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GPU problem - Boot Hangs on Grey Screen

I found this according to my problem in this thread: Boot hangs on grey screen (even when booting from USB drive with fresh OS X install) My MacBook Pro 15" Early 2011 with AMD Radeon HD 6750M ...
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My Mac is getting really slow, what should I do?

I bought a Mac (13", early 2011) almost 5 years ago. When I first got it, it was running under OS X 10.7 and it was pretty fast. I've being upgrading it ever since and it's now running under Mac OS X ...
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No sound (speakers/jack) + microphone's dead after spilling water

Sadly, yesterday I've spilled some water on my MacBook Pro (El Capitan). Before you yell at me - it was closed, turned off and it wasn't a lot of water, the laptop was wet only on the top and under - ...
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What's the best way to prolong the lifespan of a Macbook Pro battery? [duplicate]

I have two Mac book Pros: A 2013 Unibody retina that I use every day An older 2006 model with removable battery that I use a couple of times a month (when not in use, it's not connected to the AC. I ...
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What are the best practices for battery longevity?

How do you maximize the cycle count of your battery? There seems to be a debate between: Leave plugged in 24/7 but do a full cycle once a month Charge to ~100%, drain to ~10%, repeat. NOTE: Taking ...
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Cleaning my Macbook Pro Retina leaves greasy 'streaks' across the screen

I try to clean my mid-2015 Macbook Pro with Retina display by wiping the screen with a damp cloth and then immediately drying. However, there seems to be left some residue/streak marks, which look ...
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How to preserve MacbookPro battery from degradation? [duplicate]

Platform: OS X: Yosemite 10.10.4; MacbookPro 15" Retina (mid-2015). Fact: There is aging for battery in any case - using or not. But while using - there is difference of how to use. My questions - in ...
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Do MacBooks support NVMe SSD drives via the use of a Sintech adapter?

My question: Can anyone confirm or disprove the support of NVMe drives (like the Samsung 960) by the Sintech M.2 PCIe SSD MacBook adapters for macOS Sierra and High Sierra, or would you have any ...
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How can I avoid my MacBook Pro giving me minor shocks?

The aluminum Macbook Pro gives a mild shock when connected to a wall socket and charging. It only happens when I'm, for example, not wearing shoes or slippers and my feet are resting on the ground (i....
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Boot hangs on grey screen (even when booting from USB drive with fresh OS X install)

My MacBook Pro 15" Late 2011 (MacBookPro8,2) with AMD Radeon 6770M exhibited display corruption and associated system crashes/resets over a period of two weeks before it entirely failed to boot. The ...
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Can running `yes > /dev/null` harm a Mac?

I recently ran yes > /dev/null for a 3 minutes to drain my Mac's battery. During that time, the temperature rose to 72 °C and fans spun up to 4000 RPM. I immediately quit the process. Should I ...
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What Thunderbolt to USB 3.0 cables/adapters exist for OS X and Mac hardware?

I have the Late 2013 Macbook Pro, which has two USB 3.0 ports and two Thunderbolt 2 ports. I currently use both USB 3.0 ports and one TB2 port. I want to connect a third USB 3.0 device to the machine, ...
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What happens at the user/OS level when an SSD finally wears out?

I have been reading up on SSD technology current as of 2011 and don't know of any first hand reports on what happens when an SSD eventually fails due to over use. I am most interested in the SSD that ...
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Solder new RAM in a 2015 Retina MacBook Pro [duplicate]

I know that the new rMBPs have no "user-serviceable" RAM. But is it possible to solder a new RAM chip onto a 2015 rMBP? Given that the technician doing this is able to install the new chip without ...
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How to fix a frayed cable on a MagSafe Power Adapter?

Any idea how to fix the broken plastic/rubber covering of the cable on a MagSafe Power Adapter? Mine is showing the inner wires and I'm afraid of getting an electrical shock.
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How long will an Apple SSD last?

