Questions about the Apple MacBook family of laptops.

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Booting Clonezilla from a LiveUSB on a Macbook running Ubuntu

I have Ubuntu 10.04 running on a Macbook Pro 5.5. It's using rEFIt to allow Ubuntu to boot via grub despite the Mac's EFI. For backup purposes, I'd like to clone it's harddrive using Clonezilla. I ...
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How to reset/restart an internal Macbook trackpad driver on OS X?

My Macbook's trackpad occasionally starts behaving erratically but after a system restart it works well again (at least for a while). I'm still looking for a solution to the root problem of the ...
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Macbook Air trackpad not clicking nor moving cursor, but multi-finger gestures are working

This has been happening to me several times recently just after I disconnect my MBA from a USB hub (for an external keyboard and mouse). The internal trackpad just won't move the cursor, not does it ...
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How to remap 'Switch to next window' shortcut on MacBook Pro with OS X? [duplicate]

On my mac, switch to next window is mapped to CMD + ´. This is a pain when you're using a browser and your focus in on an input field or textarea etc., because when you hit that combo, instead of ...
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Moving from Macbook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.66 Ghz to 2.0 quod-core i7. Is it worh it? [closed]

At the moment I have the APPLE MacBook Pro MB985B/A 15.4" 320GB/4GB RAM/1.66Ghz computer and I am thinking to buy Apple MacBook Pro MC721LL/A 500GB 15.4" i7 MC721. The price difference is only GBP ...
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Can I restore my Macbook? [closed]

I was using my Macbook perfectly and suddenly when I restarted it, it went off forever and I had no choice but to re-install via DVD which came with it. I lost my data
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Using Boot Camp on an already partitioned harddrive

I want to install Windows 7 via Boot Camp on a Mac. I already split the harddrive into a few partition. Everytime I try to use Boot Camp it says (freely translated): The start volume can't be ...
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How can I connect a MacBook Pro (early 2011) to two monitors?

I would like to connect my work MacBook Pro to two (or even three) monitors to get more screen real estate. There is a YouTube video but it uses a USB-DVI adapter and by design is a bit laggy. Any ...
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Macbook optical drive constantly checks for media after boot/wake from sleep and won't accept discs

The slot-loading optical drive on a Macbook (2006) running won't accept a disc when inserted--unless it is partially inserted and then slept/waken or the "Disc Burning" section of System Profiler is ...
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Return from hibernation with black screen

In a macbook pro, with OSX Snow Leopard, I use hibernation thanks to the widget "deep sleep". But when it wakes up, the screen is fully white, lots of lights. I wonder if it can be somehow modified to ...
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How can i write the null character on a macbook pro?

How can i write a null character on a macbook pro? Preferably using just the keyboard or something that i can reach everywhere, without using a 3rd party program.
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How to mount USB disk with LVM/LUKS crypted volumes on a Mac? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to mount an encrypted ext3 filesystem under OS X? I have a USB disk that I've partitioned with LVM and encrypted some of the volumes with LUKS. This is all ...
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How can I know for sure that buying more memory for my MacBook Pro will result in perceivable increase in performance?

I see that the Activity Monitory shows a variety of information about System Memory usage. Are their particular values or perhaps ratios that would indicate with certainty that I need to upgrade my ...
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Can't detect hard drive on Macbook Pro

I changed a few month ago the config of my Macbook Pro with the following: I bought a SSD hard drive I removed the hard drive of my Mac book Pro and installed there my brand new SSD Then I removed ...
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What's the easiest way to clone a MacBook Pro drive with both Mac OS and Windows 7 installed?

