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

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MacBook SSD replacement — sudden motion shock sensor in optical bay?

When looking to upgrade a MacBook Pro with a solid state drive (SSD), one option is to: First, install the SSD instead of the spinning hard disk drive (HDD). Then, install the HDD instead of the ...
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Is it bad or unhealthy to put my Mac to sleep?

I am wondering if it is bad or unhealthy to always put my Mac to sleep or should I shut it down instead? What I mean by putting it to sleep is that the display and hard drive are sleeping. The reason ...
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Is there a way to evaluate OS X without purchasing Macintosh hardware?

I'd like to play with OS X to see what makes it tick under the covers for the purpose of IT support - at CWRU here we have a lot of Mac-using professors. However, I can't justify spending twice as ...
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Are there headset adapters usable for MacBook Pros?

I bought a headset, and it has a (obviously) male headphone input and microphone output. Problem is, MacBook Pros don't have a microphone input. Instead, they have an audio line in. However, ...
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Locking an iPhone if button is broken?

My friend's iPhone's sleep/wake button no longer works. Is there any way to turn off the screen besides setting up auto-lock and waiting a few minutes?
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What happens at the user/OS level when an SSD finally wears out?

I have been reading up on SSD technology and don't know of any first hand reports on what happens when an SSD eventually fails due to over use. I am most interested in the SSD that apple includes as a ...
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Switch internal monitor off by software (script/terminal/shortcut/…)

I’m using my MacBook Pro (OS X 10.6) standing in a shelf with an external screen on my desk so I don’t use and need the internal screen. But if the internal one is on it’s shown in spaces. It is ...
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CD doesn't eject

I have a problem with ejecting a CD. It happened twice in the past few days, CD drive disappears from the list of devices in a Finder and I can't eject a CD that sits inside my laptop. I tried 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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Can I upgrade my 2008 Mac Pro completely?

Hey everyone, I have a 2008 Mac Pro/2.83hzXEON(8)/8800GT512mb. Is it possible for me to upgrade this machine to newer hardware, since it is Intel based? What would it entail to put a newer processor, ...
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Front facing camera stopped working on the iPhone 4s

Attempted to use the Camera App today and was presented with a closed shutter screen in the Camera app as pictured below. No tramma or anything happend to the phone no recent OS update, just not ...
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Cleaning White MacBook

I have a white MacBook, and it has gotten kinda dingy over the past couple of years. Still runs fine, but I would like to know what I can use to clean the white plastic. I was thinking one of those ...
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How long will an Apple SSD last?

Like all tools, an SSD will wear out from use and eventually fail. Are there data on roughly how long the SSD's that Apple ships in it's portable line last? From my research, it seems that the ...
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Other than size, what's the difference between the iPad Air and the Retina iPad mini?

They both have an A7 processor, the new MIMO wifi, etc. What, if anything, are the technical or spec differences other than screen size?
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MacBook Pro Memory

This relates to my previous question regarding my MacBook Pro. http://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/1450/macbook-pro-will-not-start-or-quits I need to replace one of my 2G DIMMs and in shopping ...
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Are non-Apple lightning cables and power transformers safe to use?

I need to buy an Apple 12W USB Power Adapter for my iPhone 5. In eBay you can find replicas for one third of the price. Do you know if these can ruin your phone? I am more cautious about a third ...
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SSD adapter for optical drive

I'm going to add a SSD drive to my macbook pro. I'm wondering if the optical drive adapter can have any influence on the disk speed, taking it down from a SATA III to a SATA II or I.
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Two older Macs (G3 / Intel) need their drives erased. No install discs

I have two older Macs in which I want to erase the hard drive. Secure-erase is a plus, but not a show-stopper at this point. I don't have any Mac OS X discs so I can't use disc utility. What I'd ...
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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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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 to disable the built-in MacBook keyboard?

Is it possible to completely disable the built-in keyboard on a MacBook? No input should be possible from that keyboard when I connect an external keyboard. This is sort of possible with the trackpad ...
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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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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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diagnosing (likely) hardware fault on MBP 15'' (early 2011)

Today while I was routinely using my Macbook Pro 15" from early 2011 (model MacBookPro8,2), running Mavericks DP3, the screen suddenly went all glitchy and distorted and the system locked up. (I just ...
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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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Is it a good idea to seal off the optical drive bay after installing a second HDD?

