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Identifying two components on MBP 2012 backside of mainboard

Can someone please help in identifying the part on the motherboard backside, near battery connector (circled in green)? It looks like a small cushion/pad. And a pin like thing (circled in red). ...
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As a Webdev, can i buy the new M1 Macbook Pro , or do i need to buy an Intel i7 based one? [duplicate]

I'm in the market for a new Macbook Pro right now. I really want to go and buy a new M1 chipped, but can't seem to find the right answer for me anywhere else. I keep hearing a lot of stuff isn't ready,...
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As a Webdev, can i buy the new M1 macbook, or do i need to buy an Intel i7 based one? [closed]

I'm in the market for a new Macbook Pro right now. I really want to go and buy a new M1 chipped, but can't seem to find the right answer for me anywhere else. I keep hearing a lot of stuff isn't ready,...
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2010 27" iMac - ambient sensor connection on cpu fan

2010 27" iMac - regarding the ambient sensor connection on cpu fan housing - What is the proper contact position of the sensor with relation to the bracket that secures/holds the sensor in place?
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Webcam not working after MacOS update to version 11.2.1

I have a 16 inch MacBook Pro. The webcam on it was working fine before the update. But since the update, when I open FaceTime, it shows I guess what is the first frame, and that's it - there's no ...
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Buzzing sound through MBA earphones while charging

I have got a MBA M1 base variant and am in India with 220 V @ 50 Hz power supply. Currently, my MBA is plugged in (and 100% charged) and through my earphones I am hearing a buzzing sound. If I turn ...
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What's the likely cause of this video display problem on my 2012 Macbook?

GIF of problem Mid-2012 Macbook Pro Retina Display on OS X High Sierra 10.13.6 I get this artifact on powering the unit up after it's been off overnight. It keeps glitching like this for 1 or 2 hours ...
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Disable Fans on MacBook Air 2019

Hi I'd like to disable the fans on my 2019 MacBook Air. Since it doesn't even do smth for Pooling since ist completly passive coolen (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiCBYAP_Sgg, Video from Louis ...
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Diagnostic Wi-Fi failure issue

I try to find out whether a Wi-Fi card plus or cable or some software issue going on with my mid-2012 MacBook Pro. I tried almost all the different hardware resets starting with SMC and NVRAM reset; ...
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Can I test MBP 13'' 2011 battery on MBP 15'' 2011?

My Macbook Pro 13inch 2011(A1276) new battery acting very weird(capacity/health decreasing quickly, slow charging and etc.). Battery has made only 10 charging cycles. I tried to reset SMC multiple ...
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MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019) thermal issues

A few months ago I got a 16-inch MacBook Pro (A2141) with 32GB ram and Core i9 (I9-9980HK) 2.4 GHz processor. My problem is that that it overheats very quickly and drop the performance of the CPU to ...
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USB-C Ethernet adapter no longer working

I have two USB-C Ethernet adaptors: AmazonBasics USB 3.1 Type-C to Ethernet Adapter BENFEI Type-C (Thunderbolt 3) to RJ45 Gigabit 1000 Mbps Ethernet Adapter I've used the AmazonBasics one for a ...
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What's the difference between OWC's HDD/SSD thermal sensor(s) vs shorting the pins/using an ODD thermal sensor/replacing with a bipolar transistor?

When swapping the HDD/SSD in a 2009-2010 iMac, the HDD fan will go haywire if the HDD is not an Apple OEM drive, or some trick is done with the thermal sensor such as shorting its pins, replacing it ...
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Does opening the Mac mini 2018 for cleaning void the warranty?

I've had my Mac mini 2018 for just over two years. I am concerned that there has accumulated dust inside of the computer – not because anything seems problematic at the moment, but my experience with ...
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iPhone 8 proximity sensor not working after display switch

so I've changed a splintered display including a new flex-cable with front camera, brightness and proximity sensor of an iPhone 8 for my first time and it is working nearly as wanted... nearly! The ...
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How to determine if a USB-C power bank can charge my macbook?

