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Retina MacBook Pro screen lag

I'm suddenly in the market for a new MacBook Pro. I'm trying to decide between the Retina and non-Retina options. I remember hearing a while back is that the Retina display would lag or stutter sometimes, especially when switching between Spaces. Is that still true? I use the heck out of spaces and usually have an external monitor as well. If you have a recent rMBP, any testimonials would be much appreciated. Thanks!
posted by dondiego87 on Dec 18, 2014 - 14 answers

Electricians of AskMe: Help, my desk keeps shocking me!

A few months ago I moved into a new apartment, and decided to get one of these industrial shelving units - something like this to use as a desk/bookshelf/musical gear shelf. Everything works great, except when I plug my macbook into its charger and start typing. If my hands are on the aluminum body of the macbook and my wrists brush up against the metal frame of the shelving unit, I get a sharp shock, nothing too bad, but painful and annoying. [more inside]
posted by taromsn on Nov 30, 2014 - 6 answers

Pimp this old MacBook Pro

My girlfriend would like it if her old MacBook Pro could run faster and have Windows. I don't know how to do this - that is where you come in... Help please? [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip on Nov 27, 2014 - 12 answers

Favorite iTunes playlist missing from 75% of my devices?!

I run iTunes Match on four devices: a 2010 iMac, a 2012 iMac, a 2012 Macbook, and an iPhone 5c. One of my favorite playlists has gone missing on the phone, the Macbook, and the 2012 iMac, but not from the 2010 iMac. What's gone wrong and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by underthehat on Nov 11, 2014 - 3 answers

Buying a low-end Macbook?

I'm looking at buying a low-end Macbook for web browsing and MS Office (primarily Powerpoint). Basically, it's coming down to a 2009 or 2010 Macbook, as I'd prefer to run Yosemite, but I want to keep my budget below $500. I have used a friend's 2009 Macbook fairly regularly and I'm happy with its general performance, but I have a few specific questions. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Oct 31, 2014 - 13 answers

What is this monitor connector type? Can I connect it to my new MB Air?

I inherited an old Dell PC, and I'd like to be able to use the monitor for a second display for my MacBook Air. The connector cable is a type I don't recognize -- it's not VGA. It looks like this. [more inside]
posted by dr. boludo on Aug 21, 2014 - 10 answers

Speculate on what is wrong with my Macbook Pro

Something is pretty clearly wrong, and it seems to be hardware, but it's sporadic enough that it's hard to say what, and I'd rather not have a repair person just guess. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Jul 31, 2014 - 14 answers

Why does no one manufacture a Thunderbolt hub?

For the life of me I can't figure out why there isn't a hardware manufacturer making a Thunderbolt hub available for purchase. [more inside]
posted by LoRichTimes on Jul 30, 2014 - 7 answers

Brain Transplant

Can I take the harddrive out of my white unibody 13.3 Macbook and just pop it in another 13.3 white unibody? >> [more inside]
posted by tippy on Jul 13, 2014 - 9 answers

My Macbook was stolen - do I need to change all my passwords?

I had my Macbook stolen last week. I believe it was set to automatically log into my user and it logs into all sorts of websites (Paypal, Amazon) automatically. So I'm inclined to go change all my passwords, but immediately after the theft, I activated all of the timebombs in Apple's Find My Mac, and it hasn't popped up online. Can I assume that the thief can't use my login information, since he doesn't know my admin password and if he ever goes online and tries to use my auto-login stuff, the computer will lock down? Or can he migrate that data over to another computer and use it there?
posted by sdis on Jun 4, 2014 - 6 answers

I found a broken Macbook Pro on the street. What should I do?

I was driving along and spotted in the middle of the street what looked to be a laptop bag. So I pulled over and grabbed it. Inside the case was some immigration paperwork and a Macbook Pro. I went through the paperwork, found an address and drove there, but it was a business that had no info about the person on the paperwork. They told me that sometimes people used them for a mailbox dropoff when entering the country and had no info to help. The computer's screen is cracked and won't boot, so should I just pitch the whole thing? Try to find a serial number and contact Apple? Sell it on Ebay? I really don't know.
posted by nedpwolf on May 18, 2014 - 18 answers

Can I send audio & video to different places, using my Macbook?

I have a pre-2010 Macbook Pro which I use to watch DVDs on my TV, using an HDMI cable with mini display port adaptor. However the audio doesn't go through the cable and has to play through the laptop speakers, which is less than ideal. I'm thinking of buying one of these bluetooth adaptors so that I can play the audio through my stereo system. Has anyone tried to do this at the same time, and will it work?
posted by superfish on May 17, 2014 - 11 answers

Processor Specs for MB Pro and MB Air

I'm confused about processing specs on newer/older Macbook Airs and Macbook Pros. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on May 16, 2014 - 10 answers

This is stupid! Please help me enjoy my new toys (Moto G, iPad, Macbook)

