Sonnet Announces FireWire/USB ExpressCard/34 for 10.5-Based MacBook Pro Laptops

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Date: Thursday, August 23rd, 2007, 14:10
Category: MacBook Pro

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Sonnet Technology has announced that it will be releasing its FireWire/USB ExpressCard/34 peripheral for Mac OS X 10.5-equipped MacBook Pro notebooks this October.
The card, which works with the ExpressCard/34 slot found on Apple’s MacBook Pro laptops, features one USB 2.0 port and two FireWire 400 ports. Sonnet has announced a US$69.95 price tag for the device.
If you have any thoughts or feedback on this, please let us know in the comments or forums.

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Apple Releases MacBook Pro Software Update 1.1

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Date: Friday, August 10th, 2007, 08:21
Category: MacBook Pro

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Late Thursday, Apple released the MacBook Pro Software Update 1.1 patch. The update, a 14.7 megabyte download and can also be located through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
The update provides bug fixes and stability improvements with Apple’s Motion 2 and Motion 3 software suites and is recommended for the 2.2 and 2.4 GHz MacBook Pro units. Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later is required to install and run the update.
Please let us know if you’ve installed the update and had either a positive or negative experience with it. If you have any stories or feedback, let us know in the comments or forums.

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MacBook Pros Exhibiting WiFi-based Kernel Panics

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Date: Tuesday, July 24th, 2007, 08:56
Category: MacBook Pro

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As good as Apple’s hardware and Mac OS X has become, some gremlins remain.
An article over at MacMerc points out a bug involving MacBook Pro laptops in which the user experiences a kernel panic while attempting to use their built-in AirPort wireless cards.
The current workarounds are to either attach an Ethernet cable to the MacBook Pro or use the WiFi function while using the AC adapter, neither solution doesn’t really help that whole “portability” thing that people tend to buy a laptop for.
Currently, no statement regarding the problem has been made by Apple and a release date for a fix has yet to be announced.
If you’ve seen this on your end or have any thoughts, ideas, fixes or workarounds, let us know in the forums.

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Apple Releases MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.3

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Date: Friday, July 13th, 2007, 09:16
Category: MacBook Pro

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Late Thursday, Apple released its MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.3 patch, a firmware update designed to repair a display glitch found on some 15″ MacBook Pro laptops running at 2.2 and 2.4 GHz.
The update is a 1.8 megabyte direct download (it can also be found and downloaded via the Software Update feature) and requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later to run.
If you’ve installed the firmware update and have thoughts or feedback about it, let us know in the forums.

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Apple Updates Refurbished MacBook Pro Web Site

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Date: Monday, July 9th, 2007, 10:24
Category: MacBook Pro

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It may be refurbished, but it can still rock.
The
refurbished section of the Apple Store has just posted the following new MacBook Pro offerings:
-15″ 2.33 GHz Core 2 Duo, 2 GB of RAM, 120 GB hard drive, 6X SuperDrive, ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256 MB of VRAM with glossy or standard screen for US$1,999.
-17″ 2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo, 1 GB of RAM, 100 GB hard drive, SuperDrive, ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256 MB of VRAM with glossy or standard screen for US$1,999.
-17″ 2.33 GHz Core 2 Duo, 2 GB of RAM, 160 GB hard drive, 8X SuperDrive, ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256 MB of VRAM with glossy or standard screen for US$2,299.
If you’ve seen a good bargain elsewhere, let us know.

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Apple Releases MacBook Pro Software Update 1.0

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Date: Friday, June 29th, 2007, 07:36
Category: MacBook Pro

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In one of the most vaguely-described software updates in recent memory, Apple has released MacBook Pro Software Update 1.0, an upgrade for the 2.2 and 2.4 GHz MacBook Pro laptop models.
The description states that the update provides “important bug fixes” and is recommended for these laptops.
The MacBook Pro Software Update 1.0 software is a 14.6 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker) and requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later to run.
Apple was vague on this one, so if any of you out there feel experimental today, let us know if this appreciably changes anything (for better or for worse) on your MacBook Pro.

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Blu-Ray Read and Write Support in LED MacBook Pro?

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Date: Friday, June 8th, 2007, 12:45
Category: MacBook Pro

Apple doesn’t mention Blu-Ray support with the new MacBook Pro and I was surprised when a new MacBook Pro owner wrote that Toast 8 showed the OEM Matshita UJ-857E drive as having Blu-Ray read and write support. The UJ-857 (no E) was used in some previous MacBook Pros/MacBooks and was often maligned for things like slow write speeds (4x limited) but I could find no current specs on the UJ-857E model and it’s not currently listed at Original Equipment Optical Drives from Panasonic (parent of Matshita). (There may be a japanese page or other panasonic page that’s more current?)

New MacBook Pros Matshita UJ-857E – Blu-Ray compatible?

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The President of the U.S. Uses a MacBook Pro (in 24, at least)

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Date: Monday, January 22nd, 2007, 22:36
Category: MacBook Pro

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Fox’s 24 is my favorite TV show hands down. In fact, it’s pretty much the only thing that I watch the night of, whereas everything else is relegated to folders on my TiVo. Ok, I guess there is 30 Rock, but I digress.
In tonight’s episode, 10:00am – 11:00am, President Wayne Palmer is hurried off to a secret bunker after a rogue suitcase nuke is detonated in suburban Los Angeles. His computer of choice? A MacBook Pro of course.

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MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo Users Report Flickering Displays/Distortion

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Date: Thursday, November 30th, 2006, 15:59
Category: MacBook Pro

MacFixIt.com has reports in regarding the emergence of flickering displays and the appearance of horizontal distortion lines in the late 2006 model of the MacBook Pro.
The issue, which is similar to a problem that occurred in some of the iBook G4 laptops. Apple seems to be replacing the logic board as a fix, albeit a parts shortage problem may led to delays. The issue doesn’t seem to be related to any problems with the display components themselves, but seems isolated to the logic board.
If you’ve experienced this problem or have any workarounds or ideas, post them as comments.

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MagSafe Stress Relief

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Date: Tuesday, November 28th, 2006, 10:00
Category: MacBook Pro

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For those of you worried about the weak spot/melting point of the MagSafe connector, here’s what I’ve been doing with all my laptop power supplies for the last few years. I cut a short piece of 1/8″ spiral cable wrap available at Walmart or Radio Shack, usually in a package of multiple diameters for a couple bucks, wrap it around the weak point and cinch it down hard with a small zip tie and a pair of pliers. Cheap trick, but until they add some real stress relief at that joint, it cheaper than buying a new power supply.
Contributed by: Kent Sievers

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