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

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Where can I look up purchase/activation date for Apple products?

I can't remember exactly when it was I bought my iPhone. I thought that perhaps I could look it up via Apple somehow. I'm aware of the Check Your Service and Support Coverage page, but that's not ...
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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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Run script when I connect something to the line in port?

I'm connecting my phone to my mac via the line in port to listen to podcasts. I'm using the app LineIn to do this and I was wondering whether there was anyway I could have: My audio input be set to ...
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Configuring SSD over-provisioning on Mac OSX

I'm in early investigation stages of adding a SSD drive to my MacPro. Fragmentation problems can lead to serious performance problems on an SSD. There are a couple answers to this problem: TRIM - ...
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Macbook Air's trackpad on trains

Is there any known issue with using a laptop's trackpad while on a moving train, i.e. is the EM field expected to interfere? I ask because often when I use my Apple Macbook Air 1.1 (Early 2008) ...
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how do I transfer my iOS developer profile to another computer because of hardware failure?

Is it possible to transfer my iOS developer profile to another computer if my hardware failed but the hard disk is ok?
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OS X breaks if I apply HFS compression to the whole volume. What do I need to exclude?

OS X breaks if I apply HFS compression to the whole volume. (It won't boot.) What do I need to exclude? I've been able to compress large parts of it, but then I had to restore after I compressed ...
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Is there any neglible impact on USB read/write speeds using MBR/NTFS vs. GPT/HFS+ in OSX?

I have a 3 TB External Hard-drive, however, it was previously used with a Windows desktop and uses an MBR partition table and the single partition is using NTFS. As a result, I've been using various ...
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Are Macbook Pro Pre-Unibody Top Case Parts Interchangeable?

I have a question for service engineers here. I wonder if and where I can source top case (with keyboard) from any pre-unibody MBP for my beaten and torn A1150 one (Core Duo original MBP)
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Broken iPhone dock connector pins, is this a hazard?

The dock connector on my iPhone 4S had some bent pins, which I scrubbed using a jewelry screwdriver until the pins broke and fell out. The phone still charges, and aside from thinking it's always ...
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Force eject a CD from a broken iMac SuperDrive (hardware issue)

Today, I inserted a CD into my 2007 iMac desktop, but when I tried to eject the CD, the optical drive made some odd whirring noises, and nothing was ejected. After further research, I tried every kind ...
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840 EVO performance restoration

I got a Samsung 840 EVO mounted in a Mini late 2012. Now, this is the SSD affected by the notorious performance degradation problem. Searching samsung site, I was able to find an upgraded firmware ...
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Reclaiming the display interface of laptop mainboard using external display

Instead of replacing a my macbook's broken display, I would like to utilize the Macbook mainboard's display interface with an external monitor. In what ways is the Macbook's built-in display ...
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Keys not working after cleaning under key caps [macbook pro early 2008]

I was using my father's computer while mine was in the shop, and thought I would clean out under the keyboard to be nice. Unfortunately, I managed to break his D key in the process. Needless to say, ...
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Screen Blacks Out After Fans Run at Maximum

I inherited an iMac and it has an issue. It boots up fine but within the first five minutes the fans start to slowly ramp up to full speed. After about five to ten minutes of the fans running at full ...
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How do eject a SD card that is being used by Firefox?

I have had several occurrences where I dragged photos from my mounted SD card to upload to my google plus account but then after the photos were successfully update, my SD card was unable to be ...
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2009 Mac Mini Wakes Up Immediately After Sleep. What Could be Wrong?

This computer would sleep fine before. Now it wakes up immediately after sleeping, either from a timer, or from the Sleep menu item. Even if all USB ports (except the wireless mouse) are empty Even ...
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How to disable a specific sensor within a .kext?

I have a Macbook Pro 13" Retina, mid 2014 with a "right palm sensor" that is malfunctioning. It thinks that the computer is overheating, and it therefore is causing the kernel_task to eat up 250% - ...
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Chromatic Aberration with Mac Mini

I recently bought a Mac Mini Late 2014 intermediate version of the three available. I have the following issue. Sometimes when I turn the Mac Mini on or from standby I get this chromatic aberration ...
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iPhone 6 rear-facing camera broken

Two days ago, I dropped my iPhone6 into a water-filled bowl in the kitchen. (Yes, you may laugh now). I got it out after about 2 seconds, dried it, and did what you do in such cases: Open the case, ...
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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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MBPr 13" - still warm and out in the cold

I have been using my Macbook Pro Retina 13" (late 2012 model) for a few hours, shut it down, put it in my laptop bag and went outside. It was pretty cold, I could see my exhaled breath condense; I ...
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Can trackpad emitting artifacts be fixed?