I've recently acquired some new toys that I'm not getting any use out of because of my unusually strong hatred of spyware, adware, and "social networking". Specifically, I've had a new Moto G phone for about two weeks, an iPad mini for a few months and a Macbook Pro for about two years. I'm not getting any enjoyment or use out of these tools because I need help configuring them in such a way that they don't bother me with social networking noise and spyware-related crap. Please help. [more inside]
posted by LuckySeven~ on May 14, 2014 - 20 answers

15" macbook wifi failure

I have a 2011 Macbook Pro, 15", a1286. recently, when i turn on the computer the wifi works for maybe one minute, then even though the airport signal stays strong, i can't connect to anything. I ordered a used wifi card off of ebay, and the same thing happens. so i'm guessing it's not the wifi card, but the flex cable, the antenna, a software bug, or (worst of all worlds) the logic board itself. I ordered a new flex cable, and i hope that fixes the issue. If it doesn't, has anyone else had this problem before, and would recommend anything? If it's not the cable i really hope it's a software bug. I'd hate to replace the logic board, otherwise known as "buying a new computer"
posted by camdan on May 10, 2014 - 15 answers

Mac Air vs. Pro 13"?

I'm in the market for a new personal laptop and have decided to switch to OSX after a lifetime spent on Windows. Trying to pick between the Mac Air and Pro w/ Retina, both 13"? [more inside]
posted by serelliya on Apr 20, 2014 - 26 answers

How do I make IMAP work for me?

IMAP is supposed to be able to preserve message state information across clients. So why is it that my email read/unread states aren't transferring from my Macbook to my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Apr 14, 2014 - 5 answers

Yet another HD + Mac question

Finally giving in and getting a ginormous screen. What is going to work best with what I have and what I want to do. [more inside]
posted by Megami on Mar 27, 2014 - 11 answers

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

trying to connect tv, laptop

I have a 2008 macbook pro and a sony flatscreen tv. the screen goes up to my tv, no problem. the sound, however, doesn't. [more inside]
posted by crankyrogalsky on Mar 8, 2014 - 11 answers

Looking for solutions to TWO annoying Macbook Pro problems

1. Is there a way to lock the bookmark bar in Safari? I keep accidentally deleting bookmarks by dragging them into the screen and then they disappear into a puff of air. It's annoying because sometimes I don't notice I have done it and then when I go into Safari the next time I find my bookmark is gone. 2. Is there a shortcut to close all your program and shut down at the same time? I always have to Command +Q each program before I shut down which is annoying. Thanks! Any other unknown secrets or shortcuts for Mac also appreciated!
posted by grak88 on Feb 20, 2014 - 13 answers

Separating OS and Apps and Files on a Macbook Pro with 2 Drives

I am planning on using an OWC Data Doubler to replace the optical drive in my mid-2012 13" Macbook Pro with a 120GB SSD. My plan is to use the SSD for the OS and applications and then use the HDD for files. I have a Time Machine backup and a Super Duper clone of my HDD. However, I some questions about the easiest way to reformat the drives after the installation is complete. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Feb 12, 2014 - 7 answers

Purchasing an Macbook Air?

I need a new laptop. Replacing my old MacBook Pro. Considering a MacBook Air. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Feb 9, 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 inserting numbers while typing.

My roommate's MacBook has suddenly started inserting certain numbers behind certain letters while she's typing (and vice versa). [more inside]
posted by cathodeheart on Jan 11, 2014 - 8 answers

Suggestions for online (Mac) computing tutorials

Brushing up...and doing things correctly with my new computer...help out an oldster! [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on Dec 30, 2013 - 6 answers

Mac-less in Seattle (but hopefully not for long)

I know everyone asks the "which mac?!" question constantly, but it's a bit of a moving target, isn't it? I am looking to replace my 2008 MacBook (aluminum). I know that the recommendation is to buy either the Retina MBP, or the MBAir. But would I be shooting myself in the foot if I bought a non-Retina MBP? Caveat: Can't really wait months and months for the next and newest--this is my work computer and I can't afford to have it crap out without a replacement. [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on Dec 30, 2013 - 15 answers

Using a 13" MacBook Air as an audio delay.

This is for live sound at a party. I need to add a delay to a set of speakers to synchronize them with the main stacks. I don't have a digital console or an effects box capable of this. Could I use something like Audiomulch to do it? How would I set up my 13" MacBook Air so it won't shut don't or cut the audio for several hours? [more inside]
posted by Monday, stony Monday on Dec 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Why is my MacBook running so slow?

How can I figure out why my MacBook Pro is running so slow, and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Dec 20, 2013 - 23 answers

Tethering MBP to iPhone - how to seamlessly avoid big data bills

What's the best way to setup a MacBook Pro so that it can be regularly hooked up to an iPhone's Personal Hotspot without unexpected background processes (Dropbox, iTunes Match, auto OS or app updates, etc) resulting in massive data charges? [more inside]
posted by puffmoike on Dec 17, 2013 - 7 answers

What is the equivalent of Paint for Mac?

