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Mac not working correctly after using Wine

I have a early 2011 Macbook Pro running El Capitan. I decided to get a steam account and download an old game for the sake of nostalgia. I then realised the game I had downloaded only ran on Windows, ...
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Is it safe to super glue a broken fan connector back to the logic board?

While I was replacing my mid-2010 Macbook's HDD with an SSD, I accidentally dropped a screw and it got stuck somewhere behind the logic board. I removed the fan so I can retrieve the screw through ...
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Fixing an LED Home Cinema display caused whistling and a spark, is it salvageable?

I was given an LED Cinema Display 1920x1200 from December 2008. I was able to fix a similar one because of a software issue on the owner's computer. I was told that it was working intermittently, ...
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MBP 16": Relative ambient heat of i7 v. i9

So for me a very important aspect of devices is their ambient heat. I have an annoying kind of eczema that causes rashes on my hands/skin if I have sustained contact with something warm, and it can be ...
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Which distance sensor to lock screen if I leave my seat?

This is follow-up to this question: Automatically lock screen if I leave the MacBook I want to get some signal from a sensor if I leave the seat. Background: I change the job and in the new company ...
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2012 MacBook Air screen immediately falls down, can it be repaired?

This is a low-tech question. I've been nursing a late 2012 MacBook Air which has been obsoleted by Apple. The folks who replaced my battery told me that they can't repair the mechanism that produces ...
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How to choose mac battery?

I had a problem with my battery(as I think). Actually I asked the question before about this issue here MacBook turning off suddenly And eventually, I have decided to change my battery. I opened my ...
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MacBook Air 10.15.2 Shuts Down on Startup, falsely indicating 0% battery [duplicate]

I have a MacBook Air, with Catalina 10.15.2. When I start it up unplugged, with a full battery, most of the time it starts up and then immediately shuts down. When I hit the power button again, it ...
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Diagnosing a MacBook that decided to stop powering. (A1342)

I have performed a series of upgrades on my MacBook 2010 (A1342). However, I dropped a screw, opened the device back up and fished it out and then closed it again. But when I then hit the power button,...
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Feel electric shocks after using MacBook Pro

I know many people would feel electric shocks when touching a charging MacBook. However, my situation is the opposite: after using MacBook, for example, if I touch the mental door handle, I will be ...
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Can a 16“ MacBook Pro be reverted to an OS before Catalina? [duplicate]

I want to get the new 16" Macbook Pro which ships with Catalina, but I don't want Catalina at least for now because of how many legacy apps it breaks, not to mention Avid/Protools hardware which ...
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Have there been any documented typos on genuine Apple products? [closed]

The comment chain under an answer on this question brought up an interesting question. Have there been any documented typos or production mistakes on genuine Apple products released into the wild?
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Mid-2012 Macbook Air doesn't always wake of from sleep running Arch Linux

My mid-2012 Macbook Air often powers off if the power cord is detached while it is suspended, and sometimes, regardless of the cord, it doesn't wake up from sleep. I have had this problem since I ...
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Catalina - Video (& Audio) stop often and don't work for a while

I have a 13" MacBook Pro with TouchBar, 2018. Since some time I'm having video and audio problems. What usually happens is: I'm listening music (Spotify/Youtube), watching a movie/serie (Netflix (...
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Moving an SSD from a MBP 2014 to a 2015

If I want to transfer a 256 SSD with everything on it (OS Catalina) from a mid 2014 Macbook Pro 13" to an early 2015 Macbook Pro 13", will it work? Or should I reinstall it?
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MacBook Pro (mid 2012) does not detect internal screen

I have an old MacBook Pro 13 which does not react as it should. after a liquid damage i have changed the display. Unfortunately it only recognizes the internal display when I connect an external one. ...
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When will we have LPDDR4x memory in MBs/MBPs?

