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MacBook purchasing advice

I have a mid-2010 MacBook Pro that I'd like to replace with another Mac (I like the OS) given that 1) I have run out of room to store things, 2) it's been running slow and pretty hot (even when I wasn't completely out of memory), and 3) it's a little heavy for me now. I can't decide which Mac would be the best replacement, and could use some advice. [more inside]
posted by Sakura3210 on Oct 27, 2016 - 7 answers

Best microphone setup for an audience using a MacBook

I will be running a quiz in a room with no PA system. I have a MacBook Pro and a reasonable bluetooth speaker - will a combination of that and simple USB microphone broadcast my voice to the far reaches of the room? [more inside]
posted by jontyjago on Oct 14, 2016 - 6 answers

Lost notes

I lost a lot of documents from the Notes app on my mid-2012 Macbook Air. Is there ANY way they are recoverable? [more inside]
posted by colorblock sock on Oct 11, 2016 - 5 answers

Best Apple Store in Atlanta for quick repair?

Hi, refugee from the Hurricane Matthew evac, staying in Columbus, GA with a suddenly dead Macbook Pro. There are 4 Apple stores in Atlanta, which is best for making an appointment for someone to look at it today? It has to be today. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Oct 9, 2016 - 4 answers

How do I get my macbook working after my hard drive got erased?

Aaaaaaaahh!!! Friend tried to fix my macbook and erased my hard drive in the process. Now I get a white "stop" symbol when I try logging in, which apparently means that my Mac can't find a valid System Folder to start up from. I'm beyond warranty--how do I get my macbook working again? [more inside]
posted by melancholyplay on Oct 8, 2016 - 4 answers

"Oh God, How I Miss TV!”

We don't have cable or receive OTA signals. We'd like to watch some TV (NetFlix, YouTube, network streaming). We have WiFi, a Samsung SmartTV(450, 2010?), a Toshiba TV, a Wii, an old MacBook w/ dying monitor (6,1 OS X 10.6.8), an old iPod Touch (4th Gen?), and an iPhone 5. Please suggest setups and options using the resources we have or cheap peripherals (<$100) that would make our TVing satisfying. [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Aug 6, 2016 - 17 answers

I want to buy a Mac laptop, just not one that exists

I’m planning to buy either a used Air or a new MacBook, though I wish I could wait for the next update instead. The Air has been on "Don't Buy" status at MacRumors for months. But a MacBook with comparable performance could be $500 more including the port adapters I’d need. (Is it ok to buy those cheap, from third party manufacturers, and to daisy-chain them?) [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Jul 22, 2016 - 24 answers

Make my aging Macbook great again.

My Mid-2010 Macbook Pro, which currently runs Mavericks, has been fuddy-duddying around as of late. Beachball city. As such, I finally pulled the trigger on upgrading my hardware: I bought a new SSD (the Samsung 850 EVO 500gb 2.5'') and 16gb of RAM. I'm preparing to install the SSD, and am trying to figure out how best to migrate my data from the old hard drive to the new one. I'm also wondering whether now would be a good time to upgrade to El Capitan. Help? [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes on Jun 25, 2016 - 5 answers

Wonder how I disabled my MacBook Pro keyboard

I was replacing a trackpad in my MacBook Pro (about 2012 model). After I booted back up the keyboard stopped responding. Is there anything obvious I could have unplugged or damaged to make this happen?
posted by johngoren on Jun 23, 2016 - 3 answers

long-battery PC/Mac to recommend?

Hi, I've been trying to find a long-lasting laptop/ultrabook. I'm querying MF for suggestions. The problem is that the actual performance of the laptops, once you get them, is materially different from the manufacturer's supposed battery life. For instance, I bought a Lenovo T450 which is supposed to have a massive battery, only to find out that the life is 6 hrs tops, when new. And the laptop itself is a heavy beast. I have looked at the XPS13, and am considering the Macbook Air 13", upon which I'd run Windows (because I need Windows for work). Any advice?
posted by earthwalker7 on Jun 16, 2016 - 12 answers

Stickers on a MBP and heat

How will stickers/decals on the lid of my (2014-ish) MacBook Pro impact the heat dissipation? Major impedence, or negligible?
posted by curious nu on Jun 5, 2016 - 3 answers

