Questions about the Apple MacBook family of laptops.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

73
votes
8answers
77k views

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?
32
votes
4answers
1k views

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, ...
26
votes
4answers
71k views

How to find out the processor model on Mac and Macbooks?

the "About This Mac" won't show, and the "More Info..." won't show... this thread talks about system_profiler but it is not on this macbook with Snow Leopard: ...
23
votes
8answers
33k views

Are there keyboard shortcuts to scroll to the top and bottom of a document?

I'm using a Macbook and want to scroll to the top and bottom of documents using the keyboard. Is there a keyboard shortcut that does this?
23
votes
7answers
32k views

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 ...
20
votes
8answers
23k views

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 ...
19
votes
6answers
44k views

How can I rotate the screen of a MacBook Pro 90 degrees?

To read content like books.
17
votes
5answers
72k views

Is there a “Print Screen” command in Boot Camp on a MacBook Pro?

I have a MacBook Pro with Windows 7 installed on the Boot Camp partition. I've figured out how to invoke most of the "missing keys" (like home, end, page up, page down) but have not yet figured out if ...
16
votes
7answers
38k views

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 ...
15
votes
4answers
114k views

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, ...
14
votes
2answers
11k views

Can I run my MacBook in clamshell mode without being connected to power?

At home, I run my MacBook in clamshell mode (closed lid, external display). This works fine when you're connected to the power adapter, but it doesn't work when running on battery. That's how it's ...
13
votes
15answers
31k views

Interrupting the “Spinning Wheel of Death”?

I am running Snow Leopard. It is up to date. Every few days, I get the "Spinning Wheel of Death." I can't do anything except hold down the power button to shut off my MacBook Pro. I've even tried a ...
13
votes
2answers
13k views

How can I tell if my Mac has Bluetooth 4.0 (Low Energy)

I know the make and model of my MacBook Pro. I want to know if there is any direct way to know if Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) is supported on that model or not. Model identifier - MacBookPro9,1 Model ...
13
votes
1answer
405 views

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 ...
12
votes
5answers
10k views

Ungrounded laptop (Macbook Pro) buzzes in headphones, weird feeling when fingers brush lightly

I've got a nearly 3-year-old MacBook Pro 15" 2.16GHz (MacBookPro2,2). When I am not using the extended, grounded adapter for the power supply, just using the simple, two-prong plug, I can hear a ...
12
votes
2answers
1k views

My Macbook is a Battery Denier

I have a four year old Macbook rev 1,1 (the original Intel Core Duo). Just recently it has begun denying the existence of its battery while still happily running unplugged. I get the X battery icon ...
11
votes
3answers
60k views

How can I find out the screen resolution and dpi on my mac book pro?

Can you please tell me how can I find out the screen resolution and dpi for the screen on my Macbook Pro? (I got it last year, 2009.)
11
votes
6answers
11k views

Why is my router assigning the wrong address via DHCP

I have a WRT54G router that is set up to serve out addresses via DHCP. It correctly serves up addresses to every other machine on the network, including another PC, my macbook when connected via ...
11
votes
3answers
4k views

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 ...
10
votes
6answers
24k views

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 ...
10
votes
3answers
17k views

How can I manually put a Macbook Pro to hibernate without going to sleep mode first?

I recently got my first Mac computer, a late 2009 Macbook Pro model. I used to put my previous notebook (running windows 7) to hibernate directly in order to save battery but I can't do the same in ...
10
votes
5answers
18k views

How to check which video card is active in a MacBook Pro?

There is a big difference in both performance and power consumption between the two video cards in a MacBook Pro. The problem is, I often forget which one I am running. This can end up with a dead ...
10
votes
3answers
5k views

What is preventing my MacBook from sleeping?

I have a MacBook Air and I have noticed that even though I have configured it to put itself into sleep mode after being inactive for 5 minutes it sometimes stays awake. I've usually got a bunch of ...
10
votes
3answers
11k views

How to remap eject key on MacBook keyboard to “delete”?

