Questions about the Apple MacBook family of laptops.

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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 ...
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Can't see “network” in finder (Mountain Lion)

Can't see the "network" in finder at all. My girlfriend's MBP and old Windows laptop successfully sees all the files, shared from Ubuntu file server, but not my new MBP. What am I doing wrong please?
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BIOS boot manager for Windows Vista Boot Camp Macbook partition

I am trying to find the BIOS boot manager for my Windows Vista Boot Camp partition of my Macbook. How do I access this during sartup?
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Can you disable the GPU on a Macbook Air?

Can the graphics processing unit (GPU) be disabled on a 2011 Macbook Air as a means of increasing battery life?
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Macbook pro hard drive not recognized by any means after using chkdsk /r on bootcamp

Good afternoon everyone, Here is my headache: I have (had?) a macbook pro late 2011 wtih bootcamp running in Win 7, the bootcamp partition started to give problems (corrupted data I recon) so I ...
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Macbook 13" Shutting down when batt is in

1.83 GHz Intel Core CPU, 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X. Battery is 9 months old and showing 95% power; however the machine shuts down sometimes 2 seconds after booting up and sometimes 5 mins; When i take the ...
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Remap key on MacBook with KeyRemap4MacBook. change 'CMD+C' to 'CMD+M'

I want to remap keys on a MacBook with KeyRemap4MacBook. I need to change CmdC to CmdM and CmdV to CmdN, because I don't like to always use left hand to press copy&plaste, it's aching and ...
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More RAM when I use two screens?

So, is there any possible that my Macbook use more ram when I use two screens? First - in MB, second - Cinema Display. Also when I use only Cinema Display, MB used little less ram. Am I crazy?
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Preventing closed Macbook from sleeping at startup

I have an old Macbook that I'm going to be tucking in a cabinet for use as a media server. It's currently running InsomniaX to keep it from sleeping when the lid is shut. This works great when I ...
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OSX Remapping Physical Trackpad Click for Mac

The MacBook trackpad is a marvellous thing. Assuming that one uses the 'tap to click' functionality exclusively (including the double tap to click-hold within Usability settings) as I do, the physical ...
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Is there a way to stop background programs in OS X?

I have a MacBook that runs OS X. It's really slow at times during startup. I know I can Force Quit some programs by using Command ⌘+Option ⌥+Esc ⎋. Is there another way to see any other ...
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Wi-Fi performance in Windows 8 RP on a MacBook Air (mid 2011)

I was able to install the Boot Camp Windows software using the executable that it provided, and there are no unrecognized or unknown devices in Device Manager. Wi-Fi works but it seems to be limited ...
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Can I turn off MacBook Pro startup noise from Windows?

I have been using my MacBook Pro at work recently. It only has Windows and Linux on it (no OS X). The problem it the really LOUD startup sound that Apple forces you to have. I work in a cubicle ...
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Multiple boot and file sharing options

I am about to set up a dual/triple boot system on a 750gig macbook pro and was wanting to know my options in regards to file sharing options between the operating systems--primarily to share my music ...
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MacBook RAM Upgrade

I have a Macbook Late 2006 model; Specs) Will any brand/kind of 2x2GB DDR2 PC2-5300 SO-DIMM 200pin be compatible with this model? (Like this RAM for example.) Are there other considerations I need ...
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Virtual box lost files

I have been running Virtual Box on a Macbook Pro for a year or more, with an old version of Windows XP running on the virtual machine. Recently my Mac battery dies completely and I had left VB / ...
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Use HFS+ or NTFS for Bootcamp-shared harddrive?

I put a second HDD into my MacBook Pro. Now I want to install Windows with Bootcamp and want both OSX and Windows to be able to read and write to that HDD. What I am asking is whether you'd recommend ...
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Why are the screws of the Macbook Pro blue on one side?

I just bought a new early '12 Macbook Pro 13" and was about to open it to swap that pesky HDD with a fresh SSD. After lifting the first screw I saw that the screws are blue on one side. I'm asking ...
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Can I install this Toshiba HDD in a MacBook?

The internal HDD in my white MacBook is broken. I have a spare Toshiba laptop HDD which I plan to install in the MacBook but when I compare the broken MacBook HDD (Hitachi brand) and the Toshiba HDD ...
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How can I program the function keys on my MacBook to do a combination of keys (not open an application)?

There are other questions similar to this, but not exactly. What I want to do is to reprogram a function key on the MacBook Pro to do other key combinations. Coming from a Windows background, I ...
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MacBook (OS X.7) cannot communicate with LCD projector

The computer recognizes the projector, and IDs it in the "displays" menu, but the projector -- both an In-Line and a Hitachi projector -- does not recognize any computer sending input to it. I have ...
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How can you install Windows 7 on a MacBook Pro without DVD drive?

I'm wondering whether will be possible to install Windows 7 on a Boot Camp partition with the new MacBook Pro Retina. The DVD drive is not available and I don't know any workaround to install Windows ...
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MacBook Pro internal keyboard disabled. How to re-enable?

I bought a used 2.16gHz core duo MBP that the previous owner said had keyboard problems ("a few keys don't work"). He explained A while back I paid to have an Apple technician take a look at it. ...
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Macbook does not recognize Galaxy tab 7.7

I have Macbook OS 10.7.2 and Galaxy Tab 7.7 I want to transfer files to and from these devices, but when I connect the tab to the laptop using the USB cable that came with it, my laptop doesn't ...
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MacBook Pro unibody doesn't restart properly after battery depletion

My MacBook Pro (unibody, 13'', 2009) used to restart fine after battery depletion. The computer would automatically save the state of the system and reboot to whatever I was doing before. For those ...
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Can I “dual boot” grub-efi and grub-pc?

