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How can I force my laptop to shut down when I close the lid?

I'd like my Mac laptops to shut down completely when I close the lid. This is partly for convenience and partly for security reasons. I couldn't find a way to do this in the System Preferences (OS ...
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I have a 2008 Macbook Pro will a 85w power cord work?

I have a 2008 Macbook Pro and my cat recently chew through that power cord. I bought a 85w adpater but I don't want to open it if I know it won't work. Does an 85w work with a 2008 Macbook pro or ...
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Should I use the adapter or the battery?

I want to know when my MBP's battery was fully charged it's better to unplug my adapter and use my battery power or still let use adapter power? I somewhere read that when MBP's battery was fully ...
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iMac sounds like it's starting up then shutting down immediately

I have an iMac. Since yesterday, it has been making sounds where it seems like a hard drive is starting up then shutting down immediately. However, that can't be possible of course because the ...
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Is grounding important?

Is the grounding wire forwarded to the Magsafe connector? There are these 2/3 pin adapters and it's so much easier to convert a 2 prong connector while travelling than the bulky three prong ones. I do ...
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Are the mid-2012 Macbook Air compatible with older MagSafe adapters?

Will the mid-2012 Macbook Air models be compatible with the MagSafe power supply of the previous generations?
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What is the wattage of my iPhone?

I am trying to make a transportable charger for iPhones, but before I can start this I need to know how much power my iPhone uses when I make an emergency call. If nobody knows this, I will be glad ...
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Can I use a foreign power cord to power my MacBook?

I have a MacBook Pro computer and I will be traveling abroad to Hong Kong for studies. The electric sockets and voltage are different than here in the US so I would have to use a converter but it is a ...
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Energy saver: do the battery settings apply during charging?

I have my Macbook pro 17 (early 2011, OSX 10.6.8) set to turn off the display at 30 minutes on AC, and 10 minutes on battery. I've noticed recently that if the battery is charging (the little battery ...
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Old MacBook power adapter on new MacBook Pro?

I have a 60W power adapter from my old 2008 MacBook. Can I use this power adapter on a new 13" MacBook Pro, which also came with a 60W power adapter? However the two power adapters have two ...
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Lion - Macbook randomly wakes up from sleep when lid is closed

I have aluminium macbook (not pro). I have recently updated to Lion. So far so good - had some minor issues with printer, sshfs, mac fuse. Managed to resolve almost all of them. There is one issue ...
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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 ...
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At what point do iPads stop displaying “not charging” when connected to power?

I am curious if anyone has measured directly or found an authoritative reference that documents at which point the various iPad will display charging and not "not charging" in the menu bar while ...
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Using my iMac in a country with a different power supply standard

We may be relocating to a different area of the world where the power standards and outlets differ considerably from what I've got here in North America. Is the power supply in my iMac ...
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Battery issue with MacBook Pro 13 inch (Early 2011)

So, around June 2011 I finally had the chance to buy my first Macbook Pro (13 inches, i5) But recently, I've noticed something wrong with my battery! Actually with only 2 months of use, I was under ...
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My iphone always restarts by itself

My iPhone often restarts automatically. It happens when I charge for long time and sometimes, it happens when I'm talking on phone .
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Easy way to disable processor cores on the fly

Hey i'm looking for a fast way to disable processor cores of my macbook to save power when i'm stranded away from a charger. I'm away that instruments can do this from it's preferences, but that's a ...
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Is there a safe way to shut down a Mac that doesn't have a keyboard or mouse?

I'm trying to safely shutdown a Mac desktop that does not have a keyboard or mouse connected to it any more, after hardware damage to the only keyboard and mouse in the house. It also does not have ...
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What is the data corruption risk of force shutting down a running Mac?

Eg when the power supply is cut or someone presses the power button for 5 seconds? How big of a risk am I taking to my data? Is it a 1% chance of corrupting data? I know most mac these days have a ...
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Should I spin down Mac Mini's drive?

I have a Mac Mini (2010) that I use as a home server with a DAS (2 drives) attached over USB. Everything is on 24/7. From all my research online, it seems that spinning hard drives up and down ...
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My battery is not charged. The only way to operate is to plug the computer in

My battery says 0% charge, there is no x over my battery icon. The MacBook runs fine on corded power but dies as soon as I unplug. What could be the problem?
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2008/9 Mac Pro wont turn on, front pannel LED is constant white

My mac pro doesn't want to start up. I purchased some new memory installed it (and cleaned up some of the dust on the inside of the box) and now the machine won't boot up. I get a constant white ...
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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 - low power from the command line

I often (for example on the train) want to put my macbook into a state that will maximise the amount of time I have before the battery runs out - so far example I'll switch off the bluetooth, then ...
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iOS app for toggling bluetooth when iPhone is plugged into dock

Are there any apps that will toggle bluetooth on/off when the phone is plugged or unplugged from power? I only use bluetooth in my car when it is plugged in the dock so that is the only time I would ...
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Can you power on a MacBook with a wireless keyboard?

Is it possible to power on a MacBook using a wireless keyboard? If that sounds strange, I'm asking because I use a Bose radio as the sound system and the radio fits nicely on top of the laptop.
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85W MagSafe adapter only delivers 77W?

