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How to check what keyboard type is installed in MacBook Air by serial number?

I have unpacked MacBookAir 13". How to check using serial number or other information from the box if MacBook is equipped with English keyboard layout or with other?
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Macbook Air's keyboard malfunction after spill. How to work around it?

I spilled coffee over my mac's air keyboard yesterday. The computer seems to work but the keyboard doesn't. The symptoms: The laptop boots into the drive selection screen every time (alt key ...
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Why does my MacBook Air's screen look odd for about 20-30 seconds after the battery burned out and I turn it back on?

I don't know if this is normal, but about 10 minutes ago my MacBook Air shut down. I plugged it in and pressed the power button and my screen looked odd for about 20-30 seconds. I decided to take a ...
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macbook air 2011 stutter while browsing/scrolling web

I've macbook air 2011, i5 with 4gb ram. I don't have anything running just firefox and mail app. When I browse or scroll through webpages everynow and than I see stutter, microfreezes or lag, call it ...
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Air + Lion : plug in USB, keyboard/pad stop working

I have a Macbook Air with Lion. "Most of the time" / "Intermittently", when I plug in a USB device, the built-in keyboard/pad stop working. I find this fairly frustrating. Does anyone know what's ...
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Display size problems with two monitors

I just added a second monitor and my display is mis-sized. My macbook air monitor extends partly onto my external monitor. There are parts of the display that are off-screen - if I move my mouse to ...
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Clean install of Lion

I have a 1st generation MacBook Air running Leopard 10.5.8. Recently it's not working very smoothly anymore. I've my Lion 10.7.4 retail DVD with me. When I boot up to the Lion CD, it shows that I ...
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Display failure after waking up from standby

for some days I am experiencing a very strange behavior when my MacBook Air (newest generation) wakes up from the standby modus. Instead of the login view there are just many white and black lines ...
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How to find out why it takes so long for the sign in form to appear after opening the lid on my Macbook Air

Whenever I open the lid on my Macbook Air running Lion and and try to sign in, it takes a really long time for the sign in form to appear. (This is the sign in form you see when the Mac is on but the ...
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Recommendations for headset (+ mic ) for macbook in 2012

I'm looking for a stereo headset and not simply in-ear headphones for Skype at affordable prices. From past experience, I own a dual-jack headset Logitech from my PC. Sound came out but the mic never ...
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FileVault (CoreStorage) + Linux partition

Quick question here. I'm not really familiar with the requirements of CoreStorage so I'd like to confirm with you guys before I start working. I'm currently running OSX Lion on my MacBook Air, with ...
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Unable to unlock disk after enabling FileVault2

I just enabled FileVault2 with my personal account. After the necessary reboot my user is not able to unlock the disk which just started to be encrypted. The only way to get access to my computer is ...
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MacBook Air attempting to shutdown after a couple of seconds of inactivity

I have a a MacBook Air that works fine except popping up a shutdown dialog if left untouched for a couple of seconds (seems to be a consistent duration around 3 seconds or so). Hitting Cancel or Esc ...
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Mac Air Flash Drive Retrieval

If my Mac Air has been water damaged, can I still retrieve the data from the flash drives even though the machine will not start at all?
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Is putting the computer to sleep while it's in a hot car a bad idea?

I know that keeping the battery of a MacBook Air in a hot environment is a bad idea. But sometimes I have to leave it in a hot car. Are there any recommendations as to what to do in this kind of ...
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Can the ambient light sensor be adjusted to shut off the keyboard backlight?

I have a 2011 Macbook Air and I find that the ambient light sensor does a great job of setting an appropriate backlight brightness level. It's particularly good at not blinding you when you open up ...
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MBAir 13" 2011 blinks after open lid

I have a 2011 MBA (13", 10.7.2, 256 GB). Very often, when I open the lid (and the MacBook is sleeping) the system freezes for 2-3 seconds, then the display blinks; after that, the system waits 1-2 ...
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How can I preserve the battery cycles on my MacBook Air?

I recently got my MacBook Air, and the battery cycles is already at 12. Is this good/average? I don't know if I am not charging it properly or something, because I don't want to ruin my battery in the ...
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Does the MacBook Air have no RAM because it uses flash?

Silly question, but does the MacBook Air not actually have RAM because it uses Flash or what? Does it make application loading faster than the MacBook Pro?
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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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How can I clean a MagSafe power port on my MacBook Air

There appears to be a few small metallic fragments clinging to the magnet around the port where the MagSafe power connecter attaches to my MacBook Air. I can still get the cord to (mostly) seat, ...
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Trackpad gets stuck in select mode

I'm experiencing the problems described here, basically the trackpad has spurts of spurious input, but the problems are fairly intermittent. I've kept the system usable by deactivating many ...
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Connect to network says “Connection failed” but it actually isn't

On most occasions, when I try to connect to a new wi-fi network, after I enter the password and click "Connect" the connection dialog says "Connection failed" after a little pause, but in fact the ...
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What are the physical dimensions of the SSD used in the MacBook Air?

I need the dimensions of the "gum-stick" SSD (solid-state drive) used in 2011 MacBook Air models, preferably in cm or mm.
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Strange issues with MBA (WiFi)

Several nights ago, I noticed that my home wifi network seemed really slow on my Macbook Air (mid-2011). I was seemingly capped at 12KB/s for downloads, while I was able to upload pretty consistently ...
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Whistling MagSafe power adapter

When I connect my MacBook Air's 45 W MagSafe power adapter to my MacBook Pro (which came with a 65 W MagSafe power adapter), and the Pro uses lots of power (such as installing updates and restarting), ...
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Limited Read and Writes on MBA

Just thought of a concern on the MacBook Air. Flash drives / SSDs have limited read and write capacity, right? How do I know when I am reaching that? I don't want my data to be corrupted. Thanks in ...
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Why does my MacBook Air occasionally become extremely dim after being idle?

