I have a late 2011 Macbook Pro.

I am thinking on getting an SSD drive. How can I back up everything including the "restore partition" to put on the new drive?

try this:
How to clone your old drive to your new drive

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  • Hi, I have a late 2011 MacBook Pro but cant get the mirroring function to work with Apple TV.  I've got the most recent Software 10.7.5 but cant see the mirroring icon or turn this on.  I'm able to mirror from my Ipad but not my Mac, any thoughts?

    Hi, I have a late 2011 MacBook Pro but cant get the mirroring function to work with Apple TV.  I've got the most recent Software 10.7.5 but cant see the mirroring icon or turn this on.  I'm able to mirror from my Ipad but not my Mac, any thoughts?

    Welcome to the Apple Support Communities
    AirPlay Mirroring is supported on your Mac, but it needs OS X Mountain Lion (10.8). See > http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5404
    You have two possibilities:
    1. Make a backup, open App Store and purchase Mountain Lion to upgrade to this OS X. Then, you will find the AirPlay Mirroring icon at the top right of the display, on the menu bar, or on System Preferences > Displays.
    2. Keep OS X Lion and use AirParrot > http://www.airparrot.com
    Both options work properly, but I recommend AirPlay Mirroring as it doesn't need a third-party program

  • HT201343 Can you AirPlay to an Apple TV with the MacBook closed? I have a late 2011 MacBook Pro.

    Can you AirPlay to an Apple TV with the MacBook closed? I have a late 2011 MacBook Pro.

    If you are using airplay then that should be fine once the content is playing. You can't use home-sharing in this manner however.

  • I have a late 2011 macbook pro i want to reinstall os lion 10.7 so when i reboot hold down options key click on recovery hd then in the os x utilities screen it says reinstall mac os x is there any way i can save this download so i can burn to dvd

    i have a late 2011 macbook pro i want to reinstall os lion 10.7 so when i reboot hold down options key click on recovery hd then in the os x utilities screen it says reinstall mac os x is there any way i can save this download so i can burn to dvd

    steve359 wrote:
    Sorry ... I read but was unfortunately distracted from your original post.  You have a system that came with Lion.  The Lion that is on your system is only for your computer and cannot be downloaded from the app store again because you never purchased it officially through the App Store.
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    Your assumption is incorrect. Although he may not be able to download it from the App store he can download it directly for the Apple servers using the recovery partition on his original drive.
    All you have to do is start the install routine and then point the install to an external hard drive. Once the download is finished the computer will reboot to start the install. At that reboot disconnect the external drive so the install can not start. Boot the computer back into the OS on the internal hard drive, which is what will happen automatically once the external drive is disconnected. Then connect the external and copy the files from it that were downloaded. Right click on that downloaded package file and select Show contents. In the contents of that package is a file called InstallESD.DMG. Copy that file out of the package and burn it down to a DVD or USB thumb drive and you now have the Full Lion Installer. I have several of them laying around on different hard drives and 2 USB thumb drives which I have used to reinstall Lion on my 15" MBP.
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  • I have a late 2011 macbook pro and it wont update the firmware to 2.7, it downloads the update then says its installing it but when i go back to software update it keeps coming up saying it needs to be updated

    I have a late 2011 macbook pro running OSX Lion, and it wont update the firmware to 2.7, it downloads the update then says its installing it but when i go back to software update it keeps coming up saying it needs to be updated. Im wondering what can i do to stop this or get it to update.

    Once it is downloaded you need to restart the computer if it does not restart automatically. When it next starts up you should note a progress bar appearing below the Apple logo. When done the computer will restart once more. The new firmware should now be installed.

  • HT204291 i have a late 2011 macbook pro and i don't have the airplay icon on my menu. Everything is on the same network and i have a black mini apple Tv. it is either 2nd or 3rd generation. The airplay icon comes up in itunes it doesn't works with video j

    i have a late 2011 macbook pro and i don't have the airplay icon on my menu. Everything is on the same network and i have a black mini apple Tv. it is either 2nd or 3rd generation. The airplay icon comes up in itunes it doesn't works with video just music. I want to mirror it on my apple tv. Will you please help me?

    That's why, you will need to upgrade to 10.8

  • I have a late 2011 MacBook Pro with 10.7..5 what is the next upgrade for this?

