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

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Adaptor/convertor parts for HDDs?

I decided to swap my early 2011 MacBook Pro's HDD for a SSD and put that HDD in my G4 iBook. However, all of the guides I found used iBooks with an orange, cord-like HDD port (I don't know if port is ...
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MacBook Pro Hardware & Software Issues under warranty

I have a MacBook Pro(13-inch Retina display), bought on 27 November 2015, from Bangalore India. Last Monday it got some booting problem, and I was not able to go forward from the boot screen, always ...
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Macbook white thingy below keyboard button is broken

I've got an early 2009 macbook pro, and I accidentally broke the white plastic mechanism underneath the S button. They are labeled 130 and 140 in the picture. Does anyone have a clue what the white ...
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Black screen after chime before booting

I have a mid 2014 rMBP 13". When turning it on, I can hear the chime and then the screen remains black for a variable amount of time between 15-25 seconds. It doesn't always happen, the issue seems ...
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Connecting a displayport monitor to my Mac Mini (late 2012) using the Thunderbolt port what is the max resolution?

I have a 27" ASUS PB278Q display equipped with a display port, the monitor has a resolution of 2560x1440. If I connect to my thunderbolt port using a mini displayport to displayport cable will it ...
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How to diagnose repeated OS X hang / spinning beach ball of death?

Here are my stats and brief summary of the problem: macbook pro; mid 2009; 13 inch; 2.26 GHz; 4GB RAM (currently, will elaborate); 10.7.5 The issue I'm having is that the computer constantly gets ...
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MacBook Pro (Early 2015) works with monitor until connection drops, then never works with the same monitor again

My MacBook Pro screen has recently been damaged and I want to send it in for repair, but it will take a little bit for the claim to be processed and I want to be able to continue using it and back it ...
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Powering off/crashing during startup MacBook Pro mid 2009

I have a MacBook Pro mid 2009 that crashes during startup after the chime and once in a blue moon gets as far as the login screen before crashing. Crashes during safe reboot or recovery reboot too ...
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MBP display, keyboard backlight and camera issue

I have a mid 2009 MBP which was heating up way to fast because of the fan; then I bought a new one and changed it. I also applied a new thermal grease. Plugged all the cables, tightened all the screws,...
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MacBook Pro fan running with no CPU load and computer is COLD

Under normal circumstances (not installed new programs recently; had the usual programs running) I found my MacBook Pro 13" (Early 2015) with the fans running at average speed. I always have the ...
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Test iPhone 4s hardware without battery. Possible?

So, I have this iPhone 4s, which was broken. So i replaced the screen. While I was replacing it, I accidentally broke the black wire that connects the battery to the motherboard. So I dont know if it ...
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How can I debug why fans are constantly spinning?

OK, I admit a 5.5+ yr old MacBook Air is a bit dated, but I am not overloading it. Nonetheless, the constantly spinning fans are more than a bit of an annoyance. However, I do want to understand ...
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Top row of keyboard isn't working

I just turned on my Macbook air this morning and now the top keys aren't doing anything (F1, F2, etc). I can't turn down my keyboard light or anything. I tried going to system preferences and checking ...
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Apple Thunderbolt Display randomly goes black throughout the day

My Mac is connected to two Apple Thunderbolt Displays. The first monitor works without flaw. The second however will randomly turn off its screen 3 to 4 times a day. A quick but annoying fix is to un-...
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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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how to start operating system on a Samsung SSD when old hard drive was broken so had to replace [duplicate]

Recently went into Apple with my early 2011 MacBook Pro, was told that my hard drive was broken. So I decided to replace it myself with a Samsung 850 EVO, all went okay, but now when I turn it on all ...
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“Specks” on photos - possible to repair?

I have several specks on the photos from my iPhone 5 64GB: and here zoomed in These are not on the lens as they are not blurred, so I assume they are on the sensor or faulty pixels on the sensor....
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Can a 2009 MacBook Pro use more memory than Apple's 'maximum RAM' figure of 8 GB?

I have a 2009 MBP with 8GB of RAM. I run Windows under Parallels pretty much all the time (I use Visual Studio for work). I recently installed an SSD to speed it up a bit and its running beautifully. ...
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I broke my Macbook power adapter, any hope of fixing it?

2 months ago the small cord on my power adapter frayed at the terminal to the adapter, so I stripped it and separated the wires, then soldered them individually back together. this fixed the problem. ...
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How to upcycle a 10-year old iMac (display)?

There’s a lot of close-to-duplicate questions around here asking how to connect some computer (often laptop) with an iMac to reuse its larger display as a second monitor. Depending on the ports ...
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My Mac is getting really slow, what should I do?

I bought a Mac (13", early 2011) almost 5 years ago. When I first got it, it was running under OS X 10.7 and it was pretty fast. I've being upgrading it ever since and it's now running under Mac OS X ...
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Best mouse for a Windows Developer who uses OS X+Parallels [duplicate]

I love using Macbook Pros for my professional work and general life use. However, by trade I'm a software engineer for all-things Windows/Microsoft based. As such, I run my Windows VMs in Parallels ...
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Mac Freeze and Screen Goes Weird After RAM Upgrade

I've a MacBook Pro. I upgraded it's RAMs to 16 GB of 1600MHz(two 8 GB modules). Even though Apple suggests a maximum of 8GB, everymac.com's tests yield that it supports 16GB. And it did. After the ...
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USB Debugging/Identifying

I have a pair of headphones with an ARM chipset of some sort, and wondered if there was a way of identifying it with a micro USB plugged in, but then I thought, how would I identify a USB device in ...
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My MacBook Pro dies randomly, does not start, and the Apple Store employees did not resolve the issue

I have a Late 2013, 13" MacBook Pro with Retina display. I haven't had any trouble with it until a few weeks ago, when the volume keys would randomly toggle without me touching them. That happened ...
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How to use iSight webcam without activating the green light?

