Questions tagged [hardware-recommendation]

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Why won't my new MBP actually shutdown when I click “Shutdown…” in the “apple” menu

This is related to this other question Prevent MacBook Pro from turning on by touching trackpad. My new MacBook Pro (MBP) seems to fails to actually shutdown when clicking "Shutdown..." in the "apple"...
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iMac 27” Mid-2010 GPU upgrade

I am using an iMac 27“ 2010 and I like to upgrade the Graphics Card. I know the Radeon 6970 from the later 2011 iMac will do the trick, but it would only be a slightly upgrade in performance. Does ...
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Reliability of cheaper RAM like Komputerbay, or unbranded?

Online stores sell DDR3 memory from companies like Komputerbay for a fraction of the price that Kingston, Samsung, Crucial, OWC, etc. charge (not mentioning Apple OEM). Most reviews are good, but ...
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Transcend Jetdrive vs OWC Aura

I've just bought a used 2012-era MacBook Air (model MacBookAir5,2). I'm considering upgrading the SSD using a Transcend Jetdrive or an OWC Aura. Going by their specs, both devices are the same. ...
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Most compact solution for external monitor for 2011 MacBook Pro

My MacBook Pro's dGPU failed and I did the software "fix" where I am forcing the use of the integrated GPU. Unfortunately because of disabling the dGPU there is no way to connect the external monitor ...
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Looking for a right angled connector for my 15" Touchbar MacBook Pro

Currently I have an LG Ultra Fine 5K Display and a MacBook Pro with TouchBar. I have one cable connecting my laptop to the monitor that takes care of power, display and USB. I'm using the cable that ...
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USB Stereo Microphone for iPad?

What are working stereo USB microphone options for the iPad? It needs to be usable as an audio input into recorder apps? Presumably plugged into the iPad through the USB camera connection adapter.
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Braided cable and USB-C adapter to resolve the Wifi/USB C interference on Macbook Pro

I've been reading an article about the interference problem between the Wifi signal (2.4 GHz) and most of USB-C adapters on the market. One of the solutions to solve this problem is to make sure that ...
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Mac Air 13” Wi-Fi Hardware Issue

I have a MacBook and the other day i spilled a little bit of water on to it, nothing big or anything i soaked it up with the towel. The next day it would not turn on but eventually i managed to turn ...
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Extension cord or “hub” for USB-C / Thunderbolt 3

The picture below shows how my desk looks after I got my new Mac Book Pro (2017). The bright adapter is for USB, HDMI, USB-C and Ethernet. The darker adapter is from USB-C to Mini Display Port. It's ...
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Writing tablet compatible with Mac

I need to write Mathematics, but I would like to avoid Latex for quick notes that I wish to send to colleagues. So I would like to have somewhere to write with some sort of pen, in such a way that 1) ...
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How to make my late 2011 MBP compatible with USB 3.0?

Maybe an ExpressCard? Is that the way I should do it? My ports look like this:
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How can I listen to DAB+ radio on my iPhone?

In my home country we have switched off FM radio and done a full transition to DAB+. So, I'm now in the market for a portable dongle (or similar) that will enable me to listen to DAB through my ...
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What hardware needed to connect 2 monitors + peripherals to 2018 MBP via a single cable?

I am trying to connect the following to my 2018 MacBook Pro (15 inch): 2 monitors (Dell U2715H, 2560 x 1440) 2 USB-3 peripherals (mouse, keyboard) ... but I would like to connect only one cable to ...
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Ergonomic Keyboard for OS Sierra [closed]

I recently switched from PC (many years, many Dells) to an iMac. I'm learning to love it. I do not have any issues with my wrists, etc., but I am a very fast typist and am used to an ergonomic ...
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Macbook Pro 15'' early 2011 - external monitor 27'' with DVI connection

I want to buy an external monitor for my Macbook Pro (15'' early 2011). I would want a 27'' with 2560x1440 resolution but I have a doubt: a mini diplay port/DVI converter is sufficient or I will need ...
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What is the best surface to use the Magic Mouse on?

