MacBook Pro: A Love/Hate Relationship?

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Date: Monday, April 24th, 2006, 07:10
Category: MacBook Pro

Two recent posts from Digg about the MacBook Pro appear to be in conflict:
Ten Reasons Why I Hate My MacBook Pro
Ten Reasons Why I Love My MacBook Pro

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MacBook Pro Display Tilt

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Date: Friday, April 21st, 2006, 09:00
Category: MacBook Pro

I just love my new MacBook Pro but after a week of playing I noticed that I cannot open my display nearly as far as I could on my old 12-inch PowerBook. My clients with 15 and 17-inch PowerBook G4s can open the display clamshell much further back than I can with my MBP.
I wish the MBP would have been designed to allow users to open the lid to almost flat. It’s a shame with the new brightness of the display sitting on my lap it is very hard to tilt the display at an adequate vantage point to look at it squarely – not to mention brining yourself into proper alignment of the built-in iSight. My audience will have to examine how well I tie a double windsor – or knot ;)
Contributed by: Stephen Dolenski

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MacBook Pro Video: Overclockable

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Date: Wednesday, April 19th, 2006, 22:51
Category: MacBook Pro

Hardmac is reporting that the Radeon X1600 video card that comes in the MacBook Pro is "massively underclocked." Beware that overclocking it will lead to more fan noise and faster battery drain though…

In our forums (in French), SpacetitoX has reported that while playing with his MBPro and its GPU while running WinXP, he has noticed an interesting point:

After searching the web for information or reports, I have decided to install ATI tools for WinXP on my MBPro; but the version 0.24 was not working… Then I successfully installed ATI optimized drivers to replace those ones provided by Apple, then I installed ATI Tools beta version 0.25… And I immediately came to the conclusion that once again Apple dramatically underclocked the GPU of its notebook models. Indeed the Radeon X1600 in the MBPro is clocked a 310MHz / 278MHz (GPU and RAM respectively)! When looking on the web, I have found that many PC notebooks featuring this GPU have a 470MHz/470MHz setting…

Hardmac.com : Le "Macbidouille" in English

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MacBook Pro Noise Complaints

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Date: Friday, April 14th, 2006, 08:54
Category: MacBook Pro

Red Sweater Blog has posted a slew of articles about issues with the MacBook Pro.  I had to send my MBP to Apple for a repair because of a loud inverter hum and absurdly high heat generation, but they replaced the temperature sensors, inverter and (so far) everything is running well.

I’ve become a bit fixated on the MacBook Pro noise issues that are plaguing many early adopters of these new machines. This page serves as a centralized organization point for the various posts I have made on the subject, as well as links to a couple programs I’ve developed to explore and alleviate the “CPU whine” issue in particular.Blog entries in chronological order:

1. All Work and No Play Makes a Quiet MacBook Pro
2. MacBook Pro Noise Update
3. MacBook Pro Noise: I Belive in Miracles
4. Entry announcing this summary page
5. MacBook Pro Noise: Battery Life Tests
6. MacBook Pro: The Whining User

Red Sweater Blog – MacBook Pro Noise Complaints

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iAlertU Uses MacBook Motion Sensor and iSight Cam

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Date: Monday, April 10th, 2006, 00:50
Category: MacBook Pro

iAlertU gets the award for the most innovative use of the MacBook Pro’s motion sensor and built-in iSight camera that we’ve seen. Click through to Engadget for the links.

We’ve been seeing posts and vids (and getting tips) on a program called iAlertU all week, but were a little skeptical of software that claims to use the tilt sensors and camera in your MacBook Pro for triggering an alarm if someone tries to snatch your lappie. Skeptical, that is, until a beta version of the application was released today, and while feedback so far indicates that the code is still pretty buggy, the program seems to actually work, with users generally pleased about the overall operation (for the five minute usage limitation of the beta, anyway). Developer Slapping Turtle says that once all the kinks are worked out, a non-time limited version will be available for $10, which seems like a good deal once key features are implemented — most importantly, headphone jack and other overrides, because even the most dim-witted thief may somehow stumble upon the "force restart" key combo in mid-heist.

iAlertU MacBook alarm software available in beta – Engadget

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MacBook Pro EVDO ExpressCard in May

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Date: Saturday, April 8th, 2006, 15:56
Category: MacBook Pro

I just stumbled across this little ditty on TUAW about EVDO ExpressCards on the way from Novatel Wireless. Those of you that live in EVDO coverage areas (which I do not) can rejoice. I’d love to get the service down in my area but it’s a toss up between which I want first EVDO or FIOS coverage. Hmmm… Anyway, click through to TUAW for the links.

I happened by Om Malik’s blog today and saw, as CTIA winds down, he’s caught wind of an EVDO card from Novatel Wireless that’s due in May. The best news is, it’s going to be an Express card, and it’ll work in the MacBook Pro, no Windows partition needed. So what? Well I guess C.K. can finally get back to playing World of Warcraft in Central Park (and freaking out the squares). If you just can’t wait until next month, when they are rumored to appear, you can keep an eye on this MacBook Pro page on EVDOinfo.com. Wireless is great, especially if it’s everywhere. There is a USB EVDO device from Novatel that’ll be out "later this year."

Mac EVDO card in May – The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

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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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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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The Apple Core: MacBook Pro issues addressed with ‘Rev. D’ logic board

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Date: Tuesday, April 4th, 2006, 10:01
Category: MacBook Pro

mbp-half-open.jpgApple’s MacBook Pro is undoubtedly the fastest and most powerful notebook computer Apple has ever launched, but it’s not without its problems.
Apple has started addressing the issues by replacing affected machines with a new “Revision D” logic board. The revision of your logic board is only identifiable by the serial number. You can get the serial number from inside the battery bay or by clicking on “About This Mac” in the finder and clicking twice on the software version number.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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KBase: How to use the MacBook Pro With the Display Closed

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Date: Monday, April 3rd, 2006, 08:00
Category: MacBook Pro

Apple has posted a Knowledge Base article (#86286) that explains how to use your MacBook Pro with the display closed, it also works with the PowerBook G4.
Basically it boils down to closing the computer’s lid once your computer’s desktop appears on the external display. When the lid is closed, wake the computer up by either clicking your mouse button or by pressing a key on your keyboard.
If you want to do the same thing with a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard, see KBase article #.

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