Questions about the Apple MacBook family of laptops.

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Installed Ubuntu 14.10 on MacBook Pro (5,5) without rEFIt or rEFInd, hangs on purple screen

I recently inherited a mid 2009 13" MacBook Pro. I wanted to install Ubuntu 14.10 on the machine rather than OS X. I've previously had success with Ubuntu 13.10 on a 2006 MacBook by booting to live ...
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Fusion 7 on Macbook Pro Early 2011

I have been playing with Fusion 7 on my MBP. 16GB Ram, i7 @ 2.3 GHz, 500GB HDD. Background: Installed ESXi5.5 and vCSA ovf. I set up the Host VM and vCS Appliance without any issues and it worked ...
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Is it bad to have a computer running at maximum temperature for a long period of time? [duplicate]

I'm having a Macbook pro 15" 2012 model here and I remember the past when I gamed on my Macbook- specifically World of Warcraft. When I played this game my Macbook went from a passive ~55 degrees C to ...
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Remove Mac OS partition on 2011/2012 Macbook Air

My 2011/2012 MacBook Air is currently bootcamped with a Mac and Windows 7 partition. How do I remove the Mac partition? I never use it and I heard battery life is better when you're only running on ...
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Can't copy data into NTFS-formatted external HDD from Macbook [duplicate]

I have copied my whole HDD into a Macbook Pro. Now I formatted the HDD from FAT32 to NTFS. Macbook is not allowing me to copy the data back to the HDD. What do I do now?
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Directly connect MacBook to Linux desktop via ethernet for fast SSH?

I am looking at building a Linux desktop—desktop only; no monitor support—and getting a MacBook Pro as my main computer for mobility. I would like—while I am at the office—to basically use my MacBook ...
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Excel - creating a graph based on single column results

I'm using a mac with office 2011 I have a gender conlumn like so: gender ------ male male male male female male male male male female and would like to get a graph that will show 20% females, ...
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My external display is bad with mac book retina display

I have mac book pro retina display 15". I have BENQ monitor GW2450 My the display is not clear and font looks very bad like some white dots in all fonts. Loks like resolution is not right. In the ...
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How to connect a MacBook to two external monitors

I'm trying to connect my two monitors to my old Macbook (2008) with one Mini DisplayPort connection, but I only get my two monitors showing up the same thing on the screen with a splitter. I want to ...
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How do I turn off MagSafe light?

When I go to sleep at night, the two green lights (emitting from both sides of the MagSafe connector of my 13" MacBook Air's power adaptor) light up my whole room. How do I turn these off? I ...
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Prevent MacBook from Booting

I am looking for a easy way to make the MacBook un-bootable? I am trying to get my kids to focus on homework instead of going to Facebook, etc. We have a second computer in the kitchen which they can ...
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MacBook Pro, Windows wifi does not work after wakeup

I have a MacBook Pro 15 with Windows 7 installed through bootcamp. Wifi works fine but after wakeup my computer is not able to detect any wifi networks. I have to restart the computer to make it work ...
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Different monitor setup at multiple workstations

I have my monitors at work set up to the left of my macbook, and at home to the right. Based on the way my monitors are mounted, I can not change their location to be the same in both of my ...
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Where Logs about User Boot on OSX?

My friend installed Yosemite OSX to his Macbook pro. For some reason, it is lagging in the booting very much; many others have the same problem in some Macs. Mine not in the newest Macbook Air. I ...
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Would USBs on non-Apple monitor with DisplayPort work?

Would the USB ports on a 3rd party monitor work on MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt? I have a MacBook Pro 13" from ~2012 (13", no retina, i7 model) that I'm still pretty happy with. Now I'm sick of ...
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Display content off screen when running game (MacBook retina)

When running The Evil Within on my MacBook Pro with the GT750M, the content is offset when the game is in fullscreen mode like this: I've installed the latest NVidia-Drivers and it's all working ...
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How to make my seagate external hard drive write on a Mac, even if it is compatible with both windows and Mac?

