Apple's line of Macintosh portable computers, first introduced in January 2006.

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Do the 2011 MacBook Pros support a user-installed SSD in place of the HD

On the iMac there is some thermal sensor that connects to the hard drive and makes this a bit tricky since non-Apple SSDs don't have that feature. Is this true for the 2011 MacBook Pros?
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Can I run top as screensaver?

My employer has recently issued me a MacBook Pro to play with. I have a lot of Linux experience, but I was struck by how nice the terminal looks on the Mac in full screen mode, especially when running ...
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How can I specify delimiters in Terminal for word and character selection before copying and pasting?

I am new to Mac and still struggling to be productive with fewer clicks and keys... When I use Terminal and click on a word, I would like the delimiter to be only space and not other characters like ...
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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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Functionally speaking, where will I see a difference between dual- and quad-core i7s?

I am ready to buy a new MacBook Pro. I am drawn to the portability of the 13" and the better specs of the 15". If you take money out of the picture I would really like to know where I would see the ...
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MacBook Pro creates soft hissing sound through headphones

Recently I got a quite nice pair of in-ear headphones which block noise very well (with a very tight seal, not noise cancellation). Before that, I used Apple earbuds. With these better headphones, ...
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Is MacBook Pro warming during gaming normal?

I have a 2010 MacBook Pro MC371 (Core i5, GeForce 320M, 4Gb RAM). When I launch a game either new one (i.e. Starcraft 2) or rather old (Unreal Tournament 2004, bootcamped) my MacBook gets rather ...
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How to turn on Hardware Virtualization on Late 2013 MacBook Pro (for Windows 8.1 using Boot Camp)?

I am trying to turn on Hardware Virtualization for my new MacBook Pro for Windows 8.1 setup using Boot Camp. I have searched online and I know that we can not just go to the BIOS like windows and ...
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Safari 6 Search Bar Focus On New Tab/Window

When I open new tab or window in Safari 6 in ML it doesn't focus on the search bar - what should I do to make focus automatic?
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Can I put more than 8GB of Ram in a MacBook Pro 5.1

I have a 5.1 MacBook Pro (5.1 Model Late 2008) with 4GB of Ram. All the apple documentation I can find that the maximum supported for this model is 8GB of RAM (2 x 4GB). Has anyone tried to put bigger ...
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How can I keep my Macbook Pro cool and avoid fan noise?

I use my MacBook pro for audio recording. With the summer coming up, the fans tend to come on more often, which can be a problem. Recording audio is fairly processor-intensive (especially when using ...
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How to fix a Macbook Pro trackpad where the mouse pointer is randomly moving?

The trackpad on my Macbook Pro just started acting oddly. It's randomly clicking (which might cause me to switch programs), right-clicking and even once my screen even showed the swiping animation as ...
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Can i use my old MacBook charger on my new Mac?

I have a 2011 15" MBP, that uses a 85W power supply. My old 2008 MBP 15" also has a 85W power supply, but I cannot get it to work. Shouldnt it? Its the same watt power, and the adapter fits.
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MacBook Pro Encountering High Latency

I'm encountering latency trouble with my 15" 2011 Macbook Pro (running 10.6.7) when on an 802.11n (5GHz) wireless network hosted by a Time Capsule (version 7.5.2). When I ping the Time Capsule, the ...
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MacBook Pro keeps freezing, could Google Update be the cause?

Last Dec (2012) my MacBook Pro (OS X Lion) started freezing, say 3 or 4 times a session. I ran both the Apple hardware diagnostic DVD (ran for hours, no problems), and I ran a disk scan, no problems ...
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MacBook does not sleep when lid is closed

I've looked around for answers and can't find something that works for me. I have a unibody aluminum MacBook Pro and it just doesn't seem to want to sleep when I close the lid. The problem started ...
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How can I prevent OS X from resetting/disconnecting from wifi when left idle?

