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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

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

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

Help fix my hotel wireless

Can't get my hotel wireless to work on my MPB running Mountain Lion. Help! [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue on Mar 1, 2013 - 13 answers

Macbook Pro will not connect to Thunderbolt display

MPB late 2011, Thunderbolt native running 10.8.2 will not light up Thunderbolt display I bought today at the Apple Store. [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Feb 24, 2013 - 7 answers

KVM for MBP and Mac Pro (DVI and Mini Displayport)

How can I best share a monitor, keyboard and Magic Trackpad between a Mac Pro and a MacBook Pro? [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Feb 23, 2013 - 16 answers

HDD replacement macbook walk-thru

SSD Filter: Macbook Pro running 10.5.8 WLTM Solid State Drive, NSA [more inside]
posted by Brian Lux on Dec 10, 2012 - 30 answers

Why does Airport on my Macbook quit working?

I have a newer Macbook Pro and whenever I move it around my house, Airport stops working and won't work again until I reboot. What gives? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Nov 2, 2012 - 9 answers

What to do with a dying 08 Macbook Pro?

I have a early 2008 Macbook Pro that has just now come down with the dying logic board problem. I bought it outside the 4-year period (so no free replacement) and have a new MBP anyways, so how can I get rid of it such that maximize my return value? [more inside]
posted by RyanAdams on Oct 27, 2012 - 7 answers

Apps, Settings, and Prefs Synced Across Multiple Macs

Macbook Pro + Mac Pro = sync everything (apps, settings, preferences, dotfiles, macports installs, etc) between the two over the internet? Both run OSX 10.8... [more inside]
posted by cmchap on Sep 17, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me by my wife a new computer since I'm several years out of date!

Help me buy my wife a computer. We know about what she wants but it's been several years since purchasing a machine and we're out of the loop. [more inside]
posted by damiano99 on Mar 21, 2012 - 35 answers

Brand new MBP slowing to a crawl

My sister has used a brand new 13" MacBookPro (w/ Lion) for several weeks, replacing her 4-year-old 15" MBP (upgraded to Snow Leopard). She's finding that, over the course of a day, the machine seems to dramatically slow - to the point where it seems much slower than her old machine. [more inside]
posted by kickingtheground on Jan 7, 2012 - 16 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

I miss you, Firefox.

Firefox fail. [more inside]
posted by simulacra on Sep 5, 2011 - 8 answers

Pick from two used Macs

Hand-me-down laptop decision: MacBook Pro or MacBook Air? [more inside]
posted by solipsophistocracy on Dec 3, 2010 - 22 answers

Farty MBP...

Weird MacBook Pro behavior... It seems to fart when I move it. [more inside]
posted by drpynchon on Mar 29, 2010 - 14 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

Ugly OSX Snow Leopard Freeze - at a loss.

Bizarre OSX Snow leopard problem. MBP unibody, 3.06 core2 duo. 8 GB ram. 500 Gig 5400 RPM drive. OSX 10.6.2 Starting about four weeks ago, my system slowly spins out of control - dock/finder/force quit become some of the first apps to fall. This ends in a freeze - UI responsive (mouse, some window movement) with the eventual need to force restart (holding down the power button) It's so bad that I'm constantly running the Console and Activity Monitor to see if I can find some clues. [more inside]
posted by Towelie on Jan 3, 2010 - 25 answers

Stubborn MBP Display Problems

I bring my MacBook Pro to school, and hook it up to an external monitor (with higher resolution) in clamshell mode. I come home and use it as a laptop. Often when I switch from clamshell to laptop, the desktop still thinks it's in the higher resolution, and all my icons are off the screen. Logging out fixes it. Is there an quicker way to fix this? [more inside]
posted by one_bean on Nov 2, 2009 - 10 answers

This is not the universe telling me that I need new glasses.

My Macbook Pro display keeps randomly resizing to different resolutions. It started suddenly, about a month ago. What happened? Can I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by honeybee413 on Sep 1, 2009 - 3 answers

MBP with unrecognized battery

Aging MacBook Pro not recognizing its battery. Not under warranty. Is resetting the PMU my next step? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Aug 6, 2009 - 12 answers

Multiple monitors on my first-gen 15" MBP, can I get more than one?

Multiple monitors on my first-gen 15" MBP, can I get more than one? How can I get three (or more, large) heads on my MBP and be uber-cool and productive? Is it as easy as a DVI splitter? Is there software that would stretch the screen onto another computer? [more inside]
posted by dhammala on Nov 17, 2008 - 6 answers

Refurb Macbook Pros - How current?

A friend of mine (ahem) is eying a refurbished MacBook Pro. (Even though a new one is supposedly imminent, we're sticking with refurb in this scenario.) How many generations old are the units in Apple's refurb store? How can you tell? Does the 2.4GHz 15" model there today include the "new" LED monitor technology introduced in February, for example? [more inside]
posted by pzarquon on Aug 25, 2008 - 11 answers

Why won't my MBP wake up?

Whenever my Macbook Pro goes to sleep, it won't wake up. [more inside]
posted by jon_kill on Jul 23, 2008 - 9 answers

Keybinding problem on a mac

Why did one of my key combinations stop working on my MacBook Pro? [more inside]
posted by bashos_frog on Jul 22, 2008 - 7 answers

Uh oh, the backlight on my MBP has problems!

Help! The backlight on my Macbook Pro has problems! Diagnosis and advice greatly appreciated! [picture included] [more inside]
posted by dragontail on Apr 13, 2008 - 6 answers

Will a MacBook take memory modules from a MacBook Pro?

Will a MacBook take memory modules from a MacBook Pro? [more inside]
posted by dereisbaer on Oct 3, 2007 - 4 answers

If you're dumb and you know it, clap your hands.

I'm sure this has been covered before but I'm in a small panic, so forgive the indulgence. I just spilled a small (maybe 1/4 oz.) of beer on my MacBookPro. I caught it very quickly and sopped up the liquid with an absorbent towel. However, a small discolored spot has developed in the LCD and I'm wondering what the best way to abate the liquid might be. [more inside]
posted by maniactown on Aug 14, 2007 - 3 answers

Suggest ideas to help me paint my MacBookPro case.

Speck (clear) case for my MacBookPro (15"). I want to do something really cool - paint it. What should I paint it (and how best to accomplish such?) [more inside]
posted by Towelie on Jul 2, 2007 - 5 answers

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