boot – unable to reinstall macOS on MacBook Pro

boot – unable to reinstall macOS on MacBook Pro – Ask Different

hard drive – Macbook Disk contains swap partition with half my disk – How to reduce swap partition

hard drive – Macbook Disk contains swap partition with half my disk – How to reduce swap partition – Ask Different

hardware – MacBook goes to sleep when I keep a bluetooth speaker on top of it

This is kind of a weird question. Since the last year, I have observed multiple times that when I keep my bluetooth speaker on top of my mac, near the trackpad, it suddenly turns off and goes to sleep.

This happens quite frequently but not always.

I am using MacBook Pro 2012 mid and my bluetooth speaker is beetel s2. Also I connect my speaker to mac with aux cable and not bluetooth (sound flickers in case of bluetooth connection).

headphones – Macbook Air + Logitech G773 headset speeding up videos and not detecting mic input

I recently bought a Macbook Air (Late 2020 M1). I also bought a Logitech G773 headset. Since the receiver is USB-A, and the ports are USB-C, I have an adapter/hub that I am plugging the headset receiver into. If my computer is on when I plug the receiver in, the audio works, but the mic input does not (even after selecting the proper audio input/output in both the app and System Settings). The weirder thing is that when watching videos, such as on Youtube or elsewhere, the video will speed up and go back to normal speed, somewhat randomly.

Things I have tried:

  • Rebooting audio via this answer
  • Unplugging and plugging it back in.
  • Uninstalling/reinstalling the Logitech app
  • Using a different USB adapter (with no other devices)

Restarting fixes the problem, but it is kind of a pain to do it every time I plug in my headset. Has anyone had a similar issue and can offer a solution?

network – Macbook 2007 (A1181) Wi-Fi issues in Windows

I have:

  • Macbook A1181
  • Windows 8.1 in Bootcamp with the latest patches
  • All bootcamp drivers installed
  • Keenetic Viva router with 2.4/5 GHz dual-band Wi-Fi, located in ~1m from the Macbook

The issue is that download/upload speed via Wi-Fi is very low in any app (~60kbps) and often interrupts. On the other hand, ethernet connection works great.

And the same Macbook works great with Wi-Fi when I boot macOS, but, unfortunately, I need Windows.

Other devices, like M1 Macbook Pro (late 2020), iPhones and lots of Android phones (even 2.4 GHz) work fine too, so it seems to be a driver issue.

Any ideas on how to fix it?

macos – Macbook Pro 2016 – Big Sur Battery Issue after replacement

Background – i bought a 2016 Macbook Pro (A1708) a few weeks ago that was at 800+ cycles and the battery was listed as “service recommended”, would not charge past 1% and switch off if unplugged. So i bought a new battery and installed it. Little did i know that there was a replacement program for the 2016/2017 MAcbook Pro’s that had issues after Big Sur upgrade..doh! So now Apple wont touch me as i replaced the battery but the issue still persists even with a new battery. I have attempted an SMC reset and PRAM/NVRAM resets and it still doesn’t work. I have wiped SSD and gone back to Mojave (same issue) then upgraded back to the latest version of Big Sur.

Did this bug with Big Sur brick something on the logicboard/SMC? Has anyone else had this issue and worked out how to resolve?

MacBook charging extremely slowly, after using 3rd party USB-C charger

I have a 16″ 2019 MacBook Pro.

A few days ago, I didn’t have my MacBook charger on hand. After a quick internet research of whether or not it works, I borrowed my wife’s DELL XPS charger (USB-C, 130W I believe). My MacBook charged fine with it.

A few days later, I noticed that my MacBook is charging very slowly (with my Apple 96W charger). I reset the SMC, rebooted, tried a different wall outlet, installed all system upgrades. No luck. Charge speed is around 1% point every 20 minutes with all apps closed. When I run a computing intense task (having a lot of Google Chrome tabs open, or compiling code), the battery discharges.

I checked the battery status with coconutBattery, but things seem to look normal. The only thing that seems off is that charging wattage. I’d expect that to be somewhat close to my 96 watt maximum.

See the attached screen shot. Note that this is with all apps closed.