Doing work at home, I noticed that OS X would drop my wifi connection when I left my 2011 MacBook Pro and it went into idle mode (screen black, but still powered on). When I moved the mouse or ...
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MacBook Pro won’t sleep automatically — no process preventing sleep according to pmset. What’s going on?

i noticed the following problem with my MBP 8,1 running 10.7.2 — automatic sleep just doesn’t happen. Since I usually put my Macbook to sleep manually before leaving the desk etc. I just noticed this ...
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How do I clean out dust in the fans of my MacBook Pro?

How do I clean out the dust in the fans of my MacBook Pro? (I'm perfectly comfortable with opening my MacBook Pro up (Unibody 2008 edition with removable battery cover), but I'm not exactly sure how I ...
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Can a MacBook Pro reliably wake a Cinema Display when both are sleeping?

I use a MacBook Pro with a Cinema Display and every time when I wake the MacBook Pro, the cinema display wakes first and the MacBook Pro display seems to stay in a sleep mode until I press the Detect ...
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How to disable the Macbook internal display and only use the external display on Snow Leopard?

Preferably without having to reboot etc, use magnets, or open/close the lid + waking it via USB peripherals I would like to have my MacBook display in "projector only" mode. Ideally, I'd like to be ...
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Why do my windows go dark when they're on my external monitor?

Why is this happening? Has any one ever experienced anything like this before? Some windows stay dark on my external monitor and some come good after I let go of the cursor after dragging..
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Why did my rMBP13 (late 2013) wake up every minute until battery depleted with reason: ? (Question Mark)?

Can someone help me to diagnose this issue? My new MacBook Pro 13 Retina (8GB / 2.6Ghz / 512GB) awoke in my bag earlier today and apparently did not go back to sleep so ran down the battery and was ...
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How can I run Windows applications on a MacBook Pro?

I have a friend that wants to buy a Mac Book Pro and he has some windows applications that he needs to run. He doesn't want to buy the applications again. Can he run the Windows applications on his ...
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Can I install 16GB RAM on quad-core MacBook Pro?

I'm planning to buy a new MacBook Pro with quad-core. And I want to install 16GB on it. But there is only 8GB options on Apple's website. Is this possible?
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Does overcharging a MacBook degrade its life?

I have an early 2011 13" MacBook Pro and I use it almost like a desktop. I leave the power cord connected all the time. Is this OK? Am I ruining the computer or diminishing its lifespan?
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Can I just swap the hard drives of two macbook pros (different years)?

I'd like to swap the hard drives of two Macbook Pros. One is a Core 2 duo model from 2010, the other a 2011 i5 model. Will this work? I just want to save time and not go through a lengthy data copying ...
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Is the i7 2.3 Ghz CPU significantly faster than the 2.2 one?

I'm shopping for a 17-inch MacBook Pro and trying to figure out my minimum specs. From the Apple website it appears these are the two procesor options... 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor ...
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Apple-Certified RAM?

I'm planning to upgrade my RAM in my MacBook Pro (Late 2008) from the base 2GB to 4GB. I'm planning to buy RAM from Kingston. There's two types of Kingston 1066 2GB RAM here. (Laptop-sized RAM) ...
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How do I require password prompt EVERY time I close my MacBook's lid?

This doesn't seem to always work. Also (perhaps related?): when I close the lid of the laptop when it's connected to the Thunderbolt display, how do I make the display go black? Basically, I am ...
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How can I make my macbook pro liquid proof? [duplicate]

As I hang around those who are toilet training, and people who really dislike macs, I'm wondering if there is any way to make my macbook pro urine proof? Update What about adding a waterproof case, ...
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Can I increase the resolution of a 13-inch MacBook Pro?

I have a 13-inch MacBook Pro with the default resolution 1280x800. I would like to know if there exists the possibility of having a better resolution?
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How to Eject All External Partitions Quickly?

I have an external disk with two partitions on it that I keep plugged into my MacBook Pro when I'm at my desk. (One is for Time Machine, the other just for extra storage.) Sometimes I need to grab my ...
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com.apple.iconServicesAgent using a lot of RAM in 10.9

I performed a fresh install of OS X 10.9 and now the process com.apple.iconServicesAgent is using >300MB of RAM, that is quite a lot. This process is using the second most amount of memory of all ...
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Can I use 16GB DDR3-1600MHz RAM in an early Macbook Pro 8.2?

