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

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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 ...
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Two external displays without Thunderbolt

I need to buy a new laptop (Mac) for work and the top priority for me is having at least two displays. Unfortunately, due to budget limitations I cannot buy Apple Thunderbolt Displays. Now, and ...
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Is my USB drive broken, or is it my MacBook?

I have a Kingston DataTraveler 108, which is recognized by any computer I plug it into. When I try copying files to it on my MacBook, it is sometimes suddenly ejected. I've had the same problem ...
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What is the most powerful Mac capable of running Mac OS 9?

I know that there was a period of time after Mac OS X came out that new Macs still shipped with Mac OS 9 for a number of reasons (OS X was buggy, better compatibility with Classic apps, etc). This is ...
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Solving a problem on a MacBook Pro 5,1 with an OCZ Agility 3 SSD

I installed Mac OS X lion on an SSD (through USB) after checking the firmware was the latest version (2.15). When I transferred the SSD into the MacBook Pro (like i usually do after an install) but it ...
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What can I do to increase the performance of my Mac Pro?

I have a stock early 2007 Mac Pro (8GB RAM, 2 x NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT (256 MB). It has a RAID0 bootdrive and is running Lion. I've had it for >5years and I really love it. However, recent attempts ...
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Will my Mac Pro be able to run WebGL applications?

I've got a 2007 MacPro, 8GB RAM, 2 x NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT (256 MB). I tried to look at a couple of Google's WebGL demos, for example this one but am unable to do so because my system is not WebGL ...
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keyboard or logic board problem?

I have a 2008 13" MacBook (A1278) and it has a problem. The keyboard has a few keys on it that aren't exactly not completely broken, but sometimes when pressed they will send a few weird sequence of ...
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Mac Pro cd drive stuck open

I just got a brand new mac pro. I opened the cd drive with the eject button on the keyboard, and then went to close it the same way, the cd drive goes in, but the metal gate doesn't come back up. What ...
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Upgrading OS slowing down machine

How does one know if upgrading OS will slow down their relatively older machine? For example I bought a MacBook Air a couple of years ago. It came with Leopard and I've already upgraded to Snow ...
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MacMini crashing after changing memory?

After I bought a new MacBook Pro 2011 with 4 GB or RAM at 1333 MHz I decided to switch the RAM with the one from the old MacMini 8 Gb at 1066 MHz. Initially I was expecting to have problems with the ...
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How can I play Blu Ray discs with my MacBook?

I'd like to buy a Macbook Pro 15 inch instead of a Dell, and I know I can send video to the HDMI TV using the Moshi adapter. My MacBook doesn't have a drive for Blu Ray discs. Is there a way to solve ...
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MacBook Pro: Strange crashes

I purchased a new 13" MacBook Pro about a month ago. I'm pretty happy with it for the most part, but I've been having a few issues which I find very worrisome. I'm a computer science student, but my ...
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When I shake my MacBook Pro it makes a strange noise. [closed]

I have bought brand new MacBook pro 15-inch model with highest specifications in this June. I have also installed newest Mac OS, Lion. Now I have a small problem (or maybe not) here. I would like to ...
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Bootcamp - Multiple Windows installations, how do delete one?

I've got a Mac Pro with 3 hard drives: 1 x 7200rpm 640GB - 1/2 for OS X - 1/2 for Windows 7 (Bootcamp) 2 x 5400 Western Digital'Eco-drive' (runs like a dog and is only useful for backups and ...
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How much does Hardware Growler affect performance?

I'm interested in knowing how much Hardware Growler affects performance. My MacBook's performance at some of point in time became terrible and I could not figure out the reason. The Beachball of ...
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How much RAM can a 2007 iMac hold?

The box says I can add up to 3 GB (for a total of 4GB), but is this restriction hardware based, or because of the operating system? If I upgrade to OS X 10.6 or higher, can I increase the RAM to 8 GB ...
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How can I diagnose hardware issues on my MacBook Pro 13" (mid 2010)?

I have hit some evil kind of problem with my MacBook Pro 13" (mid 2010). The backstory is as follow: I bought the MBP in January. Felt 4 GB of RAM memory wasn't enough, so in June, I upgraded to 8 ...
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macbook pro out of warranty, two keys not working in built in keyboard. Options?

I have a 2007 macbook pro and two keys are not working on the built in keyboard. I tried cleaning the keys by removing the keys and the plastic under it but that didn't help. After removing the ...
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NAS-drives for Lion [closed]

I want to invest in an NAS drive for backup & I looked around on the internet to see what is available; I looked at NAS drives from most of the leading brands but most of them get bad reviews ...
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MBAir wifi hardware not installed

I posted this question over at the Apple Support forums a couple days ago, but I haven't gotten an answer yet so I'll also post it here. Ever since I bought my 11' mid-2011 MBA I have issues with ...
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iPhone 4 receiver won't work

I've got an iPhone 4. One sunny day the receiver stopped working (the headset. the part where I hear the other side). The speaker mode will work just fine, the headphones will work just fine, in any ...
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Can I replace the home button on the iPhone 3G without removing the glass digitizer?

My iPhone 3G home button broke so I bought a new one online and all the repair guides require me to remove the glass digitizer, which seems very tough (hair drying glue etc.) and harder than I ...
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“Battery is not charging”?

When I connect the charger cable to my Macbook pro, sometimes the battery is not charged and I can read near the clock: "Battery is not charging". If I unplug and reconnect the cable, it usually ...
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How much will adding an extra hard drive to my MacBook Pro affect battery performance?

