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

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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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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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macbook pro retina AMD M370x vs Nvidia 750M(Gaming Performance) [on hold]

I have macbook pro retina 15-inch(2.5 GHz) Mid 2014 laptop. I have noticed that newer macbook pro has AMD M370x 2GB Ram. Both these cards have similar ram. I saw some benchmarks, how come AMD M370x is ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Getting input from a Sony PS3 Dualshock controller

I have Playstation 3 Dualshock controller, which was successfully paired to my Mac running El Capitan. When I open my Bluetooth settings, I can see it appearing as PLAYSTATION(R)3 Controller. When I ...
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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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My SD card doesn't fit into my MacBook Air, but it fits into my MacBook Pro!

My camera's SD Card can't fit into my MacBook Air's SD Card Slot. I can only push the SD Card into the slot halfway, but then ONE CORNER can't go in any further. The left corner of the card can still ...
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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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lshw or lspci for Mac OS X

What's the closest alternative to something like lshw or lspci on Mac OS X? The closest thing I know of is system_profiler but it spits out way too much unnecessary information.
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Can a non-retina iMac with i7 3.5 Ghz and GTX775M handle three displays?

I am thinking about getting a used non-retina iMac with these specs: Core i7 3,5 GHz 32GB RAM 1TB SSD GTX 775M Since I own two Apple 27" Displays I'd like to hook these up via Thunderbolt/MDP. My ...
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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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Headphones Jack not pluggable into Macbook-pro retina socket

I tried plugging in my apple headphone's jack into the socket, but I wasn't able to. Barely 70% of it goes in and the rest doesn't. There is no red-light coming out of the socket, but in the 'Sound' ...
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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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Macbook Pro Wifi: No hardware installed

I have recently been getting a "No hardware installed" error when I click on my wifi. I have tried resetting the SMC, resetting PRAM, reattaching the cables in the electronics of the computer. Now I ...
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MacBook Pro Fan Screw Replacement

Long story short: a year of computing in the dusty environment of Queensland, Australia has lead to a buildup of a dust "carpet" inside the fan assemblies on my late 2011 MacBook Pro. I ended up ...
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Reviving iPad Air from the dead

My iPad Air died a couple of days ago, I recorded its last dying breath >> Youtube Before it crashed for good my daughter was playing a disney game in Safari when she told me the screen turned blue ...
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Can my Macbook Pro run Starcraft Legacy of the Void?

The days of gaming are long a distant memory. I haven't touched games since 12 years of age. These days, my notebook is used for computational and mathematical modelling. That said, I do enjoy an ...
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Faulty magsafe 2 diagnosis

I found a Magsafe 2 60W power adapter in the electronics trash and I would like to find out where it's fault is. I am pretty sure I can handle most of the common repairs on the chargers. I am asking, ...
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OS X Finder: Why does it take less time to copy files in succession than to do so all at once?

Example: Select 10x2GB files, then drag and drop to another location. Drag and drop each 2GB file to the location individually, in succession (10 times). I’ve tested this across multiple OS X ...
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BGR - RGB Pixel layout problem. How to fix wrong subpixel optimization in “LCD font smoothing”

Maybe someone has idea how to solve this problem. I have display Dell P2314H it has BGR subpixel layout instead of common RGB. If to turn on font smoothing on Mac - fonts are looking terrible. I have ...
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Location of Speakers on MacBook Pro Retina, 13-inch

I realize this question sounds rather idiotic, but I've truly looked all over the internet and haven't been able to find a simple answer (in a diagram or anything) telling me literally where the sound ...
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An US iPad Air 2 warranty work in Brazil?

Im about to go to US, and I was thinking about buying an "iPad Air 2", but Im worryed if, for some reason, Its needed to use the warranty. Could I do this in Brazil or would I need to send it back to ...
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MagSafe 85W weight

I want to find out the (average) weight of a MagSafe 85W adapter, but I could not find anything really useful on the internet. I bought an adapter that weighs about 210 grams, whereas my old one (...
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Optimise use of hardware under Mac + Windows in virtual machine

I use a macbook pro with OS X El Capitan 10.11.4, 2,5 GHz Intel Core i7 and 8 GB 1333 MHz DDR3. I need to code in Visual Studio and use Microsoft Excel for Windows, thus I installed Parallels ...
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Loose enter key on macbook pro: can it be fixed?

I have a loose enter key on a macbook pro. It sometimes jams. Can this be fixed, and if so how? I wasn't exactly bashing the key, and didn't drop anything into it.
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Is there a way to cap the temperature so my wrist are not burning?

Using a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015) The heat of the place where the wrist are laying is annoying. I cannot measure the temperature of this exact part but with the help of smcfancontrol ...
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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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Are the 4 LCD screws to fix the LCD replacement in an iPad critical?

I just successfully replaced the front glass of my 3th Gen iPad WiFi, but when I cleaned up my desk, I found out I forget to use the 4 LCD screws: Is it worth it working another hour to open up ...
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What types of problems could lead to 10 logic board failures across 3 different laptops? [closed]

In March 2012, I bought a new 15" MacBook Pro. It required 3 logic board replacements over the next 13 months, leading Apple to replace the unit with a new 15" MacBook Pro in April 2013. That computer ...
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Tech Specs of Built-in iSight Camera of MacBook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008)

What are the tech specs of the Built-in iSight Camera of the MacBook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008)? Especially: What is the focal length? Does anybody happen to now, if there is something online, ...
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Audio Distortion After 2 Minutes of Music in Stock MBP

I have a MBP (13 inch early 2015, running 10.11.4) which after about 2 minutes of producing audio (Skype, Youtube from Firefox, iTunes...) via either the internal speakers or a pair of earbuds starts ...
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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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An undiagnosable screen fault (flickering/glitching)

I have been experiencing an intermittent screen flickering/glitching. The problem occurs where I use, or leave the laptop on for several hours, until I let the laptop rest (i.e. shut it down and leave ...
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My Mid-2015 Macbook Pro no longer rapid charges my Nexus 6P over USB, why?

The USB3.0 ports on my mid-2015 Macbook Pro always charged my Nexus 6P "rapidly" (as reported by the phone), meaning at 2100mA+ or so. However, a couple months ago (around January/February), this ...
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SD card Reader is not reading cards anymore

My config : MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012), OSX El Capitan, Version 10.11.2 The issue : I was still able to read my SD card with the built-in SD Card Reader 2 weeks ago. I didn't make any changes ...
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Which is more durable. CPU or FAN?

i wonder which of the two components (CPU & FAN) is more durable in a Macbook Pro Retina 2015 (13 inch). I am asking because i am doing a lot of compiling on my machine and it gets very hot (up ...
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Installing a NETGEAR 1000MV2 wireless driver

I've a mac mini running El Capitan as well as a Netgear Wireless adapter lying about. Unfortunately, I find the mac mini's inbuilt wi-fi to be poor. Doing multiple speed tests and losing connection ...