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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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Certain key combinations (involving CMD) don't work

My left command key is not working for certain key combinations, but it works fine by itself, and in some other combinations. e.g. Fails: left-cmd + tab (switch apps) left-cmd + w (close window/tab) ...
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Reattaching microphone on iMac 21.5" 2017

After reassembling a 21.5" 2017 Retina iMac (and being careful that the adhesive strips on the bottom don't block the mic), I noticed the microphone was extremely muffled. The delicate mic cable ...
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My 2014 MacBook Pro is not able run external monitor at high refreshrate

I recently bought a Acer 2K 144Hz monitor to pair with my 2013 Retina MacBook pro. I am connecting the monitor to the MBP via Thunderbolt port to DisplayPort cable. As far as I know, my MBP should ...
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iPod is not Charging

When I connect my iPod shuffle to my computer it is not pulling up the profile that I can put music on normally it will pull up but it not pulling it up for me, and it won't charge it. Another thing ...
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Why does a Macbook pro's internal screen flicker ONLY when it is on a GPU?

I have a Macbook pro 2017 (15 inch, touchbar). Since a couple of months ago, once the laptop is on GPU for a long time (at least 3-4 hours), the internal screen starts to flicker, like this: The ...
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Macbook Late 2011. Swapped HDD for SDD. Now I have read-only access

I have a MacBook late 2011 and some time ago I replaced the HDD with a SSD for a Windows partition. The HDD with macOS went to the place where the CD Drive was. I had this configuration for some ...
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Ensuring consistency and minimal interference during benchmarking?

I am attempting to measure the performance of a common piece of software on the current line up of 13” and 16" for the purpose of comparison between models. Analysing the specs “on paper” may not ...
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MacOS Big Sur cannot use wifi adapter device

Recently, I upgrade to macOS Big Sur (11.0 Beta (20A4300b)). After upgrade, my tp-link usb wifi adapter(Archer T2U Plus model) no longer works. I had tried to reinstall the driver, and even other ...
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Is screen flickering harmful to my MBP's health? If let it be, will it gradually screw up my display and create irreversal defects?

So my 2019 macbook pro screen's started flickering a few times a day since a few weeks ago. I'm aware it may be fixed through Reseting NVRAM or Reseting The System Magement Controller (SMC) as ...
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Macbook Pro 16“ fried all USB-C ports after using a Samsung 43” monitor

I'm trying to understand what happened to my MBP because it's a rather weird situation. I hooked my MBP to a Samsung CJ89 43" monitor directly through USB type C. It worked for a while and then ...
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iPhone XR's screen triggers other devices

Recently I bought a brand new iPhone XR. When its screen is activated by some application (not necessarily a GSM call or a Wi-Fi thing), it affects other speakers or headphones around it. All of them ...
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What are the major differences between Apple Watch versions? [closed]

With all the different versions of the Apple Watch, what are the major differences between them? Apple no longer lists tech differences between hardware they don't sell, so it's difficult to find the ...
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Will this Mac mini setup work as I intend?

I'm thinking of switching to a Mac mini setup, this one in particular: New Apple Mac mini (3.6GHz quad-core 8th-generation Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB) — https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/...
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Swollen battery for the past few days - MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)

I checked with Macbook Pro mid-2015 15" swollen battery and I am asking this question. My MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015), details enclosed, is working perfectly. For the past two days I ...
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MacBook Pro 2018 overheating

The problem When I use my laptop, it always heats up a lot in the center above the touch bar on top. I can feel it quite heated below as well under the top center. The CPU is fine (no processes going ...
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Is there a separate cable for camera in A1707

Recently I replaced the battery and keyboard in my 15" MacBook Pro A1707. Unfortunately, the built in camera Has now disappeared from the system (System report says there's no connected camera). ...
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2019 MBP 16" 2.3Ghz i9 severe thermal throttling (Catalina 10.15.5)

Brief Summary 2019 MBP 16" 2.3Ghz i9 shows severe thermal throttling CPU Frequency hovers around 1.9-2.0 Ghz Power draw doesn't exceed 30W Max Temperature only 76ish degrees Celcius Exporting a ...
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Is there enough room inside a MacBook Pro 16" to fit a slim Tile?

I'm thinking of upgrading sometime in the future to a 16" MacBook Pro. As someone who keeps my Mac with me on the go, I'm very cautious and alert, but still want to plan for the possibility that ...
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Sensor in Apple Logo at the Back of iMac

I am cleaning and preferrably washing the iMac aluminium casing. I have removed all the hardware from the iMac except the sensor placed at the back side where Apple logo is. I would like to know what ...
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MacBook Pro - Mechanical Popping/Clicking Sound

I keep on getting this Popping/Clicking sound randomly throughout regardless of whether the speaker is on or not. The sound seems to be coming from the physical machine, perhaps the screen or the ...
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How to prevent MacBook pro heating when using external monitor, which causes the internal monitor to flicker after hours of work

Problem: It is well known that when MacBook Pro is connected to the external monitor, the GPU gets involved and the system heats up. The common advice is to just live with it because the system will ...
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Macbook Pro Early 2011 17" dGPU problem [duplicate]

I have bought a Macbook Pro Early 2011 17 inch (A1297) with the known AMD GPU problem. I'd like to fix that in the near future using the Demux or Tiresias solution. Now, before doing that, I tried to ...
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Wiggly lines and a sticky screen

I have an iPad Gen 7 which recently broke (digitalizer and LCD). I took it to a repair shop where they guy took a few days but returned the iPad. I have the following issues now: Diagonal lines made ...
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Trying to Analyse a WIFI Hardware Problem

I have a MacBook Pro (13 ", Mid 2012) model running Mac OS 10.14.6 (Mojave). Of late I'm experiencing a lot of problems with the WIFI hardware frequently "shutting down" or going into a ...
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Old Mac Pro with consistent, mysterious ailment

"MacPro 8-core", aka "8x", aka "MacPro2,1", from 2007-8. Frequent syndrome with always the same two symptoms together: at the end of boot sequence, right when desktop is supposed to display, monitor ...
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USB Devices not working on Catalina after water spilled over keyboard

The other day I spilled water on my MBP 2017 keyboard. I let it dry for 48 hours before turning it on again. And it ran fine. Ever since that spill, however, I have not been able to use my USB wired ...
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What procedure should be followed post spilling fluids onto a MacBook keyboard?

