Questions tagged [hardware]

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

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Finder (and Xcode) accessing iDevices while network was off

I am trying to figure out what is wrong with my Mac. Here are my devices: iPad (7th generation, MW752LL/A) with iOS 14.01 (18A393) iPad Air (MD788LL/A) with iOS 12.4.8 (16G201) iPhone 6 Plus (...
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Graphics problems even after disabling discrete graphics card on Macbook Pro 2011

So following the extremely useful instructions here I have to managed to successfully disable the discrete graphics card on my 15" MacBook Pro 2011. The laptop which was getting stuck on boot ...
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MacBook Pro 2011 has faulty power button - How do I enable any key or lid open boot settings?

I'm working on an Early 2011 MacBook Pro 13" which suffered a little water damage. After cleaning the system I can get it to turn on by disconnecting the battery, then reconnecting it and ...
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Mac Pro 3,1 Power Up No Chime Nor Boot

My Early 2008 Mac Pro won't boot. Won't do much, actually. This is what I've done: replaced the power supply removed DVD player removed all RAM removed all video cards (I have a handful of ...
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What is the purpose of this plastic piece inside my MacBook Air?

I have a MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015). The model number is A1466 (EMC 2925). I recently removed the bottom case (in order to fix my trackpad) and immediately noticed broken plastic pieces inside ...
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MBP water damage diagnosis

I accidentally spilled water on to my 2017 MacBook Pro (Touch bar) (keyboard and trackpad), and because I panicked a bit I used the immediate reboot key (shift+control+option+command+power) instead of ...
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Macbook Pro 15inch mid 2010 won't detect internal hard drive

My mid-2010 Macbook Pro displayed the question mark on boot. I bought a new hard drive (SSD) thinking the hard drive failed (had a SSD in there). After replacing the SSD, I still had the same question ...
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Bluetooth Explorer removed from Xcode Tools in 12.x?

Apple's Additonal Tools for Xcode package includes a great set of tools that are useful even for non-developers. One of these is Bluetooth Explorer, which, among other things, can help enable the ...
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What type of power cable does the HomePod mini use?

Apple has released a new, smaller version of their speaker: HomePod mini. One of my complaints with the original HomePod was its use of a proprietary power cable connector, which made it difficult to ...
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Macbook Pro 16 inch CPU clock oscillating and graphics lagging

EDIT 3: It's nothing to do with which GPU the system is using. The thing that seems to be triggering the failures is wifi. If I switch wifi off from the Apple menu then the CPU ramping stops, the ...
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Macbook not detecting all USB keyboard keys

I have a Macbook Pro 2019. I recently purchase the Corsair K68 RGB keyboard which has a common USB Type-A connector. I used OTG for USB A to USB C. The first time mac detects the new device. Worked ...
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Upgrading RAM, iMac 27'' 2019: Is it better to mix Apple/Crucial modules, or substitute all old modules with new ones?

In an ideal situation, if money is not an issue, what is a better option? I have an iMac 27" 2019, with 2x16 GB RAM original modules from Apple (2 slots occupied, 2 slots empty). Using the "...
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Installing 2 x 16Gb and 2 x 32Gb on an iMac 27" [duplicate]

Got a 2019 iMac 27" with 4 RAM slots. I have 2 x 16Gb and 2 x 32Gb RAM modules. This is how they are installed right now. Is this the most optimal way to install them, or the sequence does not ...
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Can I format the internal HDD in my iMac if using an external drive for the OS?

I have an iMac Mid 2014, I am looking to use an SSD as an external bootable drive as per this video. This will result in the old internal drive showing up in finder with the old OS files and therefore ...
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Replaced Ambient temperature sensor in imac mid 2011 (A1314) fans still blowing at full speed

My iMac fans started blowing at full speed for sometime so I rebooted and ran diagnostics and received an ambient sensor error, image attached below. I had been considering adding an SSD in addition ...
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5 Vertical pink lines - Imac 2011 - Won't boot up

My mac was running fine one day then suddenly powered off and tried to restart itself. Upon restart it was stuck with the loading status bar and the screen had 5 vertical pink lines across it. Having ...
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A1502 trackpad unresponsive and keyboard occasionally erratic

My computer is a mid-2014 retina MacBook Pro. After five days of sleep, the trackpad stopped responding to touch input, and couldn’t be revived by any number of NVRAM/PRAM/SMC resets. Most recently, ...
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Is Airpod Pro knock-off using H1 Chip?

