Questions centering on repair of Apple hardware or software.

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How to turn off iPhone without power button?

My iPhone's power button is broken. How can I still turn it off to send it in for repairs? I found another answer, but it does not really help.
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The iPhone home button is sometimes unresponsive. How can I fix it?

I've noticed that my iPhone 4's home button does not work very well. Sometimes I have to press it multiple times, or press it very hard to get it to register a click. Sometimes it will detect a ...
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Can I trust Apple Store's employees with my laptop?

This might be a bizarre but crucial question, can I fully trust leaving my laptop in repairs (Genius Bar) while they have full access to it ? I recently went to the genius bar to get my display ...
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I know how to repair disk permissions. But… Who broke them?

One of the common Mac troubleshooting steps everyone always seems encouraged to try first is to "repair disk permissions" in Disk Utility. This process usually finds random odd problems, fixes them, ...
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Is the lock screen PIN secure enough when sending in for repair?

The button on my wife's iPhone 4 has become unresponsive and I would like to get it repaired. Like most people, the phone contains important emails, documents and photos which she would not like to ...
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How can I keep my fan from staying at full speed after replacing the hard drive?

I replaced a hard drive in a 2011 iMac (Core i7), though it was a standard hard drive and didn't have a location for the S.M.A.R.T. cord. (Or at least I think that's what it was.) Since then, the ...
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Which MacBook screen should I buy?

My wife broke the screen on her MacBook. I want to buy a replacement and try to put it in myself. How do I determine the correct screen to buy? It is a 13.3" screen. But, the computer is several years ...
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Can auto glass chip repair kits fix cracked iOS device screens?

Can auto glass chip repair kits such as this item repair cracked iOS device screens? If so, what should I watch out for?
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How can I repair an NTFS partition from Lion?

What free tool can I use to repair an NTFS partition under Lion. I already have Tuxera NTFS on it and I do not want to install windows for this task.
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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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Where can I purchase repair parts for Apple products?

I have an old iMac G4 that's well beyond being supported in any capacity by Apple. Two years ago, when taking it apart to upgrade the hard drive and CD drive, I accidentally severed the connector on ...
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What should you do if your OS X system fails to boot, being stuck at gray screen with the moving wheel?

What to do if your OS X system fails to boot, being stuck at gray screen with the moving-wheel? The system boots from recovery partition, it does check the partition but it will not boot.
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Cracked iPad display - What are my options?

I've had my 3rd generation iPad for only five months, and I've tried hard to keep it in pristine condition. I always had it in its case, and was very mindful of what I did with it. Unfortunately one ...
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iPhone 3Gs got dropped in water. Is it pretty much done?

My old iPhone 3Gs got dropped into water (completely submerged for a second or two). When I took it out, the screen was barely visible. Then it went off completely, but it appears from time to time ...
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What is the Sixth Step of MacBook Repair?

My Macbook has crashed once or twice daily ever since I installed Lion. I am unable to return to Snow Leopard because my Time Machine is now coupled with Lion. I went through the sequence: Reset ...
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What is the cable that connects the logic board to the display in a Macbook Air?

My friend asked me to repair her Macbook Air (I swear I'll never touch it again) and while removing the panel surrounding the LCD screen with a razor blade (as shown on iFixit), I inadvertently sliced ...
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How can I restore my system, using Snow Leopard, after hard-drive replacement?

I had a nearly full 500GB drive in my MacBook Pro, running Snow Leopard. As the near-full capacity was becoming problematic, I bought two 1TB drives, went home, ran Time Machine on one of them, and ...
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My external disk made a clicking noise. What should I do?

I have a USB2+Firewire external disk that made a clicking noise, and Mac OS X immediately unmounted it and put up a dialog box saying that a peripheral is misbehaving. The disk made a clicking noise ...
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When is a MacBook Pro considered at 'end of life' and in need of replacement?

In a standard corporate environment with PCs they are replaced approximately every 36 months on a revolving schedule. In introducing Macs into the corporation, the IT department appears to be unable ...
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Is it possible to use an Apple gift card toward repairs?

I have a gift card whose balance should just about exactly cover the cost of some repairs Apple is doing on my computer. Is it possible to spend a gift card on repairs? I assume so, but I cannot find ...
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Prevent automatic removal of the Spotlight index due to low disk space

I am guessing that when disk space runs low, it automatically deletes the Spotlight index to make room for virtual memory. Then when space becomes available it reindexes. But I'm not sure about that. ...
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Is it possible to buy a replacement iPad screen of the same quality as Apple's?

I've found a few companies that offer replacement iPad digitizers (the digitizer is the glass/touch screen part of your iPad), but I'm worried that they might be different to the official one. ...
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Is it necessary to disconnect the battery when installing new RAM in the early 2011 MacBook Pro?

I want to install additional RAM to my early 2011 MacBook Pro. I originally was only looking at the official Apple guide, but then while searching for a better screwdriver I found the iFixit guide, ...
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Can I replace the home button on the iPhone 3G without removing the glass digitizer?

My iPhone 3G home button broke so I bought a new one online and all the repair guides require me to remove the glass digitizer, which seems very tough (hair drying glue etc.) and harder than I ...
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How can I repair a slightly scratched MacBook Air screen?

I have a mid-2011 MacBook Air, whose screen has attracted some unsightly but superficial scratches. They look like smudges, but I suspect a layer of coating (or similar) has come off. Most likely, ...
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Disk diagnostic and repair utility for Mac that works with all kinds of storage devices?

