Questions tagged [hardware]

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

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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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What type/size of monitors is best for imac late 2012? [closed]

I want to attach another monitor (and maybe a third one later) to my imac late 2012 that is 21.5". I'm a programmer and want one that is easy on the eye. There are many options and monitors that are ...
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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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Battery percentage going up and down, MacBook Pro crashing randomly

I have a late 2016 MacBook Pro with macOS 10.13.2 High Sierra installed. I've had this problem from at least 3 months. At first, the battery percentage wasn't dancing like crazy but today it happened....
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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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Is there any (non-obvious) way to diagnose a damaged magsafe supply on a Thunderbolt display?

I recently had my MacBook (Mid 2015, Retina) repaired for hardware issues related to SMC failure. After about a day of it working, it started having the exact same issues, which is odd considering ...
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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 ...
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PSA: Random freezes/kernel panic on 2013-2015 retina MBP

I've got a Late 2013 15" MBP (A1398) that has been experiencing random freezes/kernel panics for a while now. I was initially unable to pinpoint a cause.
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How is modifier key remapping implemented on Touchbar Macbooks?

How is modifier key remapping implemented on Touchbar Macbooks? Is it done by the main OS, or is it delegated to a controller associated with the keyboard itself? I understand that the Touch Bar and ...
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Can I use any hardware on MBP retina late 2012 on a MBP mid 2012 (non retina)?

My CD drive does not work on MBP 13 mid 2012 and I ended paying over the odds on a late 2012 13” retina which has a screen problem it does not turn on, when connected to external monitor it’s all well....
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Repeated MacBook Pro 2012 HDD Cable Failures

Two weeks ago, a friend's mid-2012 MacBook Pro gave the dreaded question mark folder upon attempting to wake from sleep. I pulled the drive and checked it (backed up, SMART status passed, 70+ MBps ...
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Booting into macOS installer; possibly stuck

I'm trying to boot into a macOS Sierra installer that I made today. For the last about 20% of the progress bar, it was booting extremely slowly. Now, the progress bar has been stuck for the last ~20 ...
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After shutting down, restarting doesn't turn on screen until I unplug and replug in battery

I recently have been having some problems with my mid-2012 Macbook Pro, where after it shuts down, the screen doesn't turn on when I restart it. I have a quick fix for this, but it doesn't stay ...
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Dual CPU Mac Pro 4,1->5,1 won't boot with more than one RAM stick per processor

I was working on my dual CPU Mac Pro 4,1 (upgraded to 5,1), having removed the CPU tray to access the board behind it, and subsequently the machine was non-bootable. Following the process of building ...
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How to process XF86-Keys (like XF86Calculator) on mac?

The Keyboard I use with the mac book at my work is a Cherry KC1000 (PC keyboard) and comes with additional hotkeys. I got XF86Calculator, XF86HomePage, XF86Mail and XF86Standby. XF86Standby acts like ...
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MacBook Pro Keys CVBNM don't work after battery replacement [duplicate]

I recently replaced the Battery of my Mac Book using this guide: iFixit Battery Replacement Guide The new battery is working great, but after a short time, the Space Bar suddenly got kinda stuck. (...
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What makes a MacBook much thicker or thinner?

Apple's official website says the height of a MacBook could be from "0.35 to 1.31 cm". This is a wide range, more than double thickness. I'm buying a new customized MacBook. When is it 0.35 cm thick ...
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MacBook Pro 2018 ventilation slots blocked

I bought my MacBook Pro in October 2018. Now, on both the left and the right side of the machine's backside (the bottom) both the ventilation slots show some kind of foil coming out. The foil is ...
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iPhone 6s keeps rebooting after screen replacement

One week ago I did a screen replacement on my iPhone 6s. I successfully tested the home button, sensors like the front-facing camera, the speakers and so on. Two days later the smartphone didn't boot ...
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Getting serial port name from USB device's serial number

Is there a way to get the '/dev/cu.*' port name from a USB device's serial number? I'm using the following command to get the serial number: system_profiler SPUSBDataType | grep "Serial Number" I'm ...
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How do I upgrade my internal SSD using a third party if my current one is not recognized (failed)?

I have a Late 2013 MBP whose 1TB SSD (PCIe) decided to suddenly fail last week. I managed to wipe and reformat the drive via target disk mode, but I cannot reinstall macOS from target disk mode (I ...
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Error: Space manager is invalid

My macbook (Mid-2012, Non-retina) crashed today and it beeped. I managed to solve it by this video. Actually it did not solve. So i upgrade to Majove from Sierra. This way, my macbook start to boot. ...
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Prevent MacBook Pro from turning on by touching trackpad

Recently got a new MacBook Pro and I really don't like the fact that it powers on by a simple touch on the trackpad. (EDIT: By "powering on", I mean powering on from a completely turned off state, ...
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What is the ribbon in this picture of a 2006 MacBook?

I accidentally ripped it when removing an old hard drive. Now the computer won't power up. What is it and can it be replaced?
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iMac late 2009 new ssd install

So I’ve read through a lot of “new install” threads and all are pretty much the same...use internet recovery or cmd+r on boot up. But here’s my issue. My old hdd crashed so I don’t have anything ...