Questions about the Apple MacBook family of laptops.

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Can I boot Windows 7 on a USB drive attached to by MacBook Pro? If so, how?

I have a mid-2011 Core i7 Macbook Pro that currently is dual-booting a File-Vault encrypted OS X Lion installation and an OS X Snow Leopard installation. Unfortunately I need to keep both of these on ...
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Which install DVDs do I need to buy to reinstall Snow Leopard on my MacBook?

I want to reinstall Snow Leopard on my MacBook, but I don't have the original DVDs. I'm worried about buying DVDs that will only let me upgrade, rather than reinstall from scratch - the difference ...
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Can I reinstall OS X on a MacBook from the setup disk that came with another MacBook?

I have bought a new MacBook Pro and now I want to sell the old one. Before I sell the old machine, I want to wipe it and reinstall OS X. I don't have disks from the old machine - but I do have the ...
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What do the number codes mean in active profiles in terminal on macbook pro?

Is there somewhere that says what the numbers mean? Specifically I want to know what the -1 is by AC Power, it used to be a 2. Suprise:~ Marty$ sudo pmset -g Password: Active Profiles: Battery ...
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Periodically cleaning up spaces on my MacBook Pro

My MacBook Pro(Snow Leopard) runs slowly everyday, I want to know all the possibilities of cleaning up the unnecessy files and folders generated by the machine backup or whatever. I would like it to ...
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Did Firefox 6 change its rendering engine?

Did Firefox's rendering engine change between versions 4/5 and version 6? When I go to a highly graphical site like http://valentino.com/ with Firefox 6, it seems that the initial access takes a lot ...
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MacBook Pro running external monitor shows green sparkles

I'm trying to use an external display with my MacBook Pro laptop. The laptop detects the display and the display is running at its native resolution of 1680 by 1050. However, there are constant green ...
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External monitor with Macbook - resolution not available?

I'm using an external monitor with my MacBook Pro 13 inch. The external monitor is a Dell 1650x1080 resolution. I'm connecting using a mini display port to DVI adaptor. On a previous MacBook Pro 13 ...
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Two finger scroll registering as click event with java apps on Macbook 2,1 running Linux

I was using Moneydance, a java-based application and when scrolling through an Income/Expense report with two fingers via the trackpad, many windows popped open. This is the same behavior as double ...
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Fastest way to drain battery

I'm using Mac OS X 10.7.1 on a Macbook Core 2 Duo. What's the fastest way of draining the battery without crashing the system and preferable by using some sort of a script?
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Why does my Macbook lock up while my external hard drive spins up?

Why does my MacBook lock up while my external USB hard drive spins up? It comes right back after a click or two post spin-up. It's pretty annoying since finder often sniffs the drives but the USB ...
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MacBook has started shutting down when at 5% battery

This is new, just started this month: Usually it would last until 0%. For a few days it had been shutting off at around 4%. Last night it shut off at 5%... really hope tomorrow night it's not 6% and ...
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How to install SafeGuard Easy on a Macbook running Windows 7

When I install SafeGuard Easy 5.6 on a Macbook running Windows the Installer stops at some point and rolls back. I am aware, that this is not offically supported ...
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The 'i' and 'o' keys on my Macbook Air stopped working

It happened overnight, 2 nights ago - I'm not sure what happened, but I've tried spraying compressed air, lifting up the keys and pushing hard, toggling from side to side, pushing down hard on the ...
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Can I install Windows 7 OEM SystemBuilder on a MacBook Air?

I just bought a new MacBook Air for university and would really like to have a Windows 7 installation accessible. Now if I use Boot Camp for it, there's always the same problem: I set the size for ...
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MacBook Pro 13" (Mid-2009) hard drive utility disk read error

My MacBook Pro was running normally a few days ago but all of a sudden in the middle of a garage band session, I got the beachball. I then realized the whole computer was frozen. I have had this ...
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Why won't the Thunderbolt Firmware Update v1 ever install on a Macbook Pro 2011?