I have a current MacBook Pro 15" i7 2.2Ghz with a 500GB 7200RPM (default) hard drive. I am thinking of replacing both the current hard drive and the superdrive with two Seagate Momentus Hybrid 500 GB ...
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How to track hardware resource usage statistics on OS X?

Are there any applications that persistently track statistics like those displayed with iStat Menus (network, CPU, RAM, temperature, etc.)? Having this data would be cool on its own, but it would ...
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Screen flickers, stops after brightness change

Whenever I am using my 2006 Macbook for a while, the screen starts flickering, from one shade of brightness to another. When I change the brightness, it stops. It also occurs right after startup or ...
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Can the display casing from a 13“ MBP be used as a replacement on a 13” Aluminum Unibody?

Can the display casing for a 13" MacBook Pro be used in lieu of the corresponding part for a 13" Aluminum Unibody MacBook?? Both screens have identical specifications and appear to have the internal ...
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iPod Nano 5g recording specs?

What are the specs for voice recording on the Ipod nano fifth generation (such as how long can the iPod record until its battery runs out, what are the mic specs, does it continue recording until it ...
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How to speed up screen refresh on MacPro + Bootcamp?

I'm a .Net developer running Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) on a 2010 MacPro (2.27Ghz/6GB RAM) using Bootcamp. Until about a month ago its been, imo, the ultimate dev workstation. However recently I've ...
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After hard drive upgrade, battery not charging?

I just installed a new hard drive into my Macbook Pro 1,1. I had a little difficulty when I initially installed it because the monitor was not turning back on. After re-opening the MacBook Pro (with ...
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Can my MacBook use PC2-5300S RAM from my HP laptop?

I have a MacBook with PC2-5300S memory in it. I have an HP laptop with F2-5300CL5S in it. I'd like to take my 2GB modules from my HP and move them into the MacBook. Are these memory modules ...
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Mac Book Pro - 5 400 tr/min or 7 200 tr/min?

I'm buying a mac book pro (this one: http://store.apple.com/us/configure/MC723LL/A?mco=MjEyOTY4OTQ). My doubt is: 5400 tr/min 750Gb or 7200 tr/min 500Gb ? I would appreciate the extra space but ...
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Why does the fan come on after having my MacBook Air on for only 2 minutes?

Running Windows 7 and after a resume the fan comes on about 2 minutes and doesn't turn off and it's the loudest thing in the room. I'm not doing anything but browsing . . and I don't think it's ...
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What is the position of HD Heads during a spin down?

So I'm debating between powering down and sleep mode when toting my macbook around in my backpack. Apple says the HD 'spins down' when in sleep, which obviously means is not spinning. But are the ...
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What are the best practices for battery longevity?

How do you maximize the cycle count of your battery? There seems to be a debate between: Leave plugged in 24/7 but do a full cycle once a month Charge to ~100%, drain to ~10%, repeat. NOTE: ...
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How can I make my MacBook Pro screws stop screwing around?

The title might be a bit misleading, but it's precise: the screws keep screwing out by themselves! It's quite random and I'm not even sure how I've managed to never lose one so far. Most of the ...
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Home button unresponsive due to Mail?

I've recently started to notice that my home button has been a little unresponsive. Sometimes a single click won't work at all and it takes a few tries to get it to quit an app. Sometimes two clicks ...
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What can be done to save an old macbook?

I have a 2008 Macbook 13.3 inch (Model number: MB061LL/A) whose battery stopped working yesterday. It also has frequent kernel panics, so although the cosmetic condition is pretty good, its market ...
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Who makes the Wifi component on the Macbook Pros?

In Apple's Macbook line, who is actually making the Wifi components for them? Intel? I ask because I've never had any trouble with wireless connections on my Macbook but all the adapters I buy for my ...
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Disk Space requirement for Xcode on a Solid State Drive (SSD)

I have a question on the storage requirement for running Xcode and working on Application development. I am planning on upgrading my Macbook Hard disk to a Solid State Drive (SSD) for an increase in ...
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Is it possible to determine the model of an iOS device by its MAC address?

I'm starting to work on iOS apps at work, and I'm trying to determine the minimum version of iOS I'll need to support. We have a network registration system that gathers some basic information about ...
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Is it possible to install an SSD and/or another hard drive after purchase in a 27" iMac?

I'm looking at buying a new iMac 27" for university and want the hard drive + ssd but the problem is that its so expensive. So is it possible to install another hard drive without adding in the ...
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How can I troubleshoot a WiFi setup that needs close proximity to function?

My Macbook does not pick up wi-fi signals that my iPhone can pickup. I have an wi-fi setup at home and the router is in a room. Outside that room - or even in some corners, my Macbook Pro does not ...
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Where can I find a replacement screen for my 13" MBP?

I have purchased Macbook Pro 13 inch, and it was shipped by DHL, but when I received it, the screen was damaged. So, I want to buy a new one. Where I can find it? Because I want to buy and install it. ...
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White iphone Home button defect?

Recently 1 week back I bought a new white iphone... I have found 1 problem in iphone... Actually the problem is: white iphone home button is little bit deep.. i can feel edges/corner while pressing ...
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MacBook Screen Does Not Work, External Monitor Does

Update 2012-03-19: I never figured out what the problem was because the screen started to work again after reinstalling OS X 10.6 for a second time. I sold the Mac on eBay a few months afterward (I ...