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Can I use my Macbook Pro Retina as extra monitor for my iMac through Thunderbolt

I just bought a new late 2013 iMac and a new late 2013 Macbook Pro retina. Also bought an Apple thunderbolt cable. Pressing CMD+F2 (enabling Apples "Target Display Mode") on my iMac lets me use the ...
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Wifi doesn't work unless I turn it off then on again

I have a MacBook Pro 15" with retina display that I use for work/personal stuff and I always shut down with Wifi having been on. When I startup my Mac the Wifi icon looks like it's searching and never ...
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MacBook Air logs off automatically since Yosemite

My MacBook Air mid-2012 model running OS X Yosemite logs off automatically without any prior warning when I am working on it. This has been happening since the latest update, to Yosemite. The logs ...
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Wi-Fi connection randomly disconnects on 2012 MacBook Air

My 2012 MacBook Air has problems with Wi-Fi – random disconnections, every few minutes. The problems occurred with Lion, and persist after an upgrade to Mountain Lion. It seems the Wi-Fi drops ...
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Will changing my harddrive to a SSD void my MBP 2011 warranty?

I want to upgrade my harddrive to a SSD. Does apple offer this service? I was going to do it myself, since its easy. Does this void my warranty?
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Why won't my MacBook Pro automatically sleep?

I have my MacBook set to go to sleep after 2 minutes while on battery (via the Energy Saver preference pane.) However, when I leave it idle, it only turns off the screen—it does not actually sleep. ...
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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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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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How do you change the behavior of the power button in Lion?

On my Macbook Pro, whenever you press the power button it goes into sleep mode. How do I change this to do nothing?
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What are the consequences of using a low-wattage USB-C power supply with a MacBook Pro?

This question pertains to USB-C not MagSafe. MagSafe negotiates available power with the Dallas 1-wire protocol. USB Power Delivery (PD) is an unrelated protocol. Answers based on experience with ...
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How to increase “tracking speed” beyond the maximum?

For a Macbook Pro, I've set trackpad settings for Three Fingers to "Dragging": However the tracking speed is too slow, and often it's impossible to drag for a larger distance due to the size of the ...
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Macbook Pro volume greyed out — no internal speakers available

The volume on my macbook pro has suddenly become greyed out. I haven't installed any updates or made any modifications to the computer, it just suddenly became greyed out after waking the macbook up ...
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Useless Eject key on Apple Wireless Keyboard

I have an Apple Wireless Keyboard that has an eject key on the top right. It is useless because my Retina MacBook Pro does not have a CD-ROM. My MacBook is running OS X Mavericks and I expected ...
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Issues with new Macs: Hardware makes them difficult for me to use. What options might be available in the future? [closed]

At home and at work I have a MacBook Pro (2015) which is the last one before the following hardware changes : Butterfly keyboard. Overly large trackpad that causes palm-clicks. Touchbar. Each of ...
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Is a 3-5 second delay normal for a Retina MacBook Pro to wake up from sleep?

For 3 days, I now got a new rMBP. I am a first time Mac user. I had a friend with a MBP and it usually wakes up in a mere second, as soon as he opens the laptop's lid up. However in my Retina MBP, it ...
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How to Eject All External Partitions Quickly?

I have an external disk with two partitions on it that I keep plugged into my MacBook Pro when I'm at my desk. (One is for Time Machine, the other just for extra storage.) Sometimes I need to grab my ...
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Can there be two separate Time Machine Backups on the same external drive?

I'm interested in buying an external hard drive. I'd like to know whether if it's possible (and simple if so) to have two separate Time Machine Backups from two different MacBooks at the same time?
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How to know the duration of battery usage in one session?

I would like to know how long was my battery running since it's last charge. There is a built-in time-remaining counter but I would like a time-used counter.
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how to delete characters placed next to cursor on MacBook Pro

I have recently shifted from PC to Mac and from what I recall on PC keyboards, there are keys where you can delete characters placed before your cursor as well as after cursor. I don't recall what the ...
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How to disable automatic wifi connection?

When OSX already knows an wifi network it auto connects to it, but when it doesn't know the wifi network it will auto connect depending of the setting of the "ask to join" toggle setting in system ...
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Reformat Mac SSD drive so fast - did it really work?

I followed the directions here for erasing my 500 GB SSD drive on a MacBook Pro: How to reinstall macOS I chose the strongest erasing option under the security options. I hit the erase button, and ...
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Using FaceTime without the video

I have a first generation MacBook Air that heats up a lot when playing videos, and almost grinds to a halt after a few minutes of playback. Is there a way I could turn off the video during FaceTime ...
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Dual monitors and OS X Lion : get menubar and app switcher on both displays

I've just plugged in another monitor into my 13 inch MBP running OS X Lion. It works fine, except for three little annoyances: Whenever I use the application switcher (or whatever it's called, I ...
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Using a USB-C dock with older MacBook Pros

Thunderbolt 2 docks have been quite expensive and they will be obsolete once I purchase the new Macbooks with USB-C ports. I currently use a 2014 MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 2 ports, and I want to ...
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How to maximize Macbook pro retina's battery life when working with AC power? [duplicate]

I'm working 95% of my time with AC power and Thunderbolt Display. Since macbook pro retina's battery are no longer easily switchable I'm concerned about it's life and would like to maximize it. Before ...
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How to set screen resolution with a keyboard shortcut on Retina MBP?

