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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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How do I require password prompt EVERY time I close my MacBook's lid?

This doesn't seem to always work. Also (perhaps related?): when I close the lid of the laptop when it's connected to the Thunderbolt display, how do I make the display go black? Basically, I am ...
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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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Is there a way to restart the Touch Bar on MacBook Pro

I have the MacBook Pro and several times the touch bar will just hang on me — freeze. I wont be able to control anything from it and it's pretty much unresponsive. Is there a way we can restart it or ...
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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 ...
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Can I connect more than one external monitor to the late 2010 MacBook Air?

I am thinking about buying the new MacBook Air as a primary desktop replacement. One of the things I have on my desktop which I like is two large monitors. Does anyone know whether the new MacBook ...
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HDMI VGA projector cannot connect to Macbook Pro

Why doesn't the projector find the Macbook Pro when connecting a VGA cable to the HDMI port on Macbook Pro via an adapter? It does work on a Windows machine. I know that to fix this problem one needs ...
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How can I delete everything from my MacBook Pro before selling it?

I have a Mac that runs Snow Leopard and I intend to upgrade it to Mountain Lion and sell it on ebay. However, I only have one hard-drive, and I'm sure I can't use something in my OS to delete my OS ...
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Reinstall Mac OS X Mountain Lion before selling a Mac

I want to sell my laptop (Macbook Pro late 2011). I have erased my disk drive but it seems that I cannot reinstall Mac OS without an Apple ID. At the origin my mac was shipped with Lion, I have ...
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Disable the sleep function of the macbook touch bar

I got the new Macbook Pro and i found out that the touch bar goes to sleep after 75 seconds of inactivity. This function is quite annoying to me. Is it possible to disable the sleep function of the ...
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Why does my Mac take a long time (30+ seconds) to find my home wifi?

I have a retina MacBook Pro 15" running Mac OS X 10.9.4. When I wake it from sleep at work, it's connected to the wifi network before I've even entered my password. But at home, with a Airport Extreme ...
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128GB SSD and 23GB of sleep image + swap file, what to do?

So I've got a 13" Macbook Air with 128GB, and recently I got a message showing that I'm running out of space, so I did a quick check to see what was taking up all of space, and I found out that I have ...
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Is it possible to have my MacBook become an iBeacon?

Is it possible to have my MacBook become an iBeacon? I would like it to broadcast itself to iOS devices which support iBeacons. If this is possible, what are the hardware requirements of the computer ...
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How do I call myself using Facetime?

I have Facetime on my MacBook and Facetime on my iPad. Of course I also have one Apple ID account. Sometimes the family uses the iPad while I'm away. I'd like to be able to call "myself", that is ...
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No keyboard backlight until password entered

Since updating to OS X 10.8.3 on my MBP, my keyboard backlight does not come on until I enter my password and my desktop comes up. This makes it very difficult to enter my password at night with low ...
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External monitor stopped working after 10.9.2 update

I've been using a Dell U2713H display for about a year with a mini-display port to display port cable. However, after installing the 10.9.2 update, the monitor is going into sleep mode when connected ...
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MacBook HD “Other” all of a sudden almost full

As you can see in the below image, my HD "Other" category is almost full. A couple of days ago, I randomly kept getting a popup saying that my disk was almost full. Then I went in and noticed the ...
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Can I turn the display off without putting the computer to sleep?

I use rMBP with the latest Mavericks 10.9.2. I often download something in background, so I can't just press "poweroff" button, because these downloads stop working in sleep mode. However, I have ...
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No audio on the right channel

I have 13" MacBook Pro (Late 2009) model that is refusing to play sound on the right audio-channel. Without any speakers connected it still plays fine but once I connect earbuds or a headphone, I ...
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How to disable Self Control application?

I use SelfControl quite frequently for completing homework and such, but at school, while I was away from my keyboard at the white board, my friend thought it would be funny to set the timer to 10 ...
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How can I rename multiple pictures simultaneously?

For example,I have 20 pictures downloaded from the Internet. They have some crazy names like "XFGHDHR345" or "SDEREWQ230", and I want to name them: "Picture 1" "Picture 2" "Picture 3" "Picture 4" "...
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How can I use an iPad with a Retina display as an external monitor?

I have three 23" Samsung LCD monitors, and I've had all three hooked up to my MacBook Pro, for a total of four displays. Problem is, the MacBook Pro's Retina display has totally spoiled me. The ...
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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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Is there a Retina Enabled IDE to do some programming on the new MacBook Pro?