Recently a the Dutch government advised to put a tape on your webcam to prevent hackers from taking pictures and video using your device (news article in Dutch). The build in iSight camera in Apple ...
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Running OverWatch On my Mac, would the over-heating kill this machine?

OverWatch is game that is run-able under boot-camp. While running the game, my MBP 2015 generates lots of fan noise and the keyboard becomes much over-heated. would this over-heating kill my ...
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Replaced the cable. Now the screen doesn't work. What could it be?

The cable that comes out of the back of my Apple Thunderbolt Display was fraying. I decided that rather than risk a short at some point, I'd preemptively replace the cable. Upon iFixit teardown photos,...
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Persistent HDD/SSD problems

I have a MBP Late 2012 (non-retina) and two years ago I upgraded my computer to use two SSD's, 240GB on the main socket and a 120GB on the drive caddy and I had no problem until this year. The first ...
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Is the internal keyboard of MacBook Pro 13-inch A1278 compatible with MacBook 13-inch Unibody 2008?

I have problems with a few keys on my 13" MacBook Aluminium Unibody late 2008, so I would like to replace the internal keyboard. However I can only find similarly looking keyboards for MacBook Pro 13"...
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List of Macbook Pro's with user replaceable parts

After finding out that my 2011 macbook pro is slowly dying I am now thinking about its replacement. However I would prefer an updated macbook pro in which I can replace both the hard drive and RAM. ...
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USB ports loose after MacBook Pro was repaired?

I had to take my MacBook Pro in for service. The video card went bad and Apple replaced the board. Since the repair, I noticed the two USB ports on the left side of the chassis are loose. I'm aware ...
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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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macbook mid 2010 13" won't recognise ssd crucial mx200 HD 500gb placed in the optical drive

I have a macbook pro 13" mid 2009 2,26GHz with HDD 160gb. I recently replaced my optical drive with a crucial SSD 240GB and it works really good and it was quite an easy process. Now i am trying to do ...
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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 to monitor and control thermal CPU throttling in OS X?

I recently came across the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility for Windows. I tried it under Bootcamp Windows and it was very interesting to learn in what situations my MacBook Pro's (mid2012) CPU is doing ...
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Use Windows-Only Hardware on Mac

I recently bought hardware that apparently does not support Mac. When connecting it to my Windows VirtualMachine the installer pops up and the device is ready to be used. However, that does not happen ...
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How can Sudden Motion Sensor interrupt f.lux functionality to control screen color?

I have installed f.lux on my MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011) running OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 to make the color of screen warmer at night. When I pick my laptop suddenly and Sudden Motion Sensor (SMS)...
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Can I harm my iPhone if I damaged my lightning cable chip or scratched the contacts?

I was using a Dremel to make the aluminum shell on a new lightning cable (long, braided) fit through the hole in my iPhone 6S+ case. The aluminum shell got extremely hot. The cable seems to charge ...
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MacBook Pro turned off and won't turn on!

I was just using my laptop normally when suddenly the whole computer just shut down. I turned it back on straight away and it was fine. Another hour passed and it did the same thing. I could also turn ...
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Column of keys still not working on Mid 2012 Macbook Air after Upper Case Replacement

My Mid 2012 Macbook Air (A1466) first had the Z key stuck and repeating uncontrollably, and after that issue stopped, the column of keys F7, 7, U, J, M stopped working in addition to ; and '. When I ...
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MacBook Misidentifies Physical Layout of Built-in Keyboard

I have a really strange problem with my sister's MacBook Pro (Mid 2012, running El Capitan): it is incorrectly identifying the physical layout of the built-in keyboard. It isn't just a matter of ...
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repair an out-of-warranty Thunderbolt port

The Thunderbolt port on my trusty several-year-old MacBook Pro is failing. To connect an external display, I now have to wiggle the cable around, then pull it out a few millimeters until the contacts ...
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Solder new RAM in a 2015 Retina MacBook Pro [duplicate]

I know that the new rMBPs have no "user-serviceable" RAM. But is it possible to solder a new RAM chip onto a 2015 rMBP? Given that the technician doing this is able to install the new chip without ...
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Late 2013 Macbook Pro Versus a Later Build

I have a used Macbook Pro i7 late 2013 that I bought when I started my contracting work. I was thinking of buying a new one (except 15"), but I don't know if it's truly worth making the purchase. I ...
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Hard Disk problems, unsure of how to proceed

A couple of days ago, I closed the lid on my 2012 MBP running El Capitan with Samsung Pro 830; it had nearly no power left. Power ran out while I was closing the lid, I suspect, so I plugged it in, ...
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How to query the history record of when the USB driver which has been used?

I always use one USB flash disk on my MacBook Air (OS X 10.10.3), but I lost it recently. I need a way to view when the last date & time the USB device was connected to the computer.
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How to distinguish a filesystem corruption from a hard drive failure

If I understand correctly when Disk Utility starts throwing errors during a disk verification there are three possible outcomes: some errors can be fixed on the spot via the repair disk ...
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MBP with extremely tight hinges (unable to open with one hand)

I've 2014 MacBook Pro Retina, and hinges seem to be extremely tight. I cannot open it with one hand without holding the bottom part with my second hand. I've 2010 MacBook Air which opens pretty fine ...
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MacBook Pro: No hardware installed

I recently asked the following question: Macbook Pro Wifi: No hardware installed The answer made my Wi-Fi work for a day before the same error occurred, now it is permanent. I don't think it is an ...