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Questions tagged [hardware]

Matters involving physical computer components, circuitry and parts, as opposed to matters of software or computer programming

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Which problems can be expected by continuing to use a MacBook Pro Battery already due for replacement?

I turned in my MacBook Pro 15" Late-2013 to a service shop. The battery indicator recently has said either "Condition: Replace Now" or "Condition: Service Battery" (I can't remember which). The ...
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Which 15 inch macbook with USB has the highest repair score?

I'm doing research into MacBooks and would like to pick the one which is easiest/cheapest to repair. Can someone point me to a list which has some metrics like "repair score" or reliability? I know ...
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Is there any objective data on Apple laptop hardware reliability [on hold]

I want to know how reliable the recent hardware offerings by Apple have turned out. The focus I am primarily interested in can be reduced to just one type of machine: the MacBook Pros produced from ...
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How does Apple achieve the all aluminium enclosure with RF on the MacBook Pro?

Since 2016, Apple has been able to make these laptops with no visible “window” of plastic or glass for RF signals to travel through. As an electrical engineer, I’m intrigued. If you look at older ...
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Reinitialize third party keyboard

Is there any way to reinitialize an external third party USB keyboard? I hit a wrong key after MACOS detected the new keyboard hardware. Now, my keymapping is not correct. I need to remove or ...
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Is it possible to replace the GPU in this 2006 iMac?

Is it possible to replace the GPU in this 2006 iMac? If yes what kind of models fit in there under the cooler?
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Macbook trackbar gives me electric shocks

I have perused the entire web to see if anyone has had a similar problem with his/her MB but it seems this is an extremely isolated case that myself alone is experiencing. I bought a refurbished 2015 ...
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Transferring hard drive from an old to a new MacBook Pro?

I have this Macbook Pro which has been working grand other than a terrible Logic Board issue. So I’m jumping ship and wanting to set up a new, refurbished mid 2012 MacBook Pro. How can I transfer my ...
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Broken Wi-Fi and Ethernet - Reinstalling OS X El Capitan

Recently on my mid 2009 MacBook Pro, the Wi-Fi suddenly stopped working. I tried resetting NVRAM and SMC but to no avail. I thought it may be a hardware fault, but before buying a costly Airport card, ...
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iMac 12,2 - Likely hardware problem: How to properly diagnose?

The problem: All applications that are launched on the iMac take a very long time to start. E.g. on a clean startup Word takes about 40 seconds to fully start, Adobe Reader about double. The same ...
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MacBook Pro and air logic boards interchange?

Can I interchange my logic boards from MacBook Pro a1502 to a MacBook Air a 1466?
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Connecting Arduino and Processing, how do I know what COM to read? [migrated]

I'm using Processing to read data from the serial port that the Arduino sends. When I go to device manager it shows that the Arduino is in COM 4, but in order for Processing to read from the Arduino ...
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My MacBook has distorted colors unless it is hot?

My (pretty new) MacBook has some (probably hardware-related) graphics problem. The colors are distorted and black flickers. I handed it in for support, but since it's probably due to a water damage (...
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Mac fan speeds really high

I am using istats to see the speed of my fans: I ran a diagnostic by holding down d during a restart and it came up without any errors. I've also reset pram and the readings are still really high. Is ...
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Change Click Firmness of Apple Magic Trackpad 2

I just started using a Magic Trackpad 2 with my 2013 Mac Pro running macOS High Sierra (10.13.6). I expect to be able to change the firmness required to click and activate Force Click. However, in my ...
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Mac mini turns off automatically by itself

Ive got a mid 2012 mac mini which i have used constantly without issue for about 5 years. Today it seems to have developed a weird fault were it powers off by itself. I powered it back on just after ...
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MacBook Pro 15 2017 Battery Condition: Replace Now

My 3 months old Retina MacBook Pro 15 2017 is telling me to replace the battery The system report metrics seem normal I've tried all four USB-C ports, done an SMC and NVRAM reset, still not charging....
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IPhone 5S model/color Different with IMEI, cannot activate

I have a really strange issue. I bought an iPhone 5S some years ago and I was using it very well until one day I decided to reset it. When I did I was unable to activate it again. I decide to ...
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What is the difference between a MacBook Pro MPXW2D/A-056332 and MPXV2D/A-056248

I have been doing some research in preparation for buying a new laptop, and I am having trouble figuring out the differences between different offerings. For example, one vendor offers both a model ...
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How do I disable one fan?

