A thin Mac with either an 11-inch or 13-inch screen and no optical drive.

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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?
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Is it possible to get digital audio output from a MacBook Air (2011), like on other Macs?

I know the audio line-out port on the MacBook Pro – and even older MacBooks and the Mac mini – sport a dual capability: in addition to providing the expected and obvious 3.5mm analog ...
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Can I run the game Civilization on mid-2011 MacBook Air?

Is there any version of the game Civilization that will run reasonably well on a mid-2011 13" MacBook Air (1.7 gHz core i5; 4GB RAM) that shipped with Lion but now runs Mountain Lion? PowerPC ...
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Accesing files with Mac not booting

Is it possible, say with Lion recovery partition or any other way, to access individual files on the hard drive to copy them before reformatting it to do a clean install? It is not possible to boot ...
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How to make USB optical mouse work with MacBook Air?

I just bought a MacBook Air and a cheap Leadership USB optical mouse, which I can't get to work with the MacBook. It works fine with Windows and Linux, and the Macbook Air USB ports are fine. I ...
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MacBook Air screen switches off randomly

Title says almost all of it, and no, it's not that my display sleeps after inactivity. It was 5 seconds after touching the keyboard, last time. It's done it twice so far. Other thing is that when you ...
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Is it possible to add an internal broadband card to MacBook Air?

I have a Mid-2011 MacBook Air 11". Can I add a Verizon (or any kind of) broadband card to it internally? We want to avoid having an awkward USB modem hanging off the side.
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Can I recapture space on Macbook Air by deleting iOS apps?

Starting to run out of space on the Macbook Air. Since I can download any purchased app to my iPhone anytime I want, i don't need them or want them on my Macbook Air. I already have them not syncing ...
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Can a Macbook Air host a network?

I'm going to be away for a few days and will be taking both my Macbook Air and my iPad away with me. Whilst we're stuck in a hotel room I may not have internet connection (I'm not willing to pay for ...
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How can I use a Wii remote as a remote control for Keynote on my mid-2011 MacBook Air?

I have a Wii Remote and a mid-2011 MacBook Air. What do I do to pair the Wii remote with the Air, and what software can accept input from this Bluetooth device and send it to Keynote? I'm looking for ...
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MacBook Air slow shutdown time

I have a late-2010 MacBook Air and I've been experiencing pretty slow shutdown times recently. I know that there's always the "how often do you shutdown your computer?" argument but I see that as ...
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How to Connect Multiple Monitors to a MacBook Air

Usually I connect my MacBook Air 11" to a secondary display via the Thunderbolt port. What do I need to connect it to two external monitors?
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Closing lid for clamshell doesn't make external monitor primary under 10.7.3 on MacBook Air 13"

I'm connecting a 13" MacBook Air to a Dell 22" screen using the Apple Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, with an Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad plugged into a USB on the MacBook and a USB mouse ...
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How can I use a Macbook Air to provide a TV with an internet connection?

The television we have supports the use of the internet through an Ethernet cable or wireless USB network adapter (bought separately). The television has no built-in wireless and the nearest ethernet ...
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Is Thunderbolt backwards-compatible with mini-DP for both input and output?

How compatible or not is the new Thunderbolt connection? If I have a MacBook Air with Thunderbolt, can I use my existing mini-video cable to connect it to a VGA overhead projector? If I buy a new ...
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Why does my Macbook Air automatically shut down when i connect my iPhone to it?

It doesn't happen every time. The last time I connected my iPhone to my MacBook Air was last week, and everything was fine. Sometimes my MacBook Air shuts down when I connect my iPhone to it. What ...
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Wi-Fi has stopped working around the time 10.7.3 update. Might they be related?

I have a MacBook Air which was working fine. Now I have awful network issues since the 10.7.3 update. My home router is a D-Link DIR-615. I was securing the Wi-Fi network using WEP which worked great ...
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When my external display is on, my Mac thinks it's off. When it's off, on

Hardware details: MacBook Air, Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2 Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter Standard HDMI cable Famous Maker 23” Ultra-Slim LED Display, 1080p Yesterday everything worked fine. Today when ...
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Windows7 (through bootcamp) poor sound quality problem

I installed windows7 through bootcamp on my macbook air(2011). (and also installed windows driver from bootcamp) Everything is OK, but one problem - Sound quality is very poor. (maybe phone or radio ...
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Checklist and tools for confirming a Macbook is working correctly

Thinking about buying a used Apple laptop computer, and wondering if there are any manual checklist or tools for confirming an Apple laptop is working correctly via some sort of automated diagnostics. ...
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Can my Thunderbolt Macbook Air drive my Mini DisplayPort iMac as an external display?

I've run an iMac as an external display for a Mac laptop before, but am wondering if my new setup can work like that. I have: 2011 Macbook Air with Thunderbolt 2009 iMac with Mini DisplayPort mini ...
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Best USB hub to match the Thunderbolt display?

I just got a spanking new Apple Thunderbolt Display to work with my Macbook Air and I'm loving it. The one thing I'm missing from my iMac is the 4 USB ports at the back (the Thunderbolt display only ...
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Macbook Air (13" 2012) Fails to wake from sleep

The Air doesn't wake up from sleep mode when the lid is closed. Have to do a hard restart by pressing the power button for 5 secs which isn't nice. Tried to select the startup disk from system ...