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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

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

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

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

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

MacBook Pro i5 vs i7 -- Prius body with Lamborghini guts

Which one to get: Macbook Pro i5 duo core, i7 duo core or i7 quad core [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Jan 22, 2013 - 11 answers

Will these Macs play nice together?

I have an iMac desktop running OS X 10.6.8 and a newly acquired MacBook Air running 10.8.2 and I want to make them be as friendly with one another as possible. Can you hope me? [more inside]
posted by broadway bill on Jan 17, 2013 - 6 answers

My Macbook with Leopard wants to play in the snow! Rawr!

Upgrading a mid-2008 aluminum macbook from leopard to snow leopard (and eventually on to Lion). The superdrive is broken, and I am trying to boot the OS from a usb drive but having problems. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Thanquol180 on Nov 18, 2012 - 4 answers

Wifi Stalling at Work

At work, my wifi connection frequently stalls (MacBook Pro 9,1, OS X 10.8.2). The connection never drops, but websites will "hang" while loading and I am unable to receive/send mail. Although I'm still connected, if I click the Wifi icon on the menu bar so that it starts "Looking for Networks", the connection is immediately restored. This happens every 4-5 minutes. [more inside]
posted by Yiggs on Nov 13, 2012 - 10 answers

Should I upgrade the hardware on my Macbook or just give it a good cleaning?

My 2009 Macbook Pro has grown a little too much hair and is in need of a trim and some general cleaning. Could you tell me if my proposed scenario sounds reasonable or is it overkill? [more inside]
posted by Rewind on Jul 17, 2012 - 12 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

Please let me type these darn characters..

How can I reassign one of the character keys on my macbook to type a different character? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l on Oct 17, 2011 - 7 answers

EFI Blues

I have a Macbook (2,1) with rEFIt installed. I accidentally left a linux live DVD in the drive when I shut down, and now rEFIt is hanging up when I boot. What happened here? How can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by wayland on Aug 30, 2011 - 12 answers

I thought I understood file sharing

I use file sharing to trade info between a couple of computers in my home and I'm not confident that I had it configured correctly. Is there any way kind of "log" in OS X that will tell if some sneak has been accessing my files? [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat on Jul 1, 2011 - 10 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

Looking for a Mac program (or some other way) that will monitor my MacBook's battery and turn off another program when the battery gets really low.

Looking for a Mac program (or some other way) that will monitor my MacBook's battery and turn off another program when the battery gets really low. [more inside]
posted by Ephilation on Feb 15, 2011 - 3 answers

MacBook for Dummies

Possibly stupid question about an inherited MacBook. How do I free up space on the computer? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Nov 13, 2010 - 12 answers

What type of wirelessly accessible storage solution should I go with in my new home network? Details inside...

What type of wirelessly accessible storage solution should I go with in my new home network? Details inside... [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Aug 17, 2010 - 3 answers

Should I build a new desktop machine or should I build nothing more than Network-Attached Storage? Details inside...

Should I build a new desktop machine or should I build nothing more than Network-Attached Storage? Details inside... [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Aug 8, 2010 - 11 answers

What are my options for building a server-based storage solution wirelessly connectable to either an OS X or Windows 7 laptop?

What are my options for building a server-based storage solution wirelessly connectable to either an OS X or Windows 7 laptop? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Jul 13, 2010 - 23 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

Recommendations for new laptop with nice, sturdy hardware.

I'm thinking about replacing my 2 year-old 15" Macbook Pro but I can't find a non-Apple laptop that feels like it doesn't have cheap hardware. Am I missing something? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Jun 13, 2010 - 33 answers

The cursor on my MacBook jumps around like crazy.

When typing, my cursor jumps around like crazy, highlighting paragraphs, jumping back words, and making it impossible to type normally. MacBook4,1 (whatever that means), Mac OS X 10.5.8 (9L31a). [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme on Feb 8, 2010 - 19 answers

Strange error message in OSX, in light of other events, makes me worried about remote access to my computer.

Strange error message in OSX, in light of other events, makes me worried about remote access to my computer. [more inside]
posted by electric water kettle on Jan 10, 2010 - 8 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

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

Why would Macbook randomly delete applications?

Macbook randomly deleting Applications. Is it haunted? [more inside]
posted by gtr on May 13, 2009 - 10 answers

Do I need a new computer or do I have unreasonable expectations?

Do I need a new macbook or am I expecting too much from my current one? [more inside]
posted by tehgeekmeister on May 3, 2009 - 20 answers

OS X 10.5.6 Dock remains hidden

I have OS X 10.5.6 and Logitech V470 bluetooth mouse. 1. When I hide the dock it stays hidden and there is no way for me to get the dock to reappear without turning off autohide 2. My courser works sporadically a. sometimes it will only work on some area's of the screen b. sometimes it won't recognize clicks Are these related? and can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by the_binary_blues on Mar 18, 2009 - 3 answers

OS-X-like touchpad acceleration under Linux?

