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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 see the NPU cores?

NPU cores don't show up in system information or Activity Monitor. Is there a way to see their utilization -- something like nvidia-smi or nv-top?
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Is there anything like Windows systeminfo on macOS?

On Windows the systeminfo command is a quick way to get system information from the shell. Is there any command like that on macOS?
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Remove Bluetooth devices which are hidden

If I open up the System Information page for Hardware > Bluetooth, I see a lot of hidden devices which are not in the normal Bluetooth menu. Some of these are obsolete to me and I'd like to remove ...
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What determines System Information's Kind attribute?

Some Apple Silicon applications are showing up in the System Information column Kind as iOS, but in the Application Info, the Kind is Application (Apple Silicon). Other applications do say Apple ...
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Checking detailed parameters of hardware - like RAM CAS latency

In Windows one can find free apps like CPUID (CPU-Z) and others who help get a lot of information about installed hardware. I was looking for something similar for macOS, but couldn't find anything ...
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Understanding the activity monitor of mac

I am trying to understand each field of activity monitor to understand my process usage. But I am not able to wrap my heads around few things. Model Name: MacBook Pro Model Identifier: ...
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macOS system report's installation does not list all software installations

I noticed not all my software installations appear in System report's installation history list. I understand any softwares install via homebrew won't be listed there but there were plenty of ...
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macOS 11: Get system information (GPU, resolution) programmatically (in C) [closed]

I need to access data about GPU and screen resolution in C, not using system_profiler, because it takes too long(.3s-.5s system_profiler SPDisplaysDataType), and needs greping and cutting, which is ...
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How can I see which macOS version is installed on an external disk, without booting into it?

Is there a file somewhere in the System folder or in the Library that shows me which OS is installed on the disk?
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Collect data on CPU usage per core at regular time intervals?

Is there any easy way to get CPU usage on a per core basis at a certain interval throughout the day? (e.g. every 60 seconds) Notes happy to use a script (e.g. ruby, python) and run it in the terminal ...
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How to view real time dynamically updated information on thermals and fan speed through the terminal?

Is there any way to view real time fan speed and thermal information (CPU, GPU) through the terminal, such as by installing an application with homebrew (i.e. $ brew install ...) or python (i.e. $ pip ...
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Disk space available: Finder shows way less than System Information [duplicate]

The Finder currently shows only 81GB available (at the bottom of a folder's window) whereas System Information > Storage shows 455GB available. Why does the Finder show so much less space available? ...
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Remove the "Legacy Software" and "Installations" lists of System Information

There are a couple of programs listed in Legacy Software in the System Information: Is it possible to remove those entries? They are all old apps I've uninstalled, so there is no need to keep those ...
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How to check originality of parts in a second hand Mac mini?

How can I check that all the parts in a Mac mini late 2014 are genuine or not? I have found that we can change the About this Mac details from system. How can I know that Details shown in About this ...
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How to stop WiFi "Looking for Networks..."

There's been a recent question asking about disabling WiFi at boot time. This is not that same question, but is related. I don't want to disable WiFi, but I would like to stop it from "Looking for ...
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Why does macOS show 100% battery and fully charged when "Charge Remaining" is lower than "Full Charge Capacity"

My Battery percentage shows 100% Mark. But I got this from the System Information section. Why does it say fully charged and shows 100% mark when the actual remaining charge is 95%?
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Using the command-line / Terminal, is it possible to determine if this Mac has Touch ID or not?

I am trying to find a way, using the Terminal/command line, to determine if the Mac I am using has Touch ID or not. So far web searches have not turned up any answers. I would have thought that ...
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How to monitor multiple macOS system usage?

For GNU/Linux systems that runs as a server, we can get a dashboard with system information like cpu, memory, network usage etc. What software is used to collect this information? For macOS, is there ...
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Documents show have 4GB but there is no file in it

As you can see below this image, the Documents shows that it have 4.11GB but on the right side, it have nothing. What should I do now? Is it the file gone or the file went to somewhere else?
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"Power button HID event - flushing proactively" -- what does this mean?

I've been reviewing my system log file on my MacBook Pro. I came across this log entry 'Power button HID event - flushing proactively'. Just wondering, does this just mean that the computer was ...
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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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