I have a Seagate external hard drive. When I first installed it I made it compatible with both Windows and Mac even though I, myself, have a Macbook Pro. For some reason it works very well with ...
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Error installing Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) on a 512GB SSD in my 2010 MacBook

The Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) installer fails to extract any files onto my drive: OS X could not be installed on your computer An error occurred while extracting files from the package ...
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how to change font on entire document? Excel 2008 MacBook

I am using Excel 2008 v. 12.3.6 on a MacBook. Have been sent an Excel file which comes up blank -- can change font from Arial (which I cannot see) to Cambria but only one cell at a time. How do I ...
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Forcing 40MHz wireless channel width on 2011 MacBook Pro

My router is a Netgear WNDR3700 Wireless N - 40MHz-wide channels with 300Mbps data rate. My MacBook will only connect using 20MHz-wide channels so I'm stuck at 130Mbps. How do I force my MacBook Pro ...
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Can not access the Internet on a MacBook Pro

I can’t access the Internet using Safari on my MacBook Pro. The file may be corrupted. Is there any other way to connect to the Internet in order to load a different browser?
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MacBook Air constanty drops wifi connection

My MacBook Air keeps dropping wifi connection on my home network. When I connect to my network, it remains connected for a few minutes, then it drops the connection. I have no idea what's the problem. ...
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Why is my MacBook apparently waking up during the night?

I have a bit of Java code that keeps track of the active window of my mac. It produces output like this: 2013-12-02_20:08:36Google Chrome:putting code in wordpress - Google Search ...
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Dual booting Kali linux on Macbook Air (Late 2010 model) booting into OS

There is a problem that occurs when I attempt to boot into the Kali linux OS on my macbook air, in which the screen turns into a jumble of disfigured ascii characters and random coloured pixels. I ...
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Turn trackpad on/off on MacBook running Windows 8.1 in Bootcamp

I'm running Windows 8.1 in Bootcamp on a MacBook Pro and I use an external mouse. In OSx there is a function that disables the trackpad when a mouse is plugged in, unfortunately this is not the case ...
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13" Macbook pro keyboard, trackpad & USB not working

When I open the screen, the keyboard and track pad is unresponsive. The power button works. USB in both sides give out power, I tried plugging in the laptop cooler and it worked. But USBs do not ...
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Swapping motherboards on the Macbook pro Mid 2010

Is it possible to replace a MacBook Pro (Mid-2010) motherboard with a MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 Core i7) motherboard and CPU?
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NVIDIA Driver Update on Retina Macbook in Windows 8 on Parallels 9

Is it possible to upgrade to the latest nvidia drivers for the retina macbook (nvidia gt 650m, 750m)? When I try this, the driver software indicates that there are no nvidia drivers on board...
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1-Stroke to Jump to Top of Page

I've been using a Chrome extension to jump to the top of a webpage, but it started causing problems. I've deleted it, but I really miss being able to hit ONE key to jump to the top. I know the usual ...
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MacBook Air, Mavericks: 2.9GB of RAM is used at startup

Running: MacBook Air Late 2010, 13 in, 4gb RAM. Only 8gb free on SSD Immediately after booting, I opened activity monitor and this is what I saw: About 2.9GB of RAM already used up, and a list of ...
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No notification when mail get into folders other than inbox(Thunderbird 31 Mac)

I am using thunderbird(31.1.0) mail client in my mac book air(10.9). The problem I am facing with it is I don't get any notification when I get mails in custom folders. I dont find any solutions.
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How do i change the date format to UK in Excel 2011

My Excel 2011 for Macbook will accept input of dates only in US format MM/DD/YY. I would like to enter dates in UK format DD/MM/YY.
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Connecting Thunderbolt Display to Non-Thunderbolt MacBook (mid 2010)

I have an old MacBook Pro (Mid 2010 / Pre Thunderbolt) and an extra ThunderBolt 27" which I wanted to connect to the laptop. According to Apple and a ton of posts online (dated around 2011) this is ...
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Ctrl Alt Delete on RDP with Macbook installed windows 7