My trackpad suddenly stopped working correctly without good and clear reason to. I've left my Macbook Pro Retina 15" Early 2013 with open lid with only cat in the room for less than two minutes, and ...
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iPhone 5s touch screen is extremely buggy after repair

My iPhone 5s fell out of my pocket and smashed the glass. Everything still worked perfectly. The touch screen was just as responsive as ever, and Touch ID worked fine. I had the glass (whole screen ...
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Mavericks GPS Receiver

Can anyone suggest an USB GPS receiver that has support for Mavericks 10.9? It would be nice if it has a replaceable antenna. I'm going to use it for reading data from within an application I'm ...
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Second monitor randomly turns off and on

I have an iMac running 10.9.2 and sporadically the second monitor turns off then on. It's only off for a second or two. It's an Acer AL2216W. It's connected from display port to DVI.
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Volume won't turn down on 2009 Macbook Pro 5,5

I just replaced the hard drive, upgraded the memory, and installed Snow Leopard to upgrade to Mavericks. Now, the volume won't turn down, but I know the key is being pressed because the volume level ...
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Replaced LCD/Digitizer iPhone-4 works but intermittently blacks out frequently

Just replaced the LCD/Digitizer on my iPhone4 the screen works fine. Then, it gets fuzzy after some time and then blacks out. Then I have to lock the screen, then unlock, the picture comes back to ...
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Buy SSD With OS X 10.9 Pre-Installed?

Is it a reasonable ask to have my local hardware store pre image Mavericks onto the new 2.5 laptop SSD, or does OS X have a bunch of setup configs it has to run? I intend to do the hardware install ...
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How to find potential issues in damage macbook pro

I spilled a glass of water on my early 2011 15" macbook pro. The good news is that I'm writing this on that computer. After turning the machine off immediately, draining the water, checking for ...
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iPhone 4S chip overheating after replacing screen

I just bought a used iPhone 4S with cracked screen, and installed a new lcd with gold frame. Just after putting the phone together it starts overheating. I have not installed any apps since recovery ...
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27" 2009 iMac screen occasionally freezes (mouse still moves) after upgrading RAM and SSD

I have a 2009 iMac that has been working fine (but slowly) until now. I decided to upgrade the hard drive to a 500 GB Intel SSD (MZ-7TD500BW) and put in 16 GB of RAM (PNY Optima PC3-8500). I've ...
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The audio jack of my iPhone keeps cutting out

When I'm trying to listen to something on my iPhone, the audio keeps cutting out. I've had this problem quite a bit lately and there seems to be a sweet spot where it doesn't cut out. It also means ...
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What's causing this purple banding on video shot with my iPhone 5?

I shot my first two video with an iPhone 5 last weekend, and both suffered from the same flash of purple banding you can see in this clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGLWJKDj1fE I've tried ...
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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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DVD drive makes a horrible rattling noise

Whenever there's a disc in the DVD drive in my Mac, it makes a horrible rattling noise. Besides replacing the whole drive, is there anything I can/should do to fix it?
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Is the sixth-gen iPod classic compatible with recent Sony Dockstations?

I have a 6th-gen iPod classic (the first model classic) with an 80 GB hard drive. I have recently purchased a Sony Dockstation for iPods but I cannot make it work. Every time it connects to the dock, ...
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Macbook Air backlight occasionally powering off

Started a few months ago, and it's definitely not to do with sleep mode as I've checked but my MBA will drop the backlight then shut the screen off completely. Never had anything spilt on it, seems to ...
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External accessory framework test hardware

I need to write an app for a client the uses the ExternalAccessory framework to communicate with some hardware, I read in 'External Accessory Programming Exercises' by Norman McEntire that the ...
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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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Restore 200mb EFI Partition/Write Support for WIN7 HFS+

So I posted earlier about recovoring an HFS+ partition on Windows. I used Testdisk with awesome success. Now I've run into another issue. The biggest issue is that I need to read AND write to my ...
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Bluetooth unavailable with Yosemite 10.10.3

Bluetooth is unavailable since the middle of last March. I've followed all topic suggested: reset SMC, PRAM, deleted preference files (com.apple.Bluetooth.plist), reinstalled OS X from scratch and I ...
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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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Feasibility of swapping two MacBook Pros (both hard drive and RAM)?

I have an early 2011 MacBook Pro, and my sister has a mid-2012. I've already seen the suggested duplicate possibilities that say that just swapping the hard drives shouldn't be problematic, but I've ...
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MBP OCT '11 17" Not loading properly

I'm starting to have issues with my MBP. I was using it the other day and It completely shut off, no warning just blacked out on me. It was fully charged etc. I tried turning it back on and logging ...
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Swap MacBook Air Logic Board

Just wondering, whether it is possible to install an early-2014 13'' MacBook Air logic board into mid-2012 13'' MBA? Having a look at ifixit.com: 2012 MBA logic board: 2014 MBA logic board: ...
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iMac (early 2008) loses/switches USB 2.0 “high speed” ports

This has been bothering me for a while – finally I tried to find out about the reasons but couldn't find anything about this strange 'bug' yet – so I hope to get some advise from here. I have an old ...
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Grey screen on an apple

I have an old imac machine. I've tried doing a single user mode boot. Nothing. I tried doing a PRAM/NVRAM reset did not happen. There was no second restart. I also tried booting to a USB drive, ...
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Why do Chinese EarPods not work with German MacBook Pro?

I own this MacBook Pro, which was bought in Germany, and I am currently residing in China, where I accidentally switched headphones with a Chinese friend. Both are official Apple EarPods, mine came ...
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New drive won't boot internally

So I purchased a new 2TB drive (Samsung model #ST2000LM003) for my 13" MacBook Pro. No issues with the old one, just getting close to capacity. I connected it with a SATA/USB adapter, formatted it, ...