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What to Remove before selling Macbook?

My macbook (feb 2008 white) sold on ebay, but I haven't shipped it yet. I'm concerned about my privacy. I can't wipe the hd clean because I sold the computer with valuable software on it. What ...
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Time Machine Backup freezing computer

Time Machine on my computer is trying to backup onto a external hard drive, but the only thing I get is the famous beach ball of death which makes my computer extremely slow. When I go to cosole.app ...
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How hot is too hot for my macbook?

I have a macbook (2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo upgraded to 8GB 1067 MHz DDR3 RAM) running OS X version 10.6.8. I do a lot of prototyping for high performance computing on this macbook (running c++, ...
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Which MacBook models support (directly or indirectly) dual DVI monitors, for a total of three screens?

I've read through the "Questions with similar titles", and I don't see anything that directly answers my question. Which current MacBook models (of any product line) support (directly or indirectly) ...
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Always prompt for Boot Device on Startup?

I have a MacBook where I have to dual boot Windows and OS X. When I hold the Option Key on startup, I get the nice "Select Boot Device" screen. Is there a way to permanently enable this, so that I ...
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Striped Macbook mouse pointer

For a few months my Macbook (white, 1.83Ghz Core Duo, OS 10.6.recent) has been showing the mouse pointer in a strange way. It's as if alternating vertical rows of the pixels making up the pointer are ...
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Using an Apple Display Connector monitor with a MacBook Pro

My girlfriend just got her bosses old PowerMac G4 and big ol' Cinema Display. It's got the ADC connector, so I'm not sure if it's relevant what the size is (and frankly I'm too lazy to measure unless ...
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How to disable the MacBook trackpad click but keep the tap enabled?

I have a 3-year-old Mac and either the battery or something else is broken (does not matter because it's not worth fixing) and due to this the trackpad keeps getting stuck. Now my question is: can I ...
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Why won't my macbook pro wake up when docked?

I got a HengeDock for Christmas. When I close my Macbook Pro and dock it to the external monitor, mouse, and keyboard, it will not wake up. I move the mouse around and type on the keyboard, but it ...
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Default volume too high for headphones

Is there a way to change the default volume setting for headphones/line out, i.e. the one you get after plugging a jack in for the first time since you've turned your Mac on and started OSX? I'm ...
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Is battery life supposed to go not even a year?

I have a MacBook pro that I got about 10 months ago. It seems like I am already starting to experience battery life issues. I have a charge cycle history of less than once a day since I bought it. I ...
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SSD boot drive does not work only on primary drive slot

I have the following very strange problem with my 13″ early-2011 MacBook Pro. The disk configuration is as follows: Primary slot - FileVault 2 encrypted 120GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSD Secondary slot - the ...
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Mac Sudden Motion Sensor: Obtaining activation state

Very similar to this SuperUser question, I'd like to know if there's a way to know when the SMS is actually engaged. Note that I do not want to know if the sensor is enabled (which can be done from ...
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Macbook late-2008 and Samsung SSD 830: what happened

I'm trying to install a Samsung SSD 830 256 Gb disk as main disk on my macbook late-2008. I had several problems with my disk due to a couple of wrong choices (you can read the story here). I booted ...
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Constant external disk activity when MacBook is in sleep state

I am using an external 2.5" hard drive (the original MacBook HD, which has been replaced by an SSD) in an Icy Box USB3 enclosure on my MacBook (running OSX Lion). When the MacBook goes to sleep, the ...
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Macbook Battery Cycle Count (Unibody White 2010)

I have a macbook white unibody 2010 (A1342) that is now 17 months old. I'm wondering if my battery is still good? The battery's information is below. Design Capacity: 5200mAh Current Capacity: ...
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MacBook unusable due to kernel_task

I've disabled hibernation, and removed the sleep image file. I shutdown my Macbook Pro (15" retina), unticked the box to open windows on restart, and started my MacBook again. As soon as I'd logged on ...
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MacBook as a handsfree headset

Is there any way how to use laptop as a hands-free "headset" for my Android phone via Bluetooth? Actually it's very nice to answer on calls directly from computer. I have tried BluePhoneElite2 for ...
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Installing Ubuntu10.10 on Mac Book Air

I tried to install Ubuntu by following this tutorial, however finding out that when I tried to boot Ubuntu it gave me the message operating system missing. Does anyone has an idea what I should do ...
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What is the meaning of Wired Memory in OS X? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is in wired memory? Recently I bought a MacBook Pro Core i5 with 4GB Memory (RAM). After using Xcode and quitting it, all of my memory is committed and I have ...
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How to use F1-F12 keys with MacBook?

Blender requires F-keys such as F12 and numpad. The numpad emulation works for me, but I am unable to get the function keys such as F1, F4 and F12 working. For example, F12 should do rendering. So how ...
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How can I know which Wi-Fi protocol my MacBook is using?

If I have a router that supports 802.11 N, G, and B, how can I know which one of these my MacBook is currently using to connect to the router? I'd like to see proof that it's connected using the ...
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Is it worth it to upgrade a mid-2007 MacBook (MB061LL/A) to use an SSD?

I would sincerely love a new MacBook, but I can't justify spending the prices that are being touted by Apple what with life to pay for and everything. I upgraded my memory to 2GB a while ago, but am ...
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Mount & unmount volume notifications

For the last month or so, I have been receiving notification windows in the upper right-hand corner whenever a volume is mounted or unmounted (i.e. portable hard drive, Time Machine, etc.) How do I ...
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How many different VGA adapters for Macbooks exist?

