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

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Do persistently incorrect disk permissions indicate a disk should be replaced?

Something is wrong with my Mac, as indicated (and still unresolved) in the question: What is the Sixth Step of MacBook Repair? One possibility is that the main disk is faulty. Disk Utility reports ...
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Is it possible to add an internal broadband card to MacBook Air?

I have a Mid-2011 MacBook Air 11". Can I add a Verizon (or any kind of) broadband card to it internally? We want to avoid having an awkward USB modem hanging off the side.
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Use MacBook Pro LCD Screen as a standalone monitor

I have a broken MBP (2009, pre-unibody, 15") with a screen which I know is working. I took it apart and there's this fancy connector, attached to the screen (sorry for branding): Is it possible to ...
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Make Activity Monitor show more than 4 cores worth of CPU usage in the Dock

Is it possible to force more than 4 cores in the Dock, this looks like a feature apple does not want after checking out Mac OS X: Activity Monitor shows one CPU Usage graph on systems with more than ...
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Does the Mac Pro 2008 display memory speeds accurately in System Information?

Can anyone confirm that when a Mac Pro 2008 has 800MHz FB-DIMMs installed it displays the Ram speed as 800Mhz in the System Information and not 667MHZ. I am running OS X Lion.
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The keyboard and trackpad on my MacBook Pro 3,1 stopped working. How to solve this problem?

The keyboard and trackpad on my macbook pro 3.1 stopped working after having frozen the operating system and reboot. On my Mac I have Windows installed BootCamp and neither does the keyboard and ...
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Will the Airport Extreme card from the 2006 Mac Pro work in the 2008 Mac Pro?

An Airport Extreme card that claims to work with the 2008 Mac Pro and the card that I am using in my current 2006 Mac Pro. The cards look similar and since the ram is transferable from the 2006 models ...
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Fixing old G3 and G4 laptops

After I replaced the hard drive in my old iBook G3 (with the help of iFixit guides), it will not boot connected to mains power, only with the battery. It also always returns its date/time settings to ...
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What are good warranty coverage options for a pre-owned Mac?

I am really looking at getting a used Mac Pro, and there are a lot of good used machines out there that will meet my needs that are around $1500. I was wondering what options I can get to help cover ...
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Upgrading iMac G3 memory

I got an iMac g3 450 mhz (summer 2000 i think) and i want to upgrade its memory. I know i need PC 100/133 168 pin . I already got one 512mb from amazon with those specs although it didn't work. For ...
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Using the extra SATA ports on a 2006 Mac Pro under Bootcamp

i have a 2006 MacPro (Dual, Dual Core Xeon) which is currently running Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V. I have read (and checked in my case) that there are 2 extra SATA ports on the mother board ...
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How can I find the serial number on a mac programmatically from the terminal?

What command can I use to retrieve the system's serial number from the unix command line? As uname will output some information about the software and hardware, I would like to retrieve the serial ...
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How can I find out how much toner is left in my printer, which is connected to an Airport Express via USB?

My Samsung ML-2850D printer is connected via USB to an Airport Express. I print to it from my Mac over WiFi. I want to check how much toner is left, so I know if I need to purchase a new cartridge ...
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'09 mac mini hardware upgrade advice

Hello all I have an early '09 Mac mini 3,1 (Intel Core 2 duo 2GHz, 1GB RAM, 120GB HDD) which I need to upgrade soon as it is slowly dying (i.e., runnning an IDE like netbeans while having chrome open ...
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Is it okay to install OS X on an external drive, and then install that drive as an internal drive?

My internal drive is suffering hardware failure, so I bought OS X Snow Leopard (to upgrade my iMac from Leopard), a new drive, and a cheap external USB 2.0 enclosure. My plan is to install a clean ...
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Extending extending network using airport express

I know that this has been discussed before but this is a slightly different scenario. I live in a very elongated apartment and the signal is very bad in one end. I have a D-Link 655 (or something ...
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Mac OS X - Mouse moves are not smooth nor constant

I have a Logitech optical USB wheel mouse I've used for years on my PC (Windows 95, 98, XP, Vista, 7): http://www.clubic.com/shopping-1360-3-logitech-wheel-mouse-optical.html I'm now using it on a Mac ...
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How hot is too hot for my macbook?

