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

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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. ...
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Faulty 2006 iMac - what is it useful for?

I own a 2006 iMac, which, alas, has a known manufacturing fault. Because of the poorly-designed cooling system, the graphics card (soldered to the motherboard) has become defective and the system ...
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Are there “TecTiles” for iPhones?

I just read this review in the New York Times about the Samsung Galaxy S3. Apparently, the phone comes with the ability to communicate with TecTiles: small, embedded-circuit stickers ($15 for ...
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Does the Macintosh classic have the signatures of the original Mac team?

I am huge fan of Apple, and I just bid on one a 1990-era Macintosh Classic. The bid is going higher, but I only want it if the computer has the signatures of the original Mac team. It's before I was ...
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What is covering my iPhone camera?

Just today I noticed something new covering my iPhone camera lens. It looks like a shutter or aperture blade over the optics, but knowing that the iPhone has neither, I'm really confused. The camera ...
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The iPhone is over 3 times more expensive than the iPod touch, how much more margin is Apple doing on the iPhone?

Besides small differences like a minor camera, fundamentally the difference between the iPhone the iPod touch is the GSM/CDMA antenna and I guess more battery to support the antenna. Yet the iPhone ...
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Troubleshooting a MacBook Pro that is not charging from power

My MacBook Pro isn't charging, the light on the charger isn't lit, and the battery image indicates it is not charging . The computer is approximately a year old. I've tried multiple outlets, so I ...
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Macbook Pro just started overheating and losing frame rate

It's strange because I've had Diablo III for a couple weeks now and I've been able to play it just fine without any performance problems. Starting today though, I've experienced some serious ...
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Can I get S.M.A.R.T. support on external hard drives?

Disk Utility reports the S.M.A.R.T. Status as not verified for external disks, and by default Mac OS X only seems able to access S.M.A.R.T. information on internal hard drives. Is there a way to get ...
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Can I hot-plug a DVI monitor in a Mac Pro?

I have a Mac Pro with a DVI display, and I got a new DVI display for it. I want to unplug the (only) display, and plug in the new display to that DVI port. And/or, unplug the existing display, and ...
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Can auto glass chip repair kits fix cracked iOS device screens?

Can auto glass chip repair kits such as this item repair cracked iOS device screens? If so, what should I watch out for?
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iPhone 4 won't charge

Tried plenty of other cables and plugs but it won't charge. I tried plugging it into a Mac and it's not even detected. It has had no major water damage; it just simply stopped working. Replaced ...
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Apple MFI: Is there any fee for entering the program?

I know that Apple charges fees after accepting the device (a fee for every device sold). Are there any costs associated with enrolling to the Apple MFI program?
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Upgrading RAM of a MacBook

Is it possible to upgrade memory to 8 GB my model of MacBook? The manual says no, but on the web some people have made some videos about the upgrade. I don't know if any of them are fake.
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Is it safe to use a MacBook in a slightly tilted position?

I have a separate wooden board on top of my desk that covers the desk's entire area. (The board is made of nice wood, making the desk look more classy than it actually is. :) I'm thinking about ...
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Concerns in testing a potentially water damaged Macbook battery

So, I acquired a water damaged Macbook (Late-2008 Unibody / 5.1) to cannibalize for parts for my existing macbook of the same model. I've taken everything I need off it, so I'm looking to part out ...
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Is the sixth-gen iPod classic compatible with recent Sony Dockstations?

I have a 6th-gen iPod classic (the first model classic) with an 80 GB hard drive. I have recently purchased a Sony Dockstation for iPods but I cannot make it work. Every time it connects to the dock, ...
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Differentiating Apple products by their MAC addresses

Apple has registered a ton of MAC address ranges for its products. Does anyone know whether it's feasible to reliably identify which Apple product (particularly iPad, iPod, iPhone, and MacBooks) a ...
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Macbook Air backlight occasionally powering off

Started a few months ago, and it's definitely not to do with sleep mode as I've checked but my MBA will drop the backlight then shut the screen off completely. Never had anything spilt on it, seems to ...
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Trackpad gets stuck in select mode

I'm experiencing the problems described here, basically the trackpad has spurts of spurious input, but the problems are fairly intermittent. I've kept the system usable by deactivating many ...