    MacBook Pro 10.7. 5 late 2011 next upgrade

    Another upgrade which may come first if not already, is to RAM with an increase in total capacity.
    Maximum Memory    16 GB (Actual) 8 GB (Apple)
    Memory Slots    2 - 204-pin PC-10600 (1333 MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM
    •MacBook Pro: How to remove or install memory - Apple Support
    An example of reputable upgrade RAM source of matching spec to Late 2011 MacBook Pro:
    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/Apple_MacBook_MacBook_Pro/Upgrade/DDR3_133 3MHz_SDRAM
    Given Mavericks OS X 10.9.5 is said to no longer be available, you may wish to try your luck first
    with Mountain Lion 10.8.5 just in case your older computer does not like Yosemite 10.10.1. From
    what I understand, you'd likely pay a fee to get & use Mt Lion. That may be worth it, if the unit
    does not prefer Yosemite; and it may be difficult to revert to an older one after installing 10.10.
    Good luck & happy computing!

  • Late 2011 Macbook Pro with SSD Freezing

    Hello,
    I have a late 2011 macbook pro and about six or so months ago I have it a new lease on live with a Samsung 840 SSD (non pro).
    I haven't really had any problems with that until recently - the machine started locking up on wakeup. This meant that the beachball of doom would start and each program would gradually in turn become unresponsive. Shutdown command wouldn't work and would time out, force quit wouldn't open, and although I could move the mouse around and sometimes switch between programs, they didn't work and the only cure was to hold the power button until it switched off.
    This has also started happening just when the computer has been on for a certain amount of time *without sleeping*. For example, if I watch an episode of a tv show, by the end of it the video is still running but all of the other programs are locked up - clicking out of VLC causes the beachball of doom. This also happens in other programs - it's even happened as I've been writing this, and the only remedy seems to be a hard restart.
    The problem doesn't seem to occur in windows. In OSX I have 'put hard drives to sleep' turned off, and TRIM enabled. I also disables the sudden movement sensor. I have also reset the SMC.
    Does anyone know of a remedy short of a full reinstall of Mountain Lion?
    Oh and I used samsung magician in windows to update the firmware of the drive. It reports that the drive should be fine.
    Thanks very much for any help anyone can give me with this!

    anything is possible - corrupt files - corrupt drivers - it could be anything.
    try doing a nvram/pram reset and see if that sorts it out.
    i have ssd installed in all my Macbook/Macbook Pro and have never had any issues.
    Then again, I don't have windows installed in any of them.
    hopefully the nvram/pram reset sorts it out for you.
    once you've done that reset - go back to system preferences - startup disk and select your ssd as the startup drive again - then restart it again.

  • Late 2011 Macbook Pro Restarts When Power Connected

    I have a late 2011 Macbook Pro, 2.2 GHz with 8GB Ram with  OS X 10.8.2 and a series of unfortunate events.
    When I connect the magsafe adapter to the computer, after it has been shut down completely overnight, with the lid closed, the Macbook attempts to restart. The restart fails beause the lid is closed but leaves my Macbook in an unstable state. Unless I do a PRAM reset whenever this happens, I will have at least one random shutdown, usually within the first  half hour of use after the computer restarts itself. I have also reset the SMC controller, checked the hard drive for errors and tested the memory. I have been careful to make sure that the computer shuts all of the way down before closing the lid and disconnecting power. As far as I can tell at this point, starting the computer on battery, and subsequently connecting the magsafe adapter, does not cause any problems.
    I never saw this behavior until I installed Mountain Lion.

    Run an Apple hardware test and see if that picks up any problems.  If this phenomenon is consistently repeatable, I recommend taking it to a repair facility for a diagnosis.  This clearly is not normal operation.  I hope that you might be still in the warrantee period.
    Ciao.

  • Late 2011 MacBook Pro (Mountain Lion 10.8.2) backlight keyboard not functioning properly?

         I have a late 2011 MacBook Pro running OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 and for some reason, the automatic backlight keyboard will not funtion as it should. When I have the "Adjust keyboard brightness in low light" option enabled in settings, and I turn on the lights, my backlight keyboard stays at full brightness. Then, when I turn off the keyboard, then the lights, the keyboard does not turn on! Correct me if I'm wrong, but I am pretty sure that this was a feature in the MBP lines.

    Try a SMC reset.   Shut down the computer. Plug in the MagSafe power adapter to a power source, connecting it to the Mac if its not already connected. On the built-in keyboard, press the (left side) Shift-Control-Option keys and the power button at the same time. Release all the keys and the power button at the same time. Press the power button to turn on the computer.   Note: The LED on the MagSafe power adapter may change states or temporarily turn off when you reset the SMC.

  • Late 2011 Macbook Pro green pixels on the screen where dark colors should appear.