I have a macbook (2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo upgraded to 8GB 1067 MHz DDR3 RAM) running OS X version 10.6.8. I do a lot of prototyping for high performance computing on this macbook (running c++, ...
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Old MacBook Air 3rd party SSD visibility is temperature dependent

1st gen MacBook Air.. I replaced the failing internal HD with an 3rd party SSD (wasn't hard, but replacing the fan which was also broken was much trickier - pro tip: don't try using a 00 screwdriver ...
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Unexplainable large number of cycles of MacBook Battery

My battery is a year old, but it has 189 cycles. Why is this? I always use my MacBook with the charger plugged in and very rarely without the charger.
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Is there an iOS lifecycle policy - i.e. which older devices a new iOS release supports?

This question gives useful information on iOS 4.3 support. However is there a publicly available policy for future iOS versions on which devices they will support? For example, do they always support ...
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Why can't I insert a DVD into my Mac Mini?

I'm trying, without success, to insert a DVD inside my Mac mini DVD drive. Let me say that actually the computer is without the upper case and the HD drive has been taken from a Windows laptop (it is ...
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Can I convert a RAID 0 set to a RAID 5 set?

Can I convert a RAID 0 set to a RAID 5 set in a Mac Pro? I currently have two 500GB drives in a RAID 0 set. I want to add a third drive and convert it to a RAID 5 set. Is it possible to do this ...
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iPhone 4s problems making calls [closed]

My original 4s had issues with phone calls. Half the time calls were made the person on the other end couldn't hear me. Took to Apple store and they gave me a new phone. I've had it 5 days and it has ...
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How do I scan for hardware changes?

I have had the times where I have used a usb networking card, or other device, and it didn't show up, although I was not sure if it was compatible with OSX. I just was not sure if OSX had a way to ...
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Weird characters appear when pressing command-A,C,V

I'm not using Mac keyboard however it did work properly before. I changed the Command key to my Ctrl-key. Until today, using this Ctrl key yield extremely odd characters. When pressing Ctrl-A yields ...
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How easy is it to buy upgrade/replacement parts for a Mac Pro?

I'm considering purchasing a Mac Pro in order to save money on upgrades in the future. I know how to build my own PC from scratch and I was wondering if I could use the same principles if were to buy ...
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External accessory framework test hardware

I need to write an app for a client the uses the ExternalAccessory framework to communicate with some hardware, I read in 'External Accessory Programming Exercises' by Norman McEntire that the ...
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Diagnosing system lockups

I am having a problem with my MacBookPro5,1 (more background below): the system will randomly lock up, with the following symptoms: Screen freezes up, no corruption System does not respond to ...
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Is it possible to change the wireless card on a MacBook Pro?

I'm interested in possibly upgrading my MacBook Pro's wireless card. Is this possible? Can I take apart the MacBook and install it? Is there a guide somewhere on how to do this? (This isn't because ...
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Which connection interface should I use with my next external HDD?

I've recently bought a new macbook pro. Since my old backup hard drive is failing, I'm planning on buying a new one. I don't want to spend a lot of cash and I would like a decent amount of extra ...
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Mac Pro Dual Displays

I have a 2007 Mac Pro that shipped with 10.4.7, and an ATI Radeon X1900 XT graphics card. The card has two DVI outputs for a dual display setup. I recently updated my OSX to Snow Leopard and have ...
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MacBook Pro (15" mid-2010) crashes upon waking up from sleep sometimes

I have this MacBook for quite a while now. It's been working just fine with the exception of sleep/wake-up issues. Sometimes there's no problem at all, but occasionally it does not. For instance, I ...
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How to decide on a new Hard drive for macbook pro [closed]

I have been using my Macbook Pro for about 5 years, it was the first model with the Intel chip. The 100GB hard drive is starting to go and I'm ready to replace it. I went over to Cnet to see what ...
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Why does the iPhone 4S weigh more than the iPhone 4?

