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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PowerDeal: MacBook Pro Rebate on Amazon

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

If you’re not the type to buy a refurb MacBook Pro then you may want to check out a rebate that Amazon has going on MacBook Pros.
Apple MacBook Pro 1.83GHz US$1,999.99 – $150.00 MIR = $1,849.99 shipped!
Apple MacBook Pro 2.0GHz US$2,499.99 – $150.00 MIR = $2,349.99 shipped!
What makes this is deal is that Amazon if offering a US$150 mail in rebate (you need to mail it in by May 11) and you get free shipping. Add to that the fact that Apple adds sales tax to online store sales shipped all 50 states and you’ve really got a deal.

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Apple Offering Refurb MacBook Pros

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

Apparently someone wanted to return their new MacBook Pro (although the thought of doing this completely baffles me) because over the weekend Apple added two MacBook Pro models to its Apple Certified Refurbished Products Web site. They’re offering the 2.0GHz model for US$2,149 (a 13% savings off US$2,499 list) and, get this, the 2.16GHz CTO model for US$2,399 (a 15% discount on the US$2,799 list price.) They’re also offering deals on refurbished iMac 20-inch 2GHz Intel Core Duo’s too, if you don’t mind that someone else has already had their mitts on it.

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MacBook Pro LEAP/PEAP Issues Resolved

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

In a post to the Apple Support Forum (MacBook Pro > Internet, and Networking the MacBook Pro) Anthony Romano has resolved a problem with Lightweight Extensible Authentication Protocol (LEAP)/ Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol (PEAP) wireless networking on the MacBook Pro. The fix involves installing the 1.1.1 version of the driver (from a Intel Mac mini) via the terminal.

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MacBook Pro MagSafe Power Connector Burns up

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Date: Thursday, March 16th, 2006, 12:03
Category: MacBook Pro

burnt-magsafe.jpgA Flickr user named Rheauchyr has posted a set of images of his burnt MagSafe power connector from his MacBook Pro.

When I came home today, I found that the magsafe connector was melted. Thank god the cats disconnected the Macbook pro during the day (they were probably chasing each other and tripped over the wire).

UPDATE: 2006-0316, 11:35 PM:
It should be noted that this is clearly an isolated incident. According to Digg, Apple requested that the poster remove the Flickr image set after they replaced his MacBook Pro.

I am sorry if you do not see the image(s) you might have expected to see.
The reason for this is that Apple, after dealing with this issue, kindly requested me to remove the pictures at least until their engineers had a change to investigate this issue. Since Apple support has been very helpful and already is getting me a new Macbook asap, I’m happy to answer their request.
For those whose immediate reaction is along the lines of ‘censorship’ and other big words: I don’t care.

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The Apple Core: MacBook Pro demand outstripping inventory

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Date: Thursday, March 9th, 2006, 10:33
Category: MacBook Pro

MBP-2-3-weeks.jpgA Piper Jaffray research analyst is worried that limited MacBook Pro availability could pose a problem for Apple’s second-quarter Mac sales estimates. Gene Munster continues to maintain an “outperform” rating and $103 price target on Apple Computer, despite the constrained availability of the popular MacBook Pro.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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AP Reviews the MacBook Pro

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Date: Wednesday, March 8th, 2006, 23:28
Category: MacBook Pro

Associated Press technology reporter Matthew Fordahlk has posted a review of the MacBook Pro. Here’s a snippit:

What about the all-important battery life? Starting with it fully charged, I surfed the Web, listened to music and engaged in other regular tasks for an impressive 3 hours and 10 minutes before the system went to sleep. Once plugged in, it woke up in seconds, exactly where it stopped.
The run time was slightly longer than for an older PowerBook, which I tested under similar under similar conditions a year ago. In that case, the battery fully drained in just under three hours.
The MacBook’s result is even more impressive because the Intel chip runs two computing engines at once, instead of just one on the PowerBook’s G4 chip. The MacBook’s processor also runs at a faster clock speed.

Read the rest of his review for AP.

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