I have a mid 2009 13" MacBook Pro with the 160Gb drive split in half running both Mac OS and Windows 7 through bootcamp. I'm planning to replace the hard drive for a 750Gb model and I would like to ...
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Macbook pro strange fan and CPU activity behavior

My 2008 Macbook Pro Unibody 15" runs almost perfectly, but since one month or so, fans start to make noise or get activated in stupid situations where I am not doing really anything (just browsing the ...
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How can I tell which MacBook Pro I have? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I determine which MacBook hardware version I have? (for RAM purchase) On my old IBM, I could just flip the laptop over and see what model & year my laptop ...
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Trouble with external monitor under Windows 7 on MacBook Pro Boot Camp

I'm running Windows 7 32-bit on a mid-2010 15" MacBook Pro Intel Core i5 under Boot Camp. I've had trouble getting it to work with my second display and searching Google for an appropriate answer has ...
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Boot Camp from USB DVD drive

I can't seem to be able to install Windows 7 64-bit on a 2008 MacBook (64-bit dual core) from an external USB DVD drive. I've done the following: Performed a clean install of Mac OS X Snow Leopard ...
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My western digital harddisk does not get detected on my macbook pro and imac

I accidently pulled out my western digital harddisk and ever since its not getting detected on my macbook pro and imac. The error msg which pops up says "The disk you inserted was not readable by this ...
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MacBook Upgrade: 2gb or 3gb RAM?

I recently bought an used MacBook (mid 2007). I have 1 GB (two 512 MB) 667 MHz PC2-5300 and I would like to upgrade the system. I have read that the limit from my machine is 3Gb. At this point I have ...
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Using Macbook Pro's built-in microphone in VirtualBox 4

According to the VirtualBox changelog, version 3.2.0 added support for audio input on Mac OS X hosts. I'm currently running version 4.0.6 which is the newest version and am trying to use my Macbook ...
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Simulate mouse clicks from keyboard on Mac OS X

I like to play some games on my Mac but tend to bind mouse clicks to the keyboard to be more silent late at night. In many games you can adjust these bindings from game settings, but not in all games. ...
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New monitor and eyes problem

I recently bought a LG FLatron W2442PE monitor to use it as external and main monitor for my macbookpro 15 (2008) using a dvi conector. I use a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 60Hz, and all the monitor ...
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Shut down the monitor in a MacBook Pro, without to put it to sleep?

How do I set the monitor to shutdown in a MacBook Pro? I do not want the computer to stop running; I do not wish it to go to sleep.
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how to effectively use a laptop battery

Iam using Macbook for my all development needs, i find these days that my battery backup seem to drain very fast (from 5-6 hrs to 3 hrs) is there any effective way its battery so as to retain for ...
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Is there a way to increase the screen brightness of a macbook running snow leopard beyond what apple lets you?

Any way to tweak it? I'm guessing no, but I wouldn't have ever thought of overclocking a cpu would work either...
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Sound doesn't work on ASUS VH242H Monitor

Hi I recently bought this monitor but the sound doesn't seem to be working. I'm using it with my Macbook Pro. The sound works fine in OS X but doesn't work in Windows 7. Any ideas?
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macbook pro: is it better to use a mouse with macbook pro [closed]

I want to know is the trackpad really that efficient? say my priority is to get things done Fast, i don't care whether using the trackpad or the mouse is cooler or whatsoever. I'm wondering if there ...
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Changing the MacBook Pro insert/eject CD sound

Every time I put a CD into my MacBook Pro or eject a disc from it, it makes a noise like as if it is spoilt. Is there a way to change this noise?
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Will the OEM version of Windows 7 install properly on a Macbook Pro

We are considering getting a Macbook Pro but are quite heavily tied to windows application so want to install Windows 7 on it. Can you install the OEM version of Windows 7 on a Macbook Pro or do you ...
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Restart Macbook Pro if “Restart, Sleep, Shut Down” buttons are hidden

In System Preferences >> Accounts >> Login Options, we have the option Show the Restart, Sleep, and Shut Down buttons. I was wondering how else will we be able to restart, sleep or shut down ...
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How to change the short user name in OS X

I'm using a Macbook Pro and I'm wondering how to change the short name of the "user account"?
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How to reset trackpad settings of a Macbook Pro

In a Macbook Pro laptop, how do I reset the trackpad to the "default" status? (like default tracking speed, scrolling speed, preferences etc.)
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Getting “-bash: fork: Resource temporarily unavailable” in OSX

I seem to run into problems with the max. number of processes every so often. Anyone know what is best practice for fixing this? Running OSX 10.6 on a MacBook Pro i7. ulimit -a returns these values: ...
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How do you use the numpad on a MacBook Pro?