    I have a late 2011 Macbook Pro I bought it new with 4 gb of ram. About 4 months ago i purchased 8 gb of pny ram for this model and upgraded the ram. I followed all of the safety precautions and discharged my static electricity before upgrading. It increased the speed of my mac and helps with certain tasks. About 2-3 weeks i notices my mac froze and strange green black and pink bars appeared on the screen so i hold the power button to shut it down and it solves the problem this will happen about once a month but otherwise my mac works perfect. Now about a month ago I powered my mac on and low and behold The screen was covered in green pixels. I tried rebooting twice and it didn't do anything then i let it sleep for about 5 mins opened my mac and the green pixels were gone. Now my mac is still usable and everything works its just sometimes like once in a while ill get a few pixels and closing and opening my mac fixes it. I was curious if this was related to one another or is my mac just starting to die....

    I have been getting green pixels/boxes the last while...
    I have noticed it after waking the machine from sleep. Not 100% sure if that is the only time it happens. It goes away after a few seconds, typically.
    Any idea what is going on?

  • Late 2011 macbook pro will not perform AHT

    Hi All -
    I have a late 2011 Macbook pro (A1278) running 10.6.8.
    I've tried running AHT by holding D down while powering up as well as trying D+Option. Neither method is working. I've been sure to hold these buttons down before pressing the power key and continued to hold them down but nothing happens. The computer just boots up as normal. Suggestions?

    Hi All -
    I have a late 2011 Macbook pro (A1278) running 10.6.8.
    I've tried running AHT by holding D down while powering up as well as trying D+Option. Neither method is working. I've been sure to hold these buttons down before pressing the power key and continued to hold them down but nothing happens. The computer just boots up as normal. Suggestions?

  • Late 2011 macbook pro not mirroring

    Hi,
    I have a late 2011 macbook pro 13"(I checked the serial number). osx 10.7.5. Apple tv 3 (md199LL/A) version 5.2.1. and i still dont' see the airplay symbol at the top of my screen. I can airplay from itunes, but not mirror my screen. Any ideas?

    About AirPlay and Airplay Mirroring
    AirPlay Mirroring requires a second-generation Apple TV or later, and is supported on the following Mac models: iMac (Mid 2011 or newer), Mac mini (Mid 2011 or newer), MacBook Air (Mid 2011 or newer), and MacBook Pro (Early 2011 or newer). For non-qualifying Macs you can try using Air Parrot.
    Several Apple Articles Regarding AirPlay
    Apple TV (2nd and 3rd gen)- How to use AirPlay Mirroring
    How to set up and configure AirPort Express for AirPlay and iTunes
    About AirPlay Mirroring in OS X Mountain Lion
    iTunes 10- About playing music with AirPlay
    Troubleshooting AirPlay and AirPlay Mirroring
    Using AirPlay
    Thanks to the $15 Beamer, AirPlay streaming is still possible on Macs  that do not support Airplay and mirroring.
    Another solution is the Air Parrot.

  • Upgrading graphics card and ram on late 2011 macbook pro?

    Hi. I have a late 2011 macbook pro, and I wanted to know if i could upgrade my graphics card and ram for better performance while gaming. I play WoW and diablo 3 and often notice lag and can only run on low settings. So my graphics are Intel HD 3000 which is integrated, and i was wondering if i could upgrade to a graphics card like AMD or nvidia. Also, would upgrading from 4 gb of ram to 8gb of ram help my performance? Thanks.

    You cannot upgrade the graphics card on your MBP. It is soldered to the logic board.
    RAM can be increased to 8 or 16 GB.  The correct specifications are;  204-pin PC-10600 (1333 MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM.
    The best vendors for Mac compatible RAM are OWC and Crucial.
    Ciao.

  • Upgrade to SSD or HDD? Late 2011 MacBook Pro

    Hi,
    I have a late 2011 MacBook Pro, running Yosemite with 500GB hard drive & 4 GB of RAM.
    I'm going to upgrade the RAM to 16GB regardless to speed things up a little.
    I'm a very basic level user. Mainly use it for web surfing, watching movies, downloading music etc.
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    Reckon an upgrade to an internal HDD should do the trick. Looking to get 2TB at least. Can anyone recommend anything to me please & explain to me how I go about transferring data from current HDD to the new 1?
    Thanks!

    Vendors to check are OWC, DataMem, and Best Buy. I would recommend Seagate, HSGT, and Toshiba. The latter now makes a 2 TB notebook sized drive you can use in that model. I believe this is the largest capacity for a notebook drive.
    Adding RAM only makes it possible to run more programs concurrently.  It doesn't speed up the computer nor make games run faster.  What it can do is prevent the system from having to use disk-based VM when it runs out of RAM because you are trying to run too many applications concurrently or using applications that are extremely RAM dependent.  It will improve the performance of applications that run mostly in RAM or when loading programs.

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