Like all tools, an SSD will wear out from use and eventually fail. Are there data on roughly how long the SSD's that Apple ships in it's portable line last? From my research, it seems that the ...
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Danger of damaging 13" macbook pro by charging it with 85w charger? [duplicate]

We've got a range of laptops in our office all macbook pros some of which are 13" and some of which are 15". The 15" laptops came with 85w chargers, and the 13" came with 60w chargers. I want to ...
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Difference between US QWERTY and International QWERTY Apple keyboards?

What exactly is the difference between US QWERTY and International QWERTY Apple keyboards? I’m talking about the hardware keyboards specifically, not about keyboard layouts (in System Settings).
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MacBook SSD replacement — sudden motion shock sensor in optical bay?

When looking to upgrade a MacBook Pro with a solid state drive (SSD), one option is to: First, install the SSD instead of the spinning hard disk drive (HDD). Then, install the HDD instead of the ...
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How to use iSight webcam without activating the green light?

Recently a the Dutch government advised to put a tape on your webcam to prevent hackers from taking pictures and video using your device (news article in Dutch). The build in iSight camera in Apple ...
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How can I play Blu Ray discs with my MacBook?

I'd like to buy a Macbook Pro 15 inch instead of a Dell, and I know I can send video to the HDMI TV using the Moshi adapter. My MacBook doesn't have a drive for Blu Ray discs. Is there a way to solve ...
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Can I upgrade my 2008 Mac Pro completely?

Hey everyone, I have a 2008 Mac Pro/2.83hzXEON(8)/8800GT512mb. Is it possible for me to upgrade this machine to newer hardware, since it is Intel based? What would it entail to put a newer processor, ...
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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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Hyper-V in Windows 10 on MacBook Pro

I am considering a Mac as my main development machine, and will most of the time be required to use Windows for my development work. According to the Apple support article Turn off Hyper-V to use ...
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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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Can I use a non-Apple keyboard with OS X?

Recently I've been thinking about the idea of migrating from PC to Mac, specifically Mac Mini. The biggest issue however is hardware, since I'm not sure what will and what won't work on OS X. First ...
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Is there a way to evaluate OS X without purchasing Macintosh hardware?

I'd like to play with OS X to see what makes it tick under the covers for the purpose of IT support - at CWRU here we have a lot of Mac-using professors. However, I can't justify spending twice as ...
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List all devices connected, lsblk for Mac OS X

In Linux if I want to see all the devices currently connected to my computer in the command-line, I run: lsblk or blkid What's the equivalent command under Mac OS X? NOTE The goal here is ...
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How to disable the built-in MacBook keyboard?

Is it possible to completely disable the built-in keyboard on a MacBook? No input should be possible from that keyboard when I connect an external keyboard. This is sort of possible with the trackpad ...
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How can I find the serial number on a mac programmatically from the terminal?

What command can I use to retrieve the system's serial number from the unix command line? As uname will output some information about the software and hardware, I would like to retrieve the serial ...
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How to permanently disable (defective) graphics card in MacBook Pro?

My graphics card has malfunctioned and is preventing my MacBook Pro (2011) from booting. Based on my research I will have to otherwise have the logic board replaced. The defective ATI graphics card ...
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MacBook Pro black screens and shuts off after a few minutes' use

I have a MacBook Pro 15" (mid 2014, running Sierra). Recently, it has started black screening and shutting off shortly after, after a few minutes' use—let's say 3 to 10 minutes. The screen will go ...
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Are there headset adapters usable for MacBook Pros?

I bought a headset, and it has a (obviously) male headphone input and microphone output. Problem is, MacBook Pros don't have a microphone input. Instead, they have an audio line in. However, ...
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Locking an iPhone if button is broken?

