Questions tagged [system-information]

refers to information about your machine. Usually this information is found in the System Profiler or from >About This Mac

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How can I find all the modifications and installations done by a spam dmg?

I downloaded a 1.5 MB dmg file from a inauthentic site and despite suspicion, opened it and opened the app inside it. Assume that the game I wanted was game, so it was named game.dmg. It mounted ...
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What do the various USB 'current' labels under macOS System Report mean?

Could someone please clarify what the following values under System Report > USB mean. I am using an iMac 5K 2019 Current Available Current Required Extra Operating Current Sleep current Also, what ...
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Something taking up 90GB of storage in MacOS Catalina 10.15 Beta

After installing MacOS Catalina 10.15 Beta (19A471t) there is something taking up 90GB of my Disk. I tried scanning with Daisy Disk but wasn't able to identify what those files are. How can I find ...
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MacOS 10.13.6 Can't delete or remove applications

I can't locate the following files. I have removed it manually at file finder but it is still stuck here at the system information. Now I can't update my MacOs because I am running out of space. If I ...
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System Info says my Documents folder is 170GB when Finder says it's only 8GB!

Today I got a warning that my disk was running out of space, and up popped the System Information Recommendations window. It claims my Documents folder is 170GB in size as you can see here: But ...
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161gb not appearing on diskutil after deleting second OSX partition

I deleted my second OSX partition and I'm missing 161gb of space. It's not appearing on diskutil or Disk Utility. I have to keep the Untitled2 partition because it stores files I need. diskutil list ...
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my hostname is not my laptop name

My laptop's hostname appears to be Georges-MacBook-Pro-Mid-2145.local, $ hostname Georges-MacBook-Pro-Mid-2145.local Why is the number reported here 2145 instead of 2015? (I own a MacBook Pro Mid-...
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How do I get readable system information at the command line?

I'm using High Sierra. I often have to copy & paste system information in a email or in a forum message. For this reason, I'd like a simple and easy way to get info on my operating system and my ...
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Auto Unlock - supported

For a MacBook Pro mid 2014 macOS High Sierra in the System Report I just want to verify that -Auto Unlock - Supported- is telling me that it is possible for me to set up a Apple Watch and it is not ...
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Why the system takes up almost all the storage of iPhone

I barely installed apps on my iPhone, but it is obviously the system takes up almost all my storage? iPhone 6: 15.9GB of 16GB used. I do not know why. How to find the lost space on my phone? I ...
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CloudDocs > session folder filled with version of a Pages file

I'm on a 2016 MacBook Pro with macOS 10.13.5 In (User)Library/Application Support/CloudDocs there is a folder called session weighing approx. 35GB. Inside there is another folder called r(why r?) ...
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Why is my Photos application showing over 47GB of space used when my photos library is empty?

Trying to clear up space on my 2017 MacBook Pro running High Sierra. I have deleted all the photos and deleted them permanently from the trash folder as well using the "Go" and "~/Trash" command. ...
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How to perform a serial number search?

I am looking for a way to search the serial number (of Apple products such as iPhones, iPads, Macs, etc.), and get information about the original configuration of that specific device. I am aware of ...
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Why does “System Information” want access to Contacts to auto-empty trash?

macOS High Sierra – 10.13.3 (17D102) I clicked Apple / About This Mac / Storage / Manage, and System Information app launches with a series of suggestions to reduce disk usage. One suggestion is to ...
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How to know the macOS version used for most recent clean install?

Is there a way to know which macOS or OS X version was initially "clean-installed" on a particular Mac computer? (Assuming major or minor OS updates may have been installed later.) Please note that I ...
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Does reinstalling Mac OS X change the cycle count of battery?

If we go to System Information > Power in Apple menu, we see a parameter that is the cycle count of the battery. if we reinstall the operating system, will that remain the same or reset to 0?
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Terminal command to find hd bay name?

In the system report accessed via the About This Mac menu option, there is an entry in the Hardware > SATA/SATA Express info panel which shows the bay name that each hard drive is installed in (e.g....
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Spoofing the OS version to trick a buggy installer

I've been tasked with supporting a print shop using Kodak Prinergy 6.1, which is ancient. I need to install it on a new machine. The problem is that the installer has a bug where it compares OS ...
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Is there a way to see System Information before first user is added?

I have a Mac that someone asks me to help them sell. They already wiped the hard drive and put a fresh installation of macOS on it. Upon boot, it's at the "Welcome" setup with no users intialized yet....
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High Sierra shows wrong disk usage for photos in information

I installed high Sierra a few months ago and nowadays there seems to be a problem with System Information.app, it always shows the disk usage wrong like for example System 40GB but it shows photos to ...
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Get System Profiler Information without a macOS Installation [duplicate]

I have a bunch of factory reset MacBooks. I want to know the CPU, memory and storage configuration for each of these machines. What is the fastest way to get this information without to go through the ...
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What is the difference between AppleScript version and AppleScript Studio version?

Testing what can be done with System Events I noticed when pulling system info: AppleScript Version: tell application "System Events" to return AppleScript version of (get system info) AppleScript ...
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Speed of Card Readers Speeds of Macs

Is there a way to find the read/write speed of the SDXC card readers on Macs? I've been looking for it in System Information, or some chart on the web, to no avail. (I'm specifically looking for ...
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How do I find out how many bytes of memory my machine has in RAM?

macOS Sierra's System Information.app tells me I have 12GB of RAM: two 4GB modules and two 2GB modules. But I am aware of the following: macOS might use either base 10 or base 2 to express RAM sizes....
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To what extent is system integrity protection affected if the attacker knows your Mac account password?

