Questions tagged [hardware]

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

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MacBook will not turn on

I have a MacBook pro and it won't turn on. Basically I press the power button and the White light at the front turns on. Then a few seconds later it just crashes and the White light goes off then the ...
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there used to be a full sized wireless keyboard?

I am a programmer and find the small wireless keyboard hard to use (the small arrow keys and lack of home/end keys). From what I remember there used to be a full sized wireless keyboard, is this ...
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Mac display won't turn on

I have an Apple HD display that has been in our IT depart for a few months now. It was working fine until recently (the past month or two). I can turn it on and it will work for a few days, but then ...
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iMac bundled pointing devices

With the purchase of a new iMac, Apple seems to be offering your choice of Mighty Mouse (Apple Mouse) or Magic Mouse with the option of adding a Magic Trackpad to the Magic Mouse. I have no interest ...
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MacBook Air (1st gen) running really slow, basic apps crash and no internet

MacBook Air was working fine yesterday. Switched it on this morning and it wouldn't boot, just hung on grey screen. Eventually got the MacBook Air to safe boot, now MacBook Air boots normally (but ...
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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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What is Best Practice when storing MacBooks for over a month?

We have a pod of 30 MacBooks and MacBook Pros that don't get used over the holidays. What's best practice to store the laptops for 6 weeks? I know that when you store laptops for long periods at ...
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iMac wont startup and won't boot from CD

My 24" 3.06Ghz iMac will no longer fully boot. It constantly gives me the grey "Your machine needs to be restarted" half way through booting. At first I was able to boot into SuperUser mode and run an ...
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Is Mac Pro Airport Extreme simultaneous dual-band?

Can the Airport Extreme in a Mac Pro be used to create a network that is simultaneously dual-band such as the Airport Extreme base station? The Mac Pro is a 5,1 with the AirPort Extreme (0x14E4, ...
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Why is my MacBook Pro's fan constantly on at 6000RPM?

I recently replaced the logic board on my Mac, now I have this "fan constantly on at 6000RPM all the time" issue. So I did an Apple hardware test using the installation disk that came with my Mac and ...
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Best document / book for Mac hardware?

stackexchange.com I am asking here for the sake of completeness. I've had fun asking this on various sites, each time having it closed, following peoples' recommendations, having it closed... It's ...
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How do I make a game controller an active input device on my Mac-mini?

How do I make a game controller an active input device on my Mac-mini?
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What does no chime on boot mean?

My MacBook Pro is having some issues. It boots. But the graphics card doesn't get detected. You can remote in to it but looking at the Displays dialog in System Preferences, no graphics card is shown: ...
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Life of iPhone 4 LED flash?

How many hours can the iPhone 4's camera flash last before it burns out? Have there been any studies done / reports published, or is it just assumed that you probably will need a new iPhone before the ...
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Macbook: Flashing Folder with Question Mark At Startup

So, I've been hearing a clicking sound coming from my macbook for about a week now. The last few days the system has just been locking itself up when I try to type anything. Now, at startup I see ...
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Should I worry about my iPhone 4's loose back panel?

A few weeks ago I got my iPhone 4 replaced by Apple because of a fault. The replacement now seems to have a loose back panel. If I try to slide it sideways it will move a bit. None of the other people ...
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How do I identify a MacBook Pro from its serial number?

This article on identifying a MacBook Pro lists the serial number as one method of identifying it. However, the article it links to, doesn't explain how to identify it either. How can I identify a ...
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What's the trivial difference between the 15“ and 17” versions of the MacBook Pro?

What can I ask on the phone to a Mac user who has a MacBook Pro (Alu), but doesn't know if it's a 15 or a 17 one (and don't have a tool to measure the screen) What can I ask him to look at to tell me ...
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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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What parts can you upgrade on a MacBook Pro?

If I buy a MacBook Pro, what parts can I upgrade later? Is it possible to upgrade to more memory? Is it possible to upgrade to another harddrive? e.g. to a newer SSD-drive? Anything else that is ...
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MacBook Pro Memory

This relates to my previous question regarding my MacBook Pro. Why is my MacBook Pro quitting and/or failing to start up? I need to replace one of my 2G DIMMs and in shopping around at Crucial and ...
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Why is my MacBook Pro quitting and/or failing to start up?