From the answers to this question: How does Eclipse work on new Retina MacBook Pros? It seems that Eclipse on the new Retina a display appears pretty bad. Is there an IDE that currently works well on ...
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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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Image Capture takes a long time to import and convert photos and videos from iPhone to MacBook

On a MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017) running macOS High Sierra I have connected an iPhone X via a Lightning cable and am transferring all the photos and videos taken with the iPhone to a folder I created ...
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Trying to securely erase hard drive, but Security Options not available (Mavericks)

Recently got a new Macbook Pro 13″ and I'm preparing my old Macbook Air for sale. I'm following steps in the Apple Support article on this topic (as well as other similar articles I've found). I'm ...
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Dock on MBP Retina is using 80% CPU

The Dock on my MBP Retina is constantly using 70 - 80% of CPU. This happens on the two account on the machine, both of which were migrated from my previous Lion MBP. I don't have Parallels ...
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This copy of the Install OS X Yosemite application can’t be verified. It may have been corrupted or tampered with during downloading

Sorry if my question is easy because I am new to Mac. OS X Yosemite on my friend's Macbook Air was removed. Now when we start his Mac it has just Windows. For installing Os x, I got the the ...
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What is the impedance of the line/headphone jack on MacBook Pro Retina?

I want to buy headphones that I will primarily use on my MacBook Pro Retina. I read that I should not buy headphones with high impedance because the volume will be really low. I want something I can ...
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MacBook Pro 15" Retina mid 2014 random shutdowns [duplicate]

My MacBook Pro (15-inch, Retina, Mid 2014, macOS 10.13.1) shuts down randomly. It shuts down suddenly when on battery It shuts down a little more rare when connected to AC It works almost fine when ...
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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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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 clean off keyboard marks on screen?

On the screen on my MacBook Air, there are some little square marks from the keyboard. Are they permanent, or can I clean them off? How can I prevent this from happening in the first place?
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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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There's a “Change what happens when you close the laptop lid” setting in Windows. Is there an equivalent in OS X?

In Windows one can usually choose between Do nothing, Sleep, Hibernate. The Macbook, however, doesn't seem to have this setting. It'll always go to sleep. I would like to set it to "Do nothing" to ...
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Do MacBook Air's SSDs fail?

I have seen many discussions describing SSD as fail-prone. I have read Jeff Atwood's warnings. Portman Wills' experiment looks alarming: Super Talent 32 GB SSD, failed after 137 days OCZ Vertex 1 ...
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Lock Mac without turning off the screen

I have observed that the screen on my MacBook Pro turns off a few seconds after I activate lock screen. Is there any way to keep the screen of my MacBook Pro on for an unlimited duration of time ...
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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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Should I avoid booting my MacBook if it's really cold?

As the title says; if my MacBook has been exposed to minus degrees, should I wait for it to reach room temperature before I boot it or am I just paranoid and have nothing to worry about?
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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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Can i use my old MacBook charger on my new Mac?

I have a 2011 15" MBP, that uses a 85W power supply. My old 2008 MBP 15" also has a 85W power supply, but I cannot get it to work. Shouldnt it? Its the same watt power, and the adapter fits.
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Can I plug two external monitors in to a MacBook Pro?

I'd like to use two external monitors for some excels, coding, email, not games or video content. Can someone please explain how I can go about using two external monitors with my MacBook Pro, and ...
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How to use 3 external monitors on 15" late 2013 MacBook Pro Retina?

Several people have posted about how they use 3 external monitors with their MacBook Pro Retina. see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJhvyLB_Tbw Using 3 External monitors on my macbook pro, problem ...
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Is there any way to output to two 1920x1200 external monitors with any of MacBook Pro or Air?

I understand that you can output to one 1920x1200 monitor while still using the laptop's screen, and one 2560x1600 monitor using the dual-DVI adapter. But can you output to two external 1920x1200 ...
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Hard wired link between webcam and led indicator?

In light of stories about stories about secret monitoring over laptop webcams (such as this one or this one), I wonder about the reliability of the green LED next to the camera that indicates that it'...
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Why do my Macbook Pro's WiFi speeds drop significantly when paired with Bluetooth devices?

NOTE: This question is NOT a duplicate of Bluetooth and Wifi interfering with one another since Yosemite. That answer pertains to 1) The 2.4 GHz band only and 2) Yosemite only. Background: Though ...
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MacBook Pro Retina and 4k monitor (Samsung U28D590D) now showing “scaling options” in display

I have a MacBook Pro Retina mid 2014 running OSX Yosemite (10.10.1). I have connected an external 4k monitor (Samsung U28D590D), but I'm struggling to set the correct resolution. When I open "display" ...