MacBook Overheat Analyzed: Recall Brewing?

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Date: Wednesday, September 6th, 2006, 09:00
Category: MacBook

Since isolating the heatsink as the cause of the MacBook’s Rapid Sudden Shutdown (RSS), readers have isolated the specific part of the heatsink that is causing the problem, is actually the CPU thermometer itself.
Essentially the heatsink can expand during use, and comes into contact with the lead from the termometer’s sensor cable. A short circuit results, and the SMC pulls the plug. Once the system cools down, the heatsink resides and the contact is broken. This also explains why sometimes you cannot immediately power the MacBook back on. The heatsink is still in contact with the metal lead.
Apple’s solution to this is to realign the location of the thermometer and cabling on the heatsink so that it does not short circuit. That is why the new heatsink is necessary. In the view of this writer, it warrants a public recall. Any user can produce easily the scenario that causes the MacBook to crash, even with pre-installed applications such as iLife.
This also explains Apple’s recent SMC Update for the MacBook. In short, the ramped up fan is a response to Apple knowing the heatsink is going to expand, and attempts to proactively cool it down to prevent the short circuit.
Unfortunately, as countless users have shown, it is still possible with something as simple as a terminal command, to overheat the CPU. The only solution is to reproduce the crash, call Apple, and have them replace the heatsink.
That is what every MacBook owner should do until Apple implements a recall program.
Contributed by: Christopher Price – www.pcsintel.com

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Apple Announces 24-inch iMac, Bumps to Intel Core 2 Duo Processors

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Date: Wednesday, September 6th, 2006, 09:00
Category: iMac

Apple iMac 24-inch Core Duo
Apple today announced that its entire iMac line now features the new Intel Core 2 Duo processor in every model, delivering up to 50 percent faster performance than the previous iMac. A new 24-inch iMac with a brilliant 24-inch widescreen display joins the 17- and 20-inch models, and iMac prices now start at just $999. Every new iMac includes a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing out-of-the-box; Apple’s breakthrough Front Row media experience; and iLife ’06, the next generation of Apple’s award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications.

“Every iMac–from the $999 model up through the new dazzling 24-inch widescreen model–now features blazing Core 2 Duo performance,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “And the new 24-inch widescreen iMac is the fastest, biggest and brightest iMac we’ve ever made.

“The new iMac lineup includes four models: a 1.83 GHz and a 2.0 GHz 17-inch, a 2.16 GHz 20-inch and the all-new 2.16 GHz 24-inch iMac, and features the new Intel Core 2 Duo processor which delivers up to 50 percent faster performance than the previous 20-inch iMac running industry standard benchmarks.

Apple iMac Line Now Features Intel Core 2 Duo Processors In Every Model

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Panasonic Recalls 6,000 Notebook Batteries

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Date: Wednesday, September 6th, 2006, 08:00
Category: battery

Matsushita, better-known by its Panasonic brand name, joined the party this week with its own recall of 6,000 notebook batteries sold in Japan. This most recent recall isn’t nearly as large as the ones that involved 4.1 million batteries sold by Dell and 1.8 million batteries sold by Apple, but it’s another example of the care and attention being paid to notebook batteries these days.

Of course, it’s not just notebook batteries that are causing problems. In June, Hewlett-Packard announced a recall of about 679,000 digital cameras that could catch fire if the cameras tried to apply a charge to a nonrechargable battery. Cell phone makers have dealt with problems from batteries for years, including several reported incidents of exploding phones. With scary footage of flaming notebooks on the evening news and the Internet, many notebook users want to know if their system could be at risk. Here’s a list of who has recalled batteries so far, and where to turn for information.

Panasonic joins notebook battery recall | CNET News.com

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The Apple Core: It’s (almost) Showtime

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Date: Wednesday, September 6th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

Apple’s invitations to their 12 September 2006 press event (the un-keynote) feature a large Apple logo bathed in Hollywood-style search lights with copy reading “It’s Showtime” across the bottom. A thinly veiled reference to the movie download service that the company appears to ready to announce in six days.
“They’ve done really well in music, they’ve done well in music videos and they’ve done well in TV shows, so logically movies are the next area of focus,” said Shaw Wu, an analyst at American Technology Research who has a “buy” rating on the stock. “It’s a first kind of bigger step in the direction of movie content.”
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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