I've found myself switching between the 1440x900 and 1920x1200 "effective resolution" setting depending on what I'm doing (need more space on screen, etc). Is there a way to toggle between these two ...
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Primary display randomly changes

I'm using a MacBook Pro (Late 2011) connected to two Thunderbolt displays. The displays are chained together, and one Thunderbolt connection is made to the MacBook Pro. I prefer to have the left ...
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Full Wi-fi/ethernet signal but no internet

I'm really hoping someone here can help me, as I'm getting pretty frustrated with my macbook now. I have a late 2011 model 15" macbook pro running OSX 10.9.5 that refuses to connect to Internet on my ...
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Macbook Pro with Lion: scrolling via trackpad vs. mouse

So the default scrolling behavior for the trackpad in Lion is to scroll in the direction of your finger movement similar to the iPad. This can be changed in the trackpad preferences by un-checking ...
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MacBook Pro won't wake up when stacked on another sleeping MacBook Pro

I noticed a really weird behavior on my MacBook Pro today. I have two of them at work, a 13" late 2011 (which I don't use often), and a 13" early 2011 where I put a SSD (which is my main computer). ...
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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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Computer slows when battery is low

My Macbook Pro running Mountain Lion slows down dramatically when the battery is below 4-5%. All the applications running are very slow to respond, and several have the "Application not responding" ...
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How to enable USB tethering on your Android phone to Mac OS X Lion

I want to tether an unlimited data plan on a Nexus S (with Android 2.3.6) via USB cable to a MacBook Air (with OS X Lion). Both on Windows and Ubuntu, it works like a charm, so I'm wondering if there'...
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Kernel_task using 300% CPU time, high fan speed and slow computer in MacBook Pro [duplicate]

My MacBook Pro has become slow lately. Activity monitor shows kernel task is using around 300% CPU. The fan is always on at high speed. Below are the details of my computer: Macbook Pro 13-inch, Mid ...
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Macbook Air - battery drains while sleeping (but not when shut down)

My macbook air (13-inch, mid 2011) battery drains from ~100% to ~85% over night. The problem only started a few months ago. I'm currently running yosemite, but the problem started while on mavericks....
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Is my mac book pro suitable for CUDA?

After visiting this page: http://docs.nvidia.com/cuda/cuda-getting-started-guide-for-mac-os-x/ I don't know if my MacBook Pro is suitable for CUDA developement. After About This Mac I see this: It ...
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Why is my Mac's CPU throttled? (Turbo Boost Ratio)

AnandTech has a instructions1 on how you can check the Turbo Ratios for the Mac's CPU. Since they are logged, the information is very easy to find. In Mountain Lion you can do this the following ...
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Magsafe to USB-C converter for charging Macbook Pro 2016 [duplicate]

I have a few standard MagSafe 2 chargers left and want to use it with my new MacBook 12. Are there any adapters I can use to convert these Magsafe chargers into USB-C chargers that work with the ...
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Apple headphones on a Mac: make play/pause button work in Spotify [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Headphone play/pause button controls iTunes only How can I make earphones with full inline controls work with VLC/Spotify? I have a retina MacBook Pro and I noticed that ...
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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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Changing SSD's and keeping everything

I have a mid 2010 13" MBP. I have an SSD, its not big enough so I am upgrading from 128GB to 256GB. How can I take everything from the current SSD and then upload it to the new SSD - effectively ...
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How to use F1-F12 keys with MacBook?

Blender requires F-keys such as F12 and numpad. The numpad emulation works for me, but I am unable to get the function keys such as F1, F4 and F12 working. For example, F12 should do rendering. So how ...
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/etc/hosts gets over written

What is the correct way of editing /etc/hosts? I want to add some IP addresses and host names to it. It works for a while (a few hours) and then it gets reverted back to the original version. Is there ...
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How can I increase brightness on Mac without Mac keyboard

I’m using a MacBook Pro and I broke it a while back. So, the keyboard doesn’t work on the laptop. I hooked up a keyboard to the USB port so I can still use it. I’m using a Dell keyboard. Last night I ...
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Is there a problem with closing the lid of a MacBook Pro when using an external monitor?

I am using an external monitor and the only way (that doesn't involve jumping through hoops) to turn off the MacBook Pro monitor is to close the lid. Does closing the lid causes any problems? I have ...
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Can I upgrade RAM on late 2013 retina Mac Book Pro?

Do the late 2013 models (13" - (ME864, ME865, ME866), 15" - (ME293, ME294)) support RAM upgrades?
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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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Can you use iMac Retina 5K as external monitor for a MacBook Pro?

I remember when thunderbolt came out there was a lot of discussion of how it had interesting magical bi-directional capabilities. Does that mean there is a way to use an iMac Retina 5K as an ...
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Do USB-C to Thunderbolt 2 cables exist?

I’m purchasing a 2017 MacBook Pro and plan to use my old Mid-2011 iMac as a monitor in Target Display Mode. I’ve discovered I need a USB-C to Thunderbolt 2 connection to make this work, but I’m ...
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Are Boot Camp drivers for thunderbolt to gigabit ethernet available?

I have a Retina MacBook Pro with Mountain Lion and Boot Camp with Windows 7 and the Boot Camp 4.0 drivers. I'm also using the Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter. My problem is that my ethernet port (aka ...