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Macbook Pro Upgrade - 16GB RAM or 128GB SSD

I am asking myself which constellation is better: should I stock up my RAM up to 16GB (from 8GB), or should I buy a SSD with 128GB?? I really dont know :/ Cheers! BTW: My macbook supports 16GB RAM,...
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How do I take screenshots of the Touch Bar?

How do you take a screenshot of the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pros? Specifically, I need a way to take a picture similar to using Grab or the shortcut Cmd+Shift+3.
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Event based on battery charge level

I haven't found anything yet so I was hoping maybe someone here had an idea. I want to kick off an even based on battery on an Apple laptop reaching a certain charge level, or when the battery is ...
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Coloured Vertical Lines on Screen

I dropped my macbook air and the screen is like this since. Does anyone know what exactly happened to it? Is it hardware or software?
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Turn off internal display without closing lid

I learned that a MacBook Air's built-in screen turns off when I close the lid so I can continue working on an external display set to be primary. But the MacBook Air has a heat system that requires it ...
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Installing Ubuntu without DVD or Flash Drive

I'm trying to give new life to my old white late-2006 MacBook by installing a new OS (dual boot), but I am having problems as my DVD/CD drive is broken and I just can't get my Mac to boot from my ...
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Can't make more than two partitions

I want to multiboot my MacBook Pro, I'm trying to make partitions but in Disk Utility I can't make my partitions, only can divide by 2? Why? It's a normal SSD not a fusion drive (SSD+HD). Now I'm ...
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Macbook Air 2013 rotate screen?

I refer to How to rotate screens separately, and it is not working for me. When I clicked Displays with the other two keys on the keyboard, nothing happened. So I wonder how to rotate the screen on my ...
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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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How serious are occasional kernel panics?

I had a kernel panic about 2 years ago, and another one a few days ago. I haven't had any other problems besides minor software bugs, and I was able to harmlessly reboot after both. I've been told ...
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Dual-Monitor Output from a new Macbook Pro

I need to output to two screens from a Macbook Pro 17" I'm looking at buying. My current laptop has a VGA port and an HDMI port, and so it's pretty easy to run a dual-display setup with it. How would ...
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MacBook Air mid 2011 - Handoff not supported

Is there a failure with OS X Yosemite? I have a MacBook Air mid 2011, with: Bluetooth Version 4.3 Bluetooth Low Energy Supported LMP Version 0x6 Does somebody experience the same behaviour?
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Macbook pro 2018 with Mojave overheating when connected to external monitor

I'm on a MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2018) with Mojave 10.14.1. When I connect MBP to a external displays (either via HDMI or via Thunderbolt 2 adapters), the temperature raises sensibly (i.e., CPU ...
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How long will an Apple SSD last?

Like all tools, an SSD will wear out from use and eventually fail. Are there data on roughly how long the SSD's that Apple ships in it's portable line last? From my research, it seems that the ...
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Turning off hibernate on a mid 2012 MacBook Pro with an SSD

I've been reading several articles on the Internet how to "optimize your Mac with an SSD". I'm not sure whether or not to agree with the articles because I think that Apple knows what's the best ...
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Can I use 16GB DDR3-1600MHz RAM in an early Macbook Pro 8.2?

I found Macs which had: 16GB RAM installed 8GB RAM installed, but running on 1600MHz instead of 1333MHz (link in dutch) Question Is it possible to put 16GB running at 1600MHz in my Mac? If you've ...
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Is MacBook Pro warming during gaming normal?

I have a 2010 MacBook Pro MC371 (Core i5, GeForce 320M, 4Gb RAM). When I launch a game either new one (i.e. Starcraft 2) or rather old (Unreal Tournament 2004, bootcamped) my MacBook gets rather ...
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Is it possible to disable CPU throttling on a MacBook Pro with a completely dead (not recognized) battery?

I have a MBP late 2011 running El Capitan, recently my battery died (x over the icon and "no battery available" in the dropdown.) I've noticed since then that CPU intensive tasks are very slow, and I ...
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Cleaning ‘staining’ off bottom of MacBook screen

A couple months ago, I started to see some very small stain spots on the bottom of my MacBook Pro early 2015 screen. It's very annoying to see while I'm using it. When the screen is turned off, I see ...
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Finder windows just show screen artefacts

On our Macbook Air (Mid-2011 11", OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks), starting a few days ago, every time we open Finder windows, the right side just shows screen artifacts/cheese. File Open dialogs in MS Word ...
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Does Find My Mac stop working after the system has been wiped?

Possible Duplicate: If Macbook has been wiped, will “find my iPhone” still work? I lost my Macbook Pro recently. I had activated iCloud on the computer, so Find My Mac is operable. If the thief ...
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How can I disable CPU throttling on Late 2006 MacBook with no battery? [duplicate]

The problem I am experiencing is that if the battery is not present, the CPU is automatically throttled. I have done some searching and have found that this is apparently by design, "in case the ...
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Connect MacBook Pro to two external monitors

Is there a way to connect my MacBook Pro to two external monitors (either VGA or HDMI; no Thunderbolt) in such a way that the Mac screen serves as a third monitor? What hardware do I need?
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Limited Read and Writes on MacBook Air SSD

Just thought of a concern on the MacBook Air. Flash drives / SSDs have limited read and write capacity, right? How do I know when I am reaching that? I don't want my data to be corrupted. Thanks in ...
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Battery - Shut down or sleep an MBP

For the lifetime of a battery, is it better to shut down or sleep an Mac book Pro? Could anyone be able to explicit a full answer to this question?
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How often should I remove the charger from my rMBP? [duplicate]

