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Jun 22, 2006, 09:58 PM
 
Am I the only one with a perfect MacBook? I've had my white 2.0ghz macbook for a week and a half now and could not be happier, honestly.

- No mooing. Even when I throw everything I have at it. It will get up to 75 degrees (C) +, but I have yet to hear any fan in this thing.

- Heat? This thing isn't hotter than my powebook g4. From what I've seen, Macs seem to run a little hotter than PC laptops. Maybe people complaining about heat are recent switchers?

- Discoloration? Nope. Not even the slightest bit (yet). My office mate's however is showing some, but he isn't exactly the cleanest person either and I don't think he's ever attempted to clean the thing. He's also had his about 2 weeks longer than me though. I wipe my macbook down frequently with clorox non-bleach disinfecting wipes on a daily basis as a preventitive measure.

- Bad pixels? Nope.

- Trackpad issues? Nope.

- Complaints about the glossy screen? Not at all. The screen is enough reason in itsel to upgrade. It is like twice as bright as my friends 12" PB G4, and brighter than my 15" PB G4 as well.

- Magsafe power supply crackling? Nope.

- Squeaky display hinge? Negative.

- Video suck or sluggish? No way. This thing leaves my G5 (older model) in the dust.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. The free ipod nano and canon photo printer are nice as well. If you are a college student and in need of or want a new laptop this is without a question the way to go.

And parallels with XP SP2 runs great with 1GB of ram. This was a key buying factor cause unfortunately I need windows for some of my geoscience apps (ArcGIS, SigmaPlot, modeling software, etc).

Anyone else as happy as me?

PS, the remote kicks ass.

PSS, My MacNN accout was lost and I resigned up and got someone else's signature. WTF is that.
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Jun 22, 2006, 10:13 PM
 
mine is 99% perfect
     
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Jun 22, 2006, 11:46 PM
 
Haha mine is perfect also. Or so I like to believe anyway, since I haven't noticed anything wrong with it, don't hear no moo or whine.

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Jun 22, 2006, 11:49 PM
 
mine squeeks at times, other than that it's fine. The squeek isn't even that bad. Only when I'm moving the screen, which isn't often.
     
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Jun 22, 2006, 11:50 PM
 
Mine's perfect.
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I agree, the remote rocks.
     
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Jun 23, 2006, 01:24 AM
 
Originally Posted by eldt
And parallels with XP SP2 runs great with 1GB of ram. This was a key buying factor cause unfortunately I need windows for some of my geoscience apps (ArcGIS, SigmaPlot, modeling software, etc).
is there a reason why you went with parallels instead of bootcamp? it would seem like bootcamp would give you the best performance.
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Jun 23, 2006, 03:01 PM
 
I decided to go with parallels to start with and haven't run anything very intensive yet. Once I start grad school in the fall I'll probably go the way of bootcamp to get the extra power needed for some apps. For now though I don't need it and didn't want to repartition yet.

But for everything I've tried so far, Windows in Parallels is great.
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Jun 23, 2006, 04:24 PM
 
which other mac (G5) did you have?
I'm asking this beacause I finally tried a MBP (pro!) and it felt so slow!

I have a G5 DP 2.0...
     
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Jun 23, 2006, 05:11 PM
 
My imaginary MacBook is flawless.
     
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Jun 23, 2006, 08:47 PM
 
My actual MacBook is flawless. SO HA!
     
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Jun 23, 2006, 11:52 PM
 
It's amazing! It just shows that many people are having great experiences with their new Macs. When people complain about issues it makes it look like it's the majority when it's simply not true, This is one of the best and most positive threads about the MacBook so far and it's quite contagious. Look how many people have said that they got a great MacBook right after the first poster and I'll bet it will continue.
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Jun 25, 2006, 09:28 AM
 
I have one of the first gen g5's (at work). It's a 1.6Ghz and I'm not exactly sure what it has for a graphics card but stuff like core graphics definitely seems smoother on the macbook.

With all of the negative threads out there I felt like I would share how positive of an experience I've had so far with the macbook. Glad to hear that i'm not the only one.
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Jun 25, 2006, 10:14 AM
 
Originally Posted by eldt
I decided to go with parallels to start with and haven't run anything very intensive yet. Once I start grad school in the fall I'll probably go the way of bootcamp to get the extra power needed for some apps. For now though I don't need it and didn't want to repartition yet.

But for everything I've tried so far, Windows in Parallels is great.
You might want to repartition now -- when your HD has a large enough block of free space -- just to play it safe.
     
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Jun 25, 2006, 06:19 PM
 
My 2.0GHz white MB is nearly perfect. It does have a very minor moo issue that raises its ugly head once in a blue moon. Doesn't matter if I use it for hours or just 20 mintues. Sometimes it will occur. It did this morning after only 20 minutes of use, but other times using it for hours on end w/o a moo.

Its not really a major issue for me, no whine, no dead pixels, now powersupply issues. Now with my re-application of AS5 its about 10c cooler too.
     