A solution is just a problem you haven't met, or, help me IT

My much-loved MacBook Pro 15" (late 2008) logic board is dying. Replacing the laptop is proving complicated. Please help me to understand how people manage their data in a post-HDD world. [more inside]
posted by gauche on May 31, 2016 - 11 answers

Best place to buy a used Mac Laptop online

Currently, my brother is using my old MacBook pro from 2006. It has started to become unreliable - I'm looking for a replacement for him. [more inside]
posted by hilaryjade on May 17, 2016 - 8 answers

ISO Dark Green Macbook slipcase

So, I have a lovely new 12" Macbook. Slim, light, adequate for my needs and very sexy. I need a case for it. [more inside]
posted by tim_in_oz on May 10, 2016 - 2 answers

Retina MacBook, Port me away!

I'm looking at the MacBook Retina. I see it only has a USB C port. And there is a dongle from Apple that supposedly allows one to hook this thing up to hdmi. Please tell if you have used this because reviews are all over the place. Bonus: is there a dock or hub that has both ethernet AND hdmi? [more inside]
posted by sio42 on May 8, 2016 - 8 answers

Hope me make my mac forget an unwanted network!

My macbook (air, Yosemite 10.10.3) keeps trying to connect to a BT wifi network, prioritizing it over my normal home network. How can I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by still bill on Apr 8, 2016 - 8 answers

Can't hear anything on Google Hangouts

I'm using a new MacBook Air. Audio works fine on every other app, but when I try to use Hangouts I can not hear anything. Other side can hear me. I've gone through the troubleshooting checklist. I've shut down Skype. I've tried Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. I can pick up my phone and join the same call and hear just fine, so it's not a firewall issue. "Don't use Hangouts" is not an option as I have a weekly call with a bunch of partner and the call is via Hangouts. Any Mac experts have an idea of what else I can try?
posted by COD on Mar 31, 2016 - 17 answers

Water+computer=how bad?

I leave my Macbook on during the day while at work. Spouse spilled water on it at some point, the area around the keyboard is damp and the computer won't start up. Any chance of resurrection?
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Mar 11, 2016 - 15 answers

Help me buy a new Mac

I'm leaving a job that provided me with a new-ish MacBook Air, and I need to replace it. I'm torn: Macbook, Air, Pro, retina, non-retina, desktop Mac, etc. My entire digital life - home and work -is with Apple, so I am not interested in PCs. Help me overthink a plate of pretty, functional, slightly-overpriced beans. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Mar 4, 2016 - 24 answers

Need some help/assistance with setting up my Macbook Air (again)

Looking for some assistance/guidance in setting up my MacBook Air to my old settings after a factory reset/format. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Mar 2, 2016 - 2 answers

Vertically oriented laptop bag for 13" MBP

My new work computer is a 13" Retina Macbook Pro, and I am looking for a new bag to use for commutes and work travel. This has all led to looking at vertical bags, like the Tom Bihn Ristretto. Are there other bags in this vein that I should be looking at as well? [more inside]
posted by rockindata on Feb 28, 2016 - 9 answers

Making an old MacBook Pro work for a single purpose

I have a pretty old MacBook pro (probably 7-8 years old) that's very sluggish and glitchy. I'd like to relegate it for the single purpose of running Logic Pro. It currently runs Logic but very slowly and crashes often. Can I like wipe the whole thing somehow and make it do nothing but run Logic well? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Feb 23, 2016 - 17 answers

Should I install El Capitan on my 2013 Macbook Air?

I have a mid-2013 Macbook Air with 4GB of RAM. It's currently running Mavericks, and I would love to just keep it that way, but more and more software doesn't work with Mavericks. I would update, but I hear so many people who say that 4GB isn't enough and you need at least 8GB to run both Yosemite and El Capitan well and that performance is worse than on Mavericks. [more inside]
posted by blub on Feb 21, 2016 - 12 answers

Why can't I reliably see my favorite folders on my Mac anymore?