I want my battery to remain healthy. I used to charge it full then remove the charger after it's done, then put it back on when it goes down to 10% .. However this is becoming hectic and I was ...
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Can't format my Macbook, HDD and macUtilities won't load, “blocked” sign after trying to boot usb

I just got my macbook white (2009) back again from fixing (batteries were swollen), and was trying to format it to OS El Capitan. I've been trying to do that all day, at first I tried with a ...
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Battery service and insanely low maximum charge

Recently my Macbook Pro Retina Late 2013 has started to shut down unexpectedly while running on battery. I thought it was because of my CPU was too hot but it was not the case. When checking it ...
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Danger of damaging 13" macbook pro by charging it with 85w charger? [duplicate]

We've got a range of laptops in our office all macbook pros some of which are 13" and some of which are 15". The 15" laptops came with 85w chargers, and the 13" came with 60w chargers. I want to ...
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Question about GPU Panic on Mid 2010 MacBookPro6,2

I've read endless threads about this issue, but there is something I haven't found yet and I hope somebody could suggest something. For what I've read so far, a considerable amount of MBPs ...
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mds and mds_stores constantly consuming cpu

mds and mds_stores are constant CPU consumers even when I think nothing should have changed on the hard drive. Activity Monitor: I have a circa 2009 Macbook Pro. Lots of software installed over the ...
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Yosemite bluetooth audio is choppy/skips

On two separate MacBook Pros (one brand new, one several years old) running OSX Yosemite, all bluetooth audio devices are choppy (audio clicks in and out, skips like a scratched CD). I have tried ...
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Internal keyboard and trackpad stop working after plugging in USB device

I got a new MacBook Pro with OS X Mavericks. When connecting my phone via USB, the internal keyboard and the trackpad immediately stop working -- not always but in most cases. The bluetooth mouse and ...
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Use caffeinate to prevent sleep on lid close on battery

The native caffeinate utility is not working to prevent my macbook from sleeping when I close the display. Instead, the system sleeps and various network services ( VPN, screenshares, VOIP calls, ...
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How to turn on Hardware Virtualization on Late 2013 MacBook Pro (for Windows 8.1 using Boot Camp)?

I am trying to turn on Hardware Virtualization for my new MacBook Pro for Windows 8.1 setup using Boot Camp. I have searched online and I know that we can not just go to the BIOS like windows and ...
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How to disable discrete graphics card and use only integrated graphics MacBook Pro Early 2011?

I have a MacBook Pro Early 2011 and the GPU has died. I want to switch to Integrated Graphics only until I get my Logic Board replaced. I've tried: gfxcardstatus and I get this: There is no ...
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Finder search doesn't work properly after Yosemite update

Ever since I upgraded to Yosemite, search no longer works properly in Finder. Spotlight works fine but Finder search just gives me a blank window with a spinning ball. I've tried reindexing and I've ...
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Where is the insert key on a MacBook Air?

I am trying to edit a line of code within a program that I use for work. I need to use the insert key to be able to add additional spaces that I can then type letters, numbers or characters. How to ...
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How to show or hide Keyboard Viewer with a keyboard shortcut?

I would like to display and hide the Keyboard Viewer using a shortcut. Is there a way to display the Keyboard Viewer via a keyboard shortcut? Is there a way to automatically display the Keyboard ...
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Can I upgrade my MacBook mid 2010 to 16GB of RAM? (2x8G)

I bought a MacBook mid 2010 which I have upgraded to 8GB of RAM. But now, 8GB is not enough for me. I need more RAM for my work. Can I upgrade my MacBook's RAM to 16GB? I know the new Macbook Pros ...
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How can I clean a MagSafe power port on my MacBook Air

There appears to be a few small metallic fragments clinging to the magnet around the port where the MagSafe power connecter attaches to my MacBook Air. I can still get the cord to (mostly) seat, ...
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Preventing MacBook from sleeping when closing lid on Sierra

Is there any way to prevent my MacBook Pro from sleeping when I close the lid on macOS Sierra? I used to use NoSleep on OS X El Capitan; unfortunately it stopped working properly after Yosemite and I'...
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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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Default settings for pmset -g?

I remember changing some values to disable Deep sleep mode and hibernation a few months ago, and realised that my battery drains faster now. I just want to revert all settings to default. I changed ...
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MacBook Air attempting to shutdown after a couple of seconds of inactivity

I have a a MacBook Air that works fine except popping up a shutdown dialog if left untouched for a couple of seconds (seems to be a consistent duration around 3 seconds or so). Hitting Cancel or Esc ...
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How to identify and fix files with corrupted / inaccessible disk blocks

I have a late 2011 Macbook Pro, running Mavericks 10.9.2. Its sole HDD is a 750GB drive, formatted with Bootcamp. It's still running reasonably well, but in running a defragment pass on it, I've ...
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what is com.apple.coresymbolicationd in caches?

Doing some cleanup on my Macbook Air with 128 SSD looking for big files to reduce space used. I found something named com.apple.coresymbolicationd that is 1GB in the library/caches folder I don't ...
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Should I use the adapter or the battery?

I want to know when my MBP's battery was fully charged it's better to unplug my adapter and use my battery power or still let use adapter power? I somewhere read that when MBP's battery was fully ...
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Is it advisable to calibrate the battery on a MacBook?

How useful or necessary is it to calibrate the battery on a MacBook? If it is, should it be carried out when first purchased and does calibration of the battery mean it will also last longer?
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Keep wi-fi connection while asleep?

Right now my MacBook Pro is set to go to sleep after 1 hour and then when I wake it back up, I have to wait for it to find/connect to Wi-Fi again. How can I maintain the Wi-Fi connection so when I ...