Ask PowerPage: Final Cut Pro Upgrade to Motion and DVD Studio

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Date: Monday, September 27th, 2004, 07:44
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Dear PowerPage:
I recently (7/30/04) purchased a PowerBook G4 and Final Cut Pro. I paid US$999 for FCP and I was hoping to upgrade to get Motion and DVD Studio. Why is the upgrade $699 when you can get the whole thing today for $1299? I’d be paying $1700 for something you can get for $1299. Why would a current AAPL customer have to pay that much more than a new customer? At the time I made my purchase Motion wasn’t even shipping…
Is there a way to upgrade for less?

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PowerBook Hinge Issues

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Date: Monday, September 27th, 2004, 07:29
Category: Archive

Macintouch has been posting a number of people’s feedback regarding problematic PowerBook hinges. A number of readers have recommended RadTech’s Glide kits but have commented that you need to re-apply.

Simply using the Radtech fluid only cures the issue for a short time, in their “Glide” kit they supply a hinge expansion tool. If you use this and the fluid, the problem will be fixed and in future occurrences can be cured simply with the fluid.

My Aluminum 15-inch is starting to squeak and exhibit tightness on the left hinge, so I’ll probably have to spring for an AlGlide kit to fix it. How are your hinges holding up?

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Apple Launches 15-inch PowerBook G4 Display Repair Extension Program

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Date: Monday, September 27th, 2004, 07:34
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PowerBook G4 White SpotsApple has announced a 15-inch PowerBook G4 Display Repair Extension Program to address the “white spots” problem that has been appearing in some machines. Some 15-inch PowerBook G4 computers with serial numbers in the range listed below may have faint white spots on the display:
V7334XXXXXX to V7345XXXXXX
QT331XXXXXX to QT339XXXXXX
PowerBooks with these serial numbers may be referred to as:

  • PowerBook G4 (15-inch FW 800) – these have an aluminium design and 1 GHz or 1.25 GHz G4 processors
  • PowerBook G4 (1 GHz/867 MHz) – these have a titanium design and a 15-inch display

If your PowerBook G4 falls in the above serial number range and exhibits faint white spots on the display, go to http://www.apple.com/support/powerbook/displayprogram/ for further instructions on identifying the issue and possible replacement of the display.

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