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Will upgrading my mid-2010 Macbook Pro solve all of my problems?

My mid-2010 Macbook Pro doesn't handle streaming video or huge Excel files well. Would a comprehensive upgrade solve my problems, or am I better off buying a new computer? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Mar 18, 2014 - 18 answers

Is the 13" MacBook Air the right laptop for me?

Needing to get a new portable, because the battery in my workhorse laptop is borked, I ordered a refurbished 13" MacBook Pro - which I am typing on at the moment. So far, it seems fine for what I need, but I was wondering whether the hive mind could think of a better solution. Generic snowflake detail inside. [more inside]
posted by running order squabble fest on Jan 24, 2014 - 10 answers

Macbook pro battery life

My macbook pro battery life is awful, and it shouldn't be. What can I do about that? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l on Nov 26, 2013 - 15 answers

CD's not playing properly in my car?

When I burn a CD, some songs that sound fine in iTunes on my computer will inexplicably have between 3-20 seconds of 'silence' at the beginning, thus causing my car's CD player to skip them if I don't fast forward to the actual music...WTF? (do my best to give some Tech Specs inside!) [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on Nov 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Is my Macbook dead?

Without any warning, my Macbook froze and now won't boot. I'm trying to determine whether it's fixable or a total loss. (Technical details inside.) [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 on Oct 4, 2013 - 11 answers

My MacBook is dying, do I replace or go desktop?

Hi there, I have a mid-2009 MacBook Pro, which is getting noticeably slower, the battery needs replacing and the fan is extremely noisy. All this has lead me to believe that this laptop is coming to the end of its "natural" lifespan and I will soon be due an upgrade (however I accept I may be wrong here). Coupled with this, I am about to move into a new place, meaning I will have a lot less need for a portable laptop, since I will be working from home most days. With this in mind, I was thinking about getting a desktop iMac as my "main" computer and using my old MacBook as and when I needed to. So my question is, should I... A) Attempt to prolong my MacBooks life by having it serviced / refurbished, and buy a desktop monitor to plug it into when I work from home. B) Buy a new MacBook Pro, and a desktop monitor (because this would be cheaper than the third option, which is to...) C) Buy a desktop iMac, and continue to use my old MacBook as a spare / portable option. Thanks.
posted by FuckingAwesome on Apr 14, 2013 - 15 answers

Should I upgrade to Mountain Lion from Lion in March 2013?

I have a late 2008 MBP, 8GB RAM, with an SSD, running Lion without problems. Should I upgrade to Mountain Lion right now? Have the battery life and other issues been resolved? I'd like to upgrade because I've finally encountered a program that requires Mountain Lion and I'd like to use it. [more inside]
posted by michaelh on Mar 18, 2013 - 6 answers

Can you help me upgrade my MacBook Pro (late-2008) hard drive?

Need advice on how to update an older MacBook Pro with a new hard drive. I have a late-2008 MacBook Pro: 2.53 GHz, 320GB hard drive, 8GM RAM (4GB in two slots). My drive is getting full and I don't have the cash at the moment for a brand new laptop. Should I replace the optical drive with a SSD? Or just upgrade the regular hard drive with a new one with 750GB or 1TB? [more inside]
posted by barnone on Nov 23, 2012 - 16 answers

Spilled water on my MacBook Pro and it's still making noise. What's happening?

Spilled water all over MacBook Pro. I turned it off to dry it out, but it's making horrible crackling sounds. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by serialcomma on Oct 27, 2012 - 26 answers

Help me buy a MacBook Pro.

Help a lifelong PC user who Knows Computers and considers himself a Savvy Consumer buy himself a non-retina MacBook Pro. Technical and budgeting questions inside. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Oct 18, 2012 - 23 answers

Suddenly erratic touchpad on MacBook Pro

My MacBook's touchpad went wrong this morning. Everything I do is suddenly like fighting with a ghost. Mac forums are useless. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Sep 6, 2012 - 16 answers

Why isn't my MacBook waking up?