Are my issues due to my charger experiment a few days ago? Is this just coincidence and my Apple charger went bad?


thunderbolt – MacBook Pro M1 external display connection issue

I am trying to connect my 2020 MacBook Pro (M1) to an external display via a thunderbolt 3 dock.

The dock is the Kensington SD5200T which supports M1 Macs with 1 external display.

The screen I am trying to connect to is the ASUS PG349Q via DisplayPort (1.4).

The MacBook is running the latest version of macOS (Big Sur 11.2.3).

When I connect the MacBook to the dock using the included Thunderbolt 3 cable the internal display flickers (resolution changes, windows flash on and off the display) until it eventually connects to the external display (this can take upwards of 1 minute).

I made a video demonstrating the problem, it can be found here.

I have tried the dock and MacBook with an LG 5k thunderbolt display which works fine and I’m using the DisplayPort cable from my PC so I know the cable isn’t the issue.

Does anyone know how to fix this?

Can I drive this 34 inch samsung display with my macbook pro?

I own a 13 inch early 2015 macbook pro and am in the market for an ultrawide display for my home office. I’ve landed on this display as a contender for purchase, but am worried that my macbook will not be able to drive the display properly.

The resolution for the display is 3,440 x 1,440. According to apple here, the HDMI port can support resolutions up to 3840-by-2160 at 30Hz. What about the thunderbolt 2 port? I understand the thunderbolt 2 port also doubles as a minidisplay port, however apple does not mention supported resolutions.

Can I use the minidisplay port to drive this monitor? If not, is my only option the HDMI? Could I do thunderbolt 2 to thunderbolt 3?

Any information on how I might be able to drive this display would be appreciated.

Replacement of SSD on a Macbook Pro 2015 13inch and install macOS and windows

To do a clean install on a MacBook Pro 2015 retina, first is needed to download the installation DMG file from a website you trust. However, and since I didn’t have iCloud access, I needed to be an older version of MacOS: el Capitain.
Also, since I was on android I had to download a ISO rather than a DMG file.

To create the USB boot disk, I bought a micro usb to USB adapter so I could plug my USB drive to the android smartphone.
Installed on the android smartphone the USB 2 ISO android App, available to download here

and Burned the ISO to the USB drive.

To enable boot on a MacBook Pro when powering up is needed to hold the Option key, and since the SSD was empty, no boot selection is shown, so is better to plug a USB drive with a LED to check if is indeed loading.

Next you need to follow the installation wizard one time, until you’re faced with login into iCloud or an error message saying that there is no packages available.
Reboot into diagnostics by press and hold the option key after powering. When Loaded, select on the top menu, the Terminal option to change the date.

Below you see what the command should be for your current time and date – April 12th 2021 08:13. To avoid trouble with timezones, we will use UTC time instead (April 12th 2021 06:13). Which means, you can just enter it exactly like this:

date -u 0412061321

Enter the command and hit return. You can then check if it was set correctly by running the first command again. If the date was wrong, it was likely that which caused the error, and after you quit the terminal it should be able to install OS X just fine.

if installing el Capitain, you will need to change the date back to 2015.

Reboot again, and start the installation procedure, at the same time, and since the password recovery procedure on iCloud takes 24h or more, my advice is to open a new fake iCloud account.

You will be needing a fake credit card number and a fake email account the rest o the details you can use your own. After creating the account you need to fill the billing details, name and address and save it at the end.
However is not enough. Next is needed to install the Apple Music App for android, available here

login with the recently created fake iCloud account and accept the terms and privacy. This is important, or else El Capitain won’t let you continue the installation procedure on the macbook Pro.

After, you can finally install the MacOS el Capitain on a macbook pro.

When its done, proceed to the windows installation, by first starting to create a empty partition on the SSD the partition utility available on the lauchpad.
Download Unetbootin, to create a bootable USB from a 64bit windows ISO available to download on the internet.

You don’t need to download bootCamp drivers as windows can install most of them from the windows update. However, you will need to find the drivers for the wireless card (on my case a BroadComm) so you can connect to the internet after the windows installation finishes.

And you’re setup a dual boot on a macbook pro with only an android phone and a USB stick!

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