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

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SD card reader does not work after upgrading to Mountain Lion

I have upgraded my Mac Book pro MB991 (13-inch, Mid 2009) to OS X Mountain Lion. After that the system does not show any reaction on inserting or ejecting an SD card. The card itself works well 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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High fan speed and CPU temp with low CPU usage?

I've been having intermittent fan speed and high CPU temperature when my CPU usage is nearly 0%. I don't run any weird apps. If I put my computer into sleep mode and wake it back up, this fixes the ...
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Creating charging switch on iPhone charger

I am attempting to create a switch on my iPhone charging wire so that I can use my device to test iOS applications I'm creating on my Mac without actually charging the device. When I'm working on an ...
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Stripes & checkerboard pattern on MacBook Pro monitor

I am trying to fix a MacBook Pro (one of the earliest Intel processor models) that spontaneously gets into a state where stripes would appear in a checkerboard pattern all over the display. Please see ...
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Squeaky Retina MacBook Pro upon pressure to bottom-right corner

I just got my new Retina MBP that I ordered online. I noticed a minor squeaky/creaky sound whenever I apply some pressure on the bottom right corner and beside the right speaker. The sound also ...
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MacBook Pro: water damage improved screen's brightness!

This isn't your typical water damage story. One side of my 2007-model, pre-Unibody laptop got damp from rain in a backpack yesterday. When I opened it, the left quarter of the screen had a splotch of ...
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Can't get Apple Hardware Test to work

So I'm trying to run the Apple Hardware Test. I start the computer up and hold "D". It boots into OS X like a normal startup. So, I plug in the Ethernet and hold option-D to do the AHT from the ...
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Are Macbook Pro Pre-Unibody Top Case Parts Interchangeable?

I have a question for service engineers here. I wonder if and where I can source top case (with keyboard) from any pre-unibody MBP for my beaten and torn A1150 one (Core Duo original MBP)
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A few drops of water on my Macbook Pro

I was quietly working on my Macbook Pro today when my misguided colleague (what goes through some people's heads sometimes, I'll never understand) decided to have some fun with the plant water sprayer,...
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MBP15: 45W works only right after unplugging 85W

My MBP15 (8,2, Late 2012) doesn't normally charge or draw power from a 45W adapter (from a 2008 MBA), with one exception: First, plug in the 85W power adapter; Second, switch the adapters quickly. ...
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Using a different SIM card on iPad2 3g while travelling outside the US?

I have an iPad2 3g with at&t. Now, Will I be able to pop another SIM into it when I travel outside the US and use the data plan available in that country/service provider?? Is the iPad2 locked ...
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Monitor not displaying color red. Is this the monitor or some setup I'm missing?

I've plugged the monitor into both an iMac 2006 and a MacBook 2008. Red shows up as black. I've set up the monitor in System Preferences and on the monitor itself. The color red simply shows as black. ...
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Faulty 2006 iMac - what is it useful for?

I own a 2006 iMac, which, alas, has a known manufacturing fault. Because of the poorly-designed cooling system, the graphics card (soldered to the motherboard) has become defective and the system ...
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Are there “TecTiles” for iPhones?

I just read this review in the New York Times about the Samsung Galaxy S3. Apparently, the phone comes with the ability to communicate with TecTiles: small, embedded-circuit stickers ($15 for five)...
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Does the Macintosh classic have the signatures of the original Mac team?

I am huge fan of Apple, and I just bid on one a 1990-era Macintosh Classic. The bid is going higher, but I only want it if the computer has the signatures of the original Mac team. It's before I was ...
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What is covering my iPhone camera?

Just today I noticed something new covering my iPhone camera lens. It looks like a shutter or aperture blade over the optics, but knowing that the iPhone has neither, I'm really confused. The camera ...
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The iPhone is over 3 times more expensive than the iPod touch, how much more margin is Apple doing on the iPhone?

Besides small differences like a minor camera, fundamentally the difference between the iPhone the iPod touch is the GSM/CDMA antenna and I guess more battery to support the antenna. Yet the iPhone ...
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Troubleshooting a MacBook Pro that is not charging from power

My MacBook Pro isn't charging, the light on the charger isn't lit, and the battery image indicates it is not charging . The computer is approximately a year old. I've tried multiple outlets, so I ...
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Macbook Pro just started overheating and losing frame rate

It's strange because I've had Diablo III for a couple weeks now and I've been able to play it just fine without any performance problems. Starting today though, I've experienced some serious ...
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Can I get S.M.A.R.T. support on external hard drives?

Disk Utility reports the S.M.A.R.T. Status as not verified for external disks, and by default Mac OS X only seems able to access S.M.A.R.T. information on internal hard drives. Is there a way to get ...
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Can I hot-plug a DVI monitor in a Mac Pro?

I have a Mac Pro with a DVI display, and I got a new DVI display for it. I want to unplug the (only) display, and plug in the new display to that DVI port. And/or, unplug the existing display, and ...
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Can auto glass chip repair kits fix cracked iOS device screens?