Upgraded MacBook Pro RAM, now having trouble getting it to boot up. It will not turn back on after being in sleep mode overnight, otherwise it has no issues turning back on after sleep mode. [more inside]
posted by carmel on Aug 7, 2012 - 3 answers

USB3 for MacBook

Does anyone have a recommendation for a USB 3.0 ExpressCard 34 adapter for a late-2011 17" Macbook pro? [more inside]
posted by arniec on Jun 21, 2012 - 2 answers

Yet anothing freezing Macbook Pro

A couple of weeks ago my Macbook pro started crashing, and I can't use it without it freezing every fifteen minutes. Any suggestions before I go to the Apple Store? [more inside]
posted by catwash on Jan 27, 2012 - 3 answers

Word 2004 to Word 2011

Switching from Word for Mac 2004 to Word for Mac 2011. Formatting and compatibility issues. Really truly clueless. Help? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jan 18, 2012 - 12 answers

Need a crash course in ergonomics.

Advice and a crash course regarding ergonomics (and, to a lesser degree, posture) needed for a young web worker with a Macbook Pro and some signs of RSI. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Jan 16, 2012 - 13 answers

Help me speed up my SSD in my MBP!

I installed an SSD into my early-2011 13" MacBook Pro. It's working great, but the benchmark tests don't come close to advertised speeds... [more inside]
posted by smitt on Jan 5, 2012 - 7 answers

Best option for emergency mac replacement

Need specific mac buying advice: I marinated my 2008 MacBook in coffee this morning and will likely need to replace it after work today or tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by midmarch snowman on Nov 30, 2011 - 19 answers

Build-Your-Own Macbook Pro?

Can you make a cheap hackintosh version of a Macbook Pro? [more inside]
posted by nmaster64 on Sep 6, 2011 - 7 answers

Wrist cooling solution for laptop user?

I'm overheating because my MacBook Pro's wrist areas get very hot. What's the best way to fix this? [more inside]
posted by gentle on Aug 4, 2011 - 12 answers

Help me play "In The First Degree" again - I'll totally let you be assistant DA.

I just got a CD-ROM of my favorite computer game from the mid-90s! After several tries with different emulators, though, I'm having no luck getting it to run on my machine. Can you help me play In the 1st Degree again? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Mar 26, 2011 - 8 answers

Mac vs. PC

Mac vs. PC! (Laptops) [more inside]
posted by hotdiggitydog on Mar 13, 2011 - 27 answers

Need MacBook advice.

Looking for advice on 1) which Mac laptop to buy (yes, I know the rumors of a MacBook Pro refresh in early March; we'd wait for the new models) and 2) how to integrate a happy home network of Macs. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Feb 17, 2011 - 11 answers

Does Applecare care about my Apple?

I have a potentially rather silly question about Applecare as I purchase a new Macbook Pro. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Jan 31, 2011 - 27 answers

To high-res or not to high-res?

I'm just about to buy a Macbook Pro 15-inch 2.53Ghz. I'v got some worries about whether or not to add the 'high-res' screen option. Two questions: (1) Will these 1680x1050 screens be the standard for 15-inch MBPs in future? (2) If you have one, what are your experiences/advice? [more inside]
posted by freud on Nov 17, 2010 - 18 answers

Is a Macbook Pro worth the extra $150?

What's the advantage of a Macbook Pro over a Macbook? Does it justify the extra $150? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Jul 10, 2010 - 30 answers

Make my next Mac fast!

Why is my MacBook Pro so laggy, and how can I keep my new MacBook Pro from being the same way? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Jun 18, 2010 - 23 answers

Help me make my new Mac like my old one, but faster — and fast.

Migrating my Mac — any good checklists out there? [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint on Apr 15, 2010 - 19 answers

Which apple should I bite?

Macbook vs. Macbook Pro: are FireWire and the aluminum exterior worth the extra $200? Is there another difference I'm missing? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Feb 22, 2010 - 17 answers

How long will it take Apple to fix a fan problem on a MBP?

How will Apple fix this problem with my laptop's fan (possibly logic board and/or hard drive), and how long will it take? [more inside]
posted by autoclavicle on Jan 16, 2010 - 5 answers

Does a 3 mm height difference matter for Macbook pro hard drives?

