Belkin Multimedia Reader and Writer ExpressCard

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Date: Monday, August 7th, 2006, 09:00
Category: MacBook Pro

The new Belkin EC/34 reader/writer offers a fast way to get pictures from a digital camera to a MacBook Pro. Unfortunately Belkin
Part # F5U213 is already out of stock.

Due to the overwhelming popularity of this product, we are
temporarily out of stock. Please check back soon.

Belkin also manufactures ExpressCards for FireWire 800, FireWire 400/USB 2.0,
Gigabit Ethernet and SATA II. (Thanks Ole).

Why ExpressCard? ExpressCard, the new standard destined to replace CardBus, effectively quadruples the amount of available computing bandwidth. This results in faster music downloads, smoother streaming video, and lightning-fast access to mass-storage devices.

The Belkin Multimedia Reader and Writer ExpressCard offers the perfect solution for users who want to add a media reader to their notebook computers. The Card is designed to take advantage of the additional bandwidth and features provided by the new ExpressCard I/O interconnection standard. Now you can drag and drop files, images, and music to your computer from your digital camera, PDA, MP3 player, or other device. The ExpressCard future-proofs your computer with technology so advanced that it exceeds the processing-speed capability of many devices currently on the market. Installing the ExpressCard now will give you device-upgrade expansion room for many years to come.

Belkin : Multimedia Reader and Writer ExpressCard™

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Novatel V640 ExpressCard/34 Shipping Aug 10

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Date: Friday, August 4th, 2006, 08:06
Category: MacBook Pro


Verizon and Novatel will begin shipping the Novatel V640 on Aug. 10. It’s an ExpressCard/34 Solution that works with the MacBook Pro.

It’s designed for use with Verizon Wireless’ BroadbandAccess service and enables owners of notebooks with ExpressCard/34 and ExpressCard/54 slots to wirelessly connect to the Internet at broadband speeds via Verizon Wireless’ national high-speed 3G Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) network.

Macsimum News – Novatel V640 ExpressCard/34 Solution works with MacBook Pros

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Colorware’s limited-edition MacBook Pro

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Date: Friday, July 28th, 2006, 09:08
Category: MacBook Pro


It was only a matter of time before those crazy fools over at Colorware took their strange voodoo laptop customization rituals to the next level, which has resulted in what some might consider an unholy abomination against his Steveness: the non-Apple emblazoned MacBook Pro.

Colorware’s limited-edition MacBook Pro Apple logo replacement – Engadget

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Apple Acknowledges MBP Whine in One-Line Kbase Article

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Date: Wednesday, July 26th, 2006, 09:39
Category: MacBook Pro

First, Apple released a one-line knowledgebase article acknowledging the white MacBook Palmrest discoloration (“About white MacBooks’ palmrest area” Article ID: 304058) stating that:

If your MacBook is exhibiting discoloration on the top case after some use, please contact AppleCare for service.

Now they’ve posted an official mea culpa acknowledging the MacBook Pro whine issue in, you guessed it, a one-line knowledge base article. (“MacBook Pro with noise under the keyboard” Article ID: 303365).

If your 15-inch MacBook Pro emits a high-pitched buzzing sound, please contact AppleCare for service.

What is up with these one-liners? Will software update articles soon be reduced to “it fixes lots of stuff?”

MacBook Pro with noise under the keyboard

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The Apple Core: Merom MacBooks for the holidays

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Date: Wednesday, July 26th, 2006, 09:18
Category: MacBook Pro

intel-core-2-duo.jpgIt’s pretty easy to deduce that Merom, Intel’s successor to the Yonah (a.k.a. Core Duo) chip, will find its way into a speed-bumped MacBook Pro. The question is when.
Intel will be announcing the Core 2 Duo chips at a press event tomorrow (Thursday) at company headquarters in Santa Clara, CA according to a spokesman. Although the event will focus on the desktop Core 2 Duo chip (Conroe) the notebook version (Merom) is expected to debut as well, with the caveat that it won’t be available until August.
Although I originally reported that Merom may appear in the MacBook Pro as early as August, sources close to the project have their doubts.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


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.


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


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


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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