I am currently running Ubuntu with grub-efi and rEFIt on a Macbook (8,3). I'd like to have the option to boot Ubuntu in BIOS emulation mode as well. Is this possible? I guess I need grub-pc to write ...
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Time Machine is getting stuck at “Preparing to Back Up” and my Trash isn't emptying

I have encountered two separate problems, but I am putting them in the same question in case they are related. First, my Trash would not empty. It seems to be getting stuck on certain files, because ...
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Macbook Pro SATA to SSD upgrade with out OSX disc

Ok just got a SSD and I want to put it into my late-2011 model Macbook Pro. Swapping it out physically isn't the hard part as that's just a handful of screws. It's not having a disc for OSX that's ...
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Undo Autohotkey remaps after uninstalling

So here's my situation, I have a Macbook running Windows 7 on Bootcamp. When I first installed Windows 7, the Command key was the start key, and the Option key was the Alt key. I decided to swap ...
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Carbon copy cloner vs Disk Utility save disk image

im trying to replace my macbook pro hard drive and want to migrate the lion and windows 7 partitions to the new drive without having to reinstall anything my question is.. What's the difference ...
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Which RAM to upgrade MacBook 5,2?

I am trying to buy ram to upgrade a MacBook bought in Mid 2009. It is the 13 inch MacBook 5,2. This document gives some specs on the ram. It says DDR2, but does anyone know if DDR3 will also work? ...
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Stuck or dead pixel?

I can't tell if one of the pixels on the screen of my 2011 Macbook air is dead or just stuck. The pixel is usually black while displaying most colors, but it changes to white if I'm looking at a ...
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Will a logic board from a 2009 macbook pro fit and work in a 2006 macbook?

I have a Apple MacBook Core 2 Duo 2.16 13" and want to know it this will physically fit and work inside the Apple MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.26 13". Is it worth £100 for the logic board (motherboard) ...
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Virtualbox Ubuntu 12.04 OS is Guest Mac OSX (Lion) is Host, share folder

Ok I have the guest additions installed and setup. I have the shared directory all setup under the devices in virtualbox. In the Guest OS I can open a terminal go to /media and type ls and see the ...
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Stolen MacBook Pro

My MacBook Pro was recently stolen. I still have remote access via Dropbox and his IP address. I don't have the expertise to run SSH and change the remote login. I'd prefer to use a keylogger. Could ...
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What causes the computer clock to change radically and how can I fix it?

My girlfriend just sent me the following photo: Apparently that was what greeted her, along with a load of license expiry warnings, when she booted her laptop this morning. She then rebooted to be ...
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Is this 1333 MHz Corsair memory compatible with my 1066 MHz MacBook 6.1?

My MacBook is 6.1 2.26 Intel Core2 Duo, 1066 MHz FSB (MC207*/A). Corsair memory is Mac Memory 8 GB DDR3 SODIMM (CMSA8GX3M1A1333C9). It says "supports memory bus speeds of up to 1333 MHz". Is it safe ...
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Login to Remote Linux machine and chRoot preserving all Terminal Windows

Everyday I connect to a remote machine (RedHat) from my macbook (Lion). I use Terminal to connect to remote machine and then to chroot. Then I open 2-3 windows on Terminal for various files. Is ...
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Macbook Late 2008 - beeping ocassionaly

A MacBook Late 2008(Aluminum) is ocassionaly beeping. Which may be the reason for this? Is the "beep" coming from the motherboard? Thanks,
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Account Settings Reset Overnight

My Macbook 10.4.11 completely reset all my computer settings overnight. All my settings are gone, folders rearranged, iTunes playlists etc deleted and browser history cleared. How can I restore my ...
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Preferred network available, but still prompted

Very frequently, when I wake my Macbook up, I'll be prompted to select a network, as "none of my preferred networks is available". Yet, my home network, very much a preferred network (I can see it in ...
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How do I type the pipe character on a MacBook Pro (Lion) with a Turkish-Q keyboard layout?

I can't find the keyboard combination to make the | symbol. On snow leopard "shift+ı" worked. I've tried shift+\. Any suggestions?
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iPhone Share Wifi with MacBook Via Bluetooth?

My MacBook is unable to connect to a wireless network due to airport card issue. While I figure out how to fix/replace the card, is there a way to share my iPhone's connection to a wireless network ...
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Windows 7pro Wireless bridge to Macbook Pro

I know this is possible with ubuntu to windows/mac but I am trying to recreate the notion from a windows machine to a mac. What I need to do is a level of QA / Dev however my main development machine ...
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Determine logic board hardware model

How can I find out which logic board I have? I recently had it replaced from this dreaded mid 2010 macbook pro bsod issue, and want to see if they replaced the logic board with the newer model that ...
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Macbook restarts when closing lid

Recently I built an SSD (128GB Samsung 470) into a late 2007 Macbook, and swapped the old HDD with the Superdrive, I used Carbon Copy Cloner to transfer the system, Desktop, Applications, Library and ...
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Can't Delete file Macbook Pro (Stuck in Trash)

I dunno when I deleted this file (its an avi), its been in the trash for awhile. Today I went to empty the trash and this one file can't claims to be in use. But I have restarted, shut down my mac ...
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Move files from laptop without usable screen?

A friend of mine has an older macbook that has a broken screen, and they've since bought a new macbook. I think I've read somewhere (but I could be wrong, I read A LOT of things online) that there is ...
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MacBook gets frozen in sleep mode

I have a MacBook running OS X 10.5.8 Lately, with increasing frequency, it will freeze up. It happens as follows: I use it for a while, then close the lid, putting it in sleep mode. If I leave ...