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What is the name of the long cable/plug attachment on the MacBook MagSafe charger?

My MacBook 2015's MagSafe charger has two attachments for plugging it into the wall: a simple plug, which slides/snaps onto the charging block a loooong cable, one end of which can slide into the ...
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Would it be possible to modify the iPhone in such a way that the hardware switch (ring/silent) also switches on/off camera, mic and GPS hardware?

How should one physically modify the hardware connection inside the hardware in order to make the analog hardware switch, already in place for switching from ring to silent and vice versa, could also ...
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Mac mini (2006) crashes after a while

I have an early 2006 Mac mini (A1176, Macmini1,1). It seems to work fine for a while, but it eventually starts crashing, then booting right back up again. It will either crash somewhere along the ...
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How to identify each of the fans inside my iMac 2010

First of all thanks for the great job you make here. You´ve helped me a lot of times with success. I´d like to identify each of the 3 fans inside my iMac. I run iStats gem and I can see three fans but ...
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What is the default effective resolution of the Macbook Air 2020

The Internet says that the Macbook Air's resolution is 2560x1600, and that its supported scaled resolutions are: 1680 by 1050 1440 by 900 1024 by 640 But which of those supported scaled resolutions ...
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How can I reset the NVRAM, PRAM, and SMC of a MacBook a1534 from 2017 if the keyboard doesn't work?

How can I reset the PRAM, NVRAM, SMC if the keyboard doesn't work and I cannot boot into Sierra (it is in a continuous boot loop probably from the NVRAM).
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MBP Early 2015 (A1502) has died!

Went to use my MacBook two days after switching on with no issue. When I went to boot it was completely dead. When I went to charge it, there was no light. I left it on the charger for 20 mins and ...
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MacBook pro 15 inch 2019 screen flickers with purple horizontal lines when iPhone is near my MacBook screen

When i bring my iPhone near my MacBook pro screen, the screen flickers with horizontal lines. I have tested the flickering with iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. All the devices are up to ...
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Installing fresh macOS High Sierra on SSD (Crucial MX500) on iMac 2011 21.5 (A1311) (Mid-2011)

For reference, I previously successfully installed a SSD (WD BLUE) on my MBP Pro 2011 with no issues, but for the life of me I can't get it to work on my iMac (A1311, mid 2011). SSD: Crucial MX500 (I ...
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Is there such a thing as unsafe cpu levels on mac?

Background: The process com.docker.hyperkit has consistently been using between 100% and 200% cpu on my mac (which has 2 physical, and (in total) 4 virtual cores). Question: is there such a thing as ...
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How can I use iPhone screen hardware as a standard monitor?

I have an old iPhone 4s and I can fully disassemble it. I was searching for a control board to connect the screen and use it as a standard monitor, but I found nothing. I'm not searching an app or a ...
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Mid - 2012 13" MacBook Pro screen conversion

I have an extra Mid - 2012 13" MacBook Pro screen laying around, and was hoping to make it into an external display. I was also hoping to mount it into a rack drawer or tray. Anyone have any examples ...
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Macbook pro hardware failure screen

Today I observed: Do you have any thoughts on what. I can try to get it fixed? It is a mac book pro 2017 with a GPU.
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Macbook Pro 2015's screen flashes up and down

I got my Mid-2105 15" MacBook Pro a year or two back. It worked great, and I even got a free battery replacement from Apple. However a few days ago it was dropped on the floor. At first, the Mac was ...
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Does Macbook Pro have a hardware or software issue? (Constantly Stuck on White Screen)

My Macbook Pro Late 2011 (running on Sierra) has suddenly started having the white screen problem and I've tried the following: NVRAM, PRAM and SMC reset (could not get past loading bar after ...
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Can a deteriorating battery cause screen flickering? [Early 2015 macbook pro retina]

I have a early 2015 macbook pro with a Retina display. I'm at about 950 charge cycles, and have had the "service battery" indicatory since last summer. I noticed that occasionally my screen does ...
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Why is my Early 2014 MacBook Air's Trackpad Uneven?

