New MBP Logic Boards and Invisible Serial Numbers

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Date: Tuesday, July 25th, 2006, 09:55
Category: MacBook Pro

…many MacBook Pros which have revised logic boards (indicated by Apple in repair notes included with updated systems) lack a serial number identifier in the “Hardware Overview” pane of Apple System Profiler.MacFixIt reader Stephen Fleming writes:

“I’ve had the logic board replaced (endless kernel panics) and have the ‘MBP’ string. But the easiest way to prove that it’s been replaced is that the serial number has been erased… see attached screen shot. So the only way to find the serial number for this machine is the microprint under the battery.”

So if your MacBook Pro has had its logic board replaced, and displays the string “SystemSerialNumb” next to the “Serial Number:” field in System Profiler, please let us know.

MacFixIt – MacBook Pro: Revised logic boards have no software serial numbers?

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MacBook Pro on the Cheap

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Date: Wednesday, July 19th, 2006, 09:37
Category: MacBook Pro

macbook_pro_ports.jpgMacMall has some great prices on the MacBook Pro.
- MacBook Pro 1.83GHz – US$1,649
- MacBook Pro 2.0GHz – US$1,844
They appear to be trying to clear out 1.83GHz models since Apple upgraded the base model to 2.0GHz (which is also a great deal at US$1,844). Both configurations also come with a free Samsung SCX-4200 multifunction printer and carrying case.

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MacBook Pro Right Speaker Distortion

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Date: Monday, July 10th, 2006, 10:05
Category: MacBook Pro

I was recently reading around on the Apple Discussion Boards and stumbled upon this thread.

The right speaker on my Macbook 2.0 sounds distorted. I
went to the nearest Apple Store to do an exchange bringing my iPod
along to compare the sound quality with the other Macbooks there. They
all had the same right speaker distortion. To take it further, I tried
an old Powerbook. No problems at all. Clean sound from both speakers. I
just cant see all of those Macbooks having defective right speakers.
Assembly or Software problem? What do you guys think?

I have this very same problem with my MacBook Pro and I have been through a similar experience at an Apple Store.

Distorted, Defective Apple MacBook Pro Speakers

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MacBook Pro With Biometrics

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Date: Wednesday, July 5th, 2006, 08:00
Category: MacBook Pro

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I’m amazed at how many people are willing to chop up their brand new toys. Take [edahc]‘s brand new MacBook Pro. He decided to mount a Sony Puppy FIU-600 fingerprint scanner in the case. The device is powered directly from the DC board. I think the MacBook Pro may actually lend itself more to these types of modifications than most laptops because of the large flat metal surfaces on the case. More so than say your standard lumpy plastic Dell.

hack a day – MacBook Pro biometrics

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MacBook Pro Handle

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Date: Tuesday, July 4th, 2006, 23:44
Category: MacBook Pro

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I used to use a handle with my TiBook and liked it quite a bit. I haven’t tried QuickerTek’s handle for the MacBook Pro yet, but it looks interesting. I wonder if it will fit in a bag with the handle attached.

Apple MacBook Pro users now have latest in carrying handle technology for their new laptops. QuickerTek has just made available a specially designed MacBook Pro Handle that not only makes it easier to carry, but also aids ergonomics and in heat dissipation. The new MacBook Pro Handle is $48 USD and is in stock now.

This handle has several new features including:

  • Brushed and anodized finish to match the MacBook Pro case
  • Slotted mounting holes to insure perfect snag-free installation
  • Non-slip handle grip makes it more comfortable to carry and prevents scratches to the MacBook Pro case or the desktop surface
  • Easy grip thumb screws (patent pending design) allow the tilt angle to be locked in for consistent desktop placement
  • All aluminum construction for strength, heat dissipation and light weight

:: QuickerTek :: Handles :: MacBook Pro Handle

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The Apple Core: The battery issue again

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Date: Monday, July 3rd, 2006, 10:56
Category: MacBook Pro

United Press International’s Chris Barylick wrote an article about the recent MacBook Pro battery failures. In it he discusses the various issues that have plagued the Intel notebook’s lithium power cells (“holding less than their normal charge, overheating and swelling to larger sizes”). Apparently individual cells in some of the early battery packs are susceptible to failure…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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How-To: Install Vista Beta 2 on a MacBook Pro

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Date: Thursday, June 29th, 2006, 13:51
Category: MacBook Pro

After a few false starts I have finally got a working Vista up and running on my MBP. This is assuming you already have a working copy of XP installed using BootCamp. Here is what I did:

HOWTO: Vista on a MacBook Pro – Mac Forums

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Swollen MacBook Pro Battery

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Date: Monday, June 26th, 2006, 08:00
Category: MacBook Pro

mbp-swollen-battery.jpgMacFixIt has posted some pictures of their swollen MacBook Pro battery:

We’ve extensively covered an issue where the MacBook Pro’s battery gradually swells, — apparently due to overheating. In mild cases, batteries swell but remain functional. In these cases, keyboard and/or trackpad functionality is sometimes affected by the rising of internal components.

In severe cases, the swelling is visually striking, and users are eventually left with non-functioning batteries. Sudden shutdowns while charge remains are usually precursory to such failures.

MacFixIt – MacBook Pro: Pictures of our own swollen battery

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MacBook Pro Light Sensor Secrets

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Date: Wednesday, June 21st, 2006, 10:55
Category: MacBook Pro

Mac programmer Amit Singh, who in February figured out how to access and manipulate the motion sensor in Apple’s laptops, has published an explanation of the ambient light sensor also found in the company’s latest portables. The ambient light sensor detects the amount of light in a room and brightens the laptop’s keyboard as needed.

Programmer Reveals MacBook Pro Light Sensor Secrets || The Mac Observer

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More on MacBook Pros and Verizon EVDO

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Date: Wednesday, June 14th, 2006, 08:00
Category: MacBook Pro

In addition to my post on Monday, Antonio Rodriguez has also posted a blog entry about how to attach a MacBook Pro to Verizon’s EVDO network using a Treo 700p:

As of 6/10/2006, Verizon has a couple of plans that provide unlimited data on top of some allotment of minutes. Go and sign up for this, but make sure that you also sign up for a $15/month “feature” to let you do this in the first place called something like “Broadband Tethered Access.” Just check that a) it is $15/month incremental for nothing other than the privilege of using your Treo as a modem, and b) that when you log into your account and check your service, you see a line item that reads like so: “BBA CONNECT UNL.” Without this enabled, you will not be able to authenticate. In my case, I asked for it at the store (didn’t get it), and twice on the phone (didn’t get it). The trick was getting to the data support people and using the magic words “BBA CONNECT UNL” which seemed to turn some lightbulb on.

Also, you do not need to install the Verizon Access connect software that they put out for the Mac. I am not sure whether this software is good or bad- in fact I’ve only ever used it on my Thinkpad where the first thing it did was flash my otherwise very Mac-friendly 5220 so that it only worked just ok after that- but I prefer to keep as much of that third-party crap off of my computer, particularly when it comes to OS services like networking (and given that the MBP seems to have a few hiccups of it’s own in this area, why add insult to injury?).

The fastest way to get a Macbook Pro on the Verizon EVDO network with a Treo 700p

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