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  1. 2010 MPB - Shuts down, plugged in.

    Apple store is $129. Authorized Repair $119. Yeah I saw the one at Macsales.com for $99. Since I only use it as a desktop, and it seems to be functioning, I'm going to leave as is until WWDC, to make sure this machine will continue to be supported by the next OS before putting $ into it. Side question, is there a way to turn a mac on without the button? Right now I have a weekly schedule, but it's not very granular. Since the machine runs in clam shell, I've got a monitor stand over it. So it's a pain to slide mac out, lift lid, reach with screw driver. It's a quasi private-public mac. It's under lock and key, I'm the only one who uses it,but the property owners do have a key and could let someone use the room.
  2. 2010 MPB - Shuts down, plugged in.

    UPDATE: Took out the battery yesterday. It seems to be working just fine. I had read taking out the battery severely slows down the processor. I never really tax it, but I haven't noticed anything. Thanks for the help! I emailed the local Apple Authorized repair place. They quoted me $10 less than the Apple store. But then I asked how much for the battery, as I could do the work myself. Same price
  3. 2010 MPB - Shuts down, plugged in.

    I hadn't thought about just running out without a battery. Maybe it's all those screws they put in the way. If the problem isn't the battery but those other 2 items, is it basically toast?
  4. 2010 MPB - Shuts down, plugged in.

    I've got a 2010 MBP that I use in my music teaching studio. It's plugged in 24/7 and has been for years, and runs in clamshell mode with an external monitor. I installed a SSD drive and it's been running like a champ. Except suddenly the other day it started shutting off every 10 minutes. When restarting, I didn't get notice of anything crashing or improper shutdown. I took it home and the battery says 1% and it needs service. Sure it's old, but why would it shut down while plugged in? Anything I should look at? Thanks.
  5. I have 1 TM backup for my rMBP that will no longer backup. I still have access to the data and can TM back, but I get error messages when it attempts a backup and then the drive becomes unrecognizable. Power down drive, plug it back in, run disk utility and it's fine. Try a TM backup, same error. I've tried trashing the TM pref file but still nothing. I'll take any thoughts on the matter, but that's not what I'm asking about. I have another TM backup for my iMac that is full. Ideally, I'd like to have a 3TB drive, partitioned in 2. Copy existing TM backups, and have drive either hardwired (USB 2) to always on iMac and shared partition to rMBP, or shared via USB 3 on my router. I do also have cloned drives, and use crashplan.
  6. Virtual Private Networks

    I've been using Windscribe since September and it's been great. You can find good lifetime deals if you look around.
  7. Improve the wifi in my house!

    Thanks for the tip. I put our 3 AC devices (2 iPhone 6's and 2015 rMBP) on the 5G network, and anything else goes on the 2.4. Moving the Netgear to the first floor has helped a lot. I wasn't sure if I was going to run though any issues running it wired through 2 routers, but not setting one up as an extender, but it's been just fine.
  8. Greetings gang! I recently had a couple rooms in my house wired to CAT6, to improve video streaming. But this caused the Netgear AC router to need to be put in the basement. However, I'm not thrilled with how my wifi devices are performing. We've got a 2015 13" rMBP and 2 iPhone 6's, that I thought wouldn't be that affected by moving the AC router downstairs. When devices went from g to n, I felt it. Not so much under ac, though maybe performance would be worse if it were on n. I just can't tell if ac is really doing its job. Here's our current setup: 2100 sq foot home, basement + 2 stories, colonial Netgear cable modem and AC router in basement 6 wired connections to 2 rooms on the 1st floor (achieved with a 4 port switch) iMac on 2nd floor is wired through power line networking to router I'm thinking I can put a several generations old Airport Extreme-n router downstairs to handle all the wired connections, and hook the Netgear-ac router on the 1st floor via a CAT6 wall jack. Would I need to run the Netgear as a wifi extender? Or can I turn off the wireless radios on the AE, and run all wireless signals/networks through the Netgear? What type of network is better for my advanced devices, 2.4ghz or 5? We're not on a great connection. Time Warner Cable, 16MB down, 1MB up. But there's only 2 of us using devices at the moment, and for the most part it's ok. Thanks for your thoughts.
  9. 13" vs 15" MacBook Pro

    So all of that debate, I realized the only big difference that mattered for what we use it for was screen size. So I bought a 15" as it was $200 off at best buy. It was an experiment, as it looked like it wasn't much bigger than the 13" 2010 models (bezels have shrunk over the years). However, best buy or any store doesn't exactly have test couches to try out the size and I took it back after a week. Larger screen was nice, but a bit too much for the lap, plus I often have to fend off small children. I ordered a 13" with max ram yesterday. While I have no doubt the new Macbook would've done the job, it's just too new and underpowered. Our current machines are 5 years old so I feel we should get a decent bump, though I don't know how core m compares. Is it more wise to add everything manually? Or does migration assistant work well? Or should I use it for somethings but not others?
  10. 13" vs 15" MacBook Pro