There are some nice and useful utilities for testing disks for bad blocks like MHDD, Victoria, HITACHI Drive Feature Tool etc. But these utilities have some limitations. For example, MHDD is the best ...
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Conditions for repair at Apple Store

Last time I was in an Apple Store, they suggested they could repair the Super Drive on my MacBook Pro (2010) when I next came in. Of course, it is out of warranty, so there will be a charge. But, are ...
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How to know if Apple service staff copied my private data?

Tomorrow I will collect my iMac 27 from the service, after they have replaced the screen (due to yellowish smudges). To my surprise, I was requested to give them my password. I did not expect they ...
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Best replacement for MacBook Air MagSafe 2 cable (OEM or 3rd party?)

My MagSafe 2 cable for my 2012 MacBook Air stopped working. Took it into Apple store where I had bought my MacBook Air, and sure enough it was the excessive cat chew marks that had degraded it*. Can ...
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What is barred circle icon in dock after install to new HD?

I just bought a SSD for my MacBook Pro and installed Lion on it and restored from a Time Machine backup. After a few updates and configuring a few things I am mostly good to go. However, Xcode and ...
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iPhone 4 falling in water - issues after fixing

Two months ago, I accidentally dropped my iPhone 4 into water (for 3 seconds or so). Immediately I turned it off and put it in a bowl of rice. After two days, I took it to a repair shop, in which it ...
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Will the Apple Store replace Macbook Pro keys or other parts if serious wearing occurs?

I have had my first MacBook for around a month now and I'm already beginning to notice some wearing on the keys (especially on the spacebar). The keys are beginning to turn shiny, and at this rate ...
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Does AppleCare care if I've modded my machine?

I have a 15" MacBook Pro whose SuperDrive I have removed and added a ssd. It's been running well like this everyday for 30 months. I was using it the other day, and the video started to freak out ...
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Are L-shaped and T-shaped Magsafe 1 interchangeable? [duplicate]

I want to buy replacement Magsafe 1 cable for my MBP 17" Late 2011, and they are available in two options — L-shaped and T-shaped. My computer was shipped with L-shaped connector, however I want to ...
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Is there a replacement glass panel for iPad that is “matte”?

I had broken my Unibody MacBook screen and took the opportunity to replace it with a matte screen, via TechRestore. I loved the improvement, as I dislike glossiness in almost every context. Even my ...
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Save it or replace it?

I have an mid 2009 MacBook Pro 13" (processor: 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, memory: 2 GB 1067 MHz DDR3, HDD: 160 GB SATA) and it has started giving me trouble a few months ago. It runs on Max OS 10.7.5 ...
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Repairing/ Fixing/ Finding parts for very old Macbooks?

I'm using a Macbook Pro 13" mid 2010 model and I recently had a visit at the service centre to purchase a new battery. Out of curiosity, I initiated a conversation to understand more about repairing ...
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Specification of MagSafe power adapter coaxial cable?

Does anyone know what type/specification of coaxial cable is used from the transformer brick to the MagSafe connector in the A1343 power supply? The cable from my 85W MagSafe power adapter to my MBP ...
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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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iMac wont startup and won't boot from CD

My 24" 3.06Ghz iMac will no longer fully boot. It constantly gives me the grey "Your machine needs to be restarted" half way through booting. At first I was able to boot into SuperUser mode and run an ...
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My computer may be dead. Help!

Early 2011 13" MBP, formerly 500GB HDD but changed to a 620GB DIY Fusion Drive a few weeks ago. I've been on Yosemite since the first days of the Public Beta, but starting earlier today my computer ...
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How to determine what the repair people did to fix my MacBook?

Recently, my MacBook stopped powering up. When pressing the power button, nothing at all happened. The usual green-yellow light on the power supply appeared normal, but no lights or sounds came from ...
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Reparing a corrupt Time Machine backup on a Time Capsule won't work

I tried to follow these instructions: http://www.garth.org/archives/2011,08,27,169,fix-time-machine-sparsebundle-nas-based-backup-errors.html But after typing in the hdiutil command I only get one ...
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Different Keyboards equals different backlights?

i replaced my old keyboard (german layout) with an us keyboard. It works fine but the backlight seems to be misfit a litte. Is it possible that they using different kinds of backlights?
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MacBook Pro retina, hardware repair - advice

A pair of weeks ago I spilled coffee on my MacBook Pro Retina 15'' (MacBookPro10,2, Early 2013), and now I just received the quote from the customer support centre. It's a 3rd party authorized ...
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Fixing old G3 and G4 laptops

After I replaced the hard drive in my old iBook G3 (with the help of iFixit guides), it will not boot connected to mains power, only with the battery. It also always returns its date/time settings to ...
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Repairing macports after deleting image folders

I was having problems uninstalling a package in macports (gimp2-devel, to be exact) due to some "directory not empty" errors. I discover from comments made by the maintainer of macports that it's OK ...
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Plug headphone not support with macmini

I have a Macmini 4,1. I tried to use plug headset with mic for skype call, but it doesn't work. I can hear the voice from the other end, but my voice can't be heard on the other end. I tried with two ...
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SSD OEM Exact Model, Part Number and Manufacturer in MacBook Pro (Mid 2012)

Does anyone know the exact manufacturer, Apple part number or model number of a 512GB SSD drive in a BTO MacBook Pro (Mid 2012)? I cannot find any teardown photos or System Information screenshots ...
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Are the 4 LCD screws to fix the LCD replacement in an iPad critical?

I just successfully replaced the front glass of my 3th Gen iPad WiFi, but when I cleaned up my desk, I found out I forget to use the 4 LCD screws: Is it worth it working another hour to open up ...