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

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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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Can i turn my Old 2009 Imac into a Multi-use NAS server?

I have a late 2009 imac, everything is perfectly fine with the machine. Can i turn that into a Media/ NAS server?
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What Thunderbolt to USB 3.0 cables/adapters exist for OS X and Mac hardware?

I have the Late 2013 Macbook Pro, which has two USB 3.0 ports and two Thunderbolt 2 ports. I currently use both USB 3.0 ports and one TB2 port. I want to connect a third USB 3.0 device to the machine, ...
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What Can I Connect To ExpressPort Slot?

I have a mid-2010 MacBook Pro. It has an ExpressPort Slot connection that seems to have no uses without something else to connect in there. What are the possible things that I could use this port ...
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Trackpad tap to click malfunction

I have been having issues with my trackpad lately and I believe that I have a broken trackpad sensor, but I thought I would ask here to see if it was something to do with the software instead of the ...
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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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15" rMBP (mid 2012) - screen won't turn on, fans full speed

Since yesterday I've been having major issues with my 15" Retina MacBook Pro (mid 2012 model). When I boot it, the screen is black (no backlight: Apple logo doesn't light up). I do hear the startup ...
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Why can't my MacBook Air (Late 2010) stay cool?

I have a MacBook Air bought in early 2011. Lately it just can't seem to stay cool. With normal load, the CPU hovers between 80ºC and 100ºC, and if I use iStat / Fan Control to turn the fans up to ...
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Will never letting my display go to sleep shorten its life?

In Mac OS X 10.9's System preferences > Energy saver, there is a warning that says: Never letting your display go to sleep may shorten its life Why would not letting my display go to sleep ...
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How to identify dead battery in Macbook pro 15" Mid 2010?

I have a Macbook Pro 15" Mid 2010 and I believe it has a dead battery. When I plug in the magsafe adapter it glows green, but the Macbook will not boot when I press the power button. When I press the ...
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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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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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Why does memory appear near full even after upgrade?

I've just upgraded my MacBook Pro from 4GB to 8GB. Before the upgrade, I looked in the Activity Monitor and it said that it was using almost 3.98GB of 4GB (I'm a web developer, so I usually have lots ...
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Internal SSD not found when installing OS X

I just upgraded my Mac Mini Late 2012 to an SSD. Now, I wanted to boot from my bootable USB and then install Mac OS X to my SSD but it does not find the SSD when I want to select it. The SSD is from ...
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Can I use a non-Apple keyboard with OS X?

Recently I've been thinking about the idea of migrating from PC to Mac, specifically Mac Mini. The biggest issue however is hardware, since I'm not sure what will and what won't work on OS X. First ...
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Replacement parts for Macbook Air (13-inch, Early 2008) - broken hinge problem?

I have a "MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2008)" with a broken hinge problem. I'm presently outside the US and wont be able to go into a Genius Bar anytime soon. Besides, the laptop is far outside the ...
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How can I remove stickers from the lid of my MacBook Pro?

I've got a MacBook Pro with Retina display and I've got a ton of stickers on it. Is there a method for removing the stickers from the back without damaging the finish and without leaving sticky ...
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MacBook Pro late 2011 had GPU problems

I have a MacBook Pro late 2011 and yesterday my external screen suddenly showed glitches on the screen; much like the screenshots you see from other 2011 MacBook Pro's that have a failing GPU. As I ...
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Adjusting brightness on 27" iMac used as external DisplayPort monitor for PC

I have a Windows7 64-bit machine attached to a 27" iMac as an external displayport monitor It's working well, except I cannot adjust the brightness. I have attached a Mac keyboard both on the Mac ...
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How to fault find MacBook Pro that shuts down very soon after boot?

How do I fault-find a macbook pro that works fine in one OS but repeatedly shuts down soon after boot? (Every time the machine is booted into OSX environments, even the installer, the machine will ...
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Mid-2010s Kernel Panic GPU - best options?

I'm having issues with kernel panics on a mid-2010 Macbook Pro 15 inch. I have read many threads about this (What's the cause of GPU panics on macbook pro mid 2010?) and the thread that links to ...
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Dropping wifi, replace bcm4331 with bcm4360, MacBook Pro Retina Early 2013

I have a MacBook Pro 13" Retina, Early 2013, my wifi drops roughly ever 2 or 3 minutes when running ArchLinux (OS X works fine). As far as I know this problem is related to that there are no official ...
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Boot hangs on grey screen (even when booting from USB drive with fresh OS X install)

My MacBook Pro 15" Late 2011 (MacBookPro8,2) with AMD Radeon 6770M exhibited display corruption and associated system crashes/resets over a period of two weeks before it entirely failed to boot. The ...
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$600 for a sticky spacebar?

