Questions about the Apple MacBook family of laptops.

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Why does copying the same amount of data take longer if spread across many separate files?

I noticed that copying 24Mb worth of data from one folder to another took about 30 seconds because (I'm assuming this is the reason) it was over 1,000 separate files. Copying 24Mb shouldn't take so ...
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Firefox on Mac: Slow, slow, slow

On my Macbook, Firefox is slow. Really slow. It takes about 30 minutes to start up - when I wake up, I start it, and once I am done breakfast, it's usually done. And, it takes a super-duper long time ...
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Is it possible to connect a MacBook to two monitors?

My friend has a MacBook from around when OS X Leopard came out. It's one of the white plastic ones. Can he connect this to two monitors? If not, what does he need to do so? Moderator Edit: ...
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How can I program the function keys on my MacBook?

I'd like to assign basic tasks to the function keys (or other keys if it's easier) on my MacBook. For example I'd like the following to happen when F1 (or whatever key) is pressed: Launch Safari ...
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How to “middle-click” on new macbooks

I have recently switched to Mac, and the only thing I miss from my old notebook is the ability to middle-mousebutton-click by clicking both mousebuttons simultaneously. This is a crucial feature ...
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Recording speaker output on MacBook with OS X Snow Leopard

Does anyone know a way of recording speaker output on a MacBook with OS X Snow Leopard? I have written a program that generates music, and just want to record its output. I do not have a feedback ...
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Is it safe to carry laptop around in sleep mode?

I heard that a hard disk in a laptop is more susceptible to damage if it is turned on. A person damaged their laptop's hard drive by having their laptop on while it was in their backpack. I also ...
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What version is my MacBook hardware?

I've seen links on the web about going into Apple > About This Mac but it doesn't tell me information specific enough to help me purchase new RAM. Namely, the specific version of my Mac. Here is what ...
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How do I type Home/End/PageUp/PageDown on a MacBook Pro?

What combination of keys (fn, control, option, command, arrow keys) is the equivalent of the Home key on a MacBook Pro? What about End/PageUp/PageDown?
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How could I safely fix my walking “dead pixel” bug?

I need suggestions. I've got a live little bug inside my macbook pro screen for 2 days now. I've tried to film it using my iPhone, but it ain't that good. :( Should I try to open it? o_O C'mon, ...
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Windows XP hangs when shutting down in VMWare Fusion

Here's the background: I use a Macbook from this year and run VMWare Fusion (newest update). One of my VM's is Windows XP Professional. Two times recently, I have brought up the VM window to see that ...
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Can the new MacBook / MacBook Pro Support Dual EXTERNAL Monitors

I'm a looking at getting a new MacBook or MacBook Pro, but what I'd like to do is have it drive 2 external Dell 24" monitors 1920x1200, and I want to close the lid on the laptop itself Can the ...
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Restore MacBook Pro to factory settings without disc

Is there a way of restoring a MacBook Pro to it's factory settings without a disc? I want all files deleted and it to basically be like I just received it from Apple. I know you can do it with Dell ...
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Automatically Connecting to Hidden SSID WiFi Network

My MacBook Pro will not automatically connect to a Wireless network with a hidden SSID. It makes me select the "Join Other Network..." in the Airport menu (in the system tray), where I need to input ...
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How can I reset network (Airport) connections from the command line?

I have this MacBook Pro that has intermittent problems connecting to my WiFi network. Sometimes it helps to disable/re-enable Airport and sometimes I have to restart the computer to get my network ...
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How to take a screenshot in OS X [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to take screenshots in Mac OS X? I am using a MacBook Pro running Mac OS X 10.5. I am new to this development environment, and previously worked on Windows. Is ...
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MacBook Pro Keyboard - How to Swap / Remap Keys?

I know this may be asked before in a different manner, but I still haven't really seen a solid answer. I'm hoping that providing these 2 specific needs will make it more clear. I specifically want 2 ...
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MacBook Pro for Windows development via virtualization. Performance?

I am a Windows/Web developer by profession and I have been considering a MacBook Pro as a replacement for my current development machine. I am impressed by the build quality, the uni-body construction ...
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GUI FTP client for Mac? [closed]

I am using a MacBook Pro running Mac OS X 10.5. I am new to this development environment, and previously worked on Windows. Can anyone recommend an easy to use GUI-based and free FTP client for my ...
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Should I put my MacBook Pro to sleep, or shut it down every day?

So. I have this Mac Book Pro 3.06 GHz. Coming from Windows Laptops I'm use to ALWAYS as ritual no matter what, shutdown the operating system. I have this feeling of not doing so affects the ...
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Macbook Pro - Sound doesn't work and there's a red light coming out of my headphone jack

How do I get my sound working again? It works with Headphones, but when I unplug the headphones a red light is coming out of the headphone jack and I can't adjust the volume on my Macbook Pro.
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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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MacBook Pro Trackpad freeze / holds click on its own

My MacBook Pro's Trackpad shows an annoying behavior in the last few days. I think the only relevant thing that changed is the firmware for the Trackpad. An update has been distributed via Software ...
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PuTTY or xterm for Mac?

