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External display on MacBook Pro Retina (Mountain Lion) remains blank after screen timeout or waking up from sleep

I have a retina MacBook Pro running Mountain Lion with a 23" external display attached through the Thunderbolt port (DVI/Display Port adapter). I have the monitor configured as an extension to my ...
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Retina MacBook Pro - Quad core vs. Dual core and virtual machines (VMware Fusion)

I am looking to get a Retina MacBook Pro and I am really torn between the portability of the 13" dual core i7 and the four cores of the 15" quad core i7. The majority of my work will be done using a ...
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Plugging in external monitor “logs out” (crashes?) user session

When plugging a second external monitor, macOS Sierra "logs out" (crashes?) user session. I get presented with the login window. No error message. It's not just "show login window", because all apps ...
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What causes the retina Macbook Pro HDMI-DVI output to cut out on occasion?

I got my retina Macbook Pro this week and have been waiting for my Thunderbolt to DVI adapters to get here so I can hook them up to my external displays. In the meantime, I am using an HDMI to DVI ...
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How to select text with touchpad without pressing the “hard” key?

Now on OS X, when I want to select some text, I have to press the "hard" key on touchpad with thumb and drag through the text with another finger on touchpad. With linux on the same macbook pro, I ...
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Is it required that I upgrade to Sierra

Forgive me for what is probably a very silly question, but I just got my first Mac. I used to use PCs with Ubuntu because my friends got me using it because I didn't like Windows 8. I'm not strong ...
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How to Connect Multiple Monitors to a MacBook Air

Usually I connect my MacBook Air 11" to a secondary display via the Thunderbolt port. What do I need to connect it to two external monitors?
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How can I run Windows applications on a MacBook Pro?

I have a friend that wants to buy a Mac Book Pro and he has some windows applications that he needs to run. He doesn't want to buy the applications again. Can he run the Windows applications on his ...
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How do I run the iPad simulator to test a website on my mac

I've developed a web app which is having some weird issues on iOS safari on my iPad. I've never developed an iOS app, although I am a developer (c#) and have downloaded the latest xcode dev tools (...
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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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My MacBook was stolen: can the thief access my files without my account password?

My computer is set up to require a login after its been put to sleep and it has a fairly complex password, so I'm not worried about anyone guessing it. The MacBook was stolen, and I'm wondering if ...
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Selling macbook, best/fastest way to delete data?

I need help to erase all of my data from my computer... Selling 2009 Macbook pro w. Lion. I don't have the startup disks. So I've created another admin account and am trying to delete mine from there....
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Screen turns off when I move my MacBook when it is on the sleeve

I've noticed that when my laptop is on its sleeve and I slide my laptop on it the screen goes black. This doesn't happen when I have the laptop on my lap. Its consistently reproducible. It's somewhat ...
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Retina Macbook Pro: fonts look terrible

I was checking out a MacBookPro with Retina display a few days ago in the mall, and I noticed something: Photos look awesome Apple apps had super sharp text All other apps that I tried had awful ...
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Is it possible to ditch OS X and install BSD on my 3rd Gen Macbook Pro

I would like to run BSD to take full advantage of the Mac hardware. I'm unable to locate a version of BSD that runs on any MacBook Pro. I'd like a native install, replacing OS X entirely and not ...
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Can I store and run applications on an external drive?

I am thinking of getting a this MacBook but the hard drive space is not sufficient. I was wondering if I bought an external hard drive for it would i be able to download apps and things onto it.
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Connecting a Retina MacBook Pro to a VGA Display?

I have an external monitor with a VGA connection. What is the best adapter to use for my Retina MacBook Pro? I think I've seen Thunderbolt to VGA, or USB to VGA? Or HDMI to VGA? What are the ...
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Touch ID available only after sleep but not when starting the laptop

I just got my new MacBook Pro and the fingerprint is available only after sleep but not when starting the laptop. Is that the normal behavior?
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Macbook keeps booting OSX Utilities instead of Mac OS X

Here is my story I had a MacBook PRO 2010 with Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion since I bought it I've never reinstalled the OS until now. I did a clean install following this instructions http://www....
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Does the Apple Genius Bar replace Macbook Air battery on site?

I called Apple's toll free number but wasn't able to get a clear answer from them. My 2011 MacBook Air's battery is dying and I would like to have it replaced. The only problem is that I am ...
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Can a MacBook Air support 2560x1600 output via HDMI using a Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt to HMDI adaptor?

The HDMI 1.3 spec can carry signals with resolutions as high as 2560 x 1600 pixels. Is it possible to output this high a resolution signal from a MacBook Air using a Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt to ...
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Issues with Screen Scaling on External Monitor

I am using a 2011 Macbook Pro and a horrible Dell Display for some extra space. Because the resolution is horrible on the extra screen, the windows are larger then I would like and Mac OS X does not ...
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Can I have multiple monitors on my MacBook Pro (Early 2011)?

I have a MacBook Pro (13") from Early 2011 and want to use 2 external monitors (And not the actual display). I've seen the Matrox, but that appears to make one BIG display out of 2 monitors, so I can'...
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MacBook Air with small SSD, BootCamp, Windows 7. Can I use an external hard disk for dual boot?