Apple just announced their much expected 16" MBP, which still features DDR4 memory in order to be able to support more than 16GB RAM. I find that a bit disappointing, and am a bit puzzled as to why we ...
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Macbook Pro Mid 2015 booting to a black screen

I am using a Macbook Pro 15 inch Mid 2015. Running MacOS Catalina. I believe it is most up to date as of 11/7/2019, but I am unable to check. Issues started a few days ago when my machine started ...
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Keyboard backlight not working for some keys

Many similar questions I've read here have to do with backlights not working at all or when dimmed. My problem is that the number 6 key is not illuminating. All other keys are working as they should. ...
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How can I charge my MacBook Pro and not block one thunderbolt 3 port for other uses?

I record high school bands when they go to contest using Sound Studio. Each of three judges is also making digital recordings on hand held recorders. While I am recording one band through a mixer ...
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Understanding Processor specifications

I'm not sure what a CPU-specification like "3 GHz Intel Core i5" really means. Does it mean that there are five cores with 3 GHz each? Or are there 3 GHz distributed between the five cores? What ...
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Opened iPhone SE wrong - screen with lines and no video

I just yanked my phone screen a little when opening my SE. Now the display turns on but has lines and looks very broken. I am pretty sure it's the ribbon cables but I don't know where to get ...
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Screen glitches after installing ATI Radeon HD on my old Mac Pro

I decided to try and upgrade my old 2009 Mac Pro and update it based on the various guides that I've seen online. I figured the best 1st step would be to make sure that I flash it from 4.1 to 5.1, and ...
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Browse data on old machine's HDD, without booting machine or removing HDD?

For my current laptop I have a 2017 MBP running macOS 10.14. I have 2 older Mac laptops which I wish to get data off, one of them is a 2007 Macbook and the other a 2004 iBook. Other than ...
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Macbook Pro Early 2015 (A1502) Keyboard not Working Sometimes

I'm currently using a macbook pro 2015 early, i updated to macOS Catalina 5 days ago, on the first day the keyboard was working fine, but they keyboard started freezing at random times (Only the power ...
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Internal keyboard randomly stops working (after upgrade to Catalina) - any way to reset it?

Is there anything like a reset of the internal keyboard device that I can try doing instead of having to restart my MacBook completely? The internal keyboard on my MacBook Pro just stops responding ...
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RAM stress test

I'm spec-ing a new MacBook Pro and want to know how much memory my workload requires. I'm doing my development work on a 2011 iMac with 16GB of RAM and want to know if I need that much memory for my ...
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What does MacBookProX,Y refer to?

The MacBook Pros have long used a codename MacBookProX,Y. Apparently the X refers roughly to a generation. One generation can possibly span more than one "early", "middle", "late" period of one year, ...
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Connect Mac CD drive to another Mac

Question: Can I take apart a CD drive from an old MacBook Pro and connect it to a newer MacBook Pro that does not have a CD drive? Background: The old MacBook Pro is broken, but the CD drive still ...
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AirPods 2nd Gen. with firmware 2A364 dropped volume level in non-iOS Devices

When I bought new Airpods 2nd gen, the firmware it came with was 1A673. The volume level on my android phone (OnePlus 6T) when connected was quite loud and everything was good. But when I connected ...
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Any good memory test for newer Macs (2015 and later) [closed]

I'd like to be able to test memory thoroughly in Macs (2015 and later, for older Macs I use Apple ASD tests). I tried Memtest but it won't boot from a thumbdrive for some reason.
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Can a lightning cable plug get short circuited by a metal surface?

I have a couple of lightning connectors on a flat surface, ready to plug into an iPhone or iPad for charging. At the same time, a Macbook or iPad is sometimes placed near that surface. Can the body ...
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Is it normal for MacBook Pro to get extremely hot under idle loads? [duplicate]

I have a 2019 MacBook Pro and this is about the first Mac I've worked with. The metal case above the keyboard gets extremely hot even when I'm not using the MacBook but have it on. Under normal and ...
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Permanently Disable Bluetooth on MacMini 2019

I realize this was asked back in 2014 with this question, but hardware and software has changed a lot over the last 5 years. Here's the specifics of my situation: We haven't purchased the device ...
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Macbook 2015 with normal battery won't charge even after SMC

My MacBook won't charge. Here are the things I have done so far: I tested the MagSafe charger to another laptop to make sure it is not faulty ( MagSafe is working ) I did the SMC reset ( shift + alt +...
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MacBook Pro new battery not charging. Defective?