I spilt a little bit of juice on my Macbook Pro keyboard which causes the spacebar to stick (it still works but is not so convenient to use). I took it to a non-official Mac service where they told me ...
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Windows 7 on Bootcamp doesn't want to boot. Can't copy files from Bootcamp to Osx mavericks

I have strange problem. A few days ago a was doing some projects on windows 7 and updates appeared , when windows was installing updates I closed it down by holding power button. After that I can't ...
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Force external display refresh rate

I have a 27" screen which is connected to my mid-2012 MacBook Pro retina through a HDMI/DVI-D (HDMI on the MacBook Pro, DVI-D on the screen). Before I was using a adapter DisplayPort+USB/DVI-D and I ...
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How can I tell what model iDevice is plugged into my USB via Terminal?

This website has a useful list of the various iDevice models. And the "identifier" column is helpful for any iOS developers, as this is the string you can fetch in your application to determine what ...
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Dislocated metal plate in Thunderbolt port

This morning my external monitor refused to turn on. After examination I found my second thunderbolt port damaged. A small metal plate/contact on the top of the port had been dislocated, bent out of ...
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Is there any downside to buying the Apple TV 3rd generation rather than the 3rd Generation Rev A?

The 3rd generation Apple TV apparently comes in two versions: 3rd generation (A1427, model MD199LL/A) 3rd generation Rev A (A1469, also model MD199LL/A) According to the Apple TV article on ...
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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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Removing stripped screws from MacBook Pro back case

I'm replacing the RAM in a 2011 MacBook Pro, something I've done before on other machines. I got all the screws from the back case off apart from one that sits in the corner on the end by the screen ...
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How fast is 256GB to 128GB on mid-2013 MacBook Air?

I've tried finding the comparison reviews of the performance differences between 128GB and 256GB PCIe SSDs of mid-2013 MacBook Air 11" and 13" (which now have been carried over as the ...
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How to troubleshoot macbook's failing parts

Not sure if its a software or hardware problem. When I turn on my macbook pro (2011) it asks me for a password, shows some progress bar after (it fills up to like 30%) and then it just reboots and ...
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iMac 27 late 2009 - Grey screen shows at startup on yosemite

iMac screen stuck while watching youtube. After restart system stuck on grey screen :( Tried All these given below Did reset PRAM Did Hard Drive Verify Re-install Yosemite Clean install ...
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Is it expected to have visual glitches while constantly moving one window from a retina monitor to a non-retina one?

It's a new macbook pro retina with gt750m, mid 2014 I'm moving firefox constantly from one monitor to the other, it glitchces similar to #50956 and #81021 - Doesn't seem to happen with Chrome however ...
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What's the advantage of buying an iMac over building a Hackintosh?

I'm not looking for a flame war or anything like that. I am looking at (once I have some money, the hardest part) buying a iMac. Let's just assume one could build a fully working Hackintosh with ...
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Screen turns pink all of a sudden while working on Macbook Air

What can I do to fix my macbook air running mavericks, all of a sudden its screen turns pink or another color like turquoise and becomes unresponsive, about once a month...
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Make macbook store apps on one hard drive and data on another

I just replaced my optical drive in my 2010 macbook pro 15 inch with my old 500GB hard drive that used to be in the HDD bay and placed a new SSD in the HDD bay. Now i have 256 GB of SSD storage which ...
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What should I do if my headphones don't go into my iPhone 4s

When I put my headphones into my iPhone It doesnt go completely in like it should. I don't know what to do. Can anyone help me?
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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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Hardware differences between iPad, iPhone, iPod models within a single family

For Apple's mobile devices (iPod, iPhone, iPad): Does Apple allow hardware differences among models of a single device family? e.g. Do all iPad 3's have the same technical specs or is the Verizon ...
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i phone 5 screen replacement

Is there a difference between these two replacement parts ? 60 Dollars 55 Dollars 30 Dollars or is there another one you would recommend ? I am starting to repair IPhones and would like some ...
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A REAL iTunes server on NAS

I am certainly not the only one dealing with the issue (looking into questions here which deal with some aspects related to an iTunes Server or looking at the Apple Support Forum). So I ask: What is ...
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What is normal cpu temperature for macbook late 2011?

Problem with temperature on this mac: MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2011)MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2011) 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5 16 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 Intel HD Graphics 3000 512 MB Now I have temperature ...
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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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How to open Cinema Display power supply?

My Cinema Display bit the dust, and all the symptoms seem to point to the 150W power supply brick, which is apparently not an uncommon problem with those models. New power supply bricks are close to ...
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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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Could the recently announced Mac Minis power a theoretical 5K Retina display?

I'm curious, assuming that the Thunderbolt bus has sufficient bandwidth, would the Iris Pro graphics be capable of driving a 27" retina display?
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Purchasing a Mac Mini with Future Compatibility in Mind

I am contemplating purchasing a mac mini. However, now that Apple has just released newer models of the mac minis, I find myself a bit confused. Basically, my requirements are: A mac to learn and ...