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Questions tagged [macbook]

All lines of MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro portable computers.

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Macbook Pro not detecting bootable USB with Yosemite

I created a Yosemite boot USB, from the App Store version 10.10.1. When I hold option during Boot, the USB drive doesn't show up on the menu. I have an aluminium MBP, bought in 2009. It is the full ...
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How can I make my Macbook Pro's headphone jack stop “humming”?

Switched recently from a Lenovo PC and one thing on my mac bothered me. Headphones plugged into my Macbook pro 13" (latest version) "hum" with static when there is no audio playing. Then after a short ...
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How can I make Mac Partition visible in Bootcamp (Windows 10 Anniversary Update)?

Today I installed Windows 10, version 1607, on my MacBook Pro (Retina 15in Late 2013). Before this I had Bootcamp setup with Win7. So, I started out by deleting the old Win7 Bootcamp Partition using ...
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I think my MacBook Pro battery was replaced by Apple's service team. How do I check that?

I handed my MacBook Pro (15" Touch bar) to the service centre in order to have the keyboard replaced. Now, when I check the battery cycle count, it shows "1". Before it was at "82". Also, I'm ...
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Why is a secure erase 'not necessary' for SSD's?

I'm about to trade in a 2010 MacBook Pro with an SSD. However, I'm unable to do a Secure Erase from the recovery disk (as I used to do with mechanical hard drives before selling or giving away a ...
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Sound not working when running OS 10 Yosemite

My sound does not work whe I try to turn up the volume it just show this I tried looking on the forums but they didn't help. Thank you for spending the time to answer, if you have any questions ...
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Mavericks not able to use external display at full resolution

I have been several months using my mid-2010 15" MBP connected to a Dell U2711 through a miniDisplayPort-DisplayPort adapter, without any trouble cranking the resolution up in Mountain Lion to it's ...
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Selling a Macbook Pro - removing personal information from it

I have recently upgraded to a 2011 MBP, and I'm finally all set up on it. It's time to sell my previous MBP. I've already copied off all of the data I want to keep and deleted the obvious suspects. ...
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Share Mac Files (Yosemite) with Windows

I have a combination of Win7 - XP & Apple macbook machines, running on my windows network. The macbook up and till recently had Mavericks 10.9.5 OS X ,, a few days ago I upgraded the macbook to ...
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How to check what applications are using the most disk space?

I have 380GB left on my SSD and was wondering how much space my applications are using. Is there a way to check this?
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How critical are macOS Mojave compatibility requirements?

As per Apple support document, How to upgrade to macOS Mojave: 1. Check compatibility You can upgrade to macOS Mojave from OS X Mountain Lion or later on any of the following Mac models. ...
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MacBook SSD replacement — sudden motion shock sensor in optical bay?

When looking to upgrade a MacBook Pro with a solid state drive (SSD), one option is to: First, install the SSD instead of the spinning hard disk drive (HDD). Then, install the HDD instead of the ...
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Trouble with SSD/HDD in Macbook Pro Mid 2009

When my original HDD crashed I wanted to change it and choose a Samsung HDD (I don't not the exact model anymore). The problem with this one was that the system often hanged for several seconds until ...
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App icons go missing on MacBook

I've been having this problem for a while now and it really starts to bother me. Every once in a while, a lot of my app icons go missing in the dock, launchpad, finder, cmd-tab switcher, just ...
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Font smoothing on external display working badly. (rMBP)

I have attached two external monitors to my retina MacBook Pro: 24" Dell 1920x1200 with HDMI->DVI 19" Samsung 1280x1024 with Thunderbolt->VGA While non-retina enabled apps look just fine (e.g. ...
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How do I run a GUI app via SSH?

I'm used to working on Unix/Linux and recently moved to Mac. In used to be able to do this: derick@linux1:~$ ssh -X linux2 derick@linux2's password: derick@linux2:~$ xclock I've install X11 from ...
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How to disable Macbook Pro internal display when using external monitors

I have a Late 2011 Macbook Pro 13" (running Lion - OS 10.7.4) which I use with a dual external monitor setup. I have two 21" LCDs that I use as external monitors. One uses the built in Mini Display ...
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Why can't I left click on my Macbook Pro?

