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Tips for sickly Macs

Discussion in 'Computing' started by TheJackAttack, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Though some would have it otherwise, Macs do sometimes experience issues. I am not a Mac user for too many years to help much at all so I am compiling tips together from some recent posts. I will likely add to this list as I catch helpful hints.


  2. Jeemy

    Jeemy Well-Known Member

    In Disk Utility - Repair Permissions on drives. This should be done every month.

    Its also advisable for admin machines to use Diskwarrior - the small purchase cost far outweighs the trouble that can come from not pre-emptively checking hard drives. YMMV using it on an audio machine but I see no reason not to, and do.
  3. joh6

    joh6 Active Member

    Ok just to be clear before i attempt this does this just clear that little bit of start up stuff or the whole drive
  4. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    Clearing the P-RAM just clears a few of the start-up parameters from the RAM. It's completely safe for your drive(s).

    If you're having difficulties, there are a number of key combinations that will let you start up in different modes.
  5. bart_R

    bart_R Active Member

    My 11 month old MBP 13" has 236 Battery cycles on it. Should I be worried? My Girlfriends 2 year old MBP only had 186 and last week the battery began swelling. It was replaced by Apple FOC.
  6. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

    Apparently using dual monitors was crashing a Mac at a friend's studio. Going back to one monitor fixed it.
  7. bart_R

    bart_R Active Member

    Should a MBP be kept plugged in or unplugged once charged?
  8. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    BatteryCare - Proper laptop battery usage guide

    There is nothing inherently different in Apple hardware from other computers. The link above will give you the battery guidelines you need.
  9. bart_R

    bart_R Active Member

    Thanks for providing that TheJackAttack.
  10. Ryan Edward

    Ryan Edward Active Member

    That is one thing I like about windows based laptops, the ability to swap batteries as and when desired rather than paying a lot of $$$$$ for Apple to do it.
  11. Al_Weeks

    Al_Weeks Active Member

    The New MBP has about 5 batteries instead of just one.
  12. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    That isn't true. It may have 5 cells in the single battery but that does not equal 5 batteries. There is not physical room for 5 batteries in a MBP.

    Even if it did have multiple batteries like MANY non Apple laptops are capable of, that does not change how to properly maintain the batteries.
  13. Al_Weeks

    Al_Weeks Active Member

    The photo I saw showed 5 small batteries in a configuration toward the front of the unit.
  14. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    One battery with 6 cells glued to the case.

    The teardown MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Mid 2012 Teardown - iFixit
  15. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

  16. oynaz

    oynaz Active Member

    With the correct screwdriver, it is quite easy to change the battery yourself on most Macs.

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