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Should this hardware piece look like this?

In the image you can see the hardware part of the battery (I think) and it looks weird with all the white things. Is this normal, because the Mac was recently bought. This is a MacBook Air 2019. ...
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What is the voltage output of an Apple 85W MagSafe 2 model A1424 without a load?

I’m looking to understand how to test and evaluate chargers so this is a bit technical a problem. Since MagSafe is proprietary, I can’t consult a USB power distribution specification to know how ...
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Could I take a Core i7 form a 2012 MBP and put it into a 2018 MBP?

I know very little about computer hardware so I thought I might as well ask. I have an Intel Core i7 in my MacBook Pro Late 2012. I am considering getting a 2018 MacBook Pro. I was wondering if it is ...
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MacBook Air Early 2015 SSD > MacBook Pro Early 2013?

BLUF: Can I use the SSD out of a MacBook Air in a MacBook Pro 13? I have a road worn but otherwise fine MacBook Pro 13"/Early 2013. About a year ago it started having issues with crashes and hangs. I ...
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iMac 27" 2010 Graphics Card Issue

I have a 27" iMac and the graphics card started giving me issues. I'm not a Mac expert but I've tried this and this and this and this but no luck. Also, I haven't tried baking the physical card, I'm ...
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MacBook Pro randomly hangs after water damage

I had water damage on my MacBook Pro trackpad. After that my mouse cursor started randomly trembling. I turned off the MacBook, washed it with isopropyl alcohol and after that it began to randomly ...
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MacBook Pro (2011) shows flashing folder at startup but the disk is valid

I have a MacBook Pro (early 2011) and recently the laptop boots to a white screen that flashes a folder with a question mark. I know that means the laptop cannot detect an available startup disk. I ...
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iPhone X has a green line on the left of screen. How to fix it?

My friend got this iPhone X and it suddenly has a bright green line on the left side of the screen. Whole display getting bit greenish because of it. The warranty is also finished because it's more ...
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MacBook Pro late 2013 (Model: A1502) won't boot or respond to any Input

I have a big problem with my MacBook Pro late 2013 it does not boot or light up in any way. Current behavior The only reaction that I get is, when I connect it to the powercord and start with the ...
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2010 MacBook Pro motherboard doesn't POST, 2 blinks on the sleep LED

I bought a 2010 MacBook Pro motherboard and misc. parts (optical drive, cables, etc.) for dirt cheap, with the hopes of testing all the parts it came with so I could part it out and sell it. I bought ...
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Is there a way to easily test the speed and power capacity of a USB-C cable?

Specifically in a macOS / iOS household (i.e. not looking for solutions that calls for Windows software). I have a number from varying sources and definitely they are not equal. For example: The C-...
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Finding out if upgrading to a newer macOS version will cause issues?

I'm going to be upgrading my Macbook Pro (mid-2012 model) from its original OS X Lion 10.7 installation to a newer version of macOS. It looks like Apple will allow me to upgrade from Lion directly to ...
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dd input/output error. No information in error string

I am using a MacBook macOS Mojave 10.14.5. I can list the device with diskutil list, but it isn't mounted. I perform the dd command below. The output states input/output error, which doesn't give a ...
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Fan speed semi-permanently at max despite PRM & SMC reset & setting fan speed manually

I have a 13-inch MacBook Pro from early 2011, with custom SSD & Memory upgrade. For the last few months, the fan has been running at max speed or close to it. To fix it, I've tried: Resetting ...
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Selling water damaged MacBook Air 2017: Is it safe to simply remove the SSD?

I water damaged my Macbook Air 2017 and it will no longer turn on. I was thinking of selling the MBA for some money but wanted to make sure that my security is not compromised. If I remove the SSD ...
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MacBook Pro Fans Won't Turn On

I just bought a refurbished Macbook Pro (Retina, early 2013). It seems to be overheating and shutting down without the fans ever coming on. I first noticed the problem while trying to download a game. ...
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Why are Apple Watch activity rings moving on by themselves?