Normally, when I open up the Finder on my MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012, running OS 10.11.1) in the sidebar to the left of the window, I can see a list of my favorite folders. But lately, sometimes when I open Finder (or when I click "Browse..." to select a file for upload somewhere) the list of Favorites is often missing. Sometimes all that's left is "Media," sometimes it's "Shared." This makes it really difficult to navigate my computer. What is causing this, and how can I fix it?
posted by ocherdraco on Jan 21, 2016 - 3 answers

What can a thief do with my reasonably locked down Mac

My MacBook Pro was stolen last night. The disk was encrypted with FileVault and the login passwords were non trivial (good enough for petty thieves though probably not hackers skilled in the art). I told iCloud to lock it down and erase it on first contact. Will the thief and his friends be able to do anything with this machine, or is it just a paperweight at this point? [more inside]
posted by alms on Jan 1, 2016 - 15 answers

How does an NTFS partition affect computer performance?

I have a late-2008 MacBook running Yosemite with 2GB of RAM. For years I have had two external hard drives, one for my Surface Pro 2, and one for this Mac, or so I thought. But after plugging my Mac hard drive into my PC to look at the file list, I found that I could no longer mount the hard drive on my Mac (?!). All the files are still there, accessible and editable on my PC. This seems like witchcraft, but I'm sure there is a reasonable explanation. [more inside]
posted by ananci on Dec 31, 2015 - 4 answers

How to charge my MacBook Air from an external battery

I bought an external battery (20800 mAh) for my oldish Macbook Air. But there is one thing I didn't think of: How do I plug my Macbook into an external battery that only has USB outputs?
posted by Triumphant Muzak on Dec 29, 2015 - 13 answers

Buying a Macbook Air, first time Apple buyer

We are buying a MacBook Air for our A+++ student. Is there anything to know besides the $100 student discount? Are there ever any sales prices tied to holiday buying? Is the AppleCare Protection plan worth it? [more inside]
posted by readery on Nov 26, 2015 - 29 answers

Should I return/exchange my new Macbook Pro?

I have a new Macbook Pro 13" that I purchased two weeks ago from the Apple store. It has had two minor (but possibly signs of something bigger?) issues so far, and today is the last day I can exchange it for another one. Would you exchange it in my position? See inside for the issues. [more inside]
posted by st elmo's fire on Nov 20, 2015 - 14 answers

Is moving from MacBook to Windows Laptop (running Linux) a good idea?

Has anyone had success transitioning from MacBook to a Windows laptop running Linux? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Nov 1, 2015 - 13 answers

Why isn't my Time Machine backup actually, y'know, backing up?

I switched over to using my Macbook as my primary computer about a month ago, and turned on Time Machine. I'm backing up to an external 4TB Seagate HDD. Time Machine worked fine until a few days ago, when I noticed that the hourly backups weren't firing. Early 2015 13-inch Retina Macbook Pro running 10.10.5. [more inside]
posted by Automocar on Oct 15, 2015 - 8 answers

My Macbook has been inexplicably been freezing

I have a brand new Macbook which has been for the most part pretty great. But it's been doing a few odd things lately... [more inside]
posted by suburbanbeatnik on Oct 12, 2015 - 3 answers

Digitize My Lab Log?

Is there an easy way to track hours, tasks or projected completed, and also be able to add notes in a single app? [more inside]
posted by gumtree on Sep 29, 2015 - 1 answer

Mysterious guest user (Mac)

I recently noticed that there's a guest user profile on my mac laptop. I got the laptop a few months ago and never enabled the guest user profile. No one else lives in my home or has access to my computer. [more inside]
posted by bunderful on Sep 18, 2015 - 4 answers

Mysterious MacBook temporary spinning ball when attaching to email

I have a late 2013 MacBook Pro Retina which I recently upgraded to Yosemite. Ever since, when I'm trying to attach a file to an email (Gmail), when I try to click on the file in the finder window that opens, I get a spinning ball for about 8 seconds. Then it stops for a second or two, spins another second or two, and stops. I am then able to attach the file. This does not happen every time — sometimes (maybe one out of three tries) the attaching works correctly without hesitation. [more inside]
posted by beagle on Aug 24, 2015 - 11 answers

To TRIM or not to TRIM

I've got a Mid-2013 MacBook Air (Intel Core i7; 1.7 GHz) with a 500 GB Apple SSD (SM0512F). I stay current on OSes. Should I engage Trim (e.g. via Trim Enabler)? If so, what do I need to know?
posted by Quisp Lover on Aug 16, 2015 - 4 answers

Apples to apples: which secondhand iPhone and laptop to get?

My iPhone 4s was stolen a few weeks ago. Last week my early 2011 MacBook Pro screen went dark and wouldn't come back on. [more inside]
posted by taupe on Aug 15, 2015 - 10 answers

Phantom laptop access?

