My MacBook Pro is Griefing Me
February 2, 2007 2:32 PM
comment(s) - last by
I think I'm on my fifth or sixth warranty repair visit with Apple
Usually when you buy a computer product, you expect it to be working well when you bring the thing home -- not for me. I'm somewhat of an unlucky guy when it comes to computer hardware. Never once in my life have I purchased a computer product that has worked properly out of the box. I have to return, exchange or troubleshoot the product at least once before things begin working as they are suppose to.
Enter the MacBook Pro, a glorious piece of hardware by any standard, that appears to have been designed well, built well, and operate well. That's what Apple customers hope, and I hope, anyway. When I first purchased my MacBook Pro last year in June, it had overheating problems. The Apple store that I purchased it from was kind enough to exchange the unit for a brand new one. Unfortunately, it too had overheating issues and in fact, locked up once in a while. At this point, I was starting to get a bit worried, but not yet frustrated -- well, maybe I was frustrated.
I visited the nice folks at my local Apple store again, but this time I did not have such a good mood as I did when I first walked into the store. Again, my unit was taken in and a brand new one was given to me. Just so it's clear, I did purchase the AppleCare extended three year warranty for my MacBook Pro, but all these things happened within my first month of purchase.
Fast forward two months. I was relieved that my third MacBook Pro had none of the problems that the previous two units had. But boy was I wrong. The fan on the right side of my unit started flaking out and eventually died completely several days after making rattling noises. I was upset now. I brought the unit back into the Apple store and they held it for a day and had it repaired. My work order indicated that the right side fan was replaced as well as the inverter board -- a problem for many MacBook Pro users, causing such behavior as a whining noise, which I did not experience, and flickering LCD screens.
A week after I took my repaired unit home, the left fan failed on me. At this point, I was fuming because the situation was becoming more than just ridiculous for me. Did Apple rush this product out too quickly? If so, it still doesn't make any sense, since the design of the MacBook Pro was largely based on the previous generation of PowerBooks. Again I went back in for repair and they replaced the left fan. Now however, the top keyboard cover no longer fit flush with the main chassis, and there was nothing that could be done. The folks at Apple's