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 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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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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Does OSX have a hidden “Device Manager” list like Windows?

Back in the Windows world there was a Device Manager control panel that would list all the devices that were connected to your computer. There was even an option to show "hidden devices", basically a ...
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How do I see version numbers of my apps on iOS?

The App Store is telling me I have an update to an app that is currently installed, and it shows the new version. How do I see the version I currently have? The closest thing I was able to find is a ...
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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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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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How do I get technical information on my video card? (Model, RAM, Mhz, etc)

I'd like to get as much technical information about my MacOSX's video card as possible... technical details, even serial number if the card has a unique identifier. I intend to use this information ...
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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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“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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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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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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Can anything cause the battery “cycles count” to appear higher than it really is?

Is there anything that could cause the battery's "cycles count" in the Power section of System Information app to report number of charge cycles greater than the actual number? I ask because the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the layout of a real Apple supplied fusion drive?

Would someone who has a fusion drive that they bought directly from Apple please provide diskutil output sufficient to describe the choices they made? I've seen lots of different sets of advice for ...
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Should the MacBook Air have the same amount of charge as its stated capacity when 'Full Charged'?

The following is an extract from System Information (under power): Charge Information: Charge Remaining (mAh): 6517 Fully Charged: Yes Charging: No Full Charge Capacity (mAh): 6690 ...
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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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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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Can't see new SSD when connected via internal SATA port

I just bought a new Samsung SSD 830 and installed it my 13" MacBook Pro (Mid 2010) in the hard disk bay, replacing the drive that was there (I actually have a second drive in the optical drive's slot)....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 does OS X handle IRQs? [closed]

As a former Windows and Linux user, I've been challenged several times to have hardware devices not share some particular IRQ line. If I understand correctly, IRQ lines are part of the hardware ...
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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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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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SSD OEM Exact Model, Part Number and Manufacturer in MacBook Pro (Mid 2012)

Does anyone know the exact manufacturer, Apple part number or model number of a 512GB SSD drive in a BTO MacBook Pro (Mid 2012)? I cannot find any teardown photos or System Information screenshots ...
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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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Grab list of Stats, Application Data, and Serials off OSX 10.6 to prepare for reformat and fresh install?

I need to reformat my 2007 OSX as it is now returning kernal errors. I want to install everything fresh but I have a lot of software and don't want to sit here making a list of everything installed as ...