I am observing my Apple Watch activity rings are moving insanely. I did talk to customer service they were also unable to help me. Did anyone face the issue before? What happened today? I wore the ...
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Cannot login to macbook pro due to keyboard not working. Mouse can move, but not click

I was just watching a youtube video on chrome with no other programs running, when my keyboard stopped working. I could still move the mouse with the trackpad, but not click. I could use the upper ...
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MacBook Pro 15 speaker wattage

I am interested in knowing the technical specifications of the speakers supplied with the 15 inch MacBook Pro (2018). They sound distinctively more loud as compared to any other laptop on the market. ...
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water splash caused minor iPad Power Button problems, what is the risk of mainboard corrosion?

Summary Water splash on iPad Pro 12.9" (first generation) Power button stopped working, then few times appeared to press itself, then started working again. Third party repair service refused to open ...
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Screws required to attach HD's to mounting tray for Apple Mac Pro Tower Mid-2012

I recently ordered 2 new HD's for my Apple Mac Pro Tower however on opening my Mac, I found all the screws were missing in the last two trays. I borrowed as many as I could from the other two trays ...
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External Disk, extended journaled with password, suddenly starts without password query

my External DiskLaCie hard drive D2 Quadra USB3, extended journaled with password, appears on the screen the next morning without a password query. On my MacBook Pro and on the hard drive no updates ...
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How do I use a Wacom Intuos 3 with OS X Mojave (10.14.5)?

I have a (2009) Wacom Intuos 3 (Model: PTZ-930) graphic tablet which actually works well and for my convenience. More importantly I'm used to it. Unfortunately it doesn't work anymore with OS X Mojave ...
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Recovering files from SSD of MacBook Pro that won’t boot due to water damage

Before you start lecturing me on making backups, I'm happy no announce that 90% of my data is backed up. I did exclude some non-essential folders because my internet is garbage. Losing these are an ...
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Is it safe to charge my MacBook Pro with a 24W solar panel with USB-C? [duplicate]

I charged my 2016 13" MacBook Pro i7 with Touch Bar this morning with a 24W solar panel. I am not sure if this is safe to do longterm for the the laptop. Am I damaging the MacBook if I do this? What ...
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MacBook Pro 2017 screen “dents”

I bought my MacBook Pro 2017, brand new, about 1 year ago. (I have about 3 weeks left on the warranty). I love almost everything about it, except for the screen, which now has over a dozen little sand ...
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Macbook pro 2016 0% battery 350 cycles

today my mac didnt turn on, i plugged în and turned on then i saw 0% battery. Why? At only 350 cycles and 2 years.
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CPU frequency very low during high disk I/O and more aggressive fan policy

model: MacBook Pro 15-inch 2018 macOS: Mojave 10.14.5 CPU: Intel i7-8850H Recently, I've observed a significant slow-down of the macOS during high disk I/O. Sometimes the CPU frequency would be ...
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2012 iMac: Stalling on boot (macOS Mojave 10.14.5) External SSD. Display Issue?

Adding more detail: This is late 2012 iMac (13,2) with 128GB original internal NVMe but with new Samsung EVO 860 1TB SSD. I used to be able to talk to it via target disk mode (where I erased drives) ...
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Is it safe to wash your iPhone with soap and water?

My iPhone XS is water resistant. I just got some burrito juice on it so I went ahead and washed it with soap and water. It's never felt cleaner, and it feels brand new. Is this safe?
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2009 Mac Pro Processor Change - how to resolve errors?

I have a Mac Pro "Eight Core" 2.26 (2009/Nehalem) that I was running with dual X5690 (3.46GHz/6-core/12MB/130W) processors for the last couple years (yes, I've got the 2010 firmware hack on it). Been ...
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Vertical lines on the left side of iPhone 4s after it fell down. Can it be fixed without replacing its screen?

I accidentally dropped my iPhone 4s and vertical lines have appeared on the left side. Although, the screen did not break. The screen works well, but I can't see the other side of the screen. this is ...
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Crackling/Popping Right Speaker on Mid 2015 15" Macbook Pro

I've only began experiencing this issue this morning, I first noticed it at around 4 AM. Its 1 PM now. What I've done so far: Reset PRAM & SMC Switched Left & Right Speakers. The right ...
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What is the correct pentalobe screwdriver size for a Macbook Air Model A1370?

