The Apple Core: Anatomy of a MacBook Pro repair

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Date: Thursday, April 13th, 2006, 09:00
Category: The Apple Core

MBP-logic-board.jpgLast week I wrote about Apple addressing problems with some early MacBook Pro models suffering from inverter whine, CPU whine and high temps with updated logic boards. Serial numbers starting with W8611 and later are reportedly “Revision D” boards, while earlier numbers are Revision C. (There’s more on decoding your MBP serial number here.)
After being plagued by inverter whine on my MacBook Pro 2.0GHz (serial W8607) and extremely high temperatures I finally called it in.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: My Mac diagnostic tool belt

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Date: Wednesday, April 12th, 2006, 10:06
Category: The Apple Core

I keep a special folder of Mac OS X diagnostic and repair applications on my Mac’s hard drive in case of emergency and there are a couple tools that every self-respecting mobile Mac user should have in their arsenal. This is a short list of some of my essential selections…
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MacBook to Come in Colors?

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Date: Wednesday, April 12th, 2006, 08:55
Category: MacBook

Apple Insider posted a piece today about the MacBook shipping in "iMac white." If so, that may mean that it’s a painted aluminum enclosure, and if it’s painted white, why not another color? Also does this mean that it’ll chip and flake like the Titanium PowerBooks?:

When Apple Computer introduces its new line of Intel-based consumer notebooks this spring, the company may once again offer buyers a fashionable option it phased out of its iMac product line nearly half a decade ago: colored enclosures.Like the Cupertino company’s current PowerPC-based line of iBook G4 notebooks, the upcoming Intel "MacBooks" have been described by the few people who claim to have seen them as "fashionably clad in iMac white."

AppleInsider | Apple’s iBook successor may sport fashionable hues

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How to Avoid a MacBook Meltdown – Part II

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Date: Wednesday, April 12th, 2006, 00:01
Category: Software

Rob Kolter, a Mac-only systems consultant in Colorado and PowerPage regular writes:

After reading of your frustration with the MBP Firmware update I’ve got a couple ideas that might help you in the future.
1) Install your OS on a FireWire drive. Do the core install and when the computer reboots unplug the drive. Let it boot back on the internal drive. After the reboot, install any updates: iTunes, iPhoto, GarageBand, 10.4.6, etc. on the FireWire drive. Make a DVD master of the FireWire Drive and burn it to disk. The absolute best way I’ve found to do this is to make a Netboot install image using OS X server tools that contains the image. Once you are booted off that CD, you can use Disk Utility to restore the core OS.
2) Create an Applications folder inside your home folder. Put ALL your non-Apple applications in it. Backup your home folder regularly. I backup to a compressed disk image overnight several nights a week. I carry the most recent copy on a FireWire drive in my bag. If my OS dies a sudden death, it becomes a pretty simple process to restore my OS and then my home folder.

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Prosoft Announces Universal Binary Version of Data Rescue II

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Date: Tuesday, April 11th, 2006, 22:58
Category: Software

Prosoft Engineering has announced that the latest version of their excellent data recovery tool Data Rescue II now supports Intel-based Macs. Data Rescue II is an easy-to-use application for Mac OS X that can recover files and folders from crashed or corrupt hard drives, floppy drives and removable media. Current owners of Data Rescue II can download an update from the Prosoft Web site. A bootable Data Rescue II CD is available for US$5 (download) or US$10 (shipped).
Prosoft’s Data Rescue II won a PowerPick Award in 2006 and Drive Genius won a PowerPick Award in 2005.

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Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) 3 Released

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Date: Tuesday, April 11th, 2006, 19:33
Category: Software

ard3.jpgApple today announced a large update to their popular remote desktop management system. Apple Remote Desktop 3 (ARD) is now Universal Binary for Intel Macs and features over 50 new features, including better remote software updates and installations and a curtain mode that prevents remote users from seeing what you’re doing. The online tutorial provides a nice overview. The unlimited client version costs US$499, 10 clients are US$299.
UPDATE:
Apple apparently hasn’t offered any upgrade pricing for ARD3 even though they go through the expense of printing proof of purchase cards and inserting them into each box. So if you just purchased a copy or ARD2 you’re going to have to shell out the full price for ARD3.

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AirTunes, with a Twist

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Date: Tuesday, April 11th, 2006, 08:00
Category: iPod

Apparently Apple is talking to third party IFE (inflight enterntainment) companies such as Thales and Panasonic with a view to porting a version of iTunes to allow downloads onto your iPod in your passenger seat. As this will probably come with a built in dock connector, it will most likely charge your iPod as well, so you will be fully juiced and ready to rock by the time you land!
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The Apple Core: Decoding your Mac’s serial number

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Date: Tuesday, April 11th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

baccode.gifThere has been a lot of discussion lately about Mac serial numbers. Specifically, how the MacBook Pro serial number relates to the version of the logic board contained within it. In a PowerPage article I mentioned that Apple changed the MacBook logic board to “Revision D” beginning with models starting with a W8611 serial number.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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What Killing Politicians has to do with Computing

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Date: Tuesday, April 11th, 2006, 07:00
Category: Opinion

OSNews’ Thom Holwerda has taken a stance against Apple in the Apple vs. Does case. He draws a comparison between the political assasinations in The Netherlands in the past few years, which were attempts at opressing free speech. According to him, Apple’s attempts at silencing the press are the same; different in means, but the same in goals. “Apple is trying to silence people, trying to work its butt around free speech, just because the company itself is failing in keeping information from leaking to the outside world.”

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The Apple Core: Meet the Flockers

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Date: Monday, April 10th, 2006, 08:43
Category: The Apple Core

flock.jpgMy favorite Web browser these days is Flock. It’s built on the Firefox engine, supports my various blogs and cool features built-in like hooks to the social networking services that I use.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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