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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MacBooks on Steroids

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Date: Tuesday, February 28th, 2006, 13:41
Category: MacBook Pro

Scott Culley raises a good point.
As a business traveler, I can understand the appeal of a very slim MacBook, something like the long-ago PowerBook Duo. What’s crazy is the push to shave a quarter-inch and a few ounces off the laptop’s specs.
The MacBook Pro contains a slower DVD-RW drive (4x, single layer) so it would fit in a slightly-smaller enclosure — a difference so small that I doubt most PowerBook users can tell the difference.
I love Macs because they combine a brilliant interface with powerful, reliable hardware. The handsome enclosures are a nice aesthetic fringe benefit, but no more than that. I think it’s foolish to compromise performance for imperceptible changes in style.

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MacBook Pro Heat Generation (Updated)

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

With the disclaimer that this isn’t at all scientific, I wanted to comment on the heat generated by the MacBook Pro, a frequent question. I tested the PowerBook G4 (1.5GHz, 2GB, 120GB) and a MacBook Pro (2.0GHz, 2GB, 120GB) running all night while sitting on a Podium Coolpad from RoadTools. The ambient temperature on the bottom rear middle of the PBG4 was about 112 degrees and the MBP was about 104 degrees Fahrenheit (as measured by a digital thermometer).
In practice the MBP seems to get about as hot as my PowerBook G4,15-inch when used extensively on “Normal” power conservation, especially when plugged into AC power.
UPDATE: 2006-0228:
After running the MBP for about six hours straight last night the surface temperature at the top of the keyboard (above F2 and F4) was as high as 126 degrees Fahrenheit (as measured by a digital thermometer). The bottom temperature was about 106 degrees at the hottest location (running on a Podium Coolpad). It appears that the MBP is no cooler than the PowerBook G4 and may, in fact, run hotter.
What is your experience with the temperature on the MBP?

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MacBook Pro Airport Reception Improved

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Date: Saturday, February 25th, 2006, 13:57
Category: MacBook Pro

A lot of people have been asking about the Airport reception in the new MacBook Pro and I’m happy to report that it’s at least 25 percent better than my PowerBook G4 (1.5GHz) in most situations. When the two ‘Books are next to each other the MacBook Pro consistently gets one more bar of Airport reception than the PowerBook G4 – sometimes two. So when the PB has three bars the MBP will have four; when the PB has two, the MBP has three (or four), and so on.
The improved Airport reception is probably partly due to the new location of the Airport antenna on the MacBook Pro. Although its location in the display hinge is significantly lower in altitude that the PowerBook’s antennas (which are located in the top edges of the display bezel) the antenna area is much larger.
Another factor that could contribute to the increase in Airport reception on the MBP is that the Airport card is now allegedly connected to the PCI Express bus – although I have not confirmed this yet.

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