My Early 2014 MacBook Air's trackpad is uneven; it's hard to click on the top left corner of the trackpad but it's easy to click on the bottom right corner. Is this supposed to happen, or is there a ...
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Macbook Air 2013 won't boot up; Charging cable never turns green, always amber

I have a 2013 MacBook Air 13" (A1466), which all off a sudden wouldn't boot up. The charging LED on the cable was always green. I then attempted: Holding the power button down 10 secs SMC Reset ...
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It takes ~ 10 attempts to start my mid 2012 (first with retina) MBP 15

It was 2019 October when I used the computer on the rain. For a few days I had some troubles with touchpad, then it completely recovered itself, then the entire machine died. Since then I was able to ...
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How difficult is it to manually replace an Early 2015 Macbook Pro's battery?

I have a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015). My battery health has deteriorated, and I may replace the battery some time this year. A full charge still gets me about 3-4 hours of use time, and ...
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Smart Keyboard for 10.5" iPad Pro broken

I purchased a Smart Keyboard for my 10.5" iPad Pro in March 2018. Around December 2018/January 2019, it started failing: after putting it into the typing position, the software keyboard would stay on ...
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Running Raid0 on MBP 2011

I have a higher end (i7, 2.5ghz, 16gb RAM) 2011 MBP with an older HDD that has been pretty unreliable for the last year or so. I have an unused/unopened 250bg SSD sitting on a shelf and was thinking ...
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Why is 2017 MacBook air battery life so much better than 2014 MacBook pro's?

Why is my girlfriend's 2017 MacBook air battery life so much better than my 2014 MacBook pro's (after just having brand new battery installed) when the batteries have the exact same device name (...
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Macbook Pro doesn't recognize USB devices through hub

I have a power delivery USB hub that I use to have a single cable I plug into my laptop to connect power, an HDMI monitor, and USB devices. It all works on other devices of mine, and mostly works for ...
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Is there an easy way to destroy the internal microphone hardware on iMac?

I use a iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014) and wonder if there is an easy way to destroy the internal microphone hardware. I don't need the microphone. Assuming I had a guarantee, is it allowed to ...
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Computer Crashes and then has difficulty rebooting

My MBP Retina, Early 2013 15" is having some problems. Last week it crashed on me and wouldn't boot, only the fans would start spinning and heat was produced but no reaction on the screen, or an ...
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Is PSU and GPU from iMac 2010 compatible with iMac 2011?

I bought a 27" iMac 2011 model with no GPU and power supply unit from an auction where you can’t test anything. I would like to know if I can add GPU and power supply unit from my old 27" iMac 2010. ...
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Will iMac boot chime play if there is no CPU?

So I got this iMac from auction, as is. The iMac chimes when I press the start button but the screen remains black. Is it possible that the iMac chimes if it has no CPU? I just wanna make sure if the ...
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How to clean an iPhone to guard against Coronavirus?

I've read several articles that cleaning an iPhone should only be done by a microfibre cloth to prevent damage to the device. But I can't see how that will actually clean the device and kill things ...
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Mac mini Late 2014 No power after HDD upgrade

I've followed a very reputable guide online on doing a HDD upgrade with the proper tools and setup. I feel as if every step was followed properly yet the Mac currently doesn't power on. Could someone ...
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Keyboard not registering input after replacement

I just replaced my top case on my late 2016 MacBook Pro Touchbar. Trackpad and Touchbar both work, and I even get backlight on my keyboard, however it doesn‘t register any input when booted into Mac ...
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What to do about a bad video card in a 2010 Mac?

It seems it was just 2013 when Yan asked a question about a Mac showing a strange display. I'm now getting exactly that display, on a Mac that seems to me to be around the same vintage as Yan's, 2010. ...
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Data recovery from Apple MacBook Pro with T1 and T2 & Customer Data Migration Tool (LifeBoat)

There is a lot of fuzz since Apple introduced non-removable SSDs in 2016. If you are spilling water or dropping the notebook it might be a problem to recover the data, as the SSDs are proprietary (...
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Macbook Pro 2014 doesn't recognize internal display

I have a Macbook Pro mid-2014 running macOS Catalina 10.15.3 A few years ago, I dropped it, and broke the screen, then bought a replacement screen and repaired it myself. Until today, I had no ...
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iPhone-Mac connection issue and what does the usbd process do?