I found Macs which had: 16GB RAM installed 8GB RAM installed, but running on 1600MHz instead of 1333MHz (link in dutch) Question Is it possible to put 16GB running at 1600MHz in my Mac? If ...
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Swiping trackpad no longer wakes Macbook Pro from sleep in OS X Lion

Since upgrading my Late 2010 MacBook Pro to OS X Lion, I noticed that swiping my finger across the trackpad no longer wakes it from sleep mode. Clicking the trackpad or pressing a key on the keyboard ...
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MBP 17" (2010) goes to sleep and can't wake it up

My laptop goes to sleep and when I open the lid it wakes up just fine (or I move the mouse if I didn't close the lid). Now sometimes when I open the lid, it doesn't wake up. The status light which ...
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Connecting a Retina MacBook Pro to a VGA Display?

I have an external monitor with a VGA connection. What is the best adapter to use for my Retina MacBook Pro? I think I've seen Thunderbolt to VGA, or USB to VGA? Or HDMI to VGA? What are the ...
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How can I get rid of the high pitched creak and squeak noises in the unibody Macbook Pro?

The unibody Macbook Pro makes disturbing creak noises when I move it around on my lap - or when I apply pressure to either the top or bottom of the case. How else can I eliminate the click noise? ...
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Does closing the lid put a MacBook Pro to sleep? Would it hurt the computer if I carry it around without shutting it down?

When I first got my MacBook Pro, it took less than 30 seconds to start up. Now, after several months, it takes about two minutes to startup and I can tell that it is not as responsive when using some ...
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Macbook white thingy below keyboard button is broken

I've got an early 2009 macbook pro, and I accidentally broke the white plastic mechanism underneath the S button. They are labeled 130 and 140 in the picture. Does anyone have a clue what the white ...
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How can I install an SSD on my new Lion MBP w/out install disks?

I just got a new MBP that came with Lion, and they didn't give me any install disks. If I swap in my new SSD, how can I install Lion on the new drive? Update: There is the Mac OS X Utilities that I ...
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How can I make my Macbook Pro's headphone jack stop “humming”?

Switched recently from a Lenovo PC and one thing on my mac bothered me. Headphones plugged into my Macbook pro 13" (latest version) "hum" with static when there is no audio playing. Then after a short ...
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brown sticky residue in my macbook pro charge port

i have just noticed a brown type of sticky residue in my charge port on my macbook, it wipes off but not completely and to me it smells like battery. can anybody tell me if i have a problem here or if ...
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How to deal with WindowServer kernel panics, three NVIDIA-related KEXTs in the backtrace, whilst using Google Chrome?

I have a MacBook Pro (MacBookPro6,2) running OS X 10.7.5. Once every few days, on average, my screen goes black and it stops responding. Before these incidents I'm mainly browsing, random web pages ...
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Why does my early 2011 MBP hibernate instead of sleep?

If and only if my MBP is plugged in to both AC and an external DVI monitor, it will hibernate instead of sleeping. If it is not plugged in to the monitor, it will sleep like normal. I have a 15" MBP, ...
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Does the real-world MacBook Pro battery life scale linearly with it's capacity?

I have a well-worn battery on my 2010 MacBook Pro. After 467 charge cycles, I get about 3 hours of the normal 6-7 hour range. Using coconutBattery shows me that the charge capacity is 5783 mAh, ...
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How can I turn off the screen on the macbook when I have an external monitor set up?

I have an external monitor and want my macbook screen to go blank or black so I can focus on the monitor instead. On my windows machine Function F5 does this.
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How to add hibernate mode to MacBook Pro

I have recently switched to Mac from Windows hence I do not have much information. I want my Mac to go to safe sleep state on closing the lid. I also need an extra option available somewhere which ...
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How can I stop AirPort from waking my Macbook Pro?

Recently I have noticed my MacBook Pro is completely discharging when I leave it to sleep. After investigation I've discovered traces similar to the following in the Console output: 24/01/2014 ...