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Jun 26, 2006, 07:43 AM
 
mines minty..easily the quietest computer ive ever had. makes osx so snappy.. im in awe...still..really..this is badass..jesus hail mary sardine
     
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Jun 26, 2006, 09:23 AM
 
Might as well chip in since all the complaints nearly put me off getting one... White 2ghz, only had it 3 days but not a sign of trouble, blows away the 1ghz emac easily lol. managed to get the fans on full blow only once, an a top temp of 80 (using yes > /dev/null)
     
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Jun 26, 2006, 01:29 PM
 
Mine's pretty damn near perfect too. Mooing around 67°, but it doesn't bother me.

I've set it up with 2GB of RAM and a 7200rpm Seagate 100GB drive.

Triple-booting OS X, Windows XP Pro, and Windows Vista Beta 2. Runs each of them better than any other computer I've seen.

Plus with Parallels and images for XP, Ubuntu Linux, etc, it's the most versatile computer I've ever had.
     
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Jun 26, 2006, 03:05 PM
 
No Moos or chips here....Just a mouse button less responsive ot the leftmost 1/4 of the button...and it does get hot.
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Jun 27, 2006, 07:33 PM
 
you know what -- i spoke too soon. i have a weird problem that i'll bring into the shop. i'll post a separate thread about it. no one has ever mentioned it before here, that i've seen...
     
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Jun 27, 2006, 07:43 PM
 
Originally Posted by Madrag
which other mac (G5) did you have?
I'm asking this beacause I finally tried a MBP (pro!) and it felt so slow!

I have a G5 DP 2.0...

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Jun 28, 2006, 09:10 AM
 
Mine is perfect too. I'd imagine most are. The nature of forums is that they make issues look a lot more widespread than they are. People are substantially less likely to come on a support type forum like this if their computer works and are much less likely to start a new topic than someone with a problem. Thats why I get worried every time I buy a computer. I read about all these problems, get to thinking they must be widespread, and get terrified about my new computer having them. And it pretty much always ends up flawless. The last Apple I had serious problems with was my Quadra 660.
     
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Jun 28, 2006, 03:35 PM
 
so my macbook -was- flawless but now it's only 99.85% (precisely) flawless.

The track pad button has loosened up a bit now and will move a slight bit without putting enough pressure to register a click. I think people have talked about this one and putting paper under it or something. If it starts to bother me I may look into this.
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Jun 28, 2006, 05:14 PM
 
Originally Posted by eldt
so my macbook -was- flawless but now it's only 99.85% (precisely) flawless.
LOL!

Don't mean to be negative in such a positive thread, but I knew this would happen!
I haven't had a chance to try a macBook, but I'm certain I'll love it, but it most definetly will have flaws.
     
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Jun 28, 2006, 06:35 PM
 
My white MB 1.83 is perfect, too.
     
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Jun 28, 2006, 07:12 PM
 
solved the problem. see the other thread if you're interested.
it's pretty perfect again.

(one gripe: i'd much rather watch music videos for free on mtv.com than buy them on itunes... hopefully we can get DRM at some point on Mac...)
     
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Jun 28, 2006, 07:54 PM
 
it's good to hear so much positive feedback about the macbook, i've been scared off the purchase by other threads and complaints. as usual, it seems many of the problems are often not with the unit at all (many users failed to find and remove the plastic film accidentally left covering their cooling vents!!), but with people's inability to look after them.. people who get discoloration, you've probably got acidic skin and you dont clean your macbook.
my main concern, however, is with software support. i understand universal apps run beautifully, but what about those on rosetta? they are sluggish yes? two of my most common apps, Pro Tools and Photoshop, still have no UB release as yet, and no confirmed date. i thought such avid apple partners would have gotten this sorted by now, a little disappointing. the point of my switching to mac was for the performance of such apps, particularly pro tools.
as soon as digidesign can manage UB i think il be a macbook owner but for now my G4s are still kicking enough ass.. just read about vista cancelling WINFS, what the hell?? apple nailed this technology 3 years ago, pick up microsoft.
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Jun 28, 2006, 09:49 PM
 
perfect 2gHz standard White MB in every way except for a string of errors when opening iMovie HD: each plugin appears to be missing. otherwise fear not. I feared before it arrived a week ago. i've looked for numerous issues reported by others and can't find any.
     
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Jun 28, 2006, 10:50 PM
 
Proud and happy owner of a Blackbook maxxed out with 2Gig of Ram. Never had a day's problem with it (kernel attack once but I believe my niece did it). None of the flaking, mooing, whining or heat problems that has been discussed here. I even got used to the keyboard. If you max out the Ram, even to 1Gig, all the non-universal rosetta apps work fine. They only take a tad longer to load, but the baby flies..
     
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Jun 29, 2006, 03:28 AM
 
Originally Posted by Yakov
mine is 99% perfect
99%?....is the 1% for the flaw you haven't found yet and the fact that nothing is 100% perfect?
some people are like slinkys: they don't do much, but are fun to push down stairs.
     
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No problems yet.
     