Can auto glass chip repair kits such as this item repair cracked iOS device screens? If so, what should I watch out for?
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iPhone 4 won't charge

Tried plenty of other cables and plugs but it won't charge. I tried plugging it into a Mac and it's not even detected. It has had no major water damage; it just simply stopped working. Replaced ...
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Apple MFI: Is there any fee for entering the program?

I know that Apple charges fees after accepting the device (a fee for every device sold). Are there any costs associated with enrolling to the Apple MFI program?
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Upgrading RAM of a MacBook

Is it possible to upgrade memory to 8 GB my model of MacBook? The manual says no, but on the web some people have made some videos about the upgrade. I don't know if any of them are fake.
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Is it safe to use a MacBook in a slightly tilted position?

I have a separate wooden board on top of my desk that covers the desk's entire area. (The board is made of nice wood, making the desk look more classy than it actually is. :) I'm thinking about ...
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Concerns in testing a potentially water damaged Macbook battery

So, I acquired a water damaged Macbook (Late-2008 Unibody / 5.1) to cannibalize for parts for my existing macbook of the same model. I've taken everything I need off it, so I'm looking to part out ...
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Is the sixth-gen iPod classic compatible with recent Sony Dockstations?

I have a 6th-gen iPod classic (the first model classic) with an 80 GB hard drive. I have recently purchased a Sony Dockstation for iPods but I cannot make it work. Every time it connects to the dock, ...
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Macbook Air backlight occasionally powering off

Started a few months ago, and it's definitely not to do with sleep mode as I've checked but my MBA will drop the backlight then shut the screen off completely. Never had anything spilt on it, seems to ...
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Trackpad gets stuck in select mode

I'm experiencing the problems described here, basically the trackpad has spurts of spurious input, but the problems are fairly intermittent. I've kept the system usable by deactivating many non-...
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Does the touch resolution of the new iPad match it's retina display resolution?

I've heard that Apple didn't change the touch input part of the new iPad's display when they upgraded to the Retina screen. Is the touch response accuracy pixel-per-pixel perfect on the iPad third ...
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Are Apple keyboards multi-key rollover?

I'm just curious if Apple keyboards are multi-key rollover or not? And if yes then which models (or how to determine that in OS X)?
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What is this button on my MacBook?

I have a 2011 MacBook. Along the left edge (looking at it from the normal typing position), near the front, there is a small silver button which is flush with the rest of the case. When pressed, a ...
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How can I open the 2011 MacBook Air without damaging the screws?

I would like to open the MBA, I don't have the screwdriver that fits: Is there a way to remove the screws without the 5 points pentalobe required? The ideal solution would be to do this without ...
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What external IR receivers are there for Mac?

I have a 13" white unibody MacBook from 2010 which I'd like to use with the Apple remote, to control keynote presentations. According to this question, I need an external IR reciever for the remote to ...
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Where can I purchase repair parts for Apple products?

I have an old iMac G4 that's well beyond being supported in any capacity by Apple. Two years ago, when taking it apart to upgrade the hard drive and CD drive, I accidentally severed the connector on ...
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current leakage of MacBook Pro?

I can feel current leakage on my MacBook Pro when it is being charged. And it seems a lot of people in my country report the same problem. Is this because of the voltage(220V) we use? What's the ...
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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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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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What's the refresh rate/sampling rate for the sudden motion sensor?

I like using my macbook pro's sudden motion sensors as an accelerometer for small at-home experiments. There are applications such as Seismac that already let you do this. I'm now writing one myself ...
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How can I benchmark my new RAM?

Based on the responses to my earlier question about memory replacement, I plan to upgrade soon. That said, once I've acquired and installed said memory, what is the recommended Mac software I should ...
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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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1st gen iPad charges slowly and doesn't show charging indicator

A few months ago, my 1st generation iPad fell on the carpet and started having issues with charging. Note: it wasn't plugged in to anything when it fell. When I tried charging it, it didn't show any ...
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Can I change the flash storage in my iPhone 4?

I saw a super deal where I could get an iPhone 4 8GB for such a small amount that I couldn't resist. Does someone know if it's possible to change the flash storage for a 16GB or 32GB ? Would iTunes ...
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Mac Keyboard Doesn't Recognize iPhone via USB

I have a new Mac Keyboard and I've successfully connected my mouse to it, however when I connect my iPhone nothing happens. The iPhone doesn't go into a charge state and my MBP doesn't detect the ...
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Does AppleCare cover physical wear on MacBook Pros?

I have a Mid-2010 MacBook Pro with AppleCare. I've had a few minor/cosmetic hardware issues: My power cord recently started coming apart. The rubber/plastic coating around the MagSafe end of the cord ...
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What's the name of the screwdriver that will open up an iPhone 4?

I realize that opening up the iPhone can void the warranty, it's already out of warranty, so I'm okay with that. I was wondering where I could get a screwdriver that will open up the 2nd generation ...
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Where can I get highly technical documentation of Macintosh hardware?

I am often looking to dig deeper than the overview technical specifications that Apple provides and miss the old Developer Notes that used to be published as Apple Hardware Documentation in HTML and ...
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Is the connector the only difference between a Cinema Display and a Thunderbolt Display?

Is the connector the only difference between a Cinema Display and a Thunderbolt Display, or are there other features that changed between the two models as well?

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