    Time has come to replace our downstairs laptop (2010 MBP). That machine will go to work to replace a 2007 black Macbook, which is on it's last leg. At first, going 13" seemed like a no brainer, we've seen older 15" models and they seemed too big. However once while walking in a Best Buy recently, the newer models didn't seem to have as big of a footprint. These new updates make the decision of 13" vs 15" MBPr more difficult. 13" has newer processor, 15" does not, but it is a quad core i7. Processor means little to us. At most light video editing of iPhone footage may happen on occasion. 13" now has 8gb of faster ram, but 15" comes with 16gb. We have 8gb in our 2010 and it seems enough, though my wife leaves every app/tab open and we use fast user switching. 13" has better battery life, but that means little since it's primarily a home machine. 256gb should be enough storage. Most media is stored on a drobo, hooked up to an iMac. So comparing the $1500 13" MBPr vs the $2000 15", the main differences are the processors, screen size (I would like more), and the intel iris 6100 vs iris pro graphics. I'm not a gamer, but I would enjoy picking up SimCity again or the new Skylines game. Thoughts on the new 13" vs now older 15" MBPr would be appreciated. Thanks!
  11. Best HD option for older MBP - SSD or Hybrid?

    I ended up going with the Crucial, mostly due to price. The machine doesn't do much heavy lifting. In fact, after I manually transferred files I realized I could have gone for the smallest drive. We use iTunes Match, so no need to keep music local, and there was 20gb of video podcasts my wife didn't realize could have been set up to auto-delete. It was an easy install, and so far everything has been working great (with the exception of the computer needing to be rebooted if you close the lid).
  12. What happens when lid is opened/closed vs sleep command?

    Thanks, John. It does sleep fine via commands other than lid close, and it wakes fine when the lid is already in an open state(with the settings I've adjusted). The issue is if we close the lid (and it goes into system sleep) it does not wake easily, often not at all. I should probably test it again. Luckily we don't travel with it much, so it is not difficult to have it lid open all of the time. I would guess whatever hardware command is supposed to wake upon lid open isn't happening.
  13. mid-2010 Macbook Pro. I recently added an SSD and did a clean install of Mavericks. This issue predated the recent install, though the lid open problem seems to have gotten worse. Basically, it used to take a while to wake once the MBP went to sleep, either if it went to sleep lid open or if we closed it. Most of the time it would take minutes, and sometimes recently it would take hard reboots (and even then I would get stuck in a weird non-responsive state). Now it doesn't want to wake up at all if the lid is closed. I have reset PRAM and SMC. Turned off " Put Hard disks to sleep when possible" used terminal to change the hibernation mode to this: pmset -g Active Profiles: Battery Power -1* AC Power -1 Currently in use: hibernatemode 0 acwake 0 lidwake 1 halfdim 1 sleep 180 ttyskeepawake 1 sms 0 hibernatefile /var/vm/sleepimage disksleep 0 displaysleep 2 The last bit I have not done yet that seems to have helped users in the past was to turn off "Secure Virtual Memory" which is no longer a GUI option, but probably a terminal command. Since I have made those adjustments above, it wakes fine after given the sleep command (Apple Menu, or short press of power button). Any thoughts as to what is supposed to happen when you open the lid, and is there a solution to fixing it? Thanks.
  14. Seeing as our one and only tax refund will go towards a new furnace/ac and not a MBP Retina, I've been pondering doing as SSD upgrade to get more juice out of the 2010 MBP. Prices look better than they have in the past. We only need 240GB, we're not using our current 250GB. Already at 8GB Ram, and I was surprised we're actually using most of it (it's the downstairs machine the wife and I share, using 2 accounts). From what I understand it is a SATA II drive, though any SATA III drive will work, just not at SATA III speeds. I'm looking at 3 brands. OWC has theirs for $165 http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/SSDEX3G240/ Crucial has one for $109 http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-2-5-Inch-adapter-Internal-CT240M500SSD1/dp/B00BQ8RM1A/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1394726166&sr=1-1&keywords=crucial+240gb+ssd And then I've found Seagate has some Hybrid drives in 500GB($73) and 1TB ($95) http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Laptop-500GB-Drive-ST500LM000/dp/B00B99JU5M/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1394719220&sr=1-4&keywords=hybrid Any thoughts on the SSD vs these Hybrid drives? We don't really need the extra storage, though this machine will eventually replace my 2007 black MacBook at work (used for email and iTunes only), though I could probably figure out a way to utilize the space. Thanks.
  15. Family Budgeting app

    What about Mint.com?
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