Questions about the Apple MacBook family of laptops.

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“FATAL: lock file ”postmaster.pid“ already exists”

I just reinstalled postgres via brew install postgres I ran initdb /usr/local/var/postgres -E utf8 but got this: The files belonging to this database system will be owned by user "atal421". This ...
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Macbook4,1 cannot install OSX 10.7 Lion?

I understand that my white Macbook4,1 is able to install Mac OSX 10.7 Lion, but whether I try option-boot to install via DVD, USB drive or by double clicking on the installer while in Snow Leopard, it ...
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Macbook screen switch off when moved

When moving my macbook it sometimes switch off unexpectedly (black screen) and switch on again after several seconds. I remember solving the problem several month ago by changing a internal MacOS X ...
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Remove slight margin at bottom of screen in snow leopard

So on snowleopard, the maxed out window size almost fills the whole screen, except for a slight margin at the very bottom that is only a few pixels. Is there any way to override this or somehow make ...
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Ethernet Working but No Internet Connection

In my office, nearly everybody uses Mac and we have just only one Windows 7 system. Just this morning, all the mac systems (10.8.2) could not connect to the internet but could connect to the network. ...
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Does more battery and higher processor affect on battery life?

I'm planning on getting a customized macbook air 13" .. It says it should last 8 hours wireless browsing which is reallygood, but it didnt say whether on the default customization or anything .. So ...
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Frequent Mac lockups due to fsck_hfs

My Macbook Pro (10.6.8) locks up every day at noon for several minutes (and often after sleep). I put 'Activity Monitor' up front right before noon sorted by %CPU, and saw that it ran 'fsck_hfs'. ...
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can I put 1600MHz memory in a late 2011 macbook pro?

I want to update my memory from 4GB 1333MHz to 8GB 1600MHz, Ive read that it is possible but nothing concrete so I ask this again and hope someone with knowledge can answer. The thing is that the ...
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SSD Drive - external vs Internal [closed]

I have 2 computers, a faster iMac at work (i5) and an old macbook (C2DUO 2.0Ghz) at home. The macbook at home has a SSD drive in it, I upgraded it and it's performance is really great. Now I was ...
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How to use tap on Macbook Pro with Windows 7?

I have a new Macbook Pro with Mac OSX and Windows7. Tapping the touchpad works with Windows using VM and Bootcamp but not when I boot direct into Windows7. Anyone know how I can get the tap function ...
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What ram to put in early 2008 mackbook 2x2gb for dual channel mode or 1 x 4gb & 1x2gb for 6gb total?

I mostly just use laptop for streaming movies and Iplayer, and the usual e-mail,facebook etc. 2x2gb to replace the existing 2x1gb is around £40, my question is really if 6gb is better, (1x4gb & ...
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why a macbook pro won't use an external screen?

I connected my macbook pro through to a VGA screen. The desktop on the laptop screen changes as if the external display is used, but I see nothing on the screen. The screen is on, I haven't changed ...
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How can I use Android 4.1 with my Mac OS X 10.5?

I cannot connect my Galaxy Note 2 (running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at the moment) to my Macbook (running OS X 10.5.8). Can someone please give me some advise as I tried Android File Transfer and this ...
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2011 Macbook Pro internal trackpad unresponsive after cleaning

Alright, didn't think about it while I was doing it, but I cleaned off the body of my mac with a handy wipe like thing since it was getting grimey from my travels. But after cleaning everything off I ...
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Can I put Windows on a new Mac Book?

I am considering buying a laptop and I'm interested in a MacBook but I will be mostly using Windows environment (Win 7 or Win 8). If I buy an Apple laptop, can I install Win 8 on it? If so, how?
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My 2009 MacBook Logic board failed - options to proceed and how difficult?

Scannerz just gave my MacBook logic board a big fat F! I upgraded from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion about 3 weeks ago. The system was running short of memory so I upgraded it. The system was running ...
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Can I use 8GB of 1600mhz RAM on my 2010 model unibody macbook pro?