I have a Macbook Pro (Retina, Late 2012) running OS X El Capitan (10.11.13). What works: Secondary click with two fingers Feel/sound of trackpad click (no noticeable change in the feel of the ...
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Force URL link to open with a specific browser

I've created a URL link in my dock, however, the link only opens with the default browser. I have safari, Firefox, and chrome (latest being the default) installed in my machine. I'm wondering if ...
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Why does my MacBook Pro take so long to go to sleep?

Until recently, when I pressed Option-Cmd-Eject, my MacBook Pro used to go to sleep almost immediately (e.g. within three or four seconds). It's a MBP 8,2 with an SSD and 8GB RAM. Since a week or so, ...
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MacBook Pro locked with Find My Mac and won't let me boot

I was playing around with the Find My Mac iPhone app (just testing it out) and hit the "lock" option. My MacBook Pro is now locked and I have no place to enter the 4 digit PIN. When I start it, it ...
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MacBook Air wifi NIC: supported channels

I've had a problem with my Wi-Fi connection to a TP-Link router from MacBook Air. It has been solved by manually changing Wi-Fi channel on the router from "Automatic" to an average value. What ...
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Issues with installing SSD instead of DVD drive?

It is common to replace a MacBook Pro's hard disk drive (HDD) with an solid state drive (SSD), however, that may pose a threat to the HDD if installed in the optical bay instead of the SuperDrive.* ...
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How can I play Blu Ray discs with my MacBook?

I'd like to buy a Macbook Pro 15 inch instead of a Dell, and I know I can send video to the HDMI TV using the Moshi adapter. My MacBook doesn't have a drive for Blu Ray discs. Is there a way to solve ...
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Remove Linux partition on Mac. CoreStorage problems

I have a Macbook pro 2015 with a 256 GB SSD and a Linux partition. I would like to remove the partition. Following the steps written in here, I got stuck in the Modify step. Once I execute the command ...
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Partition Type: FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF Macbook Pro [duplicate]

I was trying to install Kali linux in a dual boot fashion when I accidentally ended up install a terminal only version of Debian as a second partition. So I decided to retry, which meant I needed to ...
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MacBook Air boots to strange screen showing Magic Mouse and TrackPad

Problem : I left the MacBook to be idle for a while and its keyboard and trackpad became non-responsive. I shut it down and restart 3 times (using the power button), and the MacBook now goes to a ...
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How to downgrade EFI firmware back to version 1.6

I'm trying to get a SATA III hard drive to work in my MacbookPro5,1. I think I've finally figured out that if I downgrade the EFI firmware to version 1.6, my computer will negotiate the link at SATA 1 ...
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How do Apple engineers reset EFI password on new MacBooks?

Apple state: Only Apple retail stores or Apple Authorized Service Providers can unlock these computers protected by a firmware password. If you cannot remember the firmware password for your ...
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Right speakers malfunction on MacBook Pro Retina

My laptop has this crackling sound on the right speakers no matter the volume. The noise is not heard with a headset. I noticed this after updating my software to the latest one.
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Can You Stop the Migration Assistant Midway Through?

Can the Migration Assistant be stopped midway through? I began the wireless transfer from a Mac Mini to a new MacBook Air last night. It still says it's going to take 40 hours. Unfortunately, I can't ...
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Mac App Store has become dog slow after 10.6.7 update on latest MacBook Pro

Ever since rolling out the 10.6.7 update on my latest MacBook Pro (15", i7), I have found that Mac App Store has become awfully slow. Starting it alone takes anywhere from two to four minutes for the ...
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MacBook Pro with Retina display (Late 2012) not outputting anything above 1080p

I know it won't support 4k but it should at least do 1440 right? I can't get higher than 1080p... UPDATE: I pressed alt and clicked "scaled" to unlock the extra resolutions as suggested by Buscar웃. ...
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This “weird group trick” makes MacBook Pro login, apps, and systems run slow slow slow … but why?