I think it is 1.2 mm based on results returned by eBay, however, it would be nice if someone could confirm that this is the correct size and not the 0.8 mm Macbook Air MacBookAir4,1 (11-inch, Mid ...
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How does noise-cancellation work in Mac laptops?

How does noise-cancellation work in Mac laptops?. I understand how it works in Headphones or even in iPhone. But if the mics in a MacBook Air 2018, for example, are located in the same spot, what ...
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Can the stand in a Mid-2011 21.5" iMac be removed?

I have a mid-2011 21.5" iMac (EMC 2389) and I am trying to remove the stand. I'm trying to follow this guide but I can't seem to find the "latch" that he talks about. I heard that any iMac past 2011 ...
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Does switching the keyboard language (literally) works?

I’ve used US format keyboard along all my life, a couple days ago I bought a Macbook Pro 13’ mid 2012 in in Mexico it was way more cheaper and with no issues at all with the computer, but I’m not used ...
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What replaces x86 intrinsics for C when Apple ditches Intel CPUs for their own chips?

There are whole industries founded on the use of Intel Intrinsics for CPU parallelisation (with SIMD). For example, the community of Lattice QCD physicists depend on that for boost in the efficiency ...
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Mojave: Mac keeps restarting 'due to a problem' after waking it from sleep mode?

I've looked through threads but can't seem to find a solution to my issue. When I close my MacBook into 'sleep mode', then open it, it restarts. Then displays a window saying it restarted due to a '...
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Cracking/static noise related to fan on MacBook Pro 2017

My MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, 2017) makes strange cracking / static interference noise from the left side. No noise can be heard through headphones. First I thought it is the speaker, but ...
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My AppleCare is about to expire with my battery at 81%. Is there a good way to get it to 79% so I can get a new battery?

AppleCare covers the replacement of a MacBook Pro battery if it drops below 80% capacity before 1000 cycles. I have until the end of the year and I'm at 81% and 300 cycles. It would be nice to get a ...
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Can I check if the cooling system of my Macbook Pro 15" Early 2013 works as intended?

I have this model: MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.7 15" Early 2013 2.7 GHz Core i7 (I7-3740QM) Intro. February 13, 2013 Disc. October 22, 2013 Order ME665LL/A Model A1398 (EMC 2673) Recently ...
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Macbook Air USB ports stop working one after another until none (of the two) remain

I have a 2017 Macbook air that has a nice habit of sequentially disabling USB ports (even while they are not being used). I am forced to restart my machine at random times in order to get them back to ...
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Headphone Jack for Switch Peripheral

I'd like to add 2 physical switches to my iPhone and read their values in an app then do things based on those inputs. I understand the iPhone will detect an external mic if it sees a 1600 ohm ...
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Water Spill on MacBook Air -Speakers, keyboard and Camera don't work-What do I do? [duplicate]

I spilled water on my MacBook Air, only on top (keyboard) and it shut off right after. I will admit I did not take the proper steps to help nor mess it up but I didn't know. Anyways after a night of ...
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Problem re-assembling front cover clips on an iMac 5,1

I had to pull my iMac apart in order to extract a CD from the drive. I have it all back together now except for getting the front cover on. I am being defeated by the clips at the top inside of the ...
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2007 iMac Audio Board -> USB

TLDR; need a pinout for the ribbon cable of the 820-2136-A Audio Board I bought a Mac Mini to replace my 2007 20" iMac (A1224). The Mini is plenty powerful with its new quad-core i3, RAM is ...
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Evaluating a service advertising “new video GPU” for macbook pros with the GPU defect

If someone advertises a service for a "NEW VIDEO GPU"for the 2011-2012 MacBooks with the GPU defect, could that be other than fraudulent? Isn't the defect in the solder used for the GPU (low lead), ...
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Mac Mini (2018) 10Gb Port Compatibility

Is the 10Gb port on the latest Mac Mini (2018) backwards compatible with 10/100/1000Base-T devices? I ask because the Apple site reports that the upgraded 10Gb port uses NBase-T.
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CoreServices slow and crashing; possible hardware issues

I recently did a clean install of macOS Sierra onto a 500gb hdd, and the only menubar/always running apps are Finder, Little Snitch (v3.8), Launchbar, Macs Fan Control, Endurance, Airparrot 2, and ...