I got the Magic Mouse along with my MacBook, tried using it for awhile, but I got disenchanted with it quickly. Instead of having sliding pads, it has two hard plastic bars, which make it unpleasant ...
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PCMCIA USB 3.0 card for Mid 2010 Macbook Pro

I had an 17 inch Mid 2010 Macbook Pro (MacPro6,1) that had 3 USB2.0 ports, and a 34PIN expressCard slot. I heard one way to get USB3.0 I/O for this machine is to use a USB 3.0 PCMCIA expressCard. ...
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How to fix memory corruption on 2011 MacBook Air?

I got a 2011 MacBook Air 13”, the device was slowly dying. Now it only boots intermittently and crashes/freezes within 15 seconds of boot up. Many times it does not boot at all - just black screen and ...
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What is an OEM SSD for Macbook Pro

I have a Macbook Pro 13" Retina Display (Early 2015). I only have 128 GB of storage. I'm thinking of upgrading it. I've seen a lot of articles about purchasing OWC or Trascend's drives; however, I ...
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Where can I find the schematics/CAD model for MacBook Pro's components?

Device: MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014) I'm looking for detailed schematics, preferably official Apple publications, describing and/or annotating the dimensions or other specifics of the ...
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iMac 27" Late 2015 - what ram to buy?

I'm waiting for my iMac 27" late 2015 4.0ghz i7 to arrive and I'm looking to buy a 32gb kit to upgrade. I've been browsing for an hour and I can't find any specific buyer guides or websites that sell ...
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Is the iPhone magnetometer sensitive enough to detect solar storms?

Discovered this neat project to pull detailed magnetometer data from iOS: https://github.com/foundry/MagnetoMeter I've been looking at different approaches to setting up a 24/7 magnetometer to ...
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How can I make my 27“ iMac and my 27” Thunderbolt display the same height?

I'm using an external 27" Thunderbolt display with my 27" iMac and I want the iMac and display to have the same height. By default, the Thunderbolt display is about an inch shorter than the iMac, ...
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Which USB floppy drives can read HFS-formatted 400K & 800K floppies?

Does anyone know of a USB floppy drive model that can read old 400K & 800K Classic Mac OS (HFS) floppies? I have an Iomega Floppy Plus, but it can only read 1.44MB HFS floppies.
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macbook pro mid 2012 hard drive upgrade to SSD SATA recommendation [closed]

I want to upgrade my MacBook pro mid 2012 Hard disk to 512 SSD, I opened my MacBook back and took photo see below. and then I found this on website with the following spec, the size of my hard drive ...
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Best way to import analog video tape to Mac?

I want to transfer my family's analog video tape collection to digital form on my Mac (mid-2014 MacBook Pro). Unlike the asker in Best way to import analog video (VHS) to Mac, my goal is not to ...
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MacPro 3,1 (2008) logic board SAS connector: Has anyone “replaced” the stock hard drive backplane?

I have a lightly hot-rodded, early 2008 MacPro 3,1. Boots from an SSD mounted in the lower optical bay and attached to the second optical SATA port. Each of the four internal drive bays hosts a 3TB ...
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Drawing glove for iPad

I'd really like to draw more on my iPad but I like to rest my hand on the screen doing so, which registers as a stroke along with the pen. I've been looking around for a proper gadget for this ...
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Sourcing a replacement graphics card for an iMac

I have a Early-2009 2.93 GHz 24" iMac, which has a faulty graphics card. I'm keen to try replacing it myself using this excellent guide. Unfortunately the guide doesn't mention any advice on finding/...
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What kind of SSD is compatible with the 2010 Unibody MacBook?

I'm considering buying a solid state drive for my Unibody White MacBook 2010. The trouble is, I have no idea what to look for. What kind of connector am I looking for? (SATA?) What size? I'm told to ...
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Performance issues with Dynadock after upgrading to OS X Sierra 10.12.6

I just took an update today of OS Sierra 10.12.6 on my work laptop (MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)). Which I had been putting it off until now. After the upgrade, I noticed that the frame ...
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Do MacAlly keyboards require drivers to function?