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Jun 29, 2006, 07:21 AM
 
zany, i was actually thinking of the bezel that was coming out when i got the computer, so i had the bezel replaced, but now it makes little popping noises when i run my fingers along the side where it was coming out before. i don't think it's fixin' to come back out, though, so i'll just leave it alone for now

but also there's a slight noise that goes away with the mirror widget. i wouldn't call it a whine, it's more like hard drive noise -- little clicks. it's so soft, though, that i only notice it when i'm online late at night in a silent house...
     
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Jun 29, 2006, 08:18 AM
 
Mine is flawless. I've had it for about 2 weeks : no noise (it's virtually silent), the screen is perfect. It gets hot indeed, but it's ok. We have a Dell core duo (Centrino Duo) and the office and it runs hot as well ...

This is the best notebook I have ever had and all my (PC) colleagues are crazy about it !
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Awesome can't wait to get one.
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Is there any difference in quality/heat/noise between the 1.8 and 2ghz models?
     
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Jun 30, 2006, 08:53 AM
 
I should mentiont that not only is my MB 100% perfect, this is my favourite computer of all time. My iBook G3 500 was far nicer than my 2 iBook G4 laptops but this MacBook is better than the first icebooks. It's better than any IBM, Toshiba, or Dell laptop that I've had.
     
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Mine's flawless.
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Jun 30, 2006, 07:18 PM
 
Just got mine today. Does seem just about perfect. But there is one funny thing, unless I am crazy, that is that the Num Lock key seems to be reversed. That is I can only type letters and use the keyboard normally when num lock is on, i.e. glowing green. No amount of fiddling seems to change this. It's a bit annoying the way it is always glowing like that...

EDIT: Resetting the PRAM fixed the problem. So now I would say mine it flawless. Well too early to tell actually, not really tested it much. But I am very impressed with it.
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Mine is pretty damn perfect also, doesn't get all that hot, yet it gets warm but not blazing... Been running like a dream and no physical problems.

It's a week 25 version.
     
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Jul 1, 2006, 05:12 AM
 
Originally Posted by Yakov
zany, i was actually thinking of the bezel that was coming out when i got the computer, so i had the bezel replaced, but now it makes little popping noises when i run my fingers along the side where it was coming out before. i don't think it's fixin' to come back out, though, so i'll just leave it alone for now

but also there's a slight noise that goes away with the mirror widget. i wouldn't call it a whine, it's more like hard drive noise -- little clicks. it's so soft, though, that i only notice it when i'm online late at night in a silent house...
thanks for clarifying yakov....so other than some popping and HD noise, highly recommended?
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Just got a blackbook! So far its amazing. No keyboard issues, no trackpad issues, no mooing, whining, chirping, buzzing, snap crackle and popping, you name it. This thing is dead silent and I can't tell if its making a noise until the A/C in my room turns off and I turn my other computers off as well! Temps idle around 50 and go around to the 75's near full load, though I haven't done anything serious yet (just turned it on for the first time this morning). For me it feels warm but certainly not unbearable. Definately no hotter than any PC laptops I've worked with. Mine appears to be a week 21 build. Wish I could have gotten a 23 or 24 but whatever. It works great so far.

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Originally Posted by boazh
Best thing I ever owned
Damn straight.
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Jul 1, 2006, 06:15 PM
 
Originally Posted by zanyterp
thanks for clarifying yakov....so other than some popping and HD noise, highly recommended?
Absolutely.
(And that's bezel pops, not random pops coming from inside the system)
     
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Love mine as well...may have mentioned the whiny mechanical sound the DVD drive makes when inserting ir ejecting a disc.
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I love this little guy. No issues so far, heat is reasonable at about 30 degrees F. hotter than my PowerBook G4 and the keyboard is just amazing. Until this MacBook, I was convinced Apple didn't know how to make a decent keyboard...

I'm just kicking myself because I took advantage of the Apple Store $100 for 1 GB upgrade, which was a great deal but I've already ordered 2 GB so the original 1GB is wasted.

Very happy so far. Between the keyboard and MagSafe, its totally worth an upgrade from an older PowerBook or iBook. Did I mention its screamin' fast and the battery life seems to be double my (admittedly older) PB G4.

When the fan does come on - and it has at least 2 speeds - its super quiet. I can hear air moving but nothing mechanical or electronic. Just air moving.
     
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Originally Posted by eldt
I decided to go with parallels to start with and haven't run anything very intensive yet. Once I start grad school in the fall I'll probably go the way of bootcamp to get the extra power needed for some apps. For now though I don't need it and didn't want to repartition yet.

But for everything I've tried so far, Windows in Parallels is great.
You do understand that Boot Camp doesn't require you to erase your Mac HD though? It just simply adds a partition...Just making sure you understood that. Cheers,

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but doesn't re-partioning require the HD to be refomatted? or does it depend on if using 3rd party utilities for help?
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Originally Posted by zanyterp
but doesn't re-partioning require the HD to be refomatted? or does it depend on if using 3rd party utilities for help?
BootCamp fortunately repartitions on the fly w/o formatting the HD. That is, if you only have one Mac partition on your disk.

I hope Leopard's Disk Utility will offer 'live' repartitioning as well.
     
 
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