Edit  In response to Tetsujin's comment, further details now are provided for reproducing the slowdown, and for reverting back to normal speed. The usual caveat  Experimenting with system-...
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Bluetooth Not Available?

Mac OS X 10.6.4, MacBook Pro, Apple Magic Trackpad. The trackpad is unresponsive. Right-clicking on the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar shows me gray text that says "Bluetooth not available". I don't ...
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Why does OS X use swap memory when memory pressure remains low?

My system (Yosemite / 10.10) has been paging out to swap memory despite my memory pressure reading less than 50% over the last 7 days (tracked with iStat Menus). How is this possible? It would be one ...
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How many monitors can the new retina MacBook Pro handle and at which pixels resolutions?

How many monitors can the new retina MacBook Pro handle and at which pixels resolutions? e. g. Does it support three cinema displays?
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Macbook Pro Battery 0% and wrong date

Model: MacBook Pro Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015 While I was working, I didn't realize that the battery was low and as a result, my MacBook Pro shut down when the battery had no power. So, then I ...
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is it possible to connect two external monitors with mini displayport + thunderbolt to displayport or hdmi?

I've heard that thunderbolt can be used as a displayport. That make me wonder if I can use two external monitors with mini displayport and thunderbolt to displayport or hdmi. Is it possible??
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MacBook Pro refuses to boot/recover, hangs at “white screen”

I am somewhat new to caring for Macs, but one has been left in my care and I have not been able to restore it to working order yet. Here are the symptoms: The MacBook Pro would hang with a "white ...
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Is putting the computer to sleep while it's in a hot car a bad idea?

I know that keeping the battery of a MacBook Air in a hot environment is a bad idea. But sometimes I have to leave it in a hot car. Are there any recommendations as to what to do in this kind of ...
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ntpd: consistently incorrect time on mid-2013 MacBook Air

I'm using ICMP time stamping on my mid-2013 MacBook Air, and I need my clock to have an accuracy of no worse than 1ms. I see that ntpd is running, with the default settings, and /etc/ntp.conf ...
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MacBook display has vertical black and white lines on startup

My MackBook, on startup, its showing the following: They are just a bunch of vertical black and white lines, and it gets stuck there. What could be the problem?
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Does a macbook SMC reset if you disconnect the battery?

I've been resetting the SMC in many macbooks in my job as a technician. Yet, it's not entirely clear to me if the SMC is reset in this case: Please let me explain myself properly: According to Apple'...
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Why are my Macbook's internal speakers not available?

My Macbook (the unibody aluminum version) has lost its internal speakers. When I open System Preferences -> Sound -> Output, all I see is "Digital Out". If I plug in a pair of headphones, this ...
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How to stress a MacBook Pro Retina?

I need to stress my rMBP components (e.g. CPU/GPU/RAM) without loading any additional software tools. Background - My rMBP has a hardware fault (similar to this issue) which causes system freezes ...
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How can I keep my Macbook Pro cool and avoid fan noise?

I use my MacBook pro for audio recording. With the summer coming up, the fans tend to come on more often, which can be a problem. Recording audio is fairly processor-intensive (especially when using ...
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How will the new Touch Bar & Touch ID work with Windows/Boot Camp

I'm deciding to buy a MacBook Pro 2016 and installing Windows on it (via Boot Camp) but I'm not sure that the new Touch Bar works in Windows. Can I use the Touch Bar to access function keys in Windows?...
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Does closing the lid put a MacBook Pro to sleep? Would it hurt the computer if I carry it around without shutting it down?

When I first got my MacBook Pro, it took less than 30 seconds to start up. Now, after several months, it takes about two minutes to startup and I can tell that it is not as responsive when using some ...
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Recommendations for headset (+ mic ) for macbook in 2012

I'm looking for a stereo headset and not simply in-ear headphones for Skype at affordable prices. From past experience, I own a dual-jack headset Logitech from my PC. Sound came out but the mic never ...