Will the 15" Macbook Pro 4.1 (early 2008) be compatible with a 2.5" Form Factor internal hard drive that's 12.5mm rather than the standard 9.5mm? [more inside]
posted by Phire on Dec 4, 2009 - 10 answers

More MacBook Questions

I now own a MacBook Pro 17". And now I have some questions relating to MacOS and Windows 7, hardware upgrades and getting Applecare-on-the-cheap. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Nov 11, 2009 - 19 answers

MacBook Unibody Floppy-Hinge Hacks?

The hinge on my partner's new unibody MacBook Pro is just-loose-enough to make using it in bed annoying. Solutions, cases or a hack welcomed. [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger on Sep 19, 2009 - 24 answers

I really WANT to love it...

Macbook Pro display woes from a recent switcher: hardware or software? Will I be happy with Boot Camp? I'm starting to feel afraid... [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol on Aug 20, 2009 - 9 answers

Cookies and Apple Juice

I've been debating with myself for the last week or so about which Mac I should buy and when I should buy it. My brain could use a break from the back and forth, and that's why I'm asking for help. [more inside]
posted by trueluk on Jun 2, 2009 - 27 answers

iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, what's a designer to do?

Time to replace the Mac. Should a graphic designer go for the economical iMac or is splurging for a MacBook Pro and external screen worth it? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl on Apr 23, 2009 - 42 answers

A Momentus Hard Drive Decision

Do any retailers have the Seagate Momentus 7200.4 hard drive in stock? If not, should I just give up and buy a 5400.6? [more inside]
posted by alms on Apr 20, 2009 - 6 answers

Buyamac.

Where to buy used mac? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Mar 26, 2009 - 13 answers

New MacBook Pro - Help me extend its life as long as possible

Just got a new MacBook Pro - What do I need to do to make sure this pricey investment lasts me a long time? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder on Jan 18, 2009 - 26 answers

there's got to be a way to save me money somewhere

What's the best way to buy a Mac? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on Jan 7, 2009 - 10 answers

Can the new macbooks handle HD DVR'ing?

New Macbooks: how good are the integrated NVIDIA graphics? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Oct 29, 2008 - 7 answers

How can I copy one project into another in iMovie 08?

How can I copy one project into another in iMovie 08? [more inside]
posted by photomusic86 on Aug 23, 2008 - 1 answer

Which Macbook for Music Production?

Macbooks; I'm going to university this September to study a music technology course, all their computers are macs, I'd like to buy one so I can take my work home. For music recording and production, which macbook is most suitable for me? [more inside]
posted by ilumos on Jun 10, 2008 - 19 answers

Folding@Home and nowhere else

I want to run Folding@Home on my MacBook Pro, but I want it to only fold while plugged in. Is there a way I can do this? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Mar 24, 2008 - 6 answers

MacBook or MacBook Pro?

The multi-touch trackpads on the new MacBook Pros are cool and all, but are they $750 cool? [more inside]
posted by saraswati on Mar 23, 2008 - 31 answers

Suggest a video camera camera to record usability testing

I have the opportunity to buy some equipment to do usability testing. I want to buy some video equipment but know nothing about video cameras. [more inside]
posted by TheDonF on Feb 17, 2008 - 7 answers

Airport Problems On A MacBook Pro

How can I fix my MacBook Pro's Airport problems? [more inside]
posted by jack_mo on Mar 14, 2007 - 12 answers

Laser Etching a Powerbook/MacBook Pro near Toronto?

Does anyone know of a place in or around Toronto where I can get my Macbook Pro laser etched? [more inside]
posted by patr1ck on Nov 24, 2006 - 6 answers

Combination laser pointer + presentation mouse?

Can anyone recommend a wireless presentation clicker/mouse + laser pointer for Mac OS X? [more inside]
posted by NucleophilicAttack on Oct 17, 2006 - 11 answers

It's not that I'm lazy...

I've got a few questions regarding playing audio & video on a Macbook Pro using its remote. [more inside]
posted by avocet on Jul 29, 2006 - 2 answers

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