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Dell U2713HM full resolution problems on OSX Mavericks

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Yesterday I purchased a Dell U2713HM a 27″ display that gives me up to 2560×1440 resolution.

I connected it with an HDMI cable to my Retina MacBook Pro 15″ (late 2013). At first it didn’t work as expected, and I was getting “only” full HD resolution, I knew this was a possibility because I was not using the correct cable. You need a Mini Displayport to Displayport to get the full possible resolution, I purchased the cable but didn’t arrive yet.

Today the cable arrived so I plugged the new screen to my Mac, and surprise! It didn’t work either. 🙁
I was getting a strange resolution, and then I was able to get full HD again, the most, but not the full juice.

I started reading online and found a lot of suggestions, unplug, restart, reset SMC and more. I realized my laptop was almost new, and I could call Apple support. So I did, but unfortunately Daniel, the support representative was as lost as me. While he put me on hold (he was asking somebody else), I found the solution online.

It seems the EDID (Extended Display Identification Data) in Mavericks was not right for my new monitor (I also read this solves the problem for other Dell Models U2711 & U2713H). Fortunately, from this link (I also made a mirror here just in case) I could download a ZIP file  which contains the correct EDID for these Dell monitors.

I just download the file, and uncompress it. Then copy the folder to the following path: /System/Library/Displays/Overrides. Then restarted and the display will work as it should have the first time, full 2560×1440 no problems!

Note: In my case, I got a bad start first, and then the computer started correctly so everything was ok. I’ve noticed it took a couple more seconds than what a normal reboot would take.

Just when OS X was restarting, Daniel (the Apple supporter) came back to me. I explained him what I just did and he was surprised of the solution. I gave him the information and he told me that he will report it so the engineering team can prepare an update for Mavericks.

For the time being, you have the tip here, hope this can solve your problem the same way it did for me. Now, I am enjoying full resolution on my 27″Dell screen :).

This is the model of my Mac, just in case somebody es interested

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Apple iPhone 5 cases incompatible with docks, again

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Apple is one of the most important technological companies in the world, they invest billions in research and development to bring us super cool, powerful and functional products. I have several of them actually and I really like them, yet, they fail to deliver a simple thing: A dock compatible with their own cases!

This is not the first time they make this mistake, (yes I am assuming its a mistake), in the past I remember having an iPhone 4S and having exactly the same problem, with their own bumper it was almost impossible to find a dock compatible with their device. I ended finding a dock in China that was available with a longer 30 pin connector that would allow me to use my case with it.

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Get more of OS X Finder with TotalFinder app

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tf-logoI am learning my way on the Apple world, till now the experience is positive, but there are some things that I miss from Windows.

Finder would be the equivalence to Windows Explorer in Windows, and you use it for everything related to file management too. But I was missing some specs that I really found useful in Windows and it was the right click context menu with the Cut, Copy and Paste option. For some reason Apple decided not to include the Cut command on a right click and limits you to use the Command X key combination to Cut some files and then paste them to another location.

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Retina MacBook Pro, how to manually switch video cards and save battery

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73486I purchased the latest MacBook Pro retina in November 2013, its the 15″ version which has two video cards on it, an Intel Iris and an Nvidia 750M if I recall correctly.
Its nice to have two video cards because you can do more graphic hungry stuff without having to use another computer, but there are times where you really need as much battery as possible, and you don’t want any application to trigger the power hungry Nvidia 750M.

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Some great Black Friday deals – Mac Apps

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Check this two Black Fridays deals of Mac Apps bundles you might be interested in:

The Productive Mac Bundle (Pay what you want!)

– CopyLess: Clipboard empowerment!

– Dayspring: Your personal RSS reader.

– Privatus: Automated privacy protection.

– The Archive Browser: Browse the contents of archives: ZIP, RAR, TAR etc.

– X-Mirage: Mirror and record your iOS display on the Mac!

– Meta: Meta tagging for mail.

– SecureSend: Keep your data private!

Click on the following banner to see more details and pricing.

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Paddle Holiday Bundle (Super price!)

– Dropclip: Quickly exchange Dropbox direct links!

– Dropzone: Get things done on your Mac.

– Temperature Gauge Pro: Manage your Mac temperature!

– Letter Opener Pro: No more cryptic emails!

– Throng: Stress-test your webserver!

– iResizer: Scale images without diminishing key elements!

– Time Tracker: Spend your time wisely!

– Moneybag: Money manager and financial analysis.

– SnapRuler: Effective on-screen measuring.

– Taskdesk: Lightweight to-do management from the menubar!

– Changes: Track file and directory changes; with awesome service integration.

– Toau: Less reading, more listening

Click on the following banner to see more details and pricing.

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Haswell MacBook Air with Mavericks sound problem solution

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mac-no-sound-iconA friend has been struggling with a problem with his MacBook Air (Haswell) and the freshly released Mavericks. Suddenly he looses sound and the only way to get it back seemed to be a complete restart.

As you can imagine this was very annoying so I will share the steps he found in the Apple Discussions forums that allowed him to find a definitive solution:

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My first days with the MacBook Pro Retina (late 2013)

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IMG_7203 (Copy)As you might have read some time ago I decided to switch to Mac, I`ve been a Windows user for 17 years now and I support them, configure and manage them for work. I wanted to have the experience of OS X on Apple hardware first hand and so I purchased a Mac Book Pro Retina 15″ which was announced in October 22nd Apple event and I received last Friday.

My first impressions are great, its an incredible well built machine. Its design is really beautiful and on the inside it seems to be very powerful. I opted for the Quad Core 2.6 Ghz. version with 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD drive. I am really happy till now although I didn’t have the opportunity to do much with it.

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Will it blend? iPhone 5S & iPhone 5C

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Yes! Now is the time of the blending of the iPhone 5S and all the iPhone 5C`s at once!

As always, incredible!

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18 Tips to optimize iPhone battery life with iOS 7

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batteryWith the recent launch of iOS 7 a lot of new functions could suck up our precious battery from our iPhone, we prepared a list of things that you can do to maximize its performance. Check which things you really don’t use or need and consider disabling them to get as much as battery during your day.

I personally prefer to have a balanced power administration without limiting the devices great functions. Hope this list helps you find your way too 😉 Just keep in mind that if you disable everything and you make your phone super power efficient you would be taking a big part  of the “smart” part of your phone or iPad 🙂

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Its official, Apple announced the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s

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Yesterday Apple announced the so expected refreshed iPhone lineup after so much rumoring and image leakage we finally know how they look and which are their specs.

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Its basically like the iPhone 5, there is only one difference, its back is build of polycarbonate available in: green, blue, yellow, pink, and white. This has simplified the building process so they could lower the price in USD 100.

Pre-orders starting on the 13th of September with delivery scheduled for the 20th.

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