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Is my MagSafe covered under my MacBook's AppleCare?

I have a white 2010 MacBook, and the outer casing for the wire on the MagSafe power adapter has developed a small split. Is this something that may be covered under my MacBook's AppleCare? Is it ...
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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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Can I safely charge an iPhone 4S with a 5V 2A source?

I just bought a New Trent IMP99D external battery, to keep my phone alive while gaming during long-haul flights. It has two USB ports to connect to, one which supplies 1 amp at 5 volts, another which ...
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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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“USB device drawing too much power” error on startup with no devices connected

Since upgrading to Lion, I get this error every time I start up: I've read the answers suggested here, but they seem to indicate that it's the presence of a second device that's causing the ...
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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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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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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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Monitoring power consumption on Mac

The Android OS monitors the power consumption of running apps and hardware (display). As you may guess, this is a useful feature as it allows to track down energy greedy apps. Is there an application ...
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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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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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MacBook Pro shuts down when unplugged

I have a late 2008 MacBook Pro work computer. Here's the sequence of events: I fully charge the battery I unplug the Mac from the power cable The Mac immediately shuts down Before unplugging the ...
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App to shut down iPhone 3G

Is there an app to shut down my iPhone 3G? It's a non jailbroken iPhone and the power button isn't working anymore. So I need to shut it down with an app. Any advice?
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Is there a way to get the OSX battery icon to display both percentage and time?

I am working on a 2006 MacBook with Snow Leopard. The battery level indicator has the option to show Time or Percentage remaining. I would like to show both. Is there a way to enable this? or Can ...
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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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How can I avoid my MacBook Pro giving me minor shocks?

The aluminum Macbook Pro gives a mild shock when connected to a wall socket and charging. It only happens when I'm, for example, not wearing shoes or slippers and my feet are resting on the ground ...
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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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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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Transporting from home to work (~10 min by car), should I just make my MacBook Pro sleep, or shut it completely down first?

I just got a new MacBook Pro, and is looking at how the power modes work, and according to this article: About Energy Saver sleep and idle modes in Mac OS X, making it sleep by closing the lid (say) ...
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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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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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“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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MacBook Pro 2011 logging itself out after a period of inactivity

when I am not using it, at some point, every day, my MBP tries to log out on its own. When I 'wake it up' I can see message windows about "applications aborting logout", obviously because some ...
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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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Apple charger port magnet has lost it's pull

My friends laptop was dropped and fell directly on the power charging connector as it was connected to the charger. Now the port still works, but the strength of the magnet that holds the connector ...
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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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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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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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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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How to retrieve current wattage info on OS X?

Is there a way to retrieve the current watt usage info on OS X Snow Leopard? I'm using mid-2010 iMac, so I'm not looking for just battery-related apps. Does OS X even monitor power usage? Do I need ...
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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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How to change power savings settings on iPad 2, iOS 4.3.3

After a few minutes, if I haven't touched the iPad 2's screen, it goes dim and then turns off. I suppose this is a power savings behavior; however, when it is connected to my computer I don't want it ...
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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 ...
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MacBook Pro Charger has stopped working properly - any short-term fixes?

I have a MacBook Pro 15", about a year old. Today, the charger started working only intermittently. I've seen a few other people talking about similar problems, and most people say it's a problem with ...
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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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Why is my Mac “falling asleep” when it's told not to?

MY power settings are for "NEVER" when it comes to sleeping with AC power. AC power is always on. So why always when I come to the Mac after hours of being away, it awakes from sleep, loads up all the ...
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Xserve shuts itself off and boots at will

Okay, there's a lot of smart Mac guys here, so lets see if any of you can figure out this stumper. Our Xserve G4 (RackMac1,1) went incommunicado a few years ago was left in this state until I pulled ...
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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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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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Why can my Mac charge my iPad but other computers can't?

What do Macs do differently so its USB ports can charge my iPad, but if I plug into a USB port on my PC I get the "not charging" message?
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For least power usage, should I turn off or put my Mac to sleep?

If I'm not going to be using my Mac for a while, am I better off shutting it down completely or just putting it to sleep? Obviously it uses more power to "sleep" than to be off completely, but it ...
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Can a 60W MagSafe power adapter work interchangeably on a Macbook Pro that “requires” an 85W adapter?

I have a 13" Macbook Pro that came with a 60W power adapter and a 15" Macbook Pro that came with a 85W power adapter. Can I use either adapter with either laptop? There seems to be disagreement in the ...
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I think I have bricked my MacBook Pro, what are my options to get it fixed?

I have been having power issues with my MacBook Pro (late 2007?). The power cable had a dodgy connection, and kept cutting out. This destroyed the life of the battery to the point where it would only ...
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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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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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International Power Converter

I am going out of th country in a few weeks, and I am planning on taking my Macbook. I have a power adapter for the country I'm visiting, but it was bought for a PC. Will it work on a Mac?