How do you use the numpad on a MacBook Pro? I've tried using the Fn key, as well as Fn + F6 but neither of them work.
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Too much processing able to kill Macbook Pro?

Is running a Macbook Pro through a lot of program processing stressing the lifetime of the computer? I am creating lots of videos and then converting them to MPEG-4 format. I know that video ...
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Switch spaces trackpad MacBook Pro

I want to be able to change spaces by swiping. Example: Swiping right would switch to the space to the right Swiping down would switch to the space underneath I tried BetterTouchTool but it only ...
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MacBook not showing my network

I accidently unplugged my router and modem the other day and since then I cannot get a wireless connection on my MacBook. The router and modem are on and seemingly working properly as they are being ...
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Connecting ThinkPad T410 (Windows 7) to Macbook (OSX 10.6) through ethernet cable

I have searched and read a few other forums for this solution but have yet to be able to accomplish this task. I want to connect my Windows 7 laptop to my Macbook to share large files (10GB or larger) ...
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Do 4th Generation Macbooks need to have matching brands of RAM?

I've been trying to replace the RAM in my 4.1 Macbook (circa 2007-2008). It's one of the black plastic ones running Snow Leopard. Original specs: 2GB RAM 250GB HardDrive It's always been a great ...
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MacBook Pro not entering Safe Sleep

I've noticed since I got my new MacBook Pro (6,2, 10.6.7) that when the battery runs out while the computer is sleeping, Safe Sleep doesn't kick in upon restart. It used to be that with my old MacBook ...
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I'm confused about clock speeds what's the difference between Macbook 2.2ghz and Macbook 2.3ghz?

I'm looking to get a Macbook Pro. The base model comes with a 2.2Ghz processor and I'm evaluating whether the 2.3Ghz upgrade is worthwhile. Clock speeds are confusing to me I remember having a 3Ghz ...
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Macbook: Problem with ram or L bracket after ram update

I just updated the RAM on my MacBook from 1GB to 4GB. When I close it up, put the battery back in and start it the sleep lamp only blinks. When I remove the battery and ram/L bracket and only use ...
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What is filling up var/log/asl files?

My mac is filling up my var/log/asl directory with .asl files repeating the same error and gradually decreasing my harddrive space at about a rate of 10 megs every minute or so. I get this repeated ...
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How to turn on WD Smartware?

I just used the following line in my MacOS X Macbook and got the WD Smartware finally not to appear on my Finder: sudo sh -c "echo UUID=`diskutil info /Volumes/WD\ SmartWare/ | grep 'UUID' | awk ...
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How can I fix this problem on my Mac?

When I clicked on the Finder and my username, I open the Applications folder, and there was nothing in it. Somehow (a long time ago) I had deleted its contents. However, when I typed Applications in ...
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What can I do to fix this problem on my Mac?

When I clicked on the Finder and my username, I open the Applications folder, and there was nothing in it. Somehow I had deleted its contents. However, when I typed Applications in the search in the ...
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Macbook Pro boots but doesn't respond

I'm having a strange issue with my Macbook Pro (15", unibody, removable battery). It boots to the desktop, after that it's very slow, and I can't open any programs. I can move the mouse, and make the ...
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MacBook Pro 2010 with external monitor Eizo 2560x1600 [closed]

I just purchased an Eizo 30" multiscan 2560x1600 to use on my MacBook Pro 2010, and I also purchased from MonoPrice the mini displayport + USB to dual link DVI adapter, I read many stories on the ...