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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

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

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

MacBook Pro Battery Life Question

Greetings - I "inherited" a MacBook Pro last year. It was a Apple MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz from Spring 2008. So it was 4 years old when I got it and I was told that the battery was dead and as long as I kept it plugged in, it worked fine, however, I would need a new one. So last year, I purchased a new battery and installed it. However, I am still noticing that the battery life is horrible. It seems like when I am using it to type a document or check emails and surf the web, etc, I literally can watch the battery drain. I would assume that it might hold a charge of about an hour and a half maybe? Is there any way I can "test" it to see what my actual battery life if? To ensure there isn't something else going on? Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks,
posted by dbirchum on May 3, 2013 - 13 answers

How do I sell my Macbook Pro without getting screwed on the price?

I've gone to some of those sell-your-laptop websites and I always get a quote for half the original price of my Macbook Pro. [more inside]
posted by Cybria on Mar 21, 2013 - 10 answers

Replace a Mac MD313LL/A 12" Macbook Pro keyboard

Replace a Mac MD313LL/A 12" Macbook Pro keyboard for a handicapped neighbor and I know very little about recent Mac tech. [more inside]
posted by Samizdata on Feb 1, 2013 - 4 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

MacOSX: Create a new user, move safest bits over from my old user?

MacbookProFilter: I migrated my old user onto my new macbook, and carried with it a bunch of problems (slow startup, rapid battery life loss, etc.). Is there a clever, systematic way to migrate chunks of my user account to a new user? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Jan 2, 2013 - 3 answers

Help my poor dead Mac?

Sooo...my newish MacBook Pro is dead and I have a question about whether or not I can salvage the HDD and stick it in the new MacBook Pro to save a whole world of time. [more inside]
posted by dance on Dec 30, 2012 - 8 answers

Finding the perfect Mac laptop for an indecisive Windows-based web developer

I'm a web developer / eLearning developer on Windows 7 looking to: 1) Get a Mac because I need to be able to test sites quickly and easily on my own; 2) Get a Windows-bootable unit that can act as my backup machine when my Asus throws a tantrum as it did this week; and 3) Get a reasonably portable Windows-bootable laptop that can handle Photoshop and other resource hogs so that I can work on it at client sites without having to barely squish the Asus (aka "The Clydesdale") into my largest backpack. Ideally, I could get all three in one machine that wouldn't cost the earth. Please join me as I anguish over the MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro, the Mac Mini, and other options. [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Dec 15, 2012 - 16 answers

waterdamaged macbook pro battery difficulties

so i "fixed" a relative's water-damaged macbook pro, but it still has issues. [more inside]
posted by camdan on Sep 17, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I move files *from* my Mac *to* my iPhone?

MacBook -> iPhone Filter: I have a MacBook Pro (running 10.6.8), and I have an iPhone (the last model before Siri; not jail broken and would prefer to keep it that way). Since I spend more time on the Macbook, I generate most of my files there, besides .mp3s (such as documents/text files, PDFs, and .jpegs found on line or taken with Photo Booth, etc.), whereas except for listening to iTunes and making actual calls, I mostly use the iPhone for killing time, or would like to anyway, only I haven't found a good way to move my text files, PDFs, and .jpgs from the MacBook over to the iPhone. How do? [more inside]
posted by 5Q7 on Aug 28, 2012 - 9 answers

Im an Industrial Engineering Major student.

Is Macbook Pro with Retina display worth it for college? [more inside]
posted by Parh6512 on Aug 27, 2012 - 22 answers

Computer is now a spacecase.

My MacBook is acting weeeeird. Please help. [more inside]
posted by Tiresias on May 28, 2012 - 6 answers

Where on Earth can I find a hardshell case for a MacBook Pro 17'' (mid-2007 model)?

Where on Earth can I find a hardshell case for a MacBook Pro 17'' (mid-2007 model)? [more inside]
posted by krisken on May 7, 2012 - 2 answers

Which Mac for me?