I'd like to setup a dual boot onto my MacBookAir 128GB, with Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate in BootCamp. However, I'm already close to the 128GB limit (games + CS suite + Eclipse + XCode + a lot of Web ...
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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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MacBook is displaying the message “no hardware installed” when I click on wifi?

So I have a MacBook Pro 2009 running OS X El Capitan. Recently the wifi has stopped working. When I click on the WiFi icon it displays the message "No hardware installed", but Ethernet still works. ...
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AirDrop on Unsupported Macs?

One of the Lion features I would really like to use is AirDrop. It would make transferring files so much faster than using a flash drive. Unfortunately, my Mac is a 2007 Black MacBook, and AirDrop is ...
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How can I tell when Turbo Boost is active on my MacBook?

I have one of the core i7 MacBooks, and I'm wondering if there is a way to see when Turbo Boost is active (other than the fact that the laptop gets really hot and the fan kicks on). I use iStat to ...
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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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Should I get a mini DisplayPort to DVI or HDMI to DVI adapter?

I bought the new Retina MacBook Pro, which has an HDMI out and two Thunderbolt ports. I have an external display that I've been using that has a DVI input. Should I get the Thunderbolt/mini ...
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Transfer data between two Mac via USB-C

I want to transfer files between two late 2016 MacBook Pros. I have a USB-C data cable from my external USB-C hard drive. Can I connect the Macs using that USB-C data cable to transfer files? Or do I ...
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Connect New MacBook (USB-C) to Apple Cinema Display 30" (Dual-Link DVI)

Because Apple Thunderbolt Display reflects the whole room, I still use the matte 30" Apple Cinema Display. (Two cables are required for 2560 resolution due to some obscure technical constraints!) ...
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How to keep an SSD in shape on Yosemite?

As of OS X 10.10, Apple uses kext signing. Ever since it has become difficult and dangerous to manually activate TRIM for third-party SSDs on OS X. That means users with non-Apple SSDs will sooner or ...
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Retina MacBook Pro takes a long time to wake from sleep

So here's the thing. The rMBP is on Mountain Lion with all possible updates. When I open the lid I can see the login screen just fine but it is unresponsive for several seconds, can't enter my ...
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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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MacBook Air Charger 45w vs 65w

Can you use a 65W apple charger instead of the 45w charger that comes with the Macbook Air? How will this affect the machine.
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Remove Escape on TouchBar in Safari

The question "How to disable Escape key in Safari" was asked here a few times. Now since on the new MacBook Pros the Escape key is a touchscreen button, it is much easier to press it accidentally, but ...
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Can the 2013 13" Macbook Air drive an external 4k monitor?

Dell has announced that they're going to release a 4k monitor under $1000 in the beginning of 2014, and also has a 24" 4k monitor around $1300. The product page for the 24" one mentions: Optimal ...
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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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Is there a solar panel to charge a MacBook Pro 2016?

I want to buy a MacBook Pro 2016, probably the 15" model. Since I travel around on my bicycle a lot, I'd find it really nice if I could charge it with a solar panel. Does anyone know how much Output ...
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How do I view inline images in w3m?

I am using a Mac (El Capitan), and trying to use w3m. But I don't see images when browsing pages. My question is: I want to view inline images in w3m, but don't find a way to do so. I have been ...
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Multiple simultaneous wifi connections

With the release of airdrop it is apparent that my WiFi network card is capable of making more than one network connection. Are there any apps, documentation, command line tools, etc. for managing ...
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HDMI on MacBook Pro stopped working

The HDMI port on my MacBook Pro doesn't seem to be functioning normally. When I plug it into the TV, the screen temporarily turns black as if it is connecting to the TV, the mirror connection even ...
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Confused: Will Find My Mac work if the thief just did the hold ctrl and power button restore?

Recently had my macbook pro stolen. It's a mid 2012 model with mountain lion so it can reset the OS by just by holding ctrl and the power button. I've done it many times myself so I know all they have ...
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What tools are there for measuring Macbook wireless strength?

I often have trouble connecting to wifi with my MacBook Pro. To help identify the problem, I was wondering if there were any tools for measuring wireless signal strength.
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How to remove partition on SD card using a Mac?

I got Raspbian on a SD card, and then accidentally wiped it. Now I have 2 visible partition. How do I get rid of the partition on a Mac.
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How to create a bootable Ubuntu USB stick using OS X 10.10.2

I have downloaded the ubuntu-14.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso. How do I create a bootable Ubuntu USB stick using my Macbook Air which is running OS X 10.10.2? I cannot create a bootable CD, since the Air is ...
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How many monitors can the 13" retina MacBook Pro output to?

The 15" retina can do three (and itself) via daisychaining two Thunderbolts (or just using the two ports) and with the HDMI port. Is the 13" retina able to do this as well?
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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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My battery cycle count surpassed 1000 (MacBook Pro Retina Late 2012)

It already passed 1000 cycle counts, and it doesn't say to replace yet. When I check the condition it states "Normal." I already order a new battery, because I was under the impression after I reach ...