It's been commonly noted that the iPhone 4S looks the same, but that its internals have been upgraded. Despite that, the iPhone 4S weighs more. What causes the added weight?
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Do new Macbook Pros come with SATA 3.0Gbps or 6.0Gbps

I'm thinking of buying a SSD or hybrid drive for my new Macbook Pro. Is the SATA connection in new Macbook Pros SATA 3.0Gbps or 6.0Gbps?
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What is the MacBook Pro's infrared port used for?

I know my macbook has an infrared port, but I don't know what it's used for.
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Is there a Mac diagnostics utility for troubleshooting hardware issues?

Is there software that helps identify problems, issues, conflicts, etc. with the hardware of a Mac? I came across Tech Tool Deluxe, which was apparently used in Applecare. Wondering if there was any ...
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Advice and information for installing a SSD into MBP with fresh Lion

Tomorrow I am going to buy a OCZ Vertex 3 (240GB) and then I want to upgrade my MacBook Pro (late 2011) and install a fresh Lion system without copying any files with SuperDuper etc. Now I would like ...
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Is there such thing as a 3rd generation 8GB iPod touch?

They are advertised all over Kijiji and Craigslist - just wanted to make sure that the 3rd generation only came in 32 and 64GB.
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Can I just swap the hard drives of two macbook pros (different years)?

I'd like to swap the hard drives of two Macbook Pros. One is a Core 2 duo model from 2010, the other a 2011 i5 model. Will this work? I just want to save time and not go through a lengthy data copying ...
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MacBook Pro 15 inch (2011) screen has stripes

My 15 inch MacBook Pro recently has horizontal stripes on the screen. It looks like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaPt6FHJmtg It happens randomly and sometimes it gets worse (flickering with ...
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MBP A1150 still does not power on after logic board replacement

Two years ago my MacBook Pro A1150 Core Duo 15" died. How? Basically the MagSafe will stay green, but the machine will not power on. The DVD drive will make some noise, but it will do nothing else. I ...
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What do Verify Disk and Repair Disk actually do in Disk Utility?

I've recently been suspecting problems with my hard disk and saw another answer here on AskDifferent recommending Drive Genius or Disk Warrior. I thought I'd start thought by using the built in Disk ...
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How can I avoid my MacBook Pro giving me minor shocks?

The aluminum Macbook Pro gives a mild shock when connected to a wall socket and charging. It only happens when I'm, for example, not wearing shoes or slippers and my feet are resting on the ground ...
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iPhone home button no longer works

Recently I dropped my iPhone, breaking the screen, so I had that replaced with a new screen by myself that I brought from Amazon. Now that I replaced it, the iPhone home button doesn't work at all ...
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Did Apple degrade the accuracy of the iPhone 4S GPS compared to the iPhone 4

I have done some extensive testing of my iPhone 4S compared to my iPhone 4 and found GPS accuracy has suffered substantially. I've been using the 4 for about a year, riding a bicycle on a 3 mile loop ...
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How can I change mouse button to work with Safari?

I got a Mac-mini but I'm not using Mac mice, I have a Razer Imperator mice. Checking under System Preference, there are only options that allow modifying scrolling speed, and tracking speed. So my ...
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Can the 2011 Mac-Mini (not the Server Edition) Support an Additional Hardisk, SSD?

Is it possible to add an additional HDD or a SSD to a 2011 mac-mini (no the server edition) in addition to the 500GB HDD that comes with the computer? If so, are additional parts required? Are these ...
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CMOS Battery in MacBook Pro 2007

CMOS battery in my MacBook Pro (2007, pre-unibody) has died recently. I am looking for a replacement, although all I could find so far was only used batteries off ebay. It says following on the ...