Should I get the 21.5 inch iMac or the 13 inch Macbook Pro? (Or something else?) [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias on Feb 22, 2012 - 19 answers

Taking care of my Macbook Pro's battery.

what are the best practices for taking care of a macbook pro (specifically the battery) for someone who uses it intensively for 8-10 hours a day? [more inside]
posted by austere on Feb 17, 2012 - 11 answers

Help me with me new (used) MacBook Pro

Inherited a MacBook Pro! Looking for some help/guidance for a PC user. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Feb 17, 2012 - 15 answers

Why does it reboot in fullscreen?

Why does my Macbook "reboot" sometimes when I watch full screen video? [more inside]
posted by Yiggs on Dec 11, 2011 - 8 answers

Help with external monitor for macbook pro

Year old apple macbook pro laptop. I spilled water on it and killed the screen. I have heard that you can plug in an external monitor if you have the right "dongle". I no longer have the dongle the laptop came with, so I would like to kow what is the name of the adaptor I would need in order to plug in a second hand LCD screen? And where would I get one? Thank you.
posted by cascando on Dec 10, 2011 - 10 answers

MacBook Screen Washed Out

My MacBook's display suddenly faded to a very pale bluish white, and all the colors look very washed out. Closing the display and reopening it will sometimes fix the problem, but within an hour the screen suddenly fades again. Restarting has no effect. [more inside]
posted by Yiggs on Sep 27, 2011 - 5 answers

Please help me decide what my next computer will be

Macbook Pro or Air for SPSS? [more inside]
posted by namesarehard on Sep 21, 2011 - 10 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

Macbook Pro vs. PC?

ANOTHER mac vs pc buying mefi post...But not the usual reasons. Help? Thanks! :D [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter on Aug 27, 2011 - 30 answers

MacBook Pro + Monitor vs. MacBook Air + Monitor

Hello all! I'm headed off to college (second semester) in a short bit and I'm purchasing a new computer. I'd like to buy a 13" MacBook Pro or Air and an external monitor. Good idea or bad idea? [more inside]
posted by 47triple2 on Aug 23, 2011 - 23 answers

Are SATA 3Gb/s and 1.5Gb/s hard drives interchangeable?

My computer (Macbook pro 4,1) has a Serial ATA (1.5Gb/s) bus. Can it use a hard drive that has a speed of 3gb/s? [more inside]
posted by radiocontrolled on Jul 5, 2011 - 4 answers

macbook pro wifi issue

Please please help me. Macbook pro wifi keeps going in and out at home. Used to be fine, now disconnects and says: "searching for network" WHILE the wifi bar says full bars and connected. I think it has to do with either network setting or the weird location thing. Here is a picture of my issue: Picture of wifi issue Somehow, the wifi is fine, but I am no longer connected to the internet. internet works fine at other peoples houses, just my house and certain cafes this problem of "searching" for the internet emerges while the wifi bars stay on full. Have tried rebooting computer, router etc. Thank you for any suggestions.
posted by cascando on Jun 6, 2011 - 7 answers

Macbook Pro resolution question

My macbook pro screen's resolution has somehow become out of whack. [more inside]
posted by punch_the_mayor on Dec 31, 2010 - 3 answers

Macbook Air

I'm afraid of making the leap to a Macbook Air. I currently use a 2.53GHZ Core i5 15-inch Macbook Pro but am finding it awkward and value portability. I'm afraid of switching because of disk space issues/inadequate Core 2 processor and possibly not getting my money's worth. I'm looking for some sagely advice from anyone. [more inside]
posted by freud on Dec 8, 2010 - 18 answers

Scary pixelated laptop display..what should I do next?

I have a Mac Book Pro 17inch..I have had it for about 2.5 years. The logic board had to be replaced around 3 months ago. Fortunately, apple fixed it gratis, since this model had "known issues" and it was handled under warranty even though it was out of warranty. It has worked fine since then, no problems whatsoever, until this morning when I tried to wake the computer --the screen was crazy looking and the cursor was frozen. Super horrifying since I haven't backed up in 3 weeks (I am a typical 60 year old user). I restarted and everything seemed ok except when I went to blogger (as a typical 60 year old, I maintain a blog)...there was an error message that cookies were disabled. HMMM. I got to the blog by googling myself and things seemed ok. [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on Nov 21, 2010 - 9 answers

Show me the wonders of the Mac....