Many projectors still only accept a VGA connection, especially in fixed installations. And while older Windows notebooks usually have a VGA port directly available, Macbooks always need an adapter, as ...
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Why would 2 sticks of 2GB RAM not work together, but work individually in my Macbook?

I have an older Macbook, specifically this model, and when I am upgrading the standard 1GB that it came with. I bought DDR2 667 PNY Memory - 2 X 2GB. According to those specs, my unit can manage 4GB. ...
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Does the 'unibody' design of the MB/MBP actually help increase the strength of the MBP/MB?

I've seen and used many laptops, and one of my favorites is the MacBook Pro. It has a nice, clean design - but most of all, it seems quite sturdy. Allegedly, this is due to the "unibody" design. ...
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When should I plug in my MacBook Pro?

I have a MacBook Pro, and I want to keep its battery healthy for as long as possible. I've heard many "myths" about all these, one of them being that the battery will get "hurt" if I plug in the ...
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Wobbly Macbook Pro

I bought a MacBook Pro yesterday, and it's "wobbly". My front-right leg is about 1 mm or so shorter than my back-left leg. Is there a quick fix for this (I was thinking of just making it bigger by ...
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Does the MacBook battery cycle count reset when replacing a battery

I've been reading up on battery cycle counts and checked out my current count on my MacBook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008) - recommended maximum cycle count is 500. I've had this laptop now for over ...
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Do downloads continue when lid is closed? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there any way to set a MacBook Pro to not sleep when you close the lid? If I close the lid on my Macbook Air (OS X 10.5.8), will it continue downloading files - say ...
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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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Biggest external monitor support for MBP 13"

I'm using a MBP 13" and want to connect it to an external monitor. What is the largest resolution supported for an external monitor? From what I know this MBP is using VGA intel. Workstation: OSX ...
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How do I power off my Mac with the Mavericks OS?

Since downloading OS X Mavericks my power button just puts my Mac to sleep. I want to know how to power off and restart.
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Joining to MS Active Directory Domain in Mountain Lion?

Having some errors when I try to join our University active directory... Any ideas? enter image description here
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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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Will a MacBook7,1's SuperDrive work in a MacBook2,1?

A friend of mine has a MacBook2,1 mid 2007 with a dead Combo Drive (long story short, someone at the Apple Store put the wrong drive in), and I have a MacBook7,1 (mid 2010) that I tore down for parts. ...
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2007 Macbook shows black screen and cursor when woken from sleep. What should I do?

When I open the lid from my MacBook, occasionally (not always) it will just show a black screen and a cursor, and the hard drive is spinning, but the log on dialog will never show up. Sometimes it ...
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Installing two DDR3 SO-DIMMs as non-matched pairs in a MacBook

I've just upgraded my girlfriend's MacBook (I think it is a 2011 Model, one of the last white plastic ones) to Mavericks, and it has slowed down significantly. I'd like to upgrade the RAM on the ...
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Does my Macbook need “special” RAM?

I want to upgrade the RAM on my Macbook Pro 4,1 A1260 (Early 2008). Can I just use any RAM of the compatible "type", or does it need special magic RAM because it's a Macbook? Also, is there any ...
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What kind of SSD is compatible with the 2010 Unibody MacBook?

I'm considering buying a solid state drive for my Unibody White MacBook 2010. The trouble is, I have no idea what to look for. What kind of connector am I looking for? (SATA?) What size? I'm told to ...
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Bluetooth audio problems on a MacBook

I have a DR-BT50 bluetooth headset (they are headphones) that I want to use with my MacBook unibody. I didn't use to have any problems, but as of recently I am running into gaps/skips in the sound. ...
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Why do my applications keep crashing on Lion 10.7.3?

Once every couple of days an application crashes on my MacBook Pro with Lion (10.7.3). It's also running the newer build that's supposed to have fixed these issues (11D50b). This has been happening ...
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MacBook won't sleep while charging

An ongoing problem: my MacBook Pro (i5, 2.4ghz, 15") won't sleep while charging. I close the lid, but I don't get the pulsing "sleep light", it just stays fully illuminated. If I listen closely, I ...
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How do I make invisible files (like bash profile) visible in the finder?

question is in the title. There's some files that most Apple users don't need access to, but if you program you do need access to. in particular the bash profile. anyone know how to make these visible ...
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Is InsomniaX working on Mavericks?

It seems to me that InsomniaX, a utility to let a MacBook stay awake when the lid is closed, is not working on Mavericks. Can anyone confirm for me?
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Minimum requirements for mirroring Mac/PC in Apple TV

I've found plenty of (old) blogs and articles stating that it is/will be possible to mirror the content of a Mac or PC in an Apple TV, but I was unable to find out the current state of this feature. ...
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Why hasn't my battery life improved even though I changed the battery?

I have a mid-2009 white MacBook. About a week ago, I switched the aging and failing battery for an identical new battery I got off eBay (supposedly original part and new - looked legit both in ...
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Hard Disk Transfer to SSD - 2007 MacBook and Lion

I've recently asked a question regarding fitting a Crucial 256GB SSD (Part No : CT1742109) into my 2007 MacBook (model MB061LL/A), however when researching the transfer process something isn't too ...
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Does a MacBook Pro need a power adapter to work in the Bahamas?

A classmate asked me if the US MacBook Pro adapters are usable in the Bahamas. It boils down to the type of electricity and outlets there, but being that I have no clue, I'm asking here. Does a USA ...