Questions about the Apple MacBook family of laptops.

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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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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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6answers
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How can I rotate the screen of a MacBook Pro 90 degrees?

To read content like books.
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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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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: ...
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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?
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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1answer
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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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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 ...
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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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5answers
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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 ...
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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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2answers
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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.)
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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 ...
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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: ...
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1answer
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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Why won't a MacBook Pro running Snow Leopard obtain an IP address (DHCP)?

Background: I am trying to connect my MacBook Pro to a business grade network where I do not have access to reboot the server, switches, or router. Problem: The MacBook Pro (running Snow Leopard ...
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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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2answers
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Is there any benefit to running OSX (Snow Leopard) in 64 bit mode?

I know I can force it to boot into 64-bit kernel by holding down the 6 and 4 keys during the boot process. I also know that some extensions still don't run in 64-bit mode. So the question is what ...
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Will OpenCL in Snow Leopard utilize the dormant GPU in Macbook Pros?

Macbook Pros currently running Leopard (10.5) utilize only one graphics card at a time (a decision disguised as a power profile change). Will OpenCL (introduced to the platform in 10.6) continue this ...
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Can my MacBook Pro use a large 30" LCD monitor

I have a MacBookPro 3,1 with an NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT w/ 256MB RAM. I have only one DVI port. Can I run one the new large 30" LCD monitors from Apple or Dell? If not, is there some kind of adapter ...
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MacBook: Boot from USB?

The hard drive in macbook (13 inch, white) failed a few days ago. I lost all my data, but will replace this with a new drive. The CD/DVD drive on this machine doesn't work as well due to some other ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...