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

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Can I put a 7200 RPM hard drive in my MacBook Pro?

I have a 2009 15" unibody MacBook Pro. It came with a 250GB, 5400 RPM hard drive. Will a 7200 RPM drive make it overheat? I have read somewhere that putting a 7200 RPM hard drive in the MacBook Pro ...
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Graphics-Card and the Mac Pro

I'm considering to buy a Mac Pro (or wait till mid 2013 because of the update of the Mac Pro lineup). What i'm concern about is: How is the support for graphics card under OS X Mountain Lion? I've ...
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What are the requisites for RAM in a MacBook?

I've just purchased my MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012) (it's not the retina model where RAM is fixed) and I'm considering more RAM. On the system information app, I found this info. BANK 0/DIMM0: 2GB ...
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Reinstalling clean system on faulty hardware? Suggestions

I have a faulty MBP 17' Late 2009. I can sell it for spares & repairs on ebay for quite a lot as I've found but it has a lot of sensitive data on it and I'd like to return it to a base system. ...
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2nd gen iPod Touch with a faulty screen, home button, or both?

I have an 2nd gen iPod Touch which has something wrong with it. The screen does not work unless I hold both the Sleep and Home button for a few seconds. The screen then lights up as normal and I could ...
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What are the regulatory requirements that will halt the sale of the Mac Pro in Europe?

As noted today on MacRumors Apple to Halt Mac Pro Sales in Europe Effective March 1 Over Regulatory Requirements However they fail to mention the specifics of why it fails to meet "Amendment 1 of ...
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Screen dark except when brightness is stepped off of zero

As shown in this video, the screen is dark, except at the few first steps when the brightness is moved just out of zero. The notebook works otherwise perfectly fine. The image on the external monitor ...
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Is there any neglible impact on USB read/write speeds using MBR/NTFS vs. GPT/HFS+ in OSX?

I have a 3 TB External Hard-drive, however, it was previously used with a Windows desktop and uses an MBR partition table and the single partition is using NTFS. As a result, I've been using various ...
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Diagnosing Unrecognized Hard drives

I have a macbook pro 13 late 2011. My setup: i have a HDD in the main bay for my files, and a SSD in the optibay with the OS on. The other day i received the message randomly out of the blue which ...
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My internal hard disk is 0 byte and a flashing question mark

I have been striving to bring my laptop to life, however, I am seeing a flashing question mark on my MacbookPro screen. I tried disk utility and it is just showing me Media and it is 0 byte. I ran ...
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What would be most common cause of hardware failure on a MBP? [closed]

I have a MBP 13" from 2009 (5,5). I use it a lot, it's on most of the time (but not all the time). An apple care employee told me he hasn't seen many hard-disk failures, but isn't it the first piece ...
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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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Headphone jack broke and got stuck in headphone socket MacBook Pro

The tip of the headphone jack got stuck in the headphone socket of my MacBook Pro and I have the following question: The "Sound" option in the System Preferences displays sound output through the ...
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Are the 4 LCD screws to fix the LCD replacement in an iPad critical?

I just successfully replaced the front glass of my 3th Gen iPad WiFi, but when I cleaned up my desk, I found out I forget to use the 4 LCD screws: Is it worth it working another hour to open up ...
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How to pinpoint cause of disk I/O errors

I am getting (seemingly random) disk I/O errors on my bootdrive. At first I thought it was caused by a faulty hard drive, but now I've replaced it and I still get those errors. These are the steps I ...
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Productive use for old SO-DIMMs?

Being the local geek, friends and family turn to me for upgrading RAM in their computers. They provide the new sticks and I keep the old ones. As such, I have accumulated quite the collection of DDR3 ...
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My macbook pro hard drive seems to be corrupted, should I replace it?

I have a 2,26GHz mid-2009 macbook pro with 8Gb Ram and mountain lion (mac os x 10.8.2). Recently my computer doesn' t stop freezing and I have to force the computer to shut down. Then I ...
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adding a pre owned macbook to support list

I recently bought a store return macbook pro 15 retina, in perfect condition on eBay and Apple's 1 year warranty has not expired on it. Now I want to addd it to my list of Apple products for support. ...
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Any suggestions to get an Audio CD to load

I just purchased four albums with a total of 6 CDs. Four of the CDs work just fine. Two of them will not load on both of my laptops. When I push them into the CD slot, I hear the drive spin up and ...
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Where the ambient temperature sensor is located on 27" iMacs?

I'm using iStat Pro Dashboard widget to get live system data of my mid-2010 27" iMac. Under temperature readings it lists Ambient. Where the sensor is approximately located?
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Where on the logic board is the flash memory that comprises the OS on the iPhone 3GS?

Staring at the guts of my dated phone, I was curious how feasibly I might remove the logic board, swap it with another, and resume normal operations. As such, I've been hunting for pics detailed ...
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MacPro 3,1 (2008) logic board SAS connector: Has anyone “replaced” the stock hard drive backplane?