In the cast that malware and/or a trojan has infected macOS, can an attacker disable system integrity protection and inject code and do other harmful stuff? Can an attacker even discover your admin ...
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iOS: Where is /proc/?

Where is /proc/ in iOS? Or rather, why is it absent from the root directory structure? It's typically a crucial interface to the kernel of any UNIX-like operating system; what else is in place to ...
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how many hours has my laptop display been used?

I often use my late-2012 AirBook laptop to watch streaming videos through an external monitor using the Thunderbolt port. When I do this, I usually turn the display brightness of my laptops screen all ...
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What is “Television” in System Information report for an external monitor (that is not actually a TV)?

The System Information report for Graphics/Displays on my MacBook Pro Retina (Late 2013) shows the following info for the internal screen and for an external Acer monitor. NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M: ...
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Storage not displayed properly in “About this mac” section

Please refer to the image to see how Storage is showing me the space division. Its showing amount of space available correctly but the division below is incorrect as you can see it is showing 249.72 ...
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How do I identify which CPU a MacBook uses?

I'd like to identify which CPU this notebook is using, in terms of code names such as "Ivy Bridge" and "Haswell". The little Apple logo in the upper left shows some information, but not this.
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FTDI USB device not removed after unplugging

I have an FTDI USB adapter for loading software onto Arduino's, but it comes with a slight problem. 90% of the time when I unplug the USB cable, the device is not removed as a USB device. It remains ...
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Does macOS have equivalent command line tools like `lshw` or `lspci` for enumerating PCI hardware devices?

The closest thing I know of is system_profiler but it spits out way too much unnecessary information and I don't have a good way to filter / transform that output. What's the closest alternative to ...
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How many CPU cores should be in my MacBook Air? [duplicate]

It looks like something's seriously wrong... My Air should have 4 cores. However, I saw that the number of cores has sunk to 2 when I was going to make a new virtual machine... I checked out what ...
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Mac book pro manufacturing year [duplicate]

How to identify mac book pro product manufacturing year? And not the product release date. example is mac book pro series launched in 2012 but what is its product manufactured date?
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External hdd: Difference “Get Info” Available space and "About This Mac - Storage

OS X El Capitan. I have seen this thread, and it explains a bit (different reporting units), but there is an additional substantial discrepancy in the free HDD space of an external HD reported: Get ...
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Personal information in sysdiagnose dumps on OS X

Sometimes after I've sent bug reports to Apple, they ask for a sysdiagnose dump, which contains a bunch of files with information about my system. While it's very useful for Apple to get this ...
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According to System Information I have one processor and 2 cores, but when I open the 'CPU-usage' window in Activity Monitor I see 4 graphs [duplicate]

What does this 4 graphs mean and how are they related to my 2 cores? I have a MacBook Pro (13 inch medio 2012?
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What are the different internet connection types used by ifconfig and ipconfig?

Typing ifconfig on the command line gives me listings for several devices. I've seen at least the following ones: lo0 gif0 stf0 en0 en1 en2 en3 p2p0 awdl0 bridge0 What specifically do each of them ...
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“About this Mac” showing wrong year

I bought a new 15" retina MBP earlier this year, with the discrete GPU M370X that was released this year. However, "About this Mac" claims that it's a Mid 2014 model. Is it just a glitch or does ...
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'About this Mac' will not work anymore [closed]

A'About this Mac' will not open anymore. How can I fix it. I have only had this computer a month and it was working before.
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Which motherboard does my early 2008 iMac have?

I'm helping someone with a memory upgrade for their 20-inch Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz iMac (early 2008), which is all the information I can get about the computer from Apple's serial number checker. When I ...
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Weird text alignment in System Information on Yosemite

Somehow the text field in System Information appears truncated: If I reduce the overall size, the content of the bottom pane disappears, kind of goes below the left-hand pane: It kind of seems like ...
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How to delete info from a connected device on mac even system information?

I connected today my Book studio for the 1st time and my mac crashed when creating a backup with Time machine. As a consequence I would like to delete the info that this external hard drive ever ...
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What was the Mac that Ran 'System 1'

I thought I was reasonably early to the party, but the first Mac I owned - an SE 30 - was running System 6.06 when I got it & after a brief foray with 6.06 we had 6.07 with actual multi-tasking… ...
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Weird free spaces estimation

On my MacBook Pro Retina late 2014 running OS X Yosemite, there's something weird going on. If i look at the storage tab in the "About my Mac" menu, I use only 67 gigabytes of storage but it says 151 ...
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Where are the files for System Information?

I'm just curious if anyone knows where I can find the files that feed the data into the System Information Application (ATA, Audio, etc). I am interested in writing a program that sends an email ...
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What does Apple monitors on Apples' computers?

The fallowing IP's pop-up some times on netstat (all 4 uses tcp4): 17.167.140.65 17.158.52.58 17.172.232.91 And the most information I could get is that theses IP's belongs to Apple. Anyone knows ...
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Get cpu usage per core on the command line

Activity monitor allows users to see the cpu usage on a per-core basis (for multicore machines, e.g. my MacBook Pro). Is there a way to find the percent usage of each core/processor via the command ...
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system_profiler applications inventory

Running this: system_profiler -detailLevel full produces an inventory of applications, among other things. How does they system "know" about these apps? Spotlight? (e.g. every time a folder is ...
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Dmesg shows no timestamp

The sudo dmesg command works fine, but shows no timestamp. Is there any way to get it to show the timestamps as well?