My MacBook Pro has two fans, however the left one is screwed up and makes a lot of noise and scrapes against the back panel (or something like that). Is it possible to disable just one fan and leave ...
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How to know if Macbook Pro new Logic Board has new video chipset

I have a Late 2011 Macbook Pro which has been unusable for a couple months due to the famous GPU issue found on those machines. I went to a place where they repair those kind of things and they told ...
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How to: Disable trackpad entirely (NOT only when a external mouse is connected)

MBP mid-2012 - OSX HiSierra - 10.13 For context...I'll answer the first question most of you will (should) have. Why would I ever want to do this? I want to have ZERO access to a mouse of any type???...
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MacBook Air 2015 hardware issue

A few years ago (in university), I accidently spilt a can of Dr Pepper on my brand new MacBook Air (most expensive can I've ever drank). I took the notebook to my local Apple store to get a diagnosis ...
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2010 iMac overheating after SSD installation [duplicate]

I have installed an extra SSD in my 2010 iMac, replacing the original HDD. The fan(s) started spinning loudly at full speed, so after doing some research, I short-circuited the HDD temperature ...
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macbook pro 8,3 crashes

I have been having sporadic crashes for 2 weeks now; mouse simply disappears from screen while surfing the net and everything locks up; BUT, the restart causes the big problem: I get the pink screen ...
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Macbook Pro A1706, Glass Screen Repair (not the LCD)

So recently I broke the display of my Macbook by closing the lid with an item inside. I have repaired the LCD myself, however, when I was making the repair I cracked the glass screen cover. Just ...
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How to set up an Asus N-14 N-300 USB WiFi adapter on macOS?

I have an Asus N-14 N-300 USB WiFi adapter and am trying to get it to work on macOS. It works well on my Linux machine. I have installed drivers from the product's link. If I go to Apple > About ...
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How can I correct dead Macbook Air camera sensor pixels BEFORE other applications use it?

My Macbook Air's camera has a handful of broken sensor pixels all clumped together near the middle of the image. They're dead -- always black. When I'm on a video conference or a Facetime, this tends ...
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MacBook Pro Mid 2010 13" freezes/restarts when applying pressure on specific part on the back

I own a MacBook Pro Mid 2010 13" that has been running fine up until now and it has already survived 2-3 minor falls off a table but after the last one every time I apply only slight pressure on the ...
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Early 2011 Macbook Pro faulty GPU or Logic Board?

I have a 15" Macbook Pro from early 2011 and am trying to figure out whether the logic board is broken. Background and Original Symptoms In 2016, my Macbook first showed signs of a broken GPU. Since ...
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Is this just a keyboard defect or more [duplicate]

I was stupidly trying to clean the keyboard by taking out each key using a screwdriver as a lever, washing and subsequently drying them. Now only the power button works (MBA 2012). During the process, ...
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Philips #00 screwdriver for MacBook Pro 2013 NZ does not fit

I need to remove the back plane of an early 2013 MacBook Pro, sold in New Zealand. According to questions on here: What screwdriver size is needed for MacBook Pro mid 2012 back cover? Screwdriver ...
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Apple Xserve (Early 2009): Has anyone installed PCIe SSD in PCI-E slot?

I am reconfiguring a working Apple Xserve (Early 2009) [Xserve3,1][model A1279][MB449LL/A] which does not currently have an SSD installed, neither the factory 128GB SATA, nor any aftermarket. I'm ...
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stuck in GRUB rescue: hardware error?