I am using a MacBook Pro running Mac OS X 10.5. I am new to this development environment, and previously worked on Windows. Are there similar tools on Mac like PuTTY or xterm used on Linux/Windows ...
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MacBook Pro Dual Boot Snow Leopard and Windows 7 [closed]

what are the best guides out there to do this. just got a MBP today (my first mac) and I'm a complete noob with it.
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MacBook can't use internet, but nslookup and ping both work

I have a user with a new high-end MacBook Pro that can't use the internet. He can connect to either our wired or wireless network and do things like browse file shares, but can get no further. When ...
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Start Macbook with lid closed

I want to use my Macbook (early 2010) lid-closed with external monitor, keyboard and mouse. Is it possible to start it lid closed? For example to use it in a Henge Docks station?
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Transfering a 15gb folder from 1 macbook to another

I need to copy a folder of 15GB in size from 1 Macbook laptop to another. The both have wireless cards obviously. And Bluetooth. I have a normal network cable (ethernet). What options do I have in ...
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Installing Mac OS X with a different disc

I have a MacBook Pro that came with OS X 10.6. I have since lost the disc and need to reinstall the Mac OS X. I have another disc on it’s way from Apple but I could do with using my computer in the ...
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Why might a Macbook Pro be freezing on resume from sleep?

My Macbook Pro (17" 2.2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, OS X 10.4.11) often locks up when it resumes from sleep. I usually know I'm in trouble when the display brightness doesn't adjust right away. Then it ...
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MacBook (late 2008) EFI Firmware Update 1.8 Problem

Last night I applied EFI Firmware update 1.8 to my Macbook (late 2008). After installing EFI Firmware Update and rebooted my computer and installed SuperDrive Firmware Update 3.0. After that my ...
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Can & How Can I Install Windows 7 x64 on a MacBook Air?

Is it possible ? Are there any issues ?
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Background hiss and noise when using earbuds on MacBook Pro

I have an early 2009 17" MacBook Pro. I was very impressed with it until deciding to connect my earphones. I can hear a continual background hiss that 'clicks' in when audio starts and then clicks off ...
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How can I boot a MacBook Pro from a USB drive?

I have a bootable USB drive. Is it possible to boot a MacBook Pro from it, and if so, how?
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How can I install a Windows 7 into BootCamp via USB

I have a MacBook and I'd like to install Windows 7 via USB. I've created the partition using Boot Camp and I've got an .ISO of my Windows 7 install disk. Is it possible to install this via USB, ...
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Is there a way to close the lid on a MacBook without putting it sleep?

Is there a way to close the lid on a MacBook without putting it sleep? This would be useful when connecting the macbook to an external display, for instance. I've never been able to figure it out ...
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Disable trackpad when mouse is plugged in - Windows 7 Macbook Pro

I just installed Windows 7 64-bit on my Macbook Pro. I would like the trackpad to be disabled when I plug in a USB mouse. Is this possible?
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Macbook Pro - 15" with i7 processor - Any problems with heat?

You may have already heard about the review done by the folks at PC Authority in Australia, where they had an i7 MacBook Pro that got up to 100 degrees Celsius during benchmarking. Here is the URL in ...
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QuickLookSatellite MAC OS, High CPU Use

I have consistently been having a problem with my computer overheating due to the process QuickLookSatellite-general using 100+ CPU use. (Please see images attached.) On googling I found this ...
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Mini DisplayPort -> DVI -> VGA?

I have a Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter which I use to connect my MacBook to a screen that has DVI input. I also have a screen with VGA only input which I want to be able to use, so instead of buying ...
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Limitless switching between DVD regions on MacBook Pro?

Is there a safe way to remove the limit (6?) of DVD region switching on the MacBook Pro? I'm a multi-region kind of guy and this 'feature' dives me nuts. On the interwebs I see many 'tools' that ...
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Do I need to power off my Macbook Pro during commute between home and office?

I typically drive less-than-20-minute of local roads between my home and office, during which I usually keep my Macbook Pro closed but powered on and in a backpack in back seat. Is it harmful to its ...
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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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Replace HD with SSD in MacBook where CD/DVD drive is broken

My prev gen (non-unibody) MacBook Pro could use an SSD. I want to replace the existing HDD with an SSD. That's the easy part. The hard part is that the CD/DVD drive on this MacBook is broken. So I ...
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MacBookPro RAM: CL7 or CL9

I want to increase the RAM in my MacBookPro 15", 2.53 GHz, Mid-2009. I currently have 4GB, and I want 6GB (and upgrade to 8GB later - I think this should work with my model: ...
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Is it safe to use charger for macbook with a 15" macbook pro?

I just got a new 15" macbook pro to replace my old macbook. I have a couple extra chargers for the macbook, and I'm wondering if it's safe to use them to power the pro. Normally I wouldn't think ...
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Mac OS X auto Sleep prevention

I have a problem with Mac OS X (Leopard) on my MacBook Pro: when I go away for a few minutes my laptop automatically sleeps and all my running applications stop working (such as my downloads). What ...
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Multi touch trackpad gestures for Windows (7)

I have Windows 7 running on my Macbook and I am wondering if it is possible to take advantage of the multi touch trackpad and have (more) gestures, more than the default boot camp drivers give you. ...
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WiFi dropping every 1-2 minutes only on campus network

I have a 6 month old Macbook Pro which works fine with WiFi everywhere that I've tried it besides on my college campus. The WiFi worked fine in the Spring on campus, but they changed to a new system ...
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Semi-random clicking sound from Macbook Pro

There is an occasional click sound coming from my Macbook Pro (17", 2.2 Ghz Core 2 Duo) I upgraded to Snow Leopard recently, but the computer was also in for service about week before that, so I ...