The processor is a 2.26Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, and it currently has 2GB of 1067MHz DDR3 installed. When I install the two 4GB sticks, it begins beeping and will not boot. I learned that the RAM will ...
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How to get ssh connection on MacBook Pro 2,1 with dead video on logic board

The Lapzilla of my stable has given up the video ghost. Everything else works, save for the fact that when booting it either ends up on a white screen, or a blurry black & white checkerboard. I ...
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iTunes Update 11.0 will not install on my Macbook

I try to update my iTunes to version 11 but every time I open iTunes after the restart it shows me an error message that states, "An Unknown Error Occurred (-42408)". The same thing happens when I ...
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Is it advisable to Calibrate the Battery on a Macbook?

How useful or necessary is it to calibrate the battery on a Macbook (Air/Pro) & if it is, should it be carried out when first purchased ? Does it mean that by calibrating the battery it will also ...
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Can I temporarily swap out my new MacBook hard drive with the old one?

I recently upgraded my standard hd to an ssd. There are some files on the old one that I still need to access. Can I simply swap the current one for the old one temporarily? Just to email off some ...
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Can't avoid starting macbook in safe mode

I recently spilled some water on my MacBook (mid-2010) keyboard and it shorted out several of the keys. Notably, control and left option don't work, and the system thinks that the left shift is ...
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Keep mac desktops in place?

When you have several desktops open, each program in a different one, let's say Firefox in Desk 1 and Finder in Desk 5. When you open a file in Finder that opens in Firefox, it moves desk 5 all the ...
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Toshiba external hard drive is read-only on MacBook [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to Copy Mac files to external NTFS hard drive? I have a Toshiba external hard drive that works fine when connected to my Dell Windows 7 laptop and also to my Ubuntu ...
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Reset firmware password Macbook pro 13"

Is there any way i can reset my firmware password on my Mac-book pro 13" (Late 2011 model) without having to purchase new RAM? Thanks
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Huawei data card not supporting New Macbook Pro OSX (Mountain Lion)

I purchased Huawei data card and trying to connect with my new MacBook Pro (OSX- Mountain Lion) USB port 3.0 but unfortunately it does not support. When I plugged in my macbook the power is flowing in ...
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Replace MacBook screen with an external display

I have a unibody macbook running OSX 10.8. I wondered how feasible it would be to use an external monitor instead of the built-in display. I am not talking about plugging in a 2nd monitor (this is ...
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Can the backlight of a screen go out, because a connection is loose?

I have a macbook and it is 5 years old. The backlight of the monitor is temperamental. I know it is the screen, because I can still see that the screen works when I look at it from an angle. So ...
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How to take photo from the webcamera every time I open my MacBook?

I want to autotake a photo from the camera on my MacBook Air and put the photo in a folder. Is it possible?
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Transferring photos from Mac to iPhone5

I've got a MacBook Pro on 10.7.5 and I'd like to transfer photos from my computer to my iPhone5. What's The easiest way to do so?
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3d Software middle mouse and mbp trackpad

So I am trying to learn some 3d modeling and have trouble in the oddest and most inconvenient of places. It looks like all the 3d software out there uses middle mouse click, and middle mouse click and ...
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Macbook Pro promo screenshots

Are there any tools available that allow you to take promotional screenshots on Macbook Pro? I see images such as the one below, and I wonder if there is a tool that puts a screenshot into a Macbook ...
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Can't reach only certain websites from my Wifi (with macbook and iphone)

I can't access certain websites neither from my macbook nor from my iphone when connected to my Wifi. The same website can be opened from another windows computer connected to the same Wifi. This is ...
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MacBook Pro 8,1 triple boot, rEFIt not showing, Mac only boots on windows

I'm new to Mac multi booting. I've just installed a triple boot (OS X Mountain Lion + Ubuntu 12.04 + Windows 7 Ultimate) on my MacBook Pro 8,1. Everything went more or less right. I had the rEFIt ...
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Empty MacBook Pro, no SuperDrive. How do I install Windows?