I got my hands on Chinese Airpod pro knock-off that came with Apple logo and surprisingly same packaging with additional buds. Also to my surprise they were paired with iphone quite quickly just like ...
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Macbook air 2012, installed new battery, bottom of trackpad sounds loose/clicky now, ideas?

My other one couldn't hold a charge well but didn't look bloated at all to have warped anything in my system. All that was weird that happened was that I lost one of the bottom case screws (small ones)...
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iPhone 7 has magnetic area next to flashlight

I put my phone down on a table before where I had some nails on and has stuck to my phone. Does anyone with an iPhone 7 and if so can they see if their phone has a magnet next to the flashlight on the ...
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High kernel_task CPU usage

I have a 2019 15" MBP which has had a string of issues, but is passing all hardware tests when serviced at the Genius Bar: November 2019–March 2020 Mac freezes daily, usually towards the end of ...
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MacBook Pro Mid 2012 randomly shuts down screen goes black

I have a mid-2012 MacBook Pro running Catalina. Recently my computer just went black -- and I could restart it easily enough. It was as though it went to sleep. I could restore the windows and apps ...
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Unusable Macbook pro screen

My Macbook screen has started flickering and is unusable: I've tried restarting but does not fix. It seems to be isolated to the Macbook screen as an external monitor still works. It was not dropped ...
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Macbook pro 2011 Late cannot enable dGPU again

I'm struggling with some problem involved with enable dGPU AMD Radeon. To the needs of installation MacOS Catalina I had to disable discrete graphics card. I reboot into recovery mode and used command ...
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How does a generic bluetooth mouse / keyboard work with macos without installing any driver?

Some generic brand bluetooth keyboard / mouse work fine on macos. Does macos have a built-in common driver api (for mouse and keyboard) that all these device use or is it some specification in the ...
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Finding a drive adapter to re-use the old hard drive from a Macbook Pro early 2015 13"

I recently upgraded the hard-drive on my Macbook Pro 13" early 2015 model. I'd like to use the old 128gb hard-drive as an external USB disk, but I'm having trouble finding the adapter to make it ...
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Fresh battery replacement already showing degradation

I have a 2019 MacBook Pro 15 inch running MacOS Catalina (10.15.6) which had the top case (battery) replaced in July 2020 due to significant battery degredation over the 1 year I had owned it. The ...
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My Mac machine is extremely slow all of sudden? [closed]

It was functioning very well until all of a sudden it went extremely slow, I still had a good size of hard disk space and to top it off I reset, wiped out entire disk and reinstalled the OS, even ...
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MacBook Pro 13” mid-2012 iSight cable port broken

I accidentally ripped the iSight display port away from the motherboard on my MacBook Pro during a display replacement. I’m fine with working without a camera since the quality is bad anyway. The ...
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Mac Pro Wired keyboard sending garbage

Mac Pro 2010. Keyboard in use since beginning. No problems for a decade. I've had keyboard failures before, but usually they fall into the following categories: Doesn't work at all. One key doesn't ...
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MacBook Pro Fan broken again

I replaced my MacBook Pro (mid-2015)'s left fan as I noticed it had stopped working (had to investigate what was causing the kernal_task to use all CPU and completely slow laptop down). The right fan ...
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2012 Macbook Pro Black Screen, Fan Spins Up Fast and can't be powered off

I was recently asked to fix a 2012 Macbook Pro 13" (MD101LL/A*) and was told it had a drink spilled around or on it. So it has a green light on the charger and will power on. But the symptoms are ...
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Right Arrow Key spontaneously stops working after startup