Sometimes, I leave my MacBook Air on for thirty minutes. When I return, and move my mouse around, I see the cursor on the screen moving around, but the screen is extremely dim. In fact, I could barely ...
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Double tap to drag no longer works

I used to have the double-tap-to-drag working, where I would tap the trackpad, let go, then tap-and-hold and it would begin dragging. I temporarily disabled the Tap to click setting in System ...
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Upgrade OS X with Windows already installed using Boot Camp - will it break anything?

I've got a late 2010 MacBook Air that came with OS X 10.6.6 installed; I have never upgraded it to 10.6.8 Snow Leopard or to 10.7 Lion. I dual boot with Windows 7 installed using boot camp. I use ...
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iTunes Home Sharing on Apple TV drops after a few minutes on Belkin N750

Just bought an Apple TV and connected to my TV and all looks good. I'm having an issue with Home Sharing, however. The library is found, I play something from the library, it plays for about three ...
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How can I open the 2011 MacBook Air without damaging the screws?

I would like to open the MBA, i don't have the screwdriver that fits this: Is there a way to remove the screws without the 5 points pentalobe required? The ideal solution would be to do this ...
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What is the connector used by the MBA's SATA drive?

I wonder what kind of connector is used in the latest MacBook Air for the SATA drive. SATA Express? When I first saw the gumstick SSD drive I thought it was using a SATA Express connector. But when ...
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Replacing shortcuts that use the eject key on MacBook Air lacking such a physical key?

I'm getting used to working on a MacBook Air this week and find myself wondering if I can systematically change the default system shortcuts to use the power button as a direct substitution for the ...
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Do external DVD drives other than a SuperDrive work with the MacBook Air?

I need to access a DVD using my MacBook Air, and am planning to buy an external drive. I'd prefer going for an option cheaper than the SuperDrive. However it looks like the SuperDrive doesn't work ...
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Does the MacBook show FaceTime missed calls?

I use my MacBook Air for FaceTime calls, while a friend calls me using an iPad 2. Since I don't always keep my Air turned on all the time, my friend's calls often end up unanswered. However, it's ...
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How can I keep my MacBook Air's battery cool?

It seems that the best advice for battery longevity on my MacBook Air is to keep the battery cool. It doesn't have powerful fans like the MacBook Pro, so I would think that overheating is even more of ...
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How do I silently start up my MacBook Air?

When I start up my MacBook Air, it makes a loud startup sound unless I muted the computer prior to shutting down last time. However, I cannot guarantee that I had muted the computer last time before ...
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MacBook Air wrong fan reading

My Macbook Air (Summer 2011, i7) tends to think it's running way hotter than it is, and permanently ramps up the fan. Closing the computer and reopening resets the mistaken sensor, but I'd rather not ...
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How to clean off keyboard marks on screen?

On the screen on my MacBook Air, there are some little square marks from the keyboard. Are they permanent, or can I clean them off? How can I prevent this from happening in the first place?
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MacBook Air has delay when waking from sleep

I have a MacBook Air (11-inch, Late 2010). Ever since I purchased it, I have noticed that it has quite a delay waking from sleep. It takes sometimes up to 5-10 seconds to fully wake up and allow me ...
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Can anything cause the battery “cycles count” to appear higher than it really is?

Is there anything that could cause the battery's "cycles count" in the Power section of System Information app to report number of charge cycles greater than the actual number? I ask because the ...
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Using FaceTime without the video

I have a first generation MacBook Air that heats up a lot when playing videos, and almost grinds to a halt after a few minutes of playback. Is there a way I could turn off the video during FaceTime ...
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Do 64gb and 128gb SDXC cards work on the Macbook Air 2011?

I'm considering getting a SDXC card to extend the drive space of my Macbook Air. I just want to make sure both the 64 GB and 128 GB SDXC cards work on the 2011 Macbook Air.
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What is the benefit of using flash memory in the Macbook Air?

I don't understand why Apple does not use SSD drives in the Macbook Air like some other manufacturers to (e.g. Asus, Samsung). The technical specifications of the Macbook Air on Apple's website never ...
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How loud a noise can MacBook Air speakers produce?

I can find official documentation about how loud the operating noise on a MacBook Air is and information about the speakers but no official documentation about how loud the speakers can be. Is ...
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How does File Vault 2 handle a Windows 7 virtual machine

Thinking about using File Vault 2 on 2010 macbook air. I have a windows 7 virtual machine using vm fusionware that is 13 gb large. What/how will File Vault 2 handle this large space?
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Why is the connection to my NAS really slow/unstable via local network IP but not via dyndns-IP?

I'm having a problem to connect my Macbook Air to my NAS. The NAS has Debian installed and can be reached by any other computer in the network. I can find the NAS on Finder. The NAS is listed in the ...
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How long does the battery last on mid-2011 MacBook Airs?

I know that one of the big innovations in the MacBook Air was in the battery (which gets most of the internal volume of the computer!) What is a normal loss of battery life (change in usable time on ...
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Is it safe to play the Macbook Pro/Air speakers at maximum volume?

The Macbook Pro speakers have a very crisp sound. I like to play them at almost max. volume very often. Will the speakers suffer a loss in quality? Is this save to use on the long run?