This is an issue that started today. Last night I shut down the machine. This morning I switched it on and got the initial sound but not the chime. The sleep indicator light would blink in groups of ...
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Are there any significant differences between two Apple products of the same name but different part numbers (particularly FC371LL/A and MC371LL/A)?

I was going to buy a refurbished MacBook Pro 15" but when I compared it to a regular one added in the shopping cart for reference, I found that they had different part numbers: FC371LL/A and MC371LL/A....
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How can I check the model of my Apple computer?

Is there a way that I check the model number of my Apple computer? (For example, iMac9,1.)
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iPhone 3GS screen repair

I dropped my iPhone earlier today. The screen is now full of cracks but the phone still functioning. Is there any cases of DIY style repair being performed? Can anyone share their repair steps for ...
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No video from Mac Mini, ONLY once OS X has loaded

I have an old G4 Mac Mini, running 10.5. It's hooked up to a VGA CRT monitor using Apples DVI-to-VGA adapter that was included once upon a time. Last night, while using it, the screen flickered, and ...
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iPod 2nd Gen Replacement digitizer not working

So I just ordered a new digitizer and middle frame for my 2nd Gen iPod Touch, wired everything up, and the digitizer is not recognizing any finger swipes. I have not snapped the frame into place yet ...
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What parts can you scavenge from a nearly 3 year old MacBook Pro?

I have an early 2008 model MacBook Pro (17") that went the way of all the earth a couple of days ago. I haven't diagnosed it fully yet, but it appears that it's the logic board that's gone, and if ...
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CD doesn't eject

I have a problem with ejecting a CD. It happened twice in the past few days, CD drive disappears from the list of devices in a Finder and I can't eject a CD that sits inside my laptop. I tried Disk ...
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Should I turn my iPad off to replace the MicroSIM?

Should I turn my iPad off to replace the MicroSIM card?
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Can the hard drive in an Apple TV be upgraded? How?

I own an Apple TV, with 160GB of internal storage. I'm interested in replacing that hard drive with a larger one, perhaps 640GB, or else the largest 2.5" drive I can get that would be compatible. Is ...
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Mac Pro upgrade path

I'm considering a Mac Pro purchase but cannot afford the one I really want. The question is this; Can the cheapest Mac Pro 5,1 single quad-core Nehalem 2.8 GHz be upgraded to the dual six-core ...
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iMac screen fogging up

I leave my iMac (24') next to the sliding door in the lounge at night. The door remains open, so the air gets very cold at night. When I turn my computer on in the morning the screen fogs up inside, ...
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iMac WiFi issue

I leave my iMac (24') on almost 24/7, putting it to sleep while not in use. Sometimes when I resume from sleep I encounter the following: WiFi shows full signal Loading web page in Safari loads ...
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Why is my MacBook Pro's screen going black for a second?

I have a new MacBook Pro, when I'm using it the screen goes suddenly blank for a second and comes back, it feels like as if someone unplugged my screen and plugged it back immediately.. why does this ...
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Recommendations for purchasing low cost but Powerful Macs [closed]

I've started to a lot of video editing with Adobe Premiere CS5 and After Effects CS5. I don't really have the money for a new Mac Pro. I feel that laptops are general underpowered and I have no need ...
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How do I find a modem driver for Mac?

I'm not familiar with OS X. I'm trying to find a way to get a modem (Huawei ETS 1201, which I believe can only be connected using a USB cable) driver for OS X Leopard (on a MacBook Pro) for a friend. ...
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What hardware upgrade would be most beneficial for a Mac?

Would it make more sense to buy a Mac with a better processor, or with a better graphics card, or a SSD? For general computer use, mainly word processing and Chrome/Safari.
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How can I use an ADB Apple Keyboard with a modern Mac?

I recently found an old Apple Extended Keyboard that uses the ADB interface. I would like to use it, but I don't have an ADB-to-USB converter. I know of only one which is the Griffin iMate. ...
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Adding a new processor

I've got a Mac Pro (Jan-2008) 2.8GHz Quad-core Xeon with one processor. Do all the Mac Pro's have the two sockets motherboards even if it's purchased with one processor? If so can I purchase an ...
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Why does my MacBook Pro reach high temperatures when running?

I have my MacBook Pro sitting on my desk and it's consistently over 160 degrees. It is almost too hot to touch in some places on the casing.
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What is the difference between Intel and PPC?

What is the hardware and software differences between Intel and PPC Macs?