I know there's 2-3 questions in this community relating to connection issues between iPhones and Macs via a USB connection, and I know a temporary solution to fix it. But I would like to know what ...
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hardware issues / SMC reset: keyboard, trackpad, flickering screen

Macbook Pro, 13" retina Early 2015, macOS Sierra 10.12.6 I had my laptop's screen replaced a couple of months ago, and I'm wondering if the bugs I'm seeing are symptoms of a faulty repair job? An SMC ...
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How to check originality of parts in a second hand Mac mini?

How can I check that all the parts in a Mac mini late 2014 are genuine or not? I have found that we can change the About this Mac details from system. How can I know that Details shown in About this ...
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Macbook Air Infinite Boot Chime

Macbook Air "Core i5" 1.6 13" (Early 2015) No water damage and never been dropped and sadly out of warranty and without Apple Care. It started to crash intermittently and then started to reboot. ...
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Replacing a MacBook Pro battery

I have a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015) with the following specs: 3.1 GHz Intel Core i7 8 GB 1867 MHz DDR3 Intel Iris Graphics 6100 1536 MB My batteries cycle count is 918 and the ...
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How can I find which chipset the Airport wireless card on my MBP uses?

I'm trying to figure out whether my wireless chipset is capable of entering monitoring mode for passive network scanning or packet injection. How can I view the specific chipset information about the ...
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MacBook Pro screen is strange, but not with external screen [duplicate]

My sons MacBook Pro 13" Retina (Early 2015) has a problem with the built-in screen. It will very shortly look OK, followed by what to me looks like a HW issue, with strange patterns and lines. But ...
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MacBook 13" Mid 2012 shuts down with 20% with new battery [duplicate]

I have this problem with my MacBook: when I turn it on, the battery reports 0%. After replacing the battery, I've the same problem. New battery has 4 cycles and 100% of charge capacity. I have ...
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Wiped my keyboard with a damp cloth and now my macbook pro 2017 keyboard cannot type on the login screen

My macbook pro 2017 was working fine and I decided to wipe it with a damp cloth and now it wont work on the login screen. But I went to recovery mode terminal and all the keys work fine there. I must ...
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Is “keyboard paint wear on screen” a real thing?

I'm in the process of trying to sell my Macbook Pro (15-inch w/ touch bar, 2018). I found a buyer who gave me a decent offer. I sent the computer to them and upon inspection, said that, and I quote: ...
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Fan speed at maxium and kernel_task at more than 300% after changing the display assembly

I recently replaced my MacBook Pro's (mid-2012) display assembly. After the first boot, my fan speed is at maximum and kernel_task is at more than 300% which is affecting the responsiveness of the OS. ...
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Where does the cool air come from?

I found this gif/video on a blog post about the Macbook Pro 2019. It shows its cooling system. I am curious about how this works, because in the animation, cool air comes from the side, but there is ...
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Shutdown Cause -20 after dropping my MacBook [duplicate]

I dropped my MacBook Pro 13" 2019. The Touch Bar is not working. The computer is restarting after 3-5 minutes. log show reports the shutdown cause is -20. What could be the problem and solution?
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I really want to know what is proper the cpu temperature for my Mac book [duplicate]

I'm using Mac book pro 13 inch , 3.1 ghz i5 dual core. I have set up Mac book fan control and I am able to check the temperature. I was just surfing the internet, and the cpu temperature shows about ...
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Shutdown and ASD errors on late 2013 15" Retina Macbook Pro

My Late 2013 Retina MBP is shutting down randomly. It gets a blank screen, and the keyboard is lit up for about 10 seconds, and then it powers down. There is no kernel panic, and nothing in the logs ...
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Logitech MX Keys: sleep mode keyboard shortcut

I am using the Logitech MX Keys which is great. Since there is no Eject/Power key I miss some shortcuts, specifically Option–Command–Media Eject. Is there a way to put my Mac to Sleep mode with this ...

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