Model: MacBook Pro 13" Retina early 2015 My MacBook Pro had a battery in the condition "Replace now" so I bought a new battery on ebay and got it replaced. The problem is the MacBook identifies the ...
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Run 10.10 on a machine upgraded to 10.14

Are there any firmware updates, or other changes, done by the 10.14 installer that could cause a 10.10 system to not work? To quell all the "why would you want to do that?" questions, here's the ...
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Spotlight Significant Energy Usage

The battery life on my MBP 2017 has recently decreased to around 3-4 hours after lasting around 8-9 hours for the past 9 months. Activity monitor also shows spotlight having an average energy impact ...
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Does the 2019 iMac use proprietary SSD controllers or connectors?

My old workhorse 17" MacBook Pro (circa 2011) finally gave up the ghost after 8 years of reliable service (may it rest in peace), and I'm looking into a 27" iMac to replace it. I want to buy the high-...
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How to get RFID scanner to connect to MacOS

I am using a RFID scanner: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1857525758.html This scanner connects via USB to Windows and Rasbian without special firmware. When I plug it into my Mac, however, it ...
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Frequently Have to Reset SMC to turn on MacBook

So over the last 2-3 weeks my 2014 13 inch MacBook Pro has developed an issue. I have to reset my SMC in order to power it on. This has occurred about 4-5 times. Additionally, my battery is on it's ...
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How can I check if my MacBook Pro is shut down without turning it back on?

Sometimes I like to shut down my Macbook Pro (e.g. if I know I won't be using it for some time and I want to save battery). Unfortuantely, I can't figure out any way to actually check that it's shut ...
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Does charging to 100% damage an iPhone battery

I have an XR and as I am indoors a lot of the time, my phone does spend a few hours charging at 100% (although I unplug at night). It's rare that I let the phone run past 80% and even rare that it ...
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Can I submit an app to the App Store that needs a hardware device not available in the market(yet)?

I am working on a project where im developing a circuit (Raspberry Pi) and an iOS app where the app is used to communicate (via Bluetooth Low Energy) to the Raspberry, only to setup some credentials. ...
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Precisely timed Custom Vibrations

Is there a way create a precisely timed Custom Vibration in iOS 13 or later? Additionally, is it possible to make the vibration short enough to mimic the 3D Touch haptic feedback on devices with the ...
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How do you get the angle of the lid from the CLI?

I know that you get whether the lid is open or closed from: ioreg -r -k AppleClamshellState -d 4 | grep AppleClamshellState. What I want to know is if the lid is open, what is its angle relative to ...
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How to minimise the risk of using a MacBook Pro 2015 recalled due to battery faults

My MacBook 2015 pro Retina 15'' has to be recalled by Apple. The reason is that its battery may be a fire hazard; eg macromors. Apple said the repairs can take two-three weeks. Because of my work, I ...
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Should this hardware piece look like this?

In the image you can see the hardware part of the battery (I think) and it looks weird with all the white things. Is this normal, because the Mac was recently bought. This is a MacBook Air 2019. ...
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What is the voltage output of an Apple 85W MagSafe 2 model A1424 without a load?

I’m looking to understand how to test and evaluate chargers so this is a bit technical a problem. Since MagSafe is proprietary, I can’t consult a USB power distribution specification to know how ...
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Could I take a Core i7 form a 2012 MBP and put it into a 2018 MBP?

I know very little about computer hardware so I thought I might as well ask. I have an Intel Core i7 in my MacBook Pro Late 2012. I am considering getting a 2018 MacBook Pro. I was wondering if it is ...

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