My situation is this: HDD1: Empty 180 GB SSD HDD2: Empty 500 GB HDD (instead of SuperDrive) Accessories: Windows 8 ISO 64 Gig USB stick Second computer SuperDrive in USB enclosure What I need: ...
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MacBook starts up but is unresponsive

I have an original MacBook A1181, which I bought second hand last year. Up until recently it had been working fine, I had had to upgrade the RAM to 4 GB and buy a new battery but had no other issues. ...
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Accessing the physical IP address of a computer on my network that is no longer available

I'm trying to find out how to access the IP address + MAC code of a computer (macbook pro) that I once had on my network at home. Does terminal store the 'connected' or 'linked' computer ID or IP of ...
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MacBook Pro's Trackpad not doing multi-touch gestures after sleep

i've got a MacBook Pro mid 2012 with Mountain Lion. Sometimes when i wake up my computer from sleep (open the laptop), all the multi touch gestures of the trackpad (4 fingers to change screen, 3 ...
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Reading zip disk from Iomega

I'm trying to read a zip disk through old external Iomega Zip 100 drive, which I've connected to my Macbook Pro through the original USB 1.0 cord. It sounds like the drive is reading the disk (there's ...
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Is it possible to set up an SSD Cache on a macbook pro?

I have a mid 2010 MBP. I would like to upgrade the HDD so that I get more space, and this isn't a problem. I'd also like to replace the optical drive with an SSD and then configure that as the cache ...
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Can I map an MacBook or Apple keyboard key combo to act like a Windows menu key? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Keyboard Shortcut to Right Click in Mac OS X In Windows, the Menu Key (or Context-Menu Key — to the right of the space bar) allows you to right-click the currently ...
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OpenOffice, LibreOffice and NeoOffice all crashes on startup on OSX LIon

I tried all new versions of LibreOffice, OpenOffice, NeoOffice. When I install them without any problems and then I try to launch them, I get the following error: Process: soffice.bin [1178] ...
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Use of Excel 2011 to produce a line graph showing amplitude variations with distance

I have 2 columns of numbers: Column A I want to be the X axis of a smooth line graph which goes through all of the data points which shows distance and Column B I want to be the Y axis showing ...
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Synergy: Dual Windows 7 PC & MacBook in between

I have a windows 7 PC set-up at work with my MacBook Pro in between the two monitors. However, I am struggling to set Synergy up so that the mouse can be taken from monitor one, through the MacBook ...
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What causes a link to not go through after a user clicks on it?

I'm using Firefox in OS X on a MacBook. Lately, I've tried clicking some links on the Yahoo main page only to be redirected to a blank white page that says "Bad Syntax". Is this the link or the ...
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Macbook pro 1,1 cannot turn on

I shut down my mac at about 2 pm but when i got up I turned it on i heard it sounded as usual but I did not have a look at it then i went to shower..when I backed I could see that my mac cannot turn ...
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Mountain Lion on an old Macbook - installing via USB [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I install OSX Lion on Core Solo Mac Mini? I've got an old Macbook lying around which I'd like to put to use. Is it possible to install Mountain Lion on the first ...
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How do I back up my 100% full Macbook hard drive, format, install Windows and recover the files?

I want to keep everything. I should be able to just highlight all, drag it onto an external drive and feel safe. How can I verify that all my files are safely copied to the external drive?
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How do I keep a MacBook battery charged to only 70%?

A chemist told me that a battery should be charged to and used between 30-70%, and its very bad for battery life to completely load or unload it. He uses a utility program that always keeps the ...
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External hard drive won't mount on Mac

Anyone had problems mounting an external hard drive on a mac? It shows up (dimmed) in disk utility and all is fine according to first aid, but it just refuses to mount. It simply says "The disk My ...