Right Arrow Key spontaneously stops working after startup Context: Sometime today, I noticed that my right arrow key was not responding. I first was unable to skip forward 5 seconds on a YouTube ...
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LCD model number or disabling discrete GPU for MacBook Pro 15 Retina 2012-2013

While trying to replace the battery, I must have damaged certain connection to the discrete gpu. Whenever trying to use discrete gpu, the computer would freeze. After trying to reset VRAM, it ...
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My Mac 3,1 isn't recognizing one CPU - Dual Xeon

I have a mac 3,1 with dual Xeon's. It definitely has 2 CPUs because when I bought it I checked system information and is said 2 CPUs and I put better thermal paste on both of them just just to improve ...
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My MacBook Pro Shocks Me When I Connect It To A Three-Prong Charger

There are already many questions about how to solve a problem where touching a MacBook Pro while it is charging gives one an electric shock. In most of cases, connecting a three-prong extension to the ...
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Dell Monitor with Apple PC

I have a 2015 Mac Book Pro. I tried connecting it to an external Dell Model No. E176FPf using a VGA adapter, but nothing happens. I'm guessing this monitor is just too old to be compatible with newer ...
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How to check if my laptop supports GPU-based calculations?

I've done search but still no clear answer. I have a laptop - MacBook, Catalina, 10.15.5 MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports) Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 1536 MB Does this video card ...
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MacBook Pro 15 uses 60+ GB of swap memory

So, today something quite weird happened. I was watching a video on my MacBook Pro, and I noticed the fans started to ramp up quite a bit. I didn't think too much of it at first, since it often ...
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Can I boot my mac without pressing the power key?

Back in the day you could start a Macintosh using the power key on the keyboard (like the Apple Extended 2 has one in the top right). These days we have many (more) input options like: Power, USB, ...
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iMac shut down due to power outage; started working after a few hours

I am using an iMac which got shutdown due to sudden power cut. Once the power came back it wasn't starting up. However, when I tried again after few hours it started. Can anyone please tell me what ...
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Macbook Pro 16" USB-C to DisplayPort not working

I'm trying to connect a MacBook Pro 16" to my external display through DisplayPort with these devices : Cable Matters Adaptater USB C to DisplayPort DisplayPort Cable External display : iiyama ...
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2013 Macbook Air can't get past grey screen

We were camping, I was trying to pull up a movie and it froze. It was completely unresponsive, I didn't see the kernel panic message but I forced a restart by holding down the power button. On booting ...
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Macbook Pro 16 Thunderbolt ports dead/damaged twice after used with Samsung CJ89 43" monitor with USB-C

I have a brand new 2019 MBP and I hooked it to a Samsung CJ89 43" monitor directly through USB-C. It worked for a while and then suddenly the built-in screen started flashing and then the ...
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iPhone 8 on iPhone 6 analytics

I have a strange issue where I have iPhone 8 on my iPhone 6 analytics. Listed in analytics as: AppVariant: 1:iPhone8,2:13. I have an iPhone 6.
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Identify tower being used in iOS

At my cottage field test mode tells me I am -116 dB. I need a booster with a yagi. The problem is where to aim it. There are two towers about the same distance but very different directions. Is there ...
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iMac mid 2011 T2 secondary heatsink heating up

My iMac mid 2011 started heating up about a year ago to the point that the hard drive broke and had to be replaced. I managed to replace the hard drive and I also replaced the power supply module as I ...
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Apple Repair Service Image of cracked bezel -or- what am I looking at?

A simple battery exchange for a 2014 15" Macbook Pro turned into a major repair - at least that is what Apple's Repair contractor claims. All I got after a very disappointing chat and call with ...
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Why did my 2017 12” MB go into kernel panic (page fault)?

I was just browsing using safari, had word, notes, chrome and maybe some other light apps open in the background but nothing heavy. Suddenly my mac shutdown and restarted with the "restarted ...
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MacBook Pro wildly oscillating CPU frequency under load

I've been struggling a lot lately with keeping a stable CPU frequency under load for my 2.8 gHz 2015 MacBook Pro 15". I've tried numerous methods, including resetting SMC, NVRAM, hardware ...

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