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MacBook Pro Runs Vista Better Than Vaio VGN-A790

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Date: Tuesday, September 12th, 2006, 08:54
Category: MacBook

Still, in 2006, this is where we stand: Apple’s hardware runs Windows, and does so quite well. In fact, the MacBook Pro I bought in May is better equipped to run Vista than the Sony Vaio I bought less than a year ago. At the time, the Vaio VGN-A790 was pretty much a top-of-the-line machine from Sony, with a 2-GHz Pentium M chip from Intel, 1GB of RAM, a 7,200-rpm hard drive and 256MB of dedicated video RAM. I have since doubled the RAM to 2GB.

Computerworld > Hands on: Running Vista on a MacBook Pro

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MacBook Overheat Analyzed: Recall Brewing?

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Date: Wednesday, September 6th, 2006, 09:00
Category: MacBook

Since isolating the heatsink as the cause of the MacBook’s Rapid Sudden Shutdown (RSS), readers have isolated the specific part of the heatsink that is causing the problem, is actually the CPU thermometer itself.
Essentially the heatsink can expand during use, and comes into contact with the lead from the termometer’s sensor cable. A short circuit results, and the SMC pulls the plug. Once the system cools down, the heatsink resides and the contact is broken. This also explains why sometimes you cannot immediately power the MacBook back on. The heatsink is still in contact with the metal lead.
Apple’s solution to this is to realign the location of the thermometer and cabling on the heatsink so that it does not short circuit. That is why the new heatsink is necessary. In the view of this writer, it warrants a public recall. Any user can produce easily the scenario that causes the MacBook to crash, even with pre-installed applications such as iLife.
This also explains Apple’s recent SMC Update for the MacBook. In short, the ramped up fan is a response to Apple knowing the heatsink is going to expand, and attempts to proactively cool it down to prevent the short circuit.
Unfortunately, as countless users have shown, it is still possible with something as simple as a terminal command, to overheat the CPU. The only solution is to reproduce the crash, call Apple, and have them replace the heatsink.
That is what every MacBook owner should do until Apple implements a recall program.
Contributed by: Christopher Price – www.pcsintel.com

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Korean Air bans Mac portable use

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Date: Tuesday, September 5th, 2006, 08:37
Category: MacBook

Korea’s national airline, Korean Air, has forbidden the use of Apple and Dell laptops during flights in response to the recent battery recall by both firms. The ban came into effect on 30 August and is designed to protect passengers from any accidental fires. Apple and Dell have both issued battery recalls in connection with a large batch (6 million) of potentially faulty Sony battery cores.

Macworld UK – Korean Air bans Mac laptop use

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MacBook Random Shutdown Syndrome (RSS) Isolated

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Date: Tuesday, September 5th, 2006, 08:00
Category: MacBook

Chris Price has found an update on MacBook Random Shutdown Syndrome (RSS). Apple has isolated it to a design flaw in the heatsink. He called Apple and asked why his MacBook repair was “on hold” and they said that they were waiting for one part, a heatsink.
It’s hard to say what’s wrong with it, it could be a flaw with the installation (like, a gallon of thermal grease), or something with the design of the unit itself. I suspect that they’ve retooled the heatsink since many people are listed as “on hold” waiting for this one part.
UPDATED 01 September 2006:
Apple has posted a ridiculous knowledge base article on the topic that simply says “If your MacBook is shutting down intermittently, please contact AppleCare for service.”

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MacBook Random Shutdown Syndrome (RSS)

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Date: Thursday, August 31st, 2006, 08:00
Category: MacBook

Delivering the keynote address opening the academic term of a leading law school in South America, using Keynote on my two-week-old MacBook (white, 2GHz), the computer shut down in the middle of the presentation. Like others posting on different Mac newsgroups, my MacBook has Random Shutdown Syndrome (RSS).
Until now this happened running on the battery, so I made sure to plug the machine in. In the middle of a presentation to 150 people, the machine suddenly shut down – plugged in, with the battery charged. It was embarrassing to have to restart the computer, log in and reload the Keynote presentation in the middle of the keynote presentation.
Having used a PowerBook 160, Wallstreet, Pismo and trading in a TiBook 800 for the MacBook, I had come to expect that as a Mac notebook user, I would not experience this sort of profession-impeding problems. Other user experiences I’ve read suggest that Apple’s various repairs have not resolved the problem and that Apple doesn’t seem to fully understand what causes it.
Surprisingly, this happened with the notebook the Apple Store in North Carolina gave me to replace a machine I had bought two days earlier, which had a rough and grainy display (as if it was stuck in ‘thousands of colors.’) This experience gives me the unpleasant impression that Apple is slipping in quality control as it ramps up production to increase demand. It certainly made me miss my bombproof TiBook.
Contributed by: JD
More cases of MacBook Random Shutdown Syndrome (RSS) can be found on this site dedicated to the flaw. -Ed

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

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Date: Tuesday, August 29th, 2006, 08:00
Category: MacBook

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
Category: MacBook

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
Category: MacBook

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
Category: MacBook

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
Category: MacBook

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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