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Questions tagged [macbook]

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

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What are minimum specs for a MacBook to develop iOS apps?

I want to buy a MacBook to develop iOS apps. What are the minimum requirements?
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“Watch Me Do” workflow succeeds in Automator but not as app

I have a 1 action automator workflow. This workflow is recorded to produce a "Watch Me Do" action. The action is to click on the "VPN" menu bar item, then select a particular VPN from the menu. This ...
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MacBook Pro Display Adapter

Did Apple change the display adapter from MacBook 2006 to MacBook Pro 2010? I thought they were the same, (similar size) but they actually differ. Do I have to buy a new adapter?
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Why does battery die during sleep mode?

I'm running MacOSX 10.5.8 on a MacBook Pro. I was working on my computer last night. I finished work, closed the lid and expected the computer to go to sleep. I assume this is the Apple Safe Sleep ...
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Replacing SuperDrive with secondary storage?

I'm familiar with the OWC Data Doubler, a kit which allows you to remove your Macbook's SuperDrive and replace it with secondary storage. What alternatives exist for this product? A complete answer ...
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is there a slipcase for 17" MacBook Pros which opens at the side?

I carry my 17" MBP in my laptop pannier, into which it just fits in portrait orientation. I'd like to protect it with a slipcase, but I don't want to have to take the slipcase out of the pannier to ...
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High volume battery for MacBook Pro

Can you advise me of where or if it a high capacity battery exists to replace my pre unibody battery on a MacBook Pro?
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How can I tell when it's a good time to buy a MacBook Pro? [closed]

I want to know if a particular date (for instance, October 1, 2010) is a good date to go ahead and buy a Macbook pro, or whether I should wait few months for new models to come out. How can I figure ...
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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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New powercord for MacBook

I am considering going on eBay to try and buy a new powercord for my MacBook. I know that phones often advise that you only use the official charger, so I was wondering if the same warning applied for ...
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How to record the screen of an OpenGL application without stuttering?

I'm currently recording videos of my screen using QuckTime Player and a MacBook Pro 13" (mid-2010) in a resolution of 640x480. The application I'm recording is called Synthesia (it is a game like ...
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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 do I need to connect a second monitor to my MacBook Pro?

I would like to use my MacBook Pro with a second monitor. What do I need to be able to do this?
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How can I get boot details when booting from Snow Leopard DVD?

I'm running into a situation where I need to repair my main partition but I can not get my machine to boot off the Snow Leopard DVD. It will boot up, let me choose my language, then go to the "...
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Performance hit of installing a new hard drive in a MacBook Pro

I have a MacBook Pro 5,3 with a 7200 rpm 500 GB hard drive. I am running out of space and I have been considering upgrading with Western Digital's 1 TB laptop hard drive. I am just curious if I am ...
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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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Is there any way to set a MacBook Pro to not sleep when you close the lid?

The most common use case I have for this is when I'm playing music over AirTunes, but don't want an open laptop laying around. Or when I'm syncing or downloading something. This isn't the same as ...
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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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Mac HDD Firmware for non-Mac-HDDs?

First of all: I use a MacBook (white) 13.3" 2Ghz (It says it's a MacBook3,1). There was an 80GB HDD (Hitachi) built in, which just turned out to be a little too... Well, it's not enough anymore. So ...
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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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Anyone have experience with the Netgear DGN3500 or Linksys WAG320N?

I need to replace my aging ADSL modem/router, and am considering the Netgear DGN3500 or Linksys WAG320N, as they both appear to have all the features I require (802.11n, ADSL2, Gigabit ethanet). I ...
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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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Where can I find replacement feet for my MacBook Pro?

I've got a 2009 Unibody MBP, and the feet are starting to fall off. I've lost one and one I have kept in a safe place. Does anyone know where I can get replacement feet? I looked on Ebay to no ...
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Why does 'uname -m' says 'i386' even if I'm on Macbook Pro on Intel Core 2 Duo?

My Macbook Pro is running on Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz. OS - Leopard 10.5.8. My assumption is that all Core 2 Duo processor systems are 64 bit. But uname -m command outputs i386. Why is it so?
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Can I change the action that occurs when I close my laptop's lid?

Is there any way to change what happens when I close the lid of my laptop? Do macs have the option of hibernating vs. sleeping like PC's do? If so, which of these is the default behavior when I ...
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Slow transfer between iMac and Macbook Pro

I've recently purchased a new Macbook Pro, and am attempting to copy files over my LAN from an iMac (both running Snow Leopard). I have about 100GB of data to transfer, and am finding I'm getting ...
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Is there a way to make my MacBook Pro running Snow Leopard hibernate with a keyboard shortcut?