Is there a way for a closed laptop to automatically connect to the internet without someone opening it? [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on Aug 13, 2015 - 4 answers

Thinking about buying an older Macbook pro— is that a terrible idea?

I’m thinking about finally making the switch to a Macbook, but an older version. Is there any reason why this is a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by a fiendish thingy on Aug 12, 2015 - 20 answers

Why does my macbook think it has more space than it actually does?

I have a macbook with a 500GB hard drive. It has 196GB of free space right now. I just installed Google Drive. The moment set up was done and the drive folder ready to go, Finder's status bar started telling me that I have 140.9TB available. I checked Disk Utility and this is plainly rubbish - it's still at 196GB like it was 15 minutes ago. What gives? Where did the assessment of all that extra space come from, and how do I make it change back?
posted by 9000condiments on Aug 4, 2015 - 3 answers

Macbook Pro or Lenovo or something else entirely?

I need a new, powerfulish laptop, and I'm finding myself confused by the options. The consensus in previous AskMe's seems to be either Macbook or Lenovo, but I am wondering if there are newer options that I am not considering. I probably need this spelled out to me as if I am a not particularly bright child. [more inside]
posted by arha on Jul 25, 2015 - 13 answers

How do you remove those pesky broken rivets from a MacBook Air keyboard?

I took apart my MacBook Air to replace the keyboard. When I pulled the old keyboard off a lot of the rivets broke off and stayed behind, stuck in the little holes. So how do I remove them? I've tried a Phillips screwdriver, tweezers even but it doesn't work. Right now my computer is in 100 pieces with deadlines looming. Any ideas would be appreciated from those brave souls who have tried this and succeeded! [more inside]
posted by lillian.elmtree on Jul 16, 2015 - 9 answers

Is there a decent magsafe power adapter?

I own a 2008 macbook pro which is still doing okay, but I have been running through power adapters like mad. I've had two of the inexpensive knockoff variety quit in the last year, but the expensive apple-brand ones don't seem any better. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by mai on Jul 15, 2015 - 9 answers

Apple Migration Assistant Workarounds?

I'm trying to migrate from an old iMac to a new MacBook Pro, using Migration Assistant over wifi. It stalls out at "Less than a minute remaining." Apparently this is a common problem. Are there any workarounds - for example, backing up to an external disk and connecting that disk to the new computer? I do have Time Machine but it hasn't backed up in about 2 weeks (a different problem I've been dealing with). The old iMac has USB and Firewire ports; the new Pro has USB and Thunderbolt.
posted by malhouse on Jul 14, 2015 - 8 answers

Is my Macbook Pro doomed?

So I played a bit rough with my Macbook Pro and when I switched it on its hard drive started whirring/clicking loudly. This continued last night and this morning. However, it now seems to be working normally. Will this be OK or is the hard drive doomed?
posted by dontjumplarry on Jul 11, 2015 - 10 answers

Wifi dropping on certain wifi networks and only on Macbook Airs.

Wifi is dropping on two Macbook Airs on certain networks but not on others while all other devices are fine. How to fix? [more inside]
posted by meerkatty on Jun 28, 2015 - 11 answers

Just because you're paranoid… MacBook edition.

Is somebody remotely controlling my MacBook's trackpad/mouse? [more inside]
posted by signal on Jun 23, 2015 - 23 answers

How can I find out what games will run well on my Macbook Air?

Is there an equivalent to Can You Run It for Macs? I'm tired of never knowing ahead of time what games will run well (enough) on my MacBook Air, especially since I'm partial to graphics-heavy stuff like BioShock and Half-Life. If it helps, here are my details: Mid 2011 MacBook Air Processor: 1.8 Ghz Intel Core i7 Memory: 4 GB 1333 Mhz DDR3
posted by gottabefunky on Jun 20, 2015 - 5 answers

Advice on external monitor for macbook pro

I need advice on which monitors will work well for my older MacBook Pro. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Jun 8, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me choose a work laptop - MacBook Air or Lenovo X1 Carbon

At work they are giving us new laptops to replace battered ancient ones. There are two choices: MacBook Air or Lenovo X1 Carbon. Which should I choose? [more inside]
posted by Mid on May 21, 2015 - 22 answers

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