I have a lightly hot-rodded, early 2008 MacPro 3,1. Boots from an SSD mounted in the lower optical bay and attached to the second optical SATA port. Each of the four internal drive bays hosts a 3TB ...
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How do I get technical information on my video card? (Model, RAM, Mhz, etc)

I'd like to get as much technical information about my MacOSX's video card as possible... technical details, even serial number if the card has a unique identifier. I intend to use this information ...
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windows can't read my HDD installed in my dvd slot on MBP

I've swapped my dvd drive with an HDD drive on my MBP 2008 non-unibody. I can read it from MAC os but not from Windows. I did configure it to be PC compatible... Anyone knows why it's not seen as an ...
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Can a RAM module not be compatible with Macs?

There are DDR3 RAM modules sold on Amazon (branded by KomputerBay) where it is specified that they are "PC only" and not for Mac. They cost around £41.99 ($68). The same company has modules with the ...
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Reliability of cheaper RAM like Komputerbay, or unbranded?

Online stores sell DDR3 memory from companies like Komputerbay for a fraction of the price that Kingston, Samsung, Crucial, OWC, etc. charge (not mentioning Apple OEM). Most reviews are good, but ...
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iPad 2 loses touch response in particular area of screen

My wife's iPad 2 is having a weird screen/touch issues. In a particular part of the screen (near the middle bottom on the left side if holding in portrait with the home button down), it just doesn't ...
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How long will an Apple SSD last?

Like all tools, an SSD will wear out from use and eventually fail. Are there data on roughly how long the SSD's that Apple ships in it's portable line last? From my research, it seems that the ...
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MacBook SSD replacement — sudden motion shock sensor in optical bay?

When looking to upgrade a MacBook Pro with a solid state drive (SSD), one option is to: First, install the SSD instead of the spinning hard disk drive (HDD). Then, install the HDD instead of the ...
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Two older Macs (G3 / Intel) need their drives erased. No install discs

I have two older Macs in which I want to erase the hard drive. Secure-erase is a plus, but not a show-stopper at this point. I don't have any Mac OS X discs so I can't use disc utility. What I'd ...
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MacBook Pro hard drive problems: Can it be hard drive cable?

My MacBook Pro 2009, (13inch, snow leopard), does not boot into OsX. I also have bootcamp windows, and I can boot into windows with no problem. I pressed the D key while starting and made a Apple ...
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MacBook Pro heat problem

My MacBook Pro 13" fell down from a coffee table and its getting heated up after that. Although the laptop is working with no problem of memory or hard drive, sometimes it makes a strange noise and ...
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Is it a good idea to seal off the optical drive bay after installing a second HDD?

When installing a HDD instead of the SuperDrive: Does the bracket, which holds the HDD, seal off the optical drive slot in the unibody? If not, it seems that debris and dust could get in. (I guess ...
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SSD adapter for optical drive

I'm going to add a SSD drive to my macbook pro. I'm wondering if the optical drive adapter can have any influence on the disk speed, taking it down from a SATA III to a SATA II or I.
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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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30-pin Dock Connector and 3.5mm jack

Here's what I got, a Panasonic docking system without aux in. I want to use an AirPort Express and turn it into a AirPlay-enabled speaker, so I need a cable that has a female 30-pin connector at one ...
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Statistics on MacBook Air failures?

Are there any statistics available about failure rates for MacBook Air by time? For example, what are the chances of failing within 1, 3, 6, 12 months, etc.
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What is the cable that connects the logic board to the display in a Macbook Air?

My friend asked me to repair her Macbook Air (I swear I'll never touch it again) and while removing the panel surrounding the LCD screen with a razor blade (as shown on iFixit), I inadvertently sliced ...
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Available RAM less than what my Macbook is supposed to have

When I go into Photoshop and then I look at performance in the preferences, it says that I have "3240 MB Available", whereas I have a 4gb RAM MacBook Pro. Also, it often crashes, and I frequently have ...
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Wise Way To Boot Into Windows With Bluetooth Keyboard?

I'm a luddite and have a hardwired keyboard on my iMac. Booting into Windows is never a problem. A family member has an iMac with a Bluetooth keyboard and a Mighty Mouse. Never having used these, I ...
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What safety precautions are needed when working on an iMac G3 with a CRT?

I have an iMac G3 that I'm planning on playing around with but need advice on handling the CRT and how to make sure I don't kill myself. I have read quite a lot about discharging the CRT and the one ...
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2011 MacBook Pro really slow, after mild keyboard shock

I installed Mountain Lion two days ago with no problems except that my 2011 13" MacBook Pro was a bit slower. Yesterday night there was a little shock on the keyboard at which point the system froze. ...
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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 ...