I own a first generation MacBook Air and this has bothered me since the beginnings. When I bought this thing, I was sure I'm not going to carry a DVD drive. I don't use it. WiFi has worked pretty ...
9
votes
6answers
7k views

Finder Using Nearly 100% CPU

I'm having a problem where the Finder uses WAY too much CPU time. It's using up to 100% of one of my cores. I'm running 10.6.2 on a MacBook Pro w/ 6GB of RAM, plenty of fast (SSD) disk space. I also ...
9
votes
3answers
21k views

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: ...
9
votes
4answers
6k views

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 ...
8
votes
5answers
7k views

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 ...
8
votes
2answers
10k views

Activate the 9400 graphics in a unibody macbook pro on bootcamp windows

The Macbook pro unibody has two graphic cores: the 9600 and the 9400. When running OS X you can choose which core you want to use. How do you disable the 9600 and use the 9400 instead on Windows ...
8
votes
1answer
14k views

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?
8
votes
1answer
22k views

How can I boot Ubuntu 10.04 on my MacBook Pro from a USB hard drive?

I installed Ubuntu 10.04 to my MacBook Pro (not the latest gen with i7, but one before that) on an external, USB harddrive (GRUB installed to the external as well). When I hold down the option key to ...
8
votes
4answers
7k views

Unpredictable MBP wake from sleep in Windows 7 Boot Camp

I have a Macbook Pro with Windows 7 installed in Boot Camp. I have serious problems with waking from sleep and not sure why. I have the default Balanced power plan selected. Many times when I close ...
8
votes
2answers
1k views

Is there any way to swap the fn (function) and control keys in linux on a macbook pro?

I don't care if this is done in the bios or a kernel module or software. Is there any way at all to do make the 'fn' key act as 'control' and the 'control' key act as 'fn' in linux running on a ...
7
votes
5answers
4k views

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
10k views

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 ...
7
votes
5answers
29k views

Macbook Pro keeps ejecting anything I put into the internal optical drive

My hard disk crashed and I need to reinstall Mac OS X. I restart, insert the installation DVD, press c on the keyboard and the dvd ejects. I've tried different DVDs, even CDs. It's a Macbook Pro from ...
7
votes
4answers
8k views

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 ...
7
votes
4answers
7k views

Can't connect to public WiFi with MacBookPro at coffee shops and libraries

I can't connect to public, unencrypted WiFi at my local public library or Peets Coffee. Setup: Late 2006 MacBookPro running 10.5.8. I have Parallels installed. It's supposed to work like this: ...
7
votes
1answer
461 views

How to make the pointer glide on Mac OS X?

I just moved from Dos To Mac. On my old laptop I could configure the touchpad to "glide" with the synaptic driver. That is the pointer would continue to move a bit after I lift my moving finger off ...
6
votes
6answers
843 views

Why is ram for the new macbooks so expensive?

I was pricing up a new Macbook unibody 17" and whilst following my general rule of giving a laptop as much ram as it can physically take, I fell off my chair when I saw the price. $1000 US for an ...
6
votes
4answers
18k views

How to lock screen on Mac OS X? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Equivalent of Win-L on Mac Is there a keystroke that can lock the Mac OS X screensaver? I am using a MacBook Pro running Mac OS X 10.5. I am new to this development ...
6
votes
5answers
4k views

PgUP and PgDN on a Macbook

The one thing that really annoys me about my Macbook is that it's missing the Home, End, Page Up and Page Down buttons. The latter ones I especially miss when interacting with particular console ...
6
votes
4answers
5k views

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?
6
votes
5answers
35k views

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 ...
6
votes
7answers
7k views

Can I reduce the CPU speed of my MacBook when on battery?

I've got a MacBook with a Core 2 Duo CPU. I've got CoreDuoTemp installed which can show the current speed of the CPU. It appears to always show: Mini : 1.0 GHz Maxi : 2.0 GHz Current : 2.0 GHz I ...
6
votes
4answers
6k views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
13k views

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.
6
votes
2answers
25k views

Use MacBook Pro airport for injection with kismac

I want use kismac to break my WEP wireless password with my MacBook Pro, but when I go to the step that want to inject packets it's doesn't do anything! I some where read that MacBook Pro wireless ...
6
votes
5answers
102k views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
20k views

page-up and page-down key on Mac? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I type Home on a MacBook Pro? I am using a MacBook Pro running Mac OS X 10.5. I am new to this development environment, and previously worked on Windows. I am ...