After ejecting a recalcitrant DVD I'm presented with a GRUB menu: grub> ls (hd0) (hd0,gpt4) (hd0,gpt3) (hd0,gpt2) (hd0,gpt1) (cd0) grub> 1.) why so many? 2.) Which one is Linux? 3.) Might ...
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how to eject a DVD from a MacBook?

On an older Macbook from 2008 the DVD is stuck in the tray. Unfortunately, GRUB isn't booting properly so there's no OS. How can I eject the disk? It's a slot loaded disk, so no button or tray.
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Serial number and sound unavailable after taking apart MacBook Air to clean it

I decided to take apart my MBA by myself to clean it up. I know that it is wrong — it was my decision and I knew what to do. I did everything very carefully. After I put everything back my MBA works ...
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2015 MacBook Air with Constant High RPM Fan

I have this MacBook Air that has been having a fan problem over the past few weeks. The fans run at full speed ALWAYS. As soon as you hit the power button, before the system even starts booting, the ...
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Both monitors only detect Apple display port

Both of my two monitors, an Acer P215H, and a Dell E228WFPC, couldn't detect any signal from my Mac Pro mid 2015 when connected using the two adapters, in the first picture, either via DVI or VGA. ...
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Macbook Pro Battery 0% and wrong date

Model: MacBook Pro Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015 While I was working, I didn't realize that the battery was low and as a result, my MacBook Pro shut down when the battery had no power. So, then I ...
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Unintentionally remapped keys on a MacBook Air (2012)

One day my MacBook Air mysteriously remapped the 'U', 'I' and 'O' keys to all be the alt/option key. I've no idea what triggered this, I took it to the apple shop and it seems to stay that way when ...
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Set maximum fan speed

Is it possible to set the maximum computer fan speed on the latest Macs, ideally with Terminal? I understand this is a terrible idea as it will likely lead to hardware overheating and failing, but I'm ...
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Water-damaged Macbook Pro - everything except keyboard and trackpad works

A family member gave me a 13" mid-2015 Macbook Pro that had been water-damaged. Besides the battery being dead, the computer booted up fine. The only two things that don't work are the keyboard and ...
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Understanding Mac Battery Information

In System Information, we can obtain information about the battery, e.g.: Battery Information: Model Information: Serial Number: D866192Q1NFFWLKE1 Manufacturer: SMP Device Name: ...
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How to purchase a used Apple Watch?

What necessary and sufficient steps can one take, from the software side of the device, when (s)he is purchasing a used Apple Watch, to make sure the Watch is what the seller is claiming it to be? ...
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MBP Folder/Question mark icon, but boots ok with Option key

I have a 2012 classic MacBook Pro that crashed the other day when waking from sleep. On reboot, I got the dreaded missing boot volume indicator. Rebooting with the option key showed no available boot ...
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MBP 15" Retina problems: one display hinge is way too tight

I'm trying to nurse my Mid-2014 Macbook Pro Retina 15" through at least another year. Unfortunately, the hinges seem to be going bad. They were getting loose, but in the last few days the right rear ...
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Macbook Pro WiFi hardware sporadically malfunctioning

I dropped my MacBook Pro (15" mid 2012) last week, which appeared to just give a bit of cosmetic damage near the Ethernet port. But over the last few days, my Mac has repeatedly automatically set WiFi ...
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What is the purpose of the bottommost screw holding the IPhone 5 LCD shield plate?

While being sold bottom quality LCD replacements for my iPhone 5 and subsequently returning them six times I lost one of the screws that holds the LCD shield plate in place. It's the one closest to ...
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Dual 4k monitor setup at 60hz with 2015(?) 15" MacBook Pro

I purchased the 15 inch MacBook Pro that costs $1999 on Apple's website a couple of weeks ago. I believe this is the 2015 model, and it does not have a touchbar. I have been using the laptop itself ...
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Macbook startup problem. Once started is extremely slow

I have a serious problem with my Macbook pro retina 13" early 2015. Some days ago, after a normal shutdown, the Macbook did not startup anymore. It emitted the short start sound and it went back to ...