Is there a way to hibernate at all? I know if the battery dies when it's sleeping it hibernates, but is there a way to go directly to hibernate with a keyboard shortcut?
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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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What is a trustworthy 2x4GB RAM for MacBook Pro 15" 2.4Mhz Core i5?

I'm looking to upgrade memory from 4GB to 8GB on my MacBook Pro 15" 2.4Mhz Core i5. I've been looking at Mushkin 8GB RAM on NewEgg, but it's been getting bad reviews lately for not working properly ...
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Should I use a network-attached Time Capsule or a USB external drive with my MacBook Air?

I love Macbook Air, but disk space is a real issue. This is most obvious when using it as main machine - media from iTunes and iPhoto in particular ends up leaving you with very little working space. ...
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Can I set the stereo Bluetooth profile as the default, or remove the mono profile?

Whenever I turn on my Nokia bluetooth headphones they automatically connect to my Macbook. The problem is they always connect to the Mono (and not the Stereo) profile. So I have to disconnect and ...
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How can I unstick my trackpad button?

The trackpad button on my 2007 Macbook Pro seems to be sticking. Specifically, it's stuck in the "down" position, which means I'm selecting pretty much everything all the time (you wouldn't believe ...
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How long should my MacBook Pro battery last?

I have brand new Macbook Pro (15", i5 2.4GHz, 4Gb RAM) purchased at the end of May 2010 and Apple advertises up to 7 hours of wireless web battery life, however I consistently getting only about 4 ...
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Why is my Macbook Pro getting so slow?

On my MacBook Pro (Year 2009) it takes a long time until I'm logged in or until when a program is started. From day to dayit's getting slower. Programs like Safari or Word or MonoDevelop take up to 2 ...
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2007 Macbook shows black screen and cursor when woken from sleep. What should I do?

When I open the lid from my MacBook, occasionally (not always) it will just show a black screen and a cursor, and the hard drive is spinning, but the log on dialog will never show up. Sometimes it ...
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MacBook Pro keyboard backlighting loses current setting?

I recently bought the 13" MacBook Pro and using the function keys set the keyboard backlighting to be four steps below the maximum setting, as indicated by the graphic that appears on the screen. ...
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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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How common are stuck or dead pixels on the MacBook Pro?

I purchased a new Macbook Pro (15.4" with 500GB HDD), and discovered it had a stuck pixel in the centre of the screen. This pixel was always lit green, and any attempts to resolve it myself didn't ...
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Is it safe to always leave a Macbook Pro on?

I have an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse connected to my Macbook Pro. I have the lid closed and have it running. I run it as if it were a desktop PC, always on. I only shut off the LCD ...
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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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Are there any apps to diagnose a Macbook battery?

My girlfriend's battery won't last 1 second, so it obviously needs replaced. But I just bought a new battery from Apple a few months ago and it seems to discharge extremely quickly. Are there any ...
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What is the best option to protect our Laptop?

Because any MacBook Pro in a table can be easily pick up by thieves, and we do have always our current work there (though all backed up, by Dropbox or external HD), my question is Should we protect ...
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Can the keys on the MacBook Pro be removed for cleaning?

The MacBook Pro does a really good job keeping dirt and stuff from getting under the keys, but none-the-less there is some dirt under a few keys. Can I pop these keys off and then easily replace them?...
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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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Why does my MacBook Pro take so long to go to sleep?

My MacBook Pro takes an awful long time to go to sleep when I close the lid. Considering that I generally want to close the lid and then carry it somewhere, I want it to be fully asleep so I don't ...
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Strange loading screen when MBP battery dies and reboots

I have a 2007 Macbook Pro and for nearly two years, the battery has been toast. In April, Apple replaced the logic board. Since the repair, whenever the power cable comes loose, the MBP shuts off as ...
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Is it possible to connect my iPhone 3G via Bluetooth to both OS on my MacBook?

I'm trying to connect my iPhone 3G to my MacBook via Bluetooth to use the iPhone Tethering. When I connect the iPhone to the OS X everything works fine. Since I often also use Windows 7 on the Boot ...
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Attaching 3.5" desktop drive to MacBook SATA

I have a mid-2007 MacBook that, according to the Apple Store, has suffered some liquid damage and requires a new logic board to operate correctly, a ~$750 repair I've been told (would normally be ...
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Does a Mini-DVI to DVI cable exist that's more than 6 inches long?

I have a plastic MacBook that I like to use both on the go and at home, where I have a monitor, keyboard/mouse, speakers, etc that I hook up to use it more or less as a desktop. This works great, for ...