Mac newbie here who has some questions about it. [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Nov 11, 2010 - 19 answers

I'm a PC person- wondering if I should I buy a Macbook Pro?

I've been generally a loyal PC user, but I'm thinking about getting a 13" 2.66GHz Macbook Pro. I'm looking for a lightweight and sturdy laptop to carry from class to class. For my purposes, is this the right laptop for me? [more inside]
posted by jennz on Oct 21, 2010 - 29 answers

[Mac OS X Filter] Slouching towards disk repair

My Macbook Pro (Mac OS X, v. 10.5.8) began operating v e r y slowly, with Firefox (v. 3.6.9) running. Help me solve this mystery, and figure out how to repair my disk without having to pay Big Store. [more inside]
posted by simulacra on Sep 11, 2010 - 24 answers

Spinning wheel during OS X install

MacBook Pro freezes (spinning wheel) during system install (10.5) -- what to do? [more inside]
posted by dead_ on Aug 24, 2010 - 4 answers

Macbook Pro's are great, but at what cost?

I am considering the local purchase of a Macbook Pro on Craiglist. Some of the circumstances around the sale are making me skeptical. I would appreciate your thoughts and advice. [more inside]
posted by karizma on Aug 19, 2010 - 18 answers

I want THIS over THERE

Why won't my 17" Macbook Pro remember where I put windows when I connect my external monitor? [more inside]
posted by Fleebnork on Aug 17, 2010 - 7 answers

Performance question: Macbook Pro 2.66Ghz i7 vs. Mac Pro 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon

Hi there, I need a machine to do some heavy raw image editing on Adobe Lightroom. I am debating whether to buy a new Macbook Pro 2.66Ghz i7, or a 2year old Mac Pro 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon, which would be about half the price of the Macbook. Each have pros & cons for me in related to their form factor, but how would they compare in pure performance terms...? Thanks for any advice.
posted by wildatheart on May 29, 2010 - 9 answers

Laptop won't stay asleep

Why does my laptop (MacBook Pro running Windows 7) wake up after I close the lid and put it to sleep? [more inside]
posted by mikeand1 on Feb 27, 2010 - 19 answers

macbook pro sleeve

Just got a new MacBook Pro, 17''. Can anyone recommend a good sleeve/padded case? Some that seem billed for 17'' turn out to not fit, or are said to be snug for 15''.
posted by dearleader on Feb 18, 2010 - 10 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

External burner for MacBook Pro

My MacBook Pro no longer burns DVDs, and from what I can see it would cost more to fix it than to simply buy an external one. Anyone have any recommendations for a good burner?
posted by dearleader on May 27, 2009 - 14 answers

Replacing my dead MBP's display.

Dead Macbook Pro display. Apple resellers charging $1,000. Any recommendations on somewhere else to purchase from? [more inside]
posted by althanis on May 22, 2009 - 9 answers

Processor upgrade worth it?

New Shiny 17-Inch MacBook Pro: Is the upgrade from the 2.66Ghz to the 2.93Ghz processor worth the US$300? [more inside]
posted by Fuzzy Dog on Apr 2, 2009 - 17 answers

What's the best (cheap) setup to do on-site podcasting?

What's the best solution for my podcasting situation? [more inside]
posted by HostBryan on Mar 12, 2009 - 1 answer

Should I downgrade to a laptop or keep the 8-core?

Can I edit in HD on the latest Macbook Pro without losing my mind? [more inside]
posted by phaedon on Mar 2, 2009 - 5 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

Problems Swapping HDD into new MBP!

Why am I having problems changing my new MacBook Pro's hard drive? [more inside]
posted by brandoniain on Nov 5, 2008 - 14 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

VAT refunds on the Macbook Pro

My boyfriend and I are Australians living in Germany for the next 3 months and hankering for the new Macbook Pro. Help us negotiate our way around the VAT! [more inside]
posted by mooza on Oct 16, 2008 - 3 answers

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