Is there any way to get the standard OS X touchpad acceleration curve working under Linux? I've tried messing with the "synaptics" driver settings many different ways, but nothing yielded anything close to what I was looking for. [more inside]
posted by korpios on Mar 3, 2009 - 0 answers

Video killed my audio stars

Plugging in an external monitor to my Macbook Pro kills the audio. What's up with that? And is there a solution that does not involve an expensive USB audio product? [more inside]
posted by larsks on Feb 16, 2009 - 9 answers

How to best procedurally backup and reformat a Macbook with Leopard?

How to best procedurally backup and reformat a Macbook with Leopard? [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 on Feb 9, 2009 - 8 answers

How should I go about using an external hard drive for Time Machine and other things?

I have a Macbook and a new external hard drive. I'd like to set up Time Machine, but I don't want to devote my entire new hard drive to back ups. I'm new to this, but I think I want to partition my drive- how do I go about doing that? And how large of a partition do I need for Time Machine? [more inside]
posted by MadamM on Jan 6, 2009 - 13 answers

Noooo! Your trypical Macbook Pro crash story.

OS X crisis.. Please help with a system that won't boot Mac gurus. [more inside]
posted by drpynchon on Dec 18, 2008 - 20 answers

only connect

Two Macbook Pros, same model, same room, one gets a lot of bars and a strong connection via airport; the other gets just a couple of bars and a low connection. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Oct 22, 2008 - 9 answers

How do I tell my Mac that I'm me?

Question about changing my terminal prompt (and other matters) in an OS X Bash shell. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Oct 15, 2008 - 3 answers

Maybe-too-technical-filter: Change system prefs from command line?

I want a button to toggle my MacBook function keys (much technical info inside) [more inside]
posted by range on Sep 5, 2008 - 8 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

Could the fact that iTunes skipping be a sign that I need a new hard drive?

I just got my Macbook back from the Apple Store today after they replaced the logic board on the unit. I've noticed that every song I play in iTunes seems to skip. Finding this odd, I opened up the Activity Monitor and looked at disk usage. It seems like whenever a read to the disk is made, iTunes seems to begin skipping. Furthermore, I have the same problem after trying to play mp3's via mpg123. I'm worried that the skipping could be a sign my hard drive might be failing. I recently installed a brand new 250 GB hard drive from Newegg about a month and a half ago, so I'm somewhat skeptical. Is it a reasonable concern?
posted by phr4gmonk3y on Jun 20, 2008 - 4 answers

Magical unticking ticky boxes in Leopard

I'm running OS X Leopard on my beloved shiny Macbook and there's one thing that I find irritating. I love using F9, F10, F11 etc to bring up Exposé, Dashboard and the Desktop, but every now and again they suddenly stop functioning. It's normally when the computer's been on for a few days - I hit the keys and nothing happens. So I check in Keyboard Shortcuts of the System Prefs, and all the boxes in the "Dock, Exposé and Dashboard" are magically unticked. I can tick them again, and everything's fine and dandy for a few days. Alternatively, I can reboot and it's back to how it should be. (For a while...) Why is this happening, and how can I stop it? [more inside]
posted by badmoonrising on May 20, 2008 - 6 answers

Secure thumbdrive hacks

I have been given a Kingston Data Traveller Secure Privacy Edition thumbdrive for use at work. Is there any way of hacking it for use with OSX? [more inside]
posted by roofus on May 8, 2008 - 6 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

Help me rock out some automation on my spankin' new MacBook!

Help me rock out some automation on my spankin' new MacBook! [more inside]
posted by drgonzo2k2 on Mar 21, 2008 - 6 answers

Custom client-side CSS to change background colours.

CSS, greasemonkey, sunglasses? Is there a way to stop white web pages hurting my eyes (firefox, osx). [more inside]
posted by pompomtom on Jan 15, 2008 - 14 answers

Application windows disappear when switching or opening applications

OSX troubles - whenever I open or switch applications, all other open application windows disappear. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by djgh on Dec 25, 2007 - 9 answers

Should I trade my PC Laptop for a Macbook?

I was talking with a friend who owns a Macbook. She was talking about how she doesn't really use it for much and is looking for something newer. I mentioned that I just got my laptop but that I didn't like Vista and have been interested in Macs. Long story short, we came to the conclusion that we might each like to trade out laptops. I'm wondering if this sounds like a fair trade: [more inside]
posted by monkeyagent on Dec 12, 2007 - 36 answers

Where have all the Dashboard stickies gone?

Where have all the Dashboard stickies gone? [more inside]
posted by dereisbaer on Oct 23, 2007 - 1 answer

Can I use my Razr to surf the web on my Macbook with only the mobile web plan on my service?

I have mobile web on my cell phone plan. Can I use bluetooth and my Mac Book to connect to the Razr and surf the web on my computer? [more inside]
posted by Mark on Sep 19, 2007 - 6 answers

vconvert.net hates my macbook

vconvert.net hates my macbook. Is it just me? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom on Aug 29, 2007 - 2 answers

Why does my MacBook sometimes restart when I close the lid for sleep time?

Why does my MacBook occasionally restart when I close the lid to have it go to sleep? This MacBook is only a couple months old (the latest MacBook revision) running 10.4.10. It's very sporadic. I will close the machine, then, after a few seconds, I hear the Mac startup chime. Here, though, it pauses the startup routine. Then I open the lid and it finishes booting. Any thoughts?
posted by jroybal on Aug 4, 2007 - 16 answers

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