My late 2011 17" MBP was delivered with an 85W MagSafe adapter. Under heavy stress (either CPU and/or GPU) the MBP has to draw additional power from the battery in order to keep everything running. ...
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Late 2008 MacBook Pro no longer wakes up on its own

Plain and simple here: about one week ago, my MacBook Pro stopped adhering to its wake schedule. I have had it set to wake every weekday at 6 a.m. for as long as I can remember. It has done so with ...
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Unexplainable large number of cycles of MacBook Battery

My battery is a year old, but it has 189 cycles. Why is this? I always use my MacBook with the charger plugged in and very rarely without the charger.
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Intermittent charge on Macbook Pro

I have a 2010 Macbook Pro with a MagSafe T Power adapter. The power adapter makes a buzzing/hissing/fuzzy noise when it is plugged into the wall. When it is plugged into my mac, my light turns green ...
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“usb device was drawing too much power” error message

Ever since I upgraded to Lion, I've been getting this error message a lot. It seems to trigger(not every time though) when I plug in my iPhone to the usb port on my keyboard. The only other USB ...
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Are there no explicit Power modes in Mac?

Does Macbook Pro not provide power modes (Power Saver, High Performance, etc) like a Windows laptop? If there is nothing like that, then I'd assume that OS X manages optimal settings itself. Or is ...
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iPod Touch 4th Gen dock with AC or USB power and audio out?

I have scoured the internet looking for a dock that will allow me to charge an iPod Touch 4th Gen which includes a jack to connect it to an external stereo system. I understand this can be ...
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How to monitor USB power consumption?

I'm looking for a way to monitor the power being drawn from the USB ports on my Mac. System Profiler doesn't appear to display this and I haven't been able to find any applications or tools to do the ...
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USB thumbdrive plugged into Macbook Pro which instantly goes black, bricked?

New 2011 Macbook Pro 8,3 less then three months old, this is my first ever Apple product. I have an old USB thumbdrive I couldn't remember what was on it so I plugged it into the USB port nearest the ...
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Does latest MacBook Air have powered USB ports?

I see that the latest 13 inch MacBook Air has two USB 2.0 ports, but can they power, say, a 2.5 inch external hard drive?
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Which uses more battery when tethering - Wifi or BT on iPhone 4S?

I'm not really bothered which is quicker - I'm guessing this is wifi anyway. I just want to know which would allow me to get the most life out of my iPhone 4S when tethering to it with may MBP. ...
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How to put MacBook Pro to sleep when the lid is closed and you remove the power?

I think I have a common use case that is not properly handle by Lion. If I close the lid and remove the power supply, my macbook is not going to sleep mode and stays awake draining the battery. It's ...
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Power Macbook Air with Early 2008 Macbook Pro

I have two batteries from my old 15" Macbook Pro Core 2 Duo (Early 2008). It's a non-unibody (discrete) model. Anyone know of any way to use these batteries to power my 2nd Gen Macbook Air? An ...
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Can I use my UK Mac Mini (Mid 2010) in the US?

I'm from England and I'll be going to the US and I'd like to take my Mac Mini (Mid 2010) (not the newest version). My main question is: would it be safe to use over there? I'm worried because of the ...
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Is it bad when my iMac is constantly on?

Is it bad if I never shutdown my computer? I am asking solely terms of hardware so let's assume my software is stable and I reboot regularly to clean up software errors. If running constantly is ...
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Replacement plug on MagSafe adapter?

The plug portion of my power adapter broke off. Fortunately, this piece of the adapter seems to just slide off of the main adapter body, attaching via a round metal piece. So basically I would just ...
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For a Macbook Pro, what are some recommend power plan settings for Windows 7 via Bootcamp

I would like to ask if anyone has some recommendations on some of the specific settings for Window power plans (especially advanced parameters) for a Macbook Pro. For me specifically I have an early ...
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Can a PowerBook or MacBook be configured to automatically wake when power is connected?

I'm looking to turn an old Mac laptop into a "car-puter". However, I don't want to drain the battery on either the laptop or the car. Is there a way to configure it so that the computer automatically ...
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Where can I buy a spare power cable for a i5 Mac Mini?

I don't see extra power cables for the i5 2011 Mac Mini in the Apple Store Accessory section. But this power cable looks a lot like black ones I've seen that go between a power brick for a Lenovo ...
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I am only seeing 1:50 of estimated run time on a new MacBook Pro battery. Problems?

I have bought brand new MacBook pro 15-inch model with highest specifications in this June. I have also installed newest Mac OS, Lion. However, how it could be strange, when cable is not plugged it, ...
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Power adapter connection issues

Lately, my Magsafe power adapter has not been connecting properly: The wires are not worn out as I take good care of them The issue happens when I try to connect my power adapter to my computer The ...
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How to check if internal HDD spindle is off after unmount

I use SSD instead of optical drive in my Macbook MC516LL, so I have bunch of reasons why I wants to keep HDD's spindle off: Preserve HDD from shock Reduce energy consuming Reduce overall system ...
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Does powertop work with Mac OS X Snow Leopard or are there other power profiling utilities?

I recently came across a blog post highlighting powertop for Linux (see: http://www.lesswatts.org/projects/powertop/). Based on the FAQ, powertop relies on the fact that the Linux kernel is now ...
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PowerBook G4 PMU Reset Required

I have to do a PMU reset to turn on my G4 PowerBook (1.25 GHz). This occurs on every shutdown of the system. What are potential causes of this? I'm perfectly happy to troubleshoot, but on Google ...