I am starting to realize that I may need my MacBook battery to last longer while I am outside without having any power socket available. My MacBook has a USB-C port used both for charging and for data....
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2016 MacBook Pro Touch Bar (A1706) Doesn't Boot When Battery is Plugged In

First time posting here so I'm sorry if I mess anything up. I have a 2016 MacBook Pro Touch Bar 13" that refuses to charge or boot when the battery is connected (It will boot when plugged into ...
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iMac screen shows nothing after replacing hard drive

I replaced the hard drive on my iMac 8,1 (iMac 20-Inch "Core 2 Duo" (Early 2008)) per OWC's instructions with an SSD I had sitting around. I used a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter that would ...
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Wine damage on MacBook Air 13'3 2019 [duplicate]

As the title gives away I spilled a glass of wine on my mac. I turned it head down right a way and dried it. Every thing seemed to work fine until half an hour later i put it in charge. It first kept ...
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Strange “spinning up” like sound coming from Macbook at regular interval, every 5-10 seconds or so

I noticed it a few days ago that whenever my laptop is open/on there is a strange, very brief spin-up sound coming from what seems like the left side. It happens at a very regular interval, about ...
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Extension cable for CalDigit Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock

Looking for an extension cable to the CalDigit Mini Dock, but none of the cords I'm getting are working. Could anyone point me to one that will work? These are the two I've tried: https://www.amazon....
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MacBook Pro - High CPU Under Low Workload

I've got the MacBook Pro 16" 2019 (2.3 GHz 8-Core Intel Core i9, AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 4 GB). Since upgrading to macOS Big Sur, I've been experiencing an issue whereby the system will become ...
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How do I prolong the longevity of my MacBook's internal SSD?

I have a MacBook Pro with a 500GB NVMe internal drive. According to this website, the Samsung 850 Pro is under warranty until 300 TBW for a 512 GB drive. Other sources (less conservatively) report ...
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How do I cover up the color of my macbook?

I have recently gotten a "old" macbook 12" (from 2018) from a family member, unfortunately the color is rose gold. It doesn't look that bad, but I would prefer a darker/space grey color....
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Occasionally getting additional spaces inserted when typing

When typing, after hitting spacebar, I often get an additional space inserted. I haven't seen it happen when using the built-in keyboard, but it happens with two separate external keyboards. As far as ...
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Correct Battery Replacement for Old Macbook Air

Correct Battery Replacement for Old Macbook Air Hi there, thank you for reading :) I have a Macbook Air 5,2 (13” mid 2012) that has a battery with over 1062 cycles and a condition of “Replace Now”, ...
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2015 MacBook Pro 15” Cooling fans seem to be spinning in opposite direction?

I just recently placed a new battery and speakers into a 2015 15” MacBook Pro. To do this I had to take out the entire logic board. Obviously, the fans have to be in the correct position as you can ...
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How can I tell if my MacMini 2012 power supply is dead?

I have a Mac Mini late-2012 A1347 that will not power on. I've tried the steps to reset the SMC (unplug-wait 30s-plug-wait 5s) and still nothing happens when I press the power button. No chime, no ...
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Write protecting a linux drive on macos, to prevent any accidental formatting

I have an external drive plug into mac os, in which i install linux on, for a dual boot of linux and macos. I am running MacOS Catalina 10.15.7. Everything works great, except one major flaw with ...
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MacBook Pro 16” and HDMI splitter not working

I recently purchased several HDMI splitters to use with my MacBook Pro (16"). I was hoping to connect one of them like this: ------ Monitor / MacBook Pro 16&...
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20 Watt charger harmful for the battery of a device?

I'm considering to buy a 20 watt charger for my iOS-devices. Obviously it charges a device two to three times faster then the 5 watt chargers, which I currently use. I just wonder: Might it reduce the ...
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Recover data from broken iPhone 6

An iPhone is bent and broken and does not turn on: Apple says that it only offers data recovery through software, not hardware, and several Authorized Service Providers say that they don't do it ...
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6+12 PIN (Macbook Air 2011 - A1370) SSD transfer speeds issues

I upgraded my MacBook Air 2011 (A1370) to a Crucial MX500 SATA SSD with better speeds and would like to give the original APPLE TS128C (128gb) a second life. I have tried a basic enclosure that does ...
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Internal SSD seen by Mojave Installer but not El Capitan or Sierra installers

The internal SSD is formatted to JHFS+ with the Mojave Installer disk utility. Previously, it had Mojave and later Catalina installed on it without a problem Neither the El Capitan or Sierra ...
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Are Apple silicon M1 Chip MacBook Air/Pro “laptops” usable on the lap?