Software update keeps telling me that Thunderbolt Firmware Update v1 needs installing, and that it needs a reboot - so I duly oblige, and it goes through the motions. But it keeps telling me it needs ...
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Mac OS X Lion Installation Bug

I'm trying to install a clean copy of Lion on my Macbook 4,1. So as per instructions, I burned the InstallESD.dmg to a DVD. When booting from the DVD, I get the following message when loading stops: ...
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Windows 7 clean install on MacBook Air

I'm currently considering the purchase of a MacBook Air (late 2010). I know its possible to dual boot OS X and Windows 7 on it, but given the limited space on the Air and the fact that I will not use ...
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New Macbook Air w/ Lion Installed (No Install Key)

I got a new Macbook Air w/ Lion preinstalled. I love it. However, this is the first computer I've bought with zero physical media (ie no Lion install disc or thumb drive). Is there any way to get or ...
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Macbook pro 15" dual external display [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to connect a MacBook to two monitors? How can I connect two external DVI displays to a 2011 15" MacBook Pro?
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MacBook does not go to sleep when plugged in since upgrading to Lion

My MacBook does not turn off when I put it in sleep mode, when it is plugged in. I put the laptop on "sleep" or close the lid, but the computer stays on and stays hot! My MacBook goes to sleep fine ...
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Configuring French Macbook Pro (7.1) keyboard with Debian 6

I have a Macbook Pro 7.1 with a French keyboard. I'm trying to install a Debian 6 guest OS using VirtualBox on it and I can't configure the keyboard as it is in OS X. I tried dpkg-reconfigure ...
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Restore Windows boot from Ubuntu

I have a Macbook with triple boot based on rEFIt and custom-configured hybrid MBR. Recently I needed to resize partitions a couple of times (due to reasons which are not important to this question). ...
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Charging my Droid with USB using Mac

I only have the USB connect for my phone, so I've been plugging it into my macbook to charge it. But when the phone is completely dead it won't charge whatsoever and the bootloader screen comes up. Is ...
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How do I improve wireless connectivity on my MacBook running Ubuntu?

I recently installed Ubuntu on my MacBook and it's great. The only problem is the Internet speed... on Mac OS X it is much faster which doesn't surprise me because both have been optimized to run ...
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Re-installing Windows on MacBook Pro

I have triple boot installed. Everything works smoothly, but Windows is crying for re-install (overfilled registry, too many programs installed). Before MacBook Pro I would typically create another ...
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Snow Leopard custom script on startup?

I'm sharing my MacBook's internet connection wirelessly with a PC, and every time I startup my Mac, I need to go to System Preferences>Sharing and uncheck then recheck the Internet Sharing box again ...
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Installing Ubuntu through USB on a Mac

My Superdrive is broken and I can't burn dvds. So, in order to install Ubuntu 11.04 on my Macbook Pro 5.5 I thought of booting from a USB disk and install it that way. I have tried using dd and ...
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MacBook Pro not charging?

I got my MacBook Pro in March, and in the last month it has not been working properly. It started when it completely ran out of power while I wasn't home, and when I tried plugging it in it wouldn't ...
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Middle click in Windows 7 on a Macbook Pro

For some indecipherable reason, my company gave me a Macbook Pro so I can do .net development in Windows 7 via Bootcamp. (I hate this thing.) Is there any way to perform a middle click in Windows 7 ...
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Wake MacBook on Wi-Fi without AirPort Extreme

I know that Snow Leopard brought us the option to magically wake our computers from far away if you had an AirPort Extreme base station, but has anyone found a way to do this with a standard or ISP ...
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Disable / enable secondary HDD with OS X?

I have installed a second HDD in my MacBook Pro, by replacing the CD drive. I can "Eject" the drive and then it stops spinning and thus using extra power. However, if I put the computer to sleep and ...
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How to swap the effect of fn-key for osx?

I want to swap the effect of fn-key for some of the F1-F12 keys. How can I achieve this on osx (10.6) on a macbook? Ideally I should be able to toggle the effect for individual keys, but a solution ...
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My macbook has stopped charging

I have a 3.5 yr old macbook. 6 months ago the charger died. When I replaced it, they warned me i might need to install a driver. It worked without it so I just went on. Just now the machine stopped ...
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I can't download documents from googledocs [closed]

I keep getting this message... "Sorry, we are unable to retrieve the document for viewing or you don't have permission to view the document. "
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How to display my MacBook desktop on a TV through Apple TV

I just bought the 2nd generation Apple TV. I need to know if there's a way so that I can airplay my whole desktop (I have a MacBook) onto my TV through the Apple TV, relaying both sound and video.
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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 ...