I have Macbook with Windows 7 installed and connected to Windows 2012 server with Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection. How can I run Ctrl + Alt + Delete on Windows 2012 Server? Thanks in advance.
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using a PC with HFS+ to pull files off a damaged Macbook Pro hard drive

can anyone one tell me how to use HFS+ windows 8 (that I just bought yesterday, the full 3-in-1 bundle) to pull files off of my macbook pro, model # is A1278, bought new in 2011 with the higest ...
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Suddenly can't open photos in Mac

Yesterday I have renamed all my photos in Macbbok using adobe Bridge. But I noticed today that I can't open large numbers of jpeg files. A few are okay, and normally view-able. but others are showing ...
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Macbook: Mini-DVI to DVI + DVI to VGA works?

I have a Macbook 2,1 late 2007 and I'm wondering if it's possible to use a Mini-DVI to DVI adapter combined with a DVI to VGA adapter to use a VGA Monitor as a second display screen. Someone has ...
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Moving one hard disc from one MacBook to other one

I'd like to move my 512 gb sad from my old macbook to the new one. But I am not sure I'd face issues with it ? Backing up the entire one with time machine and restoring to the new one is quite ...
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Brightness keeps changing in Windows 8.1 (on Macbook Pro Retina)

Before anyone gets too excited, it's not the "Adaptive Brightness" feature of the OS. I've already turned that off. Also it seems to have nothing to do with ambient light. It actually seems to do ...
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How to configure dual boot NixOS with Mac OS X on an (U)EFI MacBook?

I could not find any description of configuring dual boot of NixOS and Mac OS X on an (U)EFI MacBook. I am willing to experiment, but i would like to know at least that what i will try is supposed to ...
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Trouble with IRR formula in Excel 2008 on MacBook

I am getting an error message for a relatively simple calculation. I am trying to calculate the IRR over a 2.5 year period for a set of data in which -11,000,000 is the initial investment and zero ...
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Spilled water on Macbook Pro and dropped it — now won't boot

I spilled a fair amount of water (about a glass on the keyboard of my late 2008 macbook pro). After flipping the computer over, I let it dry after taking out the battery. As I was walking away, I saw ...
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Reset a MacBook to original settings without losing the files

I've effed up an installation of at least two software on my Mac. XAMPP and MAMP. I'm pretty sure those two shouldn't mix. Anyway, if all else fails, is there a way to restore my MacBook to factory ...
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A hacker installed vnc & remote management programs on my Macbook

A nasty guy I dated last year secretly installed a series of programs onto my MacBook Pro and I need help with allocating and removing them please. I haven't switched it on for 11 months so it's still ...
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MS word for mac unable to select form field

I have a Word document that has form fields which I can't select or tick any of the check boxes. When trying to select it says "This command is not available because the document is locked for edit". ...
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Which runs cooler: high-spec or low-spec MacBook Pro 15" Retina? [closed]

I live in a hotter climate and am very sensitive to heat in a laptop, and want to get one that causes no problems for me with respect to sweaty hands and fingertips while typing and tracking. I have ...
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The brightness on the Windows 7 partition of my Macbook Pro won't change. How do I fix this?

Since installing Windows 7 + Bootcamp on my Macbook Pro, I've been unable to change the brightness. Pressing the F1/F2 keys makes the brightness graphic appear and a bar moves up and down, but the ...
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How do I know if my MacBook Pro supports SATA III?

I have a MacBook Pro that I bought around 2011. How do I know what level of SATA the internal hard drive interface supports? This is the About This Mac: And this is what the SATA section of the ...
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MacBook Pro HD shows gray progress bar, bar completes and Mac turns off

I've MacBook Pro HD (Late 2011) with Maverick and a Bookcamp partition. Yesterday, when i turn on my Macbook ON, after starting sound, it sows me Apple logo and a Progress Bar. Progress Bar completes ...