When installing a HDD instead of the SuperDrive: Does the bracket, which holds the HDD, seal off the optical drive slot in the unibody? If not, it seems that debris and dust could get in. (I guess ...
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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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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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Macbook sleep is delayed

I have a late 2011 Macbook pro, and lately it hasn't been sleeping properly. If I close the lid for less than a minute and reopen it, it doesn't go to sleep while the lid is closed. The screen is ...
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Why is my MacBook Pro quitting and/or failing to start up?

This is an issue that started today. Last night I shut down the machine. This morning I switched it on and got the initial sound but not the chime. The sleep indicator light would blink in groups of ...
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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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Does AppleCare cover physical wear on MacBook Pros?

I have a Mid-2010 MacBook Pro with AppleCare. I've had a few minor/cosmetic hardware issues: My power cord recently started coming apart. The rubber/plastic coating around the MagSafe end of the ...
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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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High fan speed and CPU temp with low CPU usage?

I've been having intermittent fan speed and high CPU temperature when my CPU usage is nearly 0%. I don't run any weird apps. If I put my computer into sleep mode and wake it back up, this fixes the ...
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Coffee spill on MacBook Pro Retina

I spilled half a cup of coffee (Nescafé, whole milk, water, no sugar) on the keyboard of my MacBook Pro Retina 15'' (MacBookPro10,2, Early 2013) Details that you can skip: It happened almost 3 days ...
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How to thoroughly waterproof a Macbook?

I am just now coming to know the hard limits of water destroying equipment. I don't know if it's realistic to be able to have my Macbook as a floatable rubber ducky in the bath in this day & age, ...
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Where can I get highly technical documentation of Macintosh hardware?

I am often looking to dig deeper than the overview technical specifications that Apple provides and miss the old Developer Notes that used to be published as Apple Hardware Documentation in HTML and ...
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Mac Pro Memory - Should I use 8 RAM slots in dual-channel mode or 6 RAM slots in triple-channel mode?

I have a Mac Pro tower with a 2 x 2.66 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon chipset, and 8 RAM slots. I have been told because of the processor's triple-channel memory capability that I should be installing RAM ...
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ctrl key no longer working in OSX

The ctrl key on my Macbook pro has stopped working at once! I have tested "Show keyboard viewer" from the languages, all keys are shown to be working correctly but not the ctrl key. Could it be any ...
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Sourcing a replacement graphics card for an iMac

I have a Early-2009 2.93 GHz 24" iMac, which has a faulty graphics card. I'm keen to try replacing it myself using this excellent guide. Unfortunately the guide doesn't mention any advice on ...
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Difference between US QWERTY and International QWERTY Apple keyboards?

What exactly is the difference between US QWERTY and International QWERTY Apple keyboards? I’m talking about the hardware keyboards specifically, not about keyboard layouts (in System Settings).
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Time Capsule internal drive is slow

I have a one-terabyte Time Capsule (third generation, 802.11n) that's served me well since I got it a few years ago (I don't remember exactly when). I use it mostly as the primary router in my home ...
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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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iPod 2nd Gen Replacement digitizer not working

So I just ordered a new digitizer and middle frame for my 2nd Gen iPod Touch, wired everything up, and the digitizer is not recognizing any finger swipes. I have not snapped the frame into place yet ...
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What Macbook have you tried QuickerTek QCard2 with?

I wonder which versions of Macbook Air/Pro is QuickerTek QCard2 (2-port) compatible with? Anyone tried? With which Macbook? Did it work flawlessly? Any compatibility problems?
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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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Why does my macbook always shut down on recovery?

Hi am trying to fix a MacBook Unibody Model A1342, The macbook has an unknown error that might also be caused by water accident or drop or just internal problems. (I dont know about the macbooks ...
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How to pinpoint cause of disk I/O errors

I am getting (seemingly random) disk I/O errors on my bootdrive. At first I thought it was caused by a faulty hard drive, but now I've replaced it and I still get those errors. These are the steps I ...
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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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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 ...