My friend's iPhone's sleep/wake button no longer works. Is there any way to turn off the screen besides setting up auto-lock and waiting a few minutes?
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Switch internal monitor off by software (script/terminal/shortcut/…)

I’m using my MacBook Pro (OS X 10.6) standing in a shelf with an external screen on my desk so I don’t use and need the internal screen. But if the internal one is on it’s shown in spaces. It is ...
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What causes a Mac to lose its serial number?

I upgrade my brand new late 2012 Mac Mini's drive to an SSD and changed the RAM. Now when looking up the serial number in "About this mac" or System Profiler it just says "System serial#" : The Mini ...
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Can a 2009 MacBook Pro use more memory than Apple's 'maximum RAM' figure of 8 GB?

I have a 2009 MBP with 8GB of RAM. I run Windows under Parallels pretty much all the time (I use Visual Studio for work). I recently installed an SSD to speed it up a bit and its running beautifully. ...
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Headphone jack broke and got stuck in headphone socket MacBook Pro

The tip of the headphone jack got stuck in the headphone socket of my MacBook Pro and I have the following question: The "Sound" option in the System Preferences displays sound output through the "...
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What external hardware allows a fingerprint to login/unlock a Mac?

I own a mid-2009 MBP with OS X Mavericks installed. I'm a hi-tech enthusiast who wants to use the fingerprint scanning feature made available by many scanners on the market to login into my account ...
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Why does my Magic Trackpad 2 randomly disconnect and stop clicking?

Hey there fellow users, I purchased an iMac (Retina 5K, 27-Inch, 2017, macOS 10.13.4, 4.2 GHz, 32GB, 3TB Fusion Drive) less than three weeks ago, and had it delivered by Apple here in distant, little ...
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How can I receive FM radio broadcasts on my iPhone 4?

How to listen my local FM stations in my iphone 4? Like I can listen with my old Nokia phone, without using Internet, GPRS etc. Is iPhone 4 lacking this facility? I heard about "Pandora Radio" but ...
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MacBook Pro 15 inch (2011) screen has stripes

My 15 inch MacBook Pro recently has horizontal stripes on the screen. It looks like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaPt6FHJmtg It happens randomly and sometimes it gets worse (flickering with ...
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Front facing camera stopped working on the iPhone 4s

Attempted to use the Camera App today and was presented with a closed shutter screen in the Camera app as pictured below. No tramma or anything happend to the phone no recent OS update, just not ...
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I bought a 'new' MacBook Pro from 3rd party. It came in a refurbished box, but they insist it was 'new' How do I know if this really is new or used?

When I received the MacBook, it was in a 2016 refurbished apple MacBook Pro box even though the MacBook I received is a 2017 version. Are there any options that I have, to confirm whether this is a ...
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Cleaning White MacBook

I have a white MacBook, and it has gotten kinda dingy over the past couple of years. Still runs fine, but I would like to know what I can use to clean the white plastic. I was thinking one of those Mr....
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SSD adapter for optical drive

I'm going to add a SSD drive to my macbook pro. I'm wondering if the optical drive adapter can have any influence on the disk speed, taking it down from a SATA III to a SATA II or I.
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Which macs are compatible with OS X 10.11 El Capitan?

Is there a list of officially supported Macs for OS X El Capitan? I ask to get ready if any hardware which is supported on Yosemite is not supported by El Capitan?
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iPhone 4S speaker not working for apps but works for ringer

I have an iPhone 4S and the speakers are not working for applications. The speaker works when doing voice calls on speaker phone, adjusting the ringer, and other default things. However, when trying ...
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Top row of keyboard isn't working

I just turned on my Macbook air this morning and now the top keys aren't doing anything (F1, F2, etc). I can't turn down my keyboard light or anything. I tried going to system preferences and checking ...
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Is it bad or unhealthy to put my Mac to sleep?

I am wondering if it is bad or unhealthy to always put my Mac to sleep or should I shut it down instead? What I mean by putting it to sleep is that the display and hard drive are sleeping. The reason ...