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MacBook Discoloration Issue or Non-Issue?

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Date: Thursday, June 29th, 2006, 09:56
Category: MacBook

AppleInsider is reporting that Apple is replacing some discolored MacBooks:

Some Apple MacBook owners who have seen portions of their shiny white notebooks discolor prematurely are finding success in getting those machines repaired.

According to AppleCare support representatives, Apple has been investigating the matter but has not been able to determine the source of the problem.

Nevertheless, the company’s support divisions in some regions have been offering to replace affected MacBook enclosures with few questions asked. Customers are typically sent an Apple case number and the necessary materials to ship their notebooks to Apple’s repair depot.

AppleInsider | Apple replacing some discolored MacBooks

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Apple: It’s Normal for MacBooks to Moo

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Date: Thursday, June 22nd, 2006, 12:34
Category: MacBook

If you’ve been keeping up with MacBook sans-Pro news, you may have heard something about an infamous “moo”-like noise coming from the fan. Basically, the fan goes on and off and on and off and on and off continuously, in a vain attempt to keep the machine cool. Now, I’m no engineer, but it certainly doesn’t take one to recognize that this isn’t normal behavior.

I took my black MacBook to the Genius at the Apple store (Oakbrook,
by the way) to get this fixed, and his response? “It’s normal. A fan
will do what it needs to do to keep the machine cool.” Gee, thanks.

Apple Genius says: Moo’ing normal – The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

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Stained MacBook Info Site

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Date: Wednesday, June 21st, 2006, 09:14
Category: MacBook

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This site was born as a way to give pressure to Apple regarding recent QA issues with the new white MacBook. Many people all over the world are complaining about stains appearing in their newly acquired piece of
Apple hardware.
Basically, many users around the globe are finding that their white MacBooks turn into a yellowish/grey/pink dirty computer in those areas where hands rest.

stainedBook.info

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Cleaning Dirty White MacBooks

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Date: Thursday, June 15th, 2006, 11:00
Category: MacBook

Yesterday I posted a story about white MacBooks getting discolored ofter only a few weeks of use. It appears that “gavers” in the Apple Discussion Boards has figured out a solution – non acetone nail polish remover.

I had this same problem, except my machine was discolored in the first few days. I tried 409 and Clorox bleach with little success.
I found that Non-acetone nail polish remover cleans it up nicely. Only problem, my fingers feel like sand paper after using it.
You should use clear, or blue colored non-acetone nail polish remover. If you use another color it will slightly tint your MacBook that color. Do not use acetone based, or isopropyl alcohol, those may damage the plastic.

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White MacBook Incrementally Faster Than Black

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Date: Wednesday, June 14th, 2006, 08:00
Category: MacBook

A test of the 2GHz white MacBook showed it offered a slight performance advantage in comparison with the black models. This confused the testers, as both Macs are, to all intents and purposes, equally configured.

“Testing the white 2GHz MacBook and comparing the results to the published scores of the black model, we saw small performance differences in many of the tests, with the edge going to the white model in most cases,” reports Macworld US.

Macworld UK – MacBook tests see puzzling results

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MacBook Discoloration

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Date: Tuesday, June 13th, 2006, 09:00
Category: MacBook

macbook-discoloration-250.jpgFlickr user TSwartz has reported a problem with his white MacBook getting discolored on the palm rests:

The spots don’t wash off, I’ve only had the MacBook for two weeks. Genius at Apple Store told me to call Apple about it, as he’s never seen anything like it. My iBook didn’t discolor in the 3 years I had it — can’t be my hands. I don’t smoke, don’t use latex, etc. And for those who worry about my hygiene habits, thanks. I wash my hands.
More people are having this issue in the Apple Discussions:
discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=2516244
and at MacRumors:
forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=204203

MacBook Discoloration on Flickr

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REVIEW: MacBook 13.3-Inch

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Date: Wednesday, May 31st, 2006, 10:01
Category: MacBook

macbook-keyboard-250.jpgMy Apple notebook history is as follows: PowerBook 190, 2400c, Pismo, G4 Titanium, 12-inch iBook and now shipped all the way from Shanghai (in four days) to the UK, an Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz lovely whiter-than-white MacBook (80GB/1GB).
First up that Apple design look and feel. The MacBook is very solid and chic, and with the thinner look everything is tighter more slim and solid (though I think that many reviewers will swoon over any fresh-out-of-the-box Mac.)
Everything except the screen width has been shrunken – even the dinky manual (you’ve all seen the svelte boxes by now). I really dig the much more manageable MagSafe power adapter, it really feels like the MacBook is that a rethink of the whole consumer notebook philosophy, sorry Pro users.
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MacBook 13-Inch 3D Game Performance Benchmarked

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Date: Friday, May 26th, 2006, 17:11
Category: MacBook

BareFeats just ran Doom 3, Quake 4 and UT2004 tests on a 2GHz MacBook 13″ and compared those results to the MacBook Pro, PowerBook and iBook. As expected the MacBook 13″ was a real “slouch,” even being beat by the iBook.

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Plastic Strip Blocking Exhaust Vent on MacBook

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Date: Friday, May 26th, 2006, 13:10
Category: MacBook

macbook-film.jpgIt’s not clear how widespread this issue is, but at least one user has dicovered that a thin plastic film was covering the exhaust vent of his new MacBook and prevented it from cooling properly: 

Just as many other MacBooks, mine got really hot and that got me a bit concerned. This is my first Apple laptop and I take a lot of pleasure in discovering new things about it. After playing around with it I found that the vent under the screen is covered with a piece of laminate. I briefly checked the manual and it doesn’t mention anything about it. It’s very hard to get to it as the gap between the screen and the base is very tight. However, I was able to remove it and surprise… my fans went quiet. The laminate covers the whole vent so no air gets out at all.

G-Stahl.com: MacBook’s vent blocked

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MacBook Checkerboard Keyboard

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Date: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006, 09:09
Category: MacBook

macbook-checkerboard-keyboard.jpgMitsunobu Tanaka, Ph.D, a.k.a KODAWARISAN has posted a picture of a special MacBook he calls “MacBook Ichimatsu.” He combined the keytops from the keyboards of black and white MacBooks and created a cool checkerboard effect. Reminds me of my Vans sneakers from the 80s (which I recently re-purchased, btw :)

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