I have a work-issued MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019) running macOS Catalina, and it's not usable as a laptop, because it runs too hot, making it impossible to hold on the lap for any significant amount of ...
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Speaker transplant between iPhone 6 Plus and 6s Plus

I have an iPhone 6s Plus and looking forward to giving it to my little sister. She complains the speaker is too quiet and that's true. You can barely hear any audio from both the earpiece and the ...
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MFi product look up

I used to check MFi product using mfi.apple.com/MFiWeb/getAPS provided by Apple. It looks like they have turned it off. I would like to know if there is any alternative available?
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Intuos 3 Drivers for Mac OSX Sierra (10.12)

I have an old Wacom Intuos 3 tablet (with pen and mouse) that I occasionally use with my Mac (OS 10.12.6 - Sierra). I noticed my Wacom Intuos 3 mouse was acting strange (clicks not always being ...
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Is it safe to replace a CPU in MacBook Pro 15” 2018?

My MacBook Pro 15” 2018 stopped working. The CPU model is: 2.6GHz 6‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.3GHz I brought it to official Apple Service. They didn’t tell me ...
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MPB gives mechanical popping sound when it gets CPU heavy load

I'm using my 16' MBP (I bought it december 2019) for development (.NET Core). I experience that when I compile the code (the machine has 6 CPUs, htop shows 12 threads, so the compile can use up to 12 ...
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How to use an External Display on a MacBook Pro with a cracked built-in-display and without having MacOS installed on it

I have a Macbook Pro (A1425) with a broken display. Because fixing the display is almost as expensive as a new Macbook he bought a new one and gave me the broken one. Last thing he was doing with it ...
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iMac with black screen, backlight on, no activity

I'm having a problem with a 5k iMac 27" (mid-2015). When I turn it on, the backlight comes on, but the screen is completely black and there’s no activity. An external monitor (plugged in with a ...
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No touchbar detected on Macbook Pro 15 2017 after replacing cable

Okay so I don't have an official Apple store in my country and my keyboard and batteries were giving me trouble. During the replacement process, as I was taking out my original keyboard, I slightly ...
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Canned air and Liquid Submersion Indicator (LSI) Macbook

I think this is more a chemistry stack exchange question but I believe being related to a computer it isn't well received there. Canned air spray is used to clean dusty internal or external components....
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Finder (and Xcode) accessing iDevices while network was off

I am trying to figure out what is wrong with my Mac. Here are my devices: iPad (7th generation, MW752LL/A) with iOS 14.01 (18A393) iPad Air (MD788LL/A) with iOS 12.4.8 (16G201) iPhone 6 Plus (...
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Graphics problems even after disabling discrete graphics card on Macbook Pro 2011

So following the extremely useful instructions here I have to managed to successfully disable the discrete graphics card on my 15" MacBook Pro 2011. The laptop which was getting stuck on boot ...
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MacBook Pro 2011 has faulty power button - How do I enable any key or lid open boot settings?

I'm working on an Early 2011 MacBook Pro 13" which suffered a little water damage. After cleaning the system I can get it to turn on by disconnecting the battery, then reconnecting it and ...
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Mac Pro 3,1 Power Up No Chime Nor Boot

My Early 2008 Mac Pro won't boot. Won't do much, actually. This is what I've done: replaced the power supply removed DVD player removed all RAM removed all video cards (I have a handful of ...
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What is the purpose of this plastic piece inside my MacBook Air?

I have a MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015). The model number is A1466 (EMC 2925). I recently removed the bottom case (in order to fix my trackpad) and immediately noticed broken plastic pieces inside ...
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MBP water damage diagnosis

I accidentally spilled water on to my 2017 MacBook Pro (Touch bar) (keyboard and trackpad), and because I panicked a bit I used the immediate reboot key (shift+control+option+command+power) instead of ...

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