I need to replace the keyboard on my iMac G5, and I'm considering the MacAlly keyboards, probably the iKey Slim as it's available for less than $20 with shipping and tax. It also has two USB ports on ...
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internal damage to lightning connector

I use my iPhone a lot while the charging cable is plugged in. I keep damaging my lightning connector internally, I suppose, by bending it too much while connected to my iPhone. I go thru a lot of ...
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Memory upgrade for MBP

I'm looking to upgrade my 15'' 2011 MBP from 4 GB to 8 GB. The memory upgrade on the Apple Store is 200$, apparently it can be done for ~100 $ quite easily. I've seen this 2x8GB kit from Crucial: ...
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Using scp with large files kills ethernet?

This morning I tried to use scp to copy a single large file from my old Linux Ubuntu machine to my brand new 2017 Mac Book Pro. I ran into a very strange problem: scp would happily copy 95% of data (...
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What external DVD drive should I use my MBP's internal drive is broken?

I've got an old MBP where the internal drive starts to refuse reading discs and stopped burning discs a while ago. Now I'm thinking about getting an external drive (DVD-RW, USB or Firewire). Most of ...
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How do I sell an unopened Macbook Pro?

My old MBP broke, which Apple replaced for me. By the time they decided to replace it, I had bought another laptop. I want to sell the unopened MBP that Apple gave me. Is there anything I need to be ...
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How should I cool my Mac?

I was wondering if I should by a CoolerMaster X3 cooling pad for my mac. I got a Late 2011 mac which reaches temp 80 degrees C even at 720p video buffering in browser and goes bonkers if I switch it ...
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Is there a case or cover that allows the iPad to stand up in portrait orientation?

Is there a cover that is designed for standing up the iPad 3 in portrait as well as in landscape orientation? I'm not talking about the Apple official Smart Cover. Something, possibly, in leather.
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What should I consider before buying external monitor for my MBP?

I'd like to buy an external monitor for my Retina MacBook Pro mid 2015 (2880x1800 native resolution). I have 2 Thunderbolts 2 ports. I have the following questions that need answers to help me ...
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Slow motion camera feature on iPod?

I am thinking of obtaining an iPod (any generation) for recording slow-motion videos, like the ones that can be shot on an iPhone 5s and above. Is there an iPod that can do slo-mo, or is an iPhone ...
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Will an 85W power adapter fry the MBP 13" Mid 2009? [duplicate]

According to Apple, the 60W version of Magsafe is compatible with the MBP 13" Mid 2009. However, I've read that the 85W version is also compatible and leads to faster charge times. I'll keep this ...
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Manage multiple SIM cards by connecting them to a device at home and using them remotely [closed]

I have 3 SIM cards and I don't want to have 3 phones to manage them. I just want to know if for example I can keep one of the cards in my phone and keep the two others in my house plugged in one ...
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Great Apple (first and third-party) accessories or peripherals

List your favorite accessory (or peripheral) for your Apple hardware. Rules Limit to one accessory per answer. Add a short description for the accessory. Add a link to the website in the name of the ...
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Playing music from the iPhone wirelessly to a stereo that doesn't support Bluetooth

I'm looking for a way to stream music from my iPhone to a stereo which doesn't support Bluetooth, but does support connecting a standard audio cable to it. For example, I can take a standard audio ...
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Smooth MacOS under heavy load possible?

I do various development work on a 13" 2015 RMBP with 8 GB of RAM and a dual core i5, always using the latest MacOS. The experience is painful, to say the least. Every IDE's UI is laggy, and Xcode is ...
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How to check if MacBook battery is genuine?

My white MacBook's battery has completely died, so I'm looking for a replacement. It costs $150 from Apple, or about $70 for allegedly genuine Apple batteries on eBay: I'm leaning toward this ...
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How can I tell which device purchased specific apps?

I have had a problem with children downloading apps. I would like to be able to see which apple device has purchased which app. How do I do that?
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Purchasing an iMac but pay every month

I'm not sure about this, but I just want to know if it's possible to purchase a product from the Apple website, but not to pay in full, but pay every month since I cannot fully pay the whole price of ...