I know the first thing to do is dry with a towel the majority of the fluid. Next is to turn off the computer. Then flip over the laptop itself and whilst upside down cool dry the keyboard with a ...
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Apple Thunderbolt disconnecting, reconnecting from MBP 2018

I have a 2018 Macbook Pro with a Thunderbolt display hooked up as an external monitor using the Apple TB2/MDP to TB3 adapter. I have had this machine in to Apple to try to figure out why it is ...
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2017 MacBook Pro Battery Not Charging [duplicate]

Having a problem with my recently purchased refurbished 2017 15" MacBook Pro. Yesterday it suddenly shut down and after rebooting, I noticed the battery was at 1% despite being plugged in. Now if it ...
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Fans blaring again after a brief hardware fix

My 2017 MacBook Air began having a problem with a high kernel task and high CPU with fans blaring. I did a hardware test and it said there may be an issue with the SMC PFM006, there may be an issue ...
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Wiped my Macbook keyboard and trackpad with an antibacterial wipe. It's affected the cursor when there is load on the cpu. How can I fix this?

I have turned the Macbook off and left it for 24 hours and turned it back on three (days) separate times. Using a USB mouse when the Macbook is turned on works well but as soon as a load is on the cpu ...
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Can I test MBA motherboard using only charger and external monitor?

Can I test a Macbook Air (2011-2015) motherboard using only the charger and external monitor?
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MacBook 2020 constantly disconnects USB 2.0 devices

The Problem Since I got my new Macbook Air 2020 (with i5 Upgrade), I encounter a strange and annoying problem every day: The MacBook suddenly looses connection to my USB devices. Namely my external ...
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Late 2019 Macbook Air with Intel Core i5 8GB RAM 128 SSD

I have a late 2019 MacBook air with an Intel Core i5. I REALLY want to upgrade this processor to make the laptop just a bit better. Because I just bought it, I really don't want to get a whole new ...
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2008 iMac Stuck on Loading Screen

My 2008 iMac gets stuck on the loading screen (Loading Bar, gets to about halfway). Nothing in this guide worked. https://macreports.com/mac/ I replaced my HD and issue still persists. The HD is now ...
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App specific display issues

First of all, this is my first question here. So forgive me if I cross any lines. I am using a Macbook Pro mid-2012 non-retina running Mojave and having this strange problem since months. Some apps, ...
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Retina iMac not powering up after upgrades, one diagnostic LED

I did a few upgrades to a 2017 iMac, and unfortunately, upon reassembly, it isn't powering on. Here's a photo of it, display disconnected. In the second photo I've labelled things for reference. ...
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What makes Thunderbolt 2 adapter more expensive than TB 3 or USB-C?

I have the 2015 MacBook Pro and I was searching online for a hub because I need an Ethernet port and more USB ports. My first thought was "Oh, no problem. I'll just get one for 5 or 6 dollars". So,...
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MBP Retina end 2014 is freezing before or during entering password

MacBook Pro Retina (mid 2014) is freezing once user log-in interface has been loaded. Thus, password cannot be entered. Usually, freezing starts before password can be entered or while entering the ...
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Mid 2011 iMac 27'' won't boot - 3 beeps and maxed fans

My iMac GPU failed about a week ago causing the OS to get stuck on a white screen with vertical pinkish stripes. I’ve performed a careful teardown to reflow the GPU. While I was at it I took the ...
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Performance options

I have a 2011 Mac mini and don't want to buy a new mini. It has 12gb ram and a 128gb PNY SSD which reads and writes in the 480mbps range. I'm looking for ways to speed it up, and I've done the basics ...
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MacBook Air display turning off when on top of other closed MacBook

I have two MacBooks, Mac1 and Mac2. Mac2 is closed and Mac1 is open. I put Mac1 on top of Mac2, and then after a few seconds, Mac1's display goes black. I pick it up, and then it's fine. I think it ...
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Where to find logs for hardware-related shutdowns in OS X 10.11?

I have a 2009 Mac Mini running OS X 10.11.6 set up as home theater. Its fan has been quite noisy for a while, but it has still worked fine... until a couple of days ago, when I found out that it had ...
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What hardware do I need to capture live video from my Nikon D3300 DSLR directly into Final Cut Pro X?

Basically, I would like to use my Nikon D3300 DSLR as a webcam. I want to be able to see the video in my Mac as I record. What hardware would I need to use to accomplish this?
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Mac Pro 3,1 with no display output

My 2008 mac pro suddenly stopped communicating with my monitor(s) - it boots (chimes) but no signal to monitors - I have checked with multiple monitors and cables. Have replaced the logic board, cpus,...
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Growing black portion on the screen of 2017 MacBook Pro. What could be the cause?

I bought my MBP 13" 2017 (without TouchBar) in late 2018. So far, so good, but after I started using it by plugging in an LG 23" monitor (as a second display), a black pixel stripe started showing up ...
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What is the name of the small circuit board above the trackpad that the flex cable connects to on the MacBook pro retina 2015 13"?

My keyboard and track pad are not working and I'm thinking it's neither the keyboard nor the track pad nor even the flex cable. When I was replacing the flex cable the circuit board that the flex ...

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