I just got a Macbook Pro and would like to be able to draw simple diagrams with shapes and text fields. Are there any Mac programs or apps equivalent to PC's Paint? My search online has brought up Paintbrush which appears to be a very old program. The new ones in the apps store are either really expensive or poorly reviewed if they're free. Thanks!
posted by grak88 on Dec 13, 2013 - 12 answers

Re-Installation of Macbook G4 - Help Me Restore it to Glory

So gifted with Macbook G4 - from way back. It never booted up properly as per previous owners. Sometimes yes, sometimes no. S [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Dec 3, 2013 - 19 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

MacBook G4 SUDOERS file At COMMAND PROMPT - Can't Exit - Help

So someone gifted me with an old MacBook G4 - and now stuck in Command Prompt. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Nov 22, 2013 - 9 answers

Developer looking for high-performance portable dev laptop

I'm a software developer who is finding himself more and more in need of a very powerful, very portable machine. Here are my requirements:
  • Under 5 lbs (key-- I don't want this to be a brick)
  • i7 processor
  • 8 GB RAM (with 2 slots for upgrade to 16 if desired)
  • 512 GB SSD, or smaller SSD with HDD secondary drive
  • NO HP. Their repair rate is terrible, their customer service is worse. They're the one brand I will not buy for PCs.
Now, I've checked out the new MacBook Pro and I can spec it out this way, but it'd cost 3k. I'd insist on 16 GB for the MBP as I would be running parallels and doing windows dev with visual studio, and would dedicate at least 8GB for that environment. What I want to know is, does such a machine exist other than the MBP?
posted by pennstatephil on Nov 19, 2013 - 27 answers

13 or 15 inch macbook for Ableton Live?

I want to buy a new Retina Macbook Pro for live performances with Ableton Live. For all other purposes I'd go with the 13-inch model because it is more portable, but I'm worried that 1) the screen will be too small to see all the tracks, or 2) the dual-core processor won't be fast enough compared to the quad-core in 15-inch models. Can anyone speak from experience? Was a 13" good enough?
posted by scose on Oct 28, 2013 - 12 answers

Speed up my macbook pro?

My macbook pro is old (2009) but i've upgraded memory and all that, which helped. but not enough. any recs for (preferably free) software that will clean up my hard drive some? i imagine after all this time, it's pretty bogged down with stuff i don't need. [more inside]
posted by sockpuppet plots an escape on Oct 28, 2013 - 13 answers

Macbook to media server.

What's the best way to utilize this busted up macbook (and other bits and pieces from the house) as a media hub/server? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Oct 10, 2013 - 2 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

Why is my MacBook screenlocking on unlocking?

My newly obtained MacBook has a minor but annoying behaviour. I have it set up to lock when the display goes to sleep. But when I unlock it, it relocks again. What gives? [more inside]
posted by outlier on Oct 1, 2013 - 14 answers

Forget already!

I have accepted an offer on a MacBook air I sold on Craiglist. I am ready to take this to the buyer. I can't get the damn thing to forget my network password. Need to do this ASAP so I can hand it over. [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes on Sep 15, 2013 - 15 answers

Why is my MacBook so slow and will downgrading to Snow Leopard help?

(Late 2008 Aluminum Unibody MacBook. Currently running Mountain Lion. 2GHz C2D, 2GB 1067 DDR3.) Over the past year or so, it's been slowing down significantly. I'm getting lockups, especially with web browsers (I use Chrome most of the time, Safari on occasion) where I get the pinwheel for quite a while. It takes a decently long time to boot up. And when I open it up, it usually takes a minute or so to fully exit sleep mode and become usable again. [more inside]
posted by Modica on Aug 16, 2013 - 27 answers

iTunes Store screen is blank?

All of the sudden my iTunes Store screen on my Macbook Pro is blank. I'm using the latest version of iTunes and it's not a network problem as my iPad and iPhone connect fine. Help? [more inside]
posted by meerkatty on Aug 12, 2013 - 6 answers

MacBook for College Student?

My friend's daughter is going off to college to major in media studies. What would be the best MacBook -- new or used -- for her? Ideally it would be able to handle video editing, while still being light. It needs to be as cheap as possible, but it should run Mountain Lion so she can get through most of her college career without having to replace it. What do you suggest? (NB The "Mac" part isn't negotiable.)
posted by lore on Aug 3, 2013 - 22 answers

Mac Mac Mac Mac Mac

I want to buy a new Mac to replace my 2008 Macbook, but I'm overwhelmed by the options. What will best fit my needs? [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount on Jul 30, 2013 - 19 answers

BSOD, Mac edition

My Macbook Pro will sometimes refuse to come out of sleep and show a blue screen instead. How can I keep it from doing this? [more inside]
posted by neckro23 on Jul 30, 2013 - 9 answers

LCD on 2009 Macbook has gone, worth repairing or give up on it?

Had my Macbook since mid 2009, it's one of the white ones. [more inside]
posted by rinsemedown on Jul 25, 2013 - 6 answers

ergonomic keyboard/lapdesk for use on lap?

What ergonomic keyboard or lapdesk I can use on my lap, while sitting on my couch, to reduce RSI pain in my wrists and forearms? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Jul 8, 2013 - 6 answers

Computer for my mother, a light user

My mother's macbook is old and she needs a newer one but I don't know much about macs. [more inside]
posted by birdseye on Jul 3, 2013 - 18 answers

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