The MacBook Pro Serial Number Code

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Date: Thursday, April 6th, 2006, 14:40
Category: MacBook Pro

As I previously reported early MacBook Pro’s shipped beginning with serial numbers beginning with W860. We’ve also determined that Apple changed the logic board to “Revision D” beginning with MacBooks starting with a W8612 serial number. The following is an approximate time line of MacBook Pro serial numbers:
- W8607 – Manufactured: Feb 12-18 – Received: Feb 20 – Initial shipments
- W8610 – Manufactured: March 05-11 – Revision C
- W8612 – Manufactured: March 19-25 – Revision D
- W8613 – Manufactured: March 26-April 01 – Revision D (Thanks Chris)
UPDATE: Here’s how to decode your MBP serial number: W8607 means that the unit was manufactured in facility W8 in the 7th week of 2006.
What is your MBP serial number? When did you purchase it? Help your fellow MacBook Pro owners with your info!

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10.4.6 and/or the Firmware Upgrade Killed my MacBook Pro

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Date: Thursday, April 6th, 2006, 11:48
Category: Software

software-update.jpgDO NOT install the Mac OS 10.4.6 update or the 1.0.0 Firmware update (For the MacBook Pro) on your machine until the dust settles a bit.
I got swept up in all the excitement yesterday about Apple’s release of Boot Camp, an official dual boot environment for Intel Macs. To use Boot Camp you must install Mac OS 10.4.6 and the latest Firmware update for your specific Mac (in my case MacBook Pro (early 2006) Firmware Update 1.0.)
I didn’t follow my own advice to wait a minimum of 72 hours before installing any Apple update and am now paying the price.
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The Apple Core: Apple vs. Me

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Date: Thursday, April 6th, 2006, 10:00
Category: The Apple Core

Would you ever want to be on the business end of legal action from a company with US$9 billion in cash? What about being targeted for deletion by one of most powerful multi-national corporations in the world? What if a company with US$14 billion in revenue and 14,000 employees wanted a piece of your ass?
Welcome to my world.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Vista on a MacBook Pro

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Date: Thursday, April 6th, 2006, 10:00
Category: MacBook Pro

vista_macbook.jpgMarc Orchant has posted a picture on his ZDNet Office Evolution blog of a MacBook getting ready to install Windows Vista.

we decided to see if we could boot the latest Vista installer on a Bootcamp-equipped Macbook Pro. As you can see, it appears to start up with no issues. We did not actually install Vista due to the fact that the owner of this MacBook needs to do a full backup of his data before getting too adventurous. We’re hoping to do the full install tomorrow.

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