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New MacBook Pros and USB C (and Thunderbolt and video, and network, and power)

The new MacBook Pros announced October 27 2016 have taken the plunge that we guessed was coming: All USB Type C ports, all the time.  (for a refresher on Type C, see our article here) Following on after the opening … Continue reading

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Memory for the new late Apple 2014 5K iMac, Mac Mini

Apple has released a 2014 model of the iMac, with a stunning new “5K” 27 inch Retina screen.  Happily, unlike the previous Retina iMac models, Apple included upgradeable memory in this configuration. It can go to a maximum of 32 … Continue reading

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OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion information

Apple released OSX 10.8 “Mountain Lion” on July 25. It is available from the Apple App Store as a download for $19.95.  When you purchase one Mountain Lion, you can install it on as many Macs as you own.  (if … Continue reading

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Q. What do I need to burn DVDs and CDs?

DVD-Rs are a good format for backing up data files and for distributing data and software. Because files on a DVD-R cannot be changed once burned (and therefore cannot be deleted or affected by viruses or hard drive breakdown) I … Continue reading

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Q. Can I use USB2.0 peripherals on a USB3.0 port?

Yes, USB 3.0 has been designed to be backwards compatible with, and the USB 3.0 A type connectors (computer) and B type connectors (peripheral) are plug compatible with USB2.0 A type and B type cable ends. The USB 2.0 A … Continue reading

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Q. My computer won’t attach to my WiFi router?

Troubleshooting steps for WiFi connections: First of all, make sure that you know the router’s network name (SSID), and the password (WPA key). If you don’t know these, ask the owner of the router.  If you are the owner and … Continue reading

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Q. What Memory and Drives fit my MacBook Air?

Apple MacBook Air machines feature Intel processors and an exceedingly thin Aluminum body. None of the MacBook Airs have internal optical drives, Apple sells an external USB Superdrive (make sure to check compatibility with your MacBook Air when buying a … Continue reading

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Q. Can I upgrade the processor or the graphics card in my laptop?

The short answer is No. The longer answer is that many laptops have the CPU soldered into the motherboard. Even where the CPU is socketed, the motherboard chipset and BIOS would have to specifically support the new CPU, and laptop … Continue reading

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Q. How do I install a 3TB or larger hard drive?

The largest new desktop SATA hard drives on the market have capacities of 3 TB and 4 TB. This is great for storage, not so great for older machines because it goes beyond what SATA interfaces on older (mid 2011 … Continue reading

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Q. What memory fits my Apple Xserve server?

Model/ Identifier CPU/ Speed/ Screen/ Date/ Designation RAM Type & Speed Maximum RAM Hard Drive/ SSD XServe G4RackMac1,1 G4 1.0 GHz (4 RAM sockets Mid 2002, M8627LL/A ) DDR-266 DIMM 2 GB (4x512MB) 3.5″ PATA hard drive XServe G4/DPRackMac1,1 G4 1.0 … Continue reading

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Q. What memory and hard drives fit my iBook G3/G4?

There are several models of iBook, the G3 models use PC66 or PC100 memory and the G4 models use DDR memory. Below is a list of all models. iBooks take 2.5″ IDE hard drives up to 120 GB in capacity. … Continue reading

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Q. What RAM memory and hard drive fits my Apple eMac G4?

Apple Macintosh eMac G4 machines took two different types of RAM – PC133 SDRAM and DDR-333 (PC2700 or PC3200 can be used.) In both models, the RAM is accessed through a trap door on the bottom of the machine. If … Continue reading

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Q. What RAM memory and hard drives fit my Mac PowerBook G4?

The Powerbook G4 was a revolutionary notebook when it was released, having an all-metal casing manufactured with a Titanium alloy. In Early 2003 Apple switched to an aluminum allow for the case, and introduced 12″ and 17″ models. At the … Continue reading

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Q. What memory and hard drives fit Macintosh computers?

Different models of Apple Macintosh machines take different types and capacities of RAM memory and hard drives.  We’ve put together charts of all of the models of Macs since 1998 that list the RAM requirements and the hard drive types … Continue reading

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Q. What Memory and Drives fit my iMac Intel?

Apple has released a variety of iMac intel machines, which have used four different kinds of RAM. Different models of iMac have had either two RAM sockets or four RAM sockets. Following is a chart of all iMacs and their … Continue reading

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