple logo and then when it gets to the blue screen where it would normally show the desktop, the DVI cuts out. I have ...
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MacBook Pro won't power on after SMC reset

Some water was spilled on the table and came in contact with my wife's Mid 2009 MacBook Pro near the MagSafe adapter causing the MBP to shut itself off. Based on some recommendations from 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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Why not use 1080p cameras for both front and back cameras on an iPad? [closed]

So a question that I've always been curious about are devices that contain two cameras (one for video chat, etc., and one for everything else). Of course, it wouldn't be such a big deal on devices ...
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Is moving without shutting down good for MBP

My friends told me,while I am moving to other places, I can just close my rMBP without shutting down the computer. Is it a right concept? Will it damage hardwares?
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Mouse not Working, need to operate Mouse through Keyboard

I have been working on my computer and my Mouse has stopped working. Its optical light is still on, but the cursor is not moving. But i have no time fix mouse. I am in real emergency to operate the ...
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Macbook sleep is delayed

I have a late 2011 Macbook pro, and lately it hasn't been sleeping properly. If I close the lid for less than a minute and reopen it, it doesn't go to sleep while the lid is closed. The screen is ...
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How often does Apple.com update their refurbished stock?

How often does Apple.com update their refurbished stock? Is there a schedule, is it based upon product availability, or a combination of the two?
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What port is this *picture* (mid 2007 13 inch macbook)?

I've been trying to hookup this MacBook I have to an external monitor, but I don't know which adapter to buy. I bought a VGA adapter on eBay, but the connector is really thin. Can someone direct me to ...
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SD card reader does not work after upgrading to Mountain Lion

I have upgraded my Mac Book pro MB991 (13-inch, Mid 2009) to OS X Mountain Lion. After that the system does not show any reaction on inserting or ejecting an SD card. The card itself works well with ...
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Front facing camera stopped working on the iPhone 4s

Attempted to use the Camera App today and was presented with a closed shutter screen in the Camera app as pictured below. No tramma or anything happend to the phone no recent OS update, just not ...
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High fan speed and CPU temp with low CPU usage?

I've been having intermittent fan speed and high CPU temperature when my CPU usage is nearly 0%. I don't run any weird apps. If I put my computer into sleep mode and wake it back up, this fixes the ...
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Creating charging switch on iPhone charger

I am attempting to create a switch on my iPhone charging wire so that I can use my device to test iOS applications I'm creating on my Mac without actually charging the device. When I'm working on an ...
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Stripes & checkerboard pattern on MacBook Pro monitor

I am trying to fix a MacBook Pro (one of the earliest Intel processor models) that spontaneously gets into a state where stripes would appear in a checkerboard pattern all over the display. Please see ...
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Squeaky Retina MacBook Pro upon pressure to bottom-right corner

I just got my new Retina MBP that I ordered online. I noticed a minor squeaky/creaky sound whenever I apply some pressure on the bottom right corner and beside the right speaker. The sound also ...
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MacBook Pro: water damage improved screen's brightness!

This isn't your typical water damage story. One side of my 2007-model, pre-Unibody laptop got damp from rain in a backpack yesterday. When I opened it, the left quarter of the screen had a splotch of ...
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Can't get Apple Hardware Test to work

So I'm trying to run the Apple Hardware Test. I start the computer up and hold "D". It boots into OS X like a normal startup. So, I plug in the Ethernet and hold option-D to do the AHT from the ...
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Are Macbook Pro Pre-Unibody Top Case Parts Interchangeable?

I have a question for service engineers here. I wonder if and where I can source top case (with keyboard) from any pre-unibody MBP for my beaten and torn A1150 one (Core Duo original MBP)
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A few drops of water on my Macbook Pro

I was quietly working on my Macbook Pro today when my misguided colleague (what goes through some people's heads sometimes, I'll never understand) decided to have some fun with the plant water ...
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MBP15: 45W works only right after unplugging 85W

My MBP15 (8,2, Late 2012) doesn't normally charge or draw power from a 45W adapter (from a 2008 MBA), with one exception: First, plug in the 85W power adapter; Second, switch the adapters quickly. ...
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Using a different SIM card on iPad2 3g while travelling outside the US?

I have an iPad2 3g with at&t. Now, Will I be able to pop another SIM into it when I travel outside the US and use the data plan available in that country/service provider?? Is the iPad2 locked ...
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Monitor not displaying color red. Is this the monitor or some setup I'm missing?

I've plugged the monitor into both an iMac 2006 and a MacBook 2008. Red shows up as black. I've set up the monitor in System Preferences and on the monitor itself. The color red simply shows as black. ...