The Apple Core: Test for MacBook Random Shutdown Syndrome (RSS)

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Date: Tuesday, August 29th, 2006, 08:00
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MacBook Random Shutdown Syndrome (RSS) seems to becoming more common with MacBook owners. Luckily there’s a simple test to diagnose if your MacBook is afflicted.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Seattle Times: Best computer for school? MacBook

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Date: Monday, August 28th, 2006, 09:27
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I’ve always had a weakness for stationery, and the end of August is when it’s worst. I can get lost in a drugstore’s overstocked aisles of back-to-school gear for half an hour or more looking at notebooks and art supplies, reminiscing back to that transitional window between summer and fall.

But students today are just as likely to find themselves bathed in the LCD glow of the computer aisles of electronics chains. The question of which computer to take to school has become more important than which type of pens to buy.

In years past, I’d suppress my inner Mac booster and point out that you should weigh the school’s operating system suggestions (which typically means Microsoft Windows) in your deliberations, and I’d note in fairness that a Windows laptop can be better suited for some people.

Boy, am I glad I don’t have to do that anymore.

Get a MacBook.

The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: Best computer for school? MacBook

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MacBook Discoloration Solved (via Peeling)

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Date: Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006, 12:14
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macbook-peel-250.jpgI thought you might find this interesting. I bought my MacBook the day they came out at the San Francisco Apple store. I’ve had major discoloration with it (partly because my work environment is so dusty).
I was going to take it to the Apple Store (as noted they will replace or do whatever with the plastic). Then, today, I looked at the dirty edge of my MacBook, and it was — for lack of a better word — fraying. With a little nudging, the “surface” of my dingy MacBook began to peel away, revealing a beautiful white plastic underneath.
My MacBook had been running very hot for about 30-45 minutes before this happened (I was doing some heavy processing). Since my MacBook has cooled it has stopped peeling.
So, either someone somewhere forgot to take the protective coating off my MacBook, or I’ve burned through an intended layer of plastic. This is odd, as I’ve previously tried various ways of “cleaning” my MacBook to no avail — strange it should just start to peel now.
I don’t know if this is the reason for anyone else’s discoloring, or if mine (with this layer peeling away) will start to discolor in different ways. In any case, that’s my story.
Sorry the photos are so blurry, the only camera I had on hand was my Pocket PC (ick!).
Four larger (albeit blurry pics) after the jump…
(Contributed by: Tim Nevits)

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MacBook SMC Firmware Update 1.4f10 Released

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Date: Friday, August 18th, 2006, 10:36
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Apple has released another SMC firmware update, this time it appears to be just for the MacBook and not the MacBook Pro.

The SMC Firmware Update adjusts fan behavior in the MacBook. After this update has completed successfully, your SMC Version will be: 1.4f10.The updater application will be installed in the /Applications/Utilities folder.

Apple – Support – Downloads – MacBook SMC Firmware Update

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MacBook SuperDrive and Battery Issues may be Related

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Date: Thursday, August 17th, 2006, 12:33
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Evidence of battery, logic board-related issue Further evidence is appearing that would seem to indicate that at least some SuperDrive issues are related to problematic batteries or logic boards. Readers continue to report improved function after receiving replacement batteries and/or logic boards.

MacFixIt – MacBook and MacBook Pro SuperDrive failure (#3): Evidence of battery, logic board-related issue; PMU resets working for some; mo

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MacBook and MacBook Pro SuperDrive failure (#2): Battery-related?; Try PMU reset; more

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Date: Tuesday, August 15th, 2006, 21:03
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I haven’t experienced any problems with the SuperDrive in my MacBook Pro, but others have:

A surprisingly high number of readers have responded to our initial coverage of an issue where the SuperDrives in both MacBooks and MacBook Pros fail — generally with an inability to mount or read data from otherwise viable media… in most cases, the problem affects CDs, but issues with DVDs have also been reported. The problematic discs mount properly and can be read from other Macs, but fail the same processes when inserted into some MacBooks and MacBook Pros.

MacFixIt – MacBook and MacBook Pro SuperDrive failure (#2): Battery-related?; Try PMU reset; more

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MeromBooks as Soon as September

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Date: Monday, August 14th, 2006, 09:07
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It appears that Apple is on track to release Merom-equipped MacBooks and MacBook Pros as soon as next month. Merom, you’ll remember is Intel’s new cooler-running Core 2 Duo mobile chip with 4MB L2 cache for notebook computers

Sources at PC and notebook component makers indicated that Apple will launch its MacBook laptops using Intel’s new 64-bit Merom CPU in September, with associated OEM makers, such as Asustek and Quanta Computer, expected to benefit from that, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

DigiTimes >> New Merom-based MacBooks to boost orders at Asustek and Quanta

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Do MacBooks Make Business Sense as PC Laptops?

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Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2006, 22:14
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One of my clients found themselves overdue for ordering new PC laptops for their business, but were out of options: the Dell Latitudes they’d bought over the last five years had not held up well, and the HP laptops they bought more recently couldn’t accommodate reasonable upgrades and were heavy and unpopular with users.

I arranged with Apple Enterprise to obtain four MacBooks for a month long trial to determine if Apple’s new Intel based laptops could replace PC laptops in a business environment running Windows. Here’s an introduction to what I learned in using MacBooks and BootCamp to run Windows.

Roughly Drafted >> Do MacBooks Make Business Sense as PC Laptops?

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New Information On The MacBook Palmrest Issue

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Date: Friday, July 28th, 2006, 09:18
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One of our readers has sent us an Apple’s internal document providing additional information concerning the MacBook palmrest issue. This information is valid world-wide. To have its MacBook case exchanged, the following points have to be met…

Hardmac.com : Le “Macbidouille” in English

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Apple Kbase doc on White MacBook Palmrest Discoloration

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Date: Monday, July 24th, 2006, 09:19
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Some weeks back a reader sent a link to an Apple forums thread where some White MacBook owners reported discoloration of the palmrest area (the thread was pulled IIRC). Apple now has a kbase doc titled About white MacBooks’ palmrest area

Accelerate Your Macintosh! News Page – 7/24/06

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