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I'm extraordinarily good at finding said people. ... 1,578 Views / 43 Replies  
I'm extraordinarily good at finding said people. Extraordinarily. :)
Posted by John123, on Mar 2, 2008 at 08:09 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Eh, yes and no. It all depends on how smart you... 1,578 Views / 43 Replies  
Eh, yes and no. It all depends on how smart you are at the upgrade game, and how much time you're willing to waste. A lot of people don't know that you don't have to pay full retail + tax at the...
Posted by John123, on Mar 1, 2008 at 06:41 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Thanks! You guys are, as always, useful. ... 1,578 Views / 43 Replies  
Thanks! You guys are, as always, useful.

Now to decide whether to bother upgrading. A very marginal upgrade, especially given the hassle of doing the hard drive replacement myself, which wasn't...
Posted by John123, on Feb 29, 2008 at 07:40 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Resurrecting a rather old thread to ask a current... 1,578 Views / 43 Replies  
Resurrecting a rather old thread to ask a current question. For the new Penryn MBPs, will using 800Mhz RAM make a difference, or are we still bottlenecked?
Posted by John123, on Feb 29, 2008 at 04:25 PM, in Mac Notebooks
OK -- so since you stay on top of this stuff, let... 1,578 Views / 43 Replies  
OK -- so since you stay on top of this stuff, let me ask you what you'd do.

You can get the 667Mhz 2GB sticks for $98 a piece. A 4GB set of the 800Mhz stuff is going to run $280ish. Given the...
Posted by John123, on Aug 24, 2007 at 03:27 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Gotcha. So for those in my position (looking... 1,578 Views / 43 Replies  
Gotcha. So for those in my position (looking seriously at 4GB), it's probably fair to say that while getting DDR2-800 won't help you, if you are a frequent upgrader (and will likely, say, get the...
Posted by John123, on Aug 14, 2007 at 04:04 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Eh? Can you explain this? The machine is listed... 1,578 Views / 43 Replies  
Eh? Can you explain this? The machine is listed as having an 800Mhz FSB. Why wouldn't DDR2-800 (PC6400) RAM cause a speed increase in that case? My understanding is that it and others released in...
Posted by John123, on Aug 12, 2007 at 11:23 PM, in Mac Notebooks
In the event you haven't ordered, I disagree. ... 920 Views / 10 Replies  
In the event you haven't ordered, I disagree. The extra 128MB in video RAM pales in comparison to the difference between types of chips. I too have played WOW on both a 1.83Ghz MBP (and a 2.0 Ghz...
Posted by John123, on Dec 28, 2006 at 07:01 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Actually, on the question of service, this is not... 668 Views / 9 Replies  
Actually, on the question of service, this is not quite correct. The hard drive is not considered by Apple to be a "user replaceable part" (although I think we all can agree that it is a relatively...
Posted by John123, on Dec 28, 2006 at 06:40 AM, in Mac Notebooks
What's the turnaround time on that? Guess they... 1,003 Views / 15 Replies  
What's the turnaround time on that? Guess they want to replace the board rather than give you an entirely new MBP?
Posted by John123, on Jun 30, 2006 at 08:37 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Same problem here. And I've gone through the... 1,003 Views / 15 Replies  
Same problem here. And I've gone through the same set of troubleshooting steps. (AppleCare wanted me to use my machine in Safe Mode for a couple days, but that's just not realistic. You can't...
Posted by John123, on Jun 28, 2006 at 04:18 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I am in the same (frustrating) boat. I have a... 576 Views / 9 Replies  
I am in the same (frustrating) boat. I have a week 20 MBP 15" that has had intermittent and frustrating kernel panics. Originally I thought it might be bad RAM. I had bought 2GB from 18004memory. ...
Posted by John123, on Jun 28, 2006 at 04:13 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Happened to me too a few weeks ago. I... 727 Views / 10 Replies  
Happened to me too a few weeks ago. I reinstalled OS X and it came back fine.
Posted by John123, on Jun 11, 2006 at 04:58 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Magsafe Fraying? 428 Views / 2 Replies  
Anyone else's Magsafe starting to fray? It's at the usual spot (where the cord hits the part that plugs into the computer). I would think after the yo-yos and then the older white bricks ***ALL***...
Posted by John123, on Jun 3, 2006 at 06:18 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Nope, not a damn thing that should fiddle with... 576 Views / 13 Replies  
Nope, not a damn thing that should fiddle with USB or FW drivers. I'm pretty minimalist. In fact, since I did a reinstall of my OS about a month ago, there is actually a bunch of stuff that I...
Posted by John123, on Jun 3, 2006 at 02:22 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Well, here's an update. On a hunch, I restarted... 576 Views / 13 Replies  
Well, here's an update. On a hunch, I restarted the computer in safe mode. And voila -- transfer speeds were back to where I expected. This told me it wasn't a hardware/chipset problem.

So, I...
Posted by John123, on Jun 2, 2006 at 07:44 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I'm glad you find it "bizarre." They could have... 1,959 Views / 19 Replies  
I'm glad you find it "bizarre." They could have selected the other Phillips screws that were a little larger or a little smaller. The problem -- and something you would have understood had you read...
Posted by John123, on Jun 1, 2006 at 02:10 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I'm not talking about TechTool, though. I'm... 2,107 Views / 3 Replies  
I'm not talking about TechTool, though. I'm talking about the diagnostic program that comes with the MBP Install DVDs. It specifically refers to holding down "D" on startup to test the hardware. ...
Posted by John123, on Jun 1, 2006 at 10:11 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Hmmm, bummer. 576 Views / 13 Replies  
Hmmm, bummer.
Posted by John123, on Jun 1, 2006 at 09:47 AM, in Mac Notebooks
I did the exact same thing to my old MBP, as it... 1,959 Views / 19 Replies  
I did the exact same thing to my old MBP, as it turns out. I took it to a CompUSA for a hard drive installation the same day, and the dude there actually got the screw FURTHER in the DVI hole in...
Posted by John123, on Jun 1, 2006 at 12:20 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Apple Hardware Test on MBP -- Freeze 2,107 Views / 3 Replies  
Has anyone else had the hardware test on their MBP freeze during an extended test? It's doing it pretty consistently to me. It happens mostly during the memory test (although there was ONCE that it...
Posted by John123, on Jun 1, 2006 at 12:12 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Low throughput with MBP (USB, FW) -- SuperDuper 576 Views / 13 Replies  
I've been using SuperDuper to back up my MBP's contents. When I first started using it, it would back my drive in about an hour. I loved it.

These days, somehow, my throughput has dropped WAY...
Posted by John123, on Jun 1, 2006 at 12:10 AM, in Mac Notebooks
He "PAID" for it to be within spec, which it is. ... 5,452 Views / 75 Replies  
He "PAID" for it to be within spec, which it is. If a dead pixel is a deal-breaker for you, order from a reseller with a no-questions-asked, no-restocking-fee return policy....or get yourself a Mini...
Posted by John123, on Apr 16, 2006 at 09:18 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Agreed with many of the above. 100% happy, even... 5,452 Views / 75 Replies  
Agreed with many of the above. 100% happy, even though it isn't 100% perfect. I am not an Apple apologist, but I also don't get my panties in a wad. :)
Posted by John123, on Apr 13, 2006 at 07:50 PM, in Mac Notebooks
8612 here and with the whine... 2,117 Views / 34 Replies  
8612 here and with the whine...
Posted by John123, on Apr 9, 2006 at 09:36 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I call BS on this as well -- with solid evidence.... 2,227 Views / 27 Replies  
I call BS on this as well -- with solid evidence.

I've owned an 08 revision and now a 12 revision. They are nearly identical. The whine is the same on both, and the mirror widget trick has the...
Posted by John123, on Apr 9, 2006 at 01:35 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I have Windows on it, but the Windows version... 377 Views / 7 Replies  
I have Windows on it, but the Windows version isn't as intelligently multi-threaded as it should be, so it wouldn't max out both cores. I'm not terrible inclined to throw Linux on given the time...
Posted by John123, on Apr 5, 2006 at 10:58 AM, in Mac Notebooks
No, I don't.. 377 Views / 7 Replies  
No, I don't..
Posted by John123, on Apr 5, 2006 at 10:56 AM, in Mac Notebooks
I haven't found a utility to measure temp on the... 377 Views / 7 Replies  
I haven't found a utility to measure temp on the new MBPs.

Like I mentioned, my buddy has tried it with Apple RAM and had the same issue. 18004memory isn't a shady seller...
Posted by John123, on Apr 5, 2006 at 01:23 AM, in Mac Notebooks
MBP Kernel Panics/Freezes: Heat? 377 Views / 7 Replies  
This issue has been obliquely referred to in a few of the threads, but I wanted to bring it up in a very specific light.

I have a MBP 1.83 with 2GB of RAM. I've had a few kernel panics/system...
Posted by John123, on Apr 5, 2006 at 12:12 AM, in Mac Notebooks
I get shocks, just like I have with metallic... 4,601 Views / 45 Replies  
I get shocks, just like I have with metallic 'Books since the start of time. Check for static discharge...
Posted by John123, on Apr 2, 2006 at 06:09 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I have nothing else, but I'm in an apartment... 4,185 Views / 50 Replies  
I have nothing else, but I'm in an apartment complex. I'll try changing the channel on my router tonight, although I really don't think it's an interference thing.
Posted by John123, on Mar 26, 2006 at 12:21 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Li-Ion, but that doesn't necessarily mean... 538 Views / 5 Replies  
Li-Ion, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything.
Posted by John123, on Mar 25, 2006 at 10:46 PM, in Mac Notebooks
ditto... 4,185 Views / 50 Replies  
ditto...
Posted by John123, on Mar 25, 2006 at 10:45 PM, in Mac Notebooks
A lot of it also stems on what you're doing with... 5,965 Views / 112 Replies  
A lot of it also stems on what you're doing with the laptop. When I first got my MBP, I would have described it as "quite warm, and hot to the touch in places." Over the last week, I've been doing...
Posted by John123, on Mar 25, 2006 at 03:54 AM, in Mac Notebooks
This is what I have always said and understood as... 4,229 Views / 30 Replies  
This is what I have always said and understood as well...but you know, in the Apple manual, it definitely implies there is a relationship between calibration and the life of the battery. Any idea...
Posted by John123, on Mar 23, 2006 at 02:22 PM, in Mac Notebooks
It's not the amount of your RAM but rather the... 7,044 Views / 75 Replies  
It's not the amount of your RAM but rather the amount. Look at top (or Activity Monitor if you prefer a GUI) and see how much you're using.
Posted by John123, on Mar 22, 2006 at 06:38 PM, in Mac Notebooks
It doesn't void the warranty. If you damage... 753 Views / 12 Replies  
It doesn't void the warranty. If you damage something in the course of installing a part, sure, that damage isn't covered by warranty...but the computer's warranty isn't voided just because you...
Posted by John123, on Mar 22, 2006 at 05:04 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I too hate the safe sleep. And thanks to your... 7,044 Views / 75 Replies  
I too hate the safe sleep. And thanks to your Terminal command, I too have disabled it.

:thumbsup:
Posted by John123, on Mar 22, 2006 at 11:33 AM, in Mac Notebooks
This is an unhelpful response -- and one... 753 Views / 12 Replies  
This is an unhelpful response -- and one antithetical to the entire purpose behind these forums. The forums are intended as place where users of all levels of skills can come to diagnose troubles...
Posted by John123, on Mar 20, 2006 at 09:37 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Sorry -- I've seen the diagrams and assembly... 753 Views / 12 Replies  
Sorry -- I've seen the diagrams and assembly manuals, so I should have been more explicit about my underlying question. Sometimes, when you disassemble a laptop, it's really harder than it looks. ...
Posted by John123, on Mar 20, 2006 at 04:48 PM, in Mac Notebooks
MBP Hard Drive Replacement - Easy? 753 Views / 12 Replies  
Anyone tried taking their HD out of their MBP yet? On a 1-10 scale, how hard is it? I am thinking about upgrading my capacity but am not sure if the juice is worth the squeeze. Any great how-to...
Posted by John123, on Mar 20, 2006 at 12:34 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Poll: Is there anyone for whom the mirror widget trick... 778 Views / 11 Replies  
Is there anyone for whom the mirror widget trick has NOT worked? It's such a simple thing to do that I can't see why anyone would return a MBP due to whine...
Posted by John123, on Mar 13, 2006 at 03:32 AM, in Mac Notebooks
IT IS A DEAL. It may not provide you with the... 88,586 Views / 1,213 Replies  
IT IS A DEAL. It may not provide you with the exact CTO option you want, but it is a deal. Period. That point is not even remotely close to being debateable. The entire POINT is that you have...
Posted by John123, on Mar 12, 2006 at 04:17 PM, in Mac Notebooks
You said, "I fail to see how it's a deal." It... 88,586 Views / 1,213 Replies  
You said, "I fail to see how it's a deal." It is, in fact, a very sweet deal. You two were talking at each other rather than with each other.
Posted by John123, on Mar 11, 2006 at 09:17 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I don't think this advice holds generically. ... 1,940 Views / 32 Replies  
I don't think this advice holds generically. 1.5GB is fine for most people.
Posted by John123, on Mar 11, 2006 at 06:10 PM, in Mac Notebooks
He means that while there is an improvement in... 1,940 Views / 32 Replies  
He means that while there is an improvement in dual channel mode versus single channel mode (i.e., two 512MBs instead of a single 1GB), that improvement is way less important when compared to having...
Posted by John123, on Mar 11, 2006 at 02:34 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Yup, I sold my 1.67 to a Photoshop user... 1,187 Views / 28 Replies  
Yup, I sold my 1.67 to a Photoshop user...
Posted by John123, on Mar 11, 2006 at 02:22 PM, in Mac Notebooks
They do. The earlier versions had very loud... 3,223 Views / 45 Replies  
They do. The earlier versions had very loud fans, in fact. A lot of people complained about that, saying it was annoying and bad for pro audio work. You can't please all of the people all of the...
Posted by John123, on Mar 11, 2006 at 01:50 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Nah, I disagree. I'm not bitching, but it's the... 3,223 Views / 45 Replies  
Nah, I disagree. I'm not bitching, but it's the hottest I've used. On the G4 laptop side, I've owned a 550, a 667 (DVI), a 1Ghz TiBook, a 1.5Ghz, and a 1.67Ghz. This one is downright crisp. I use...
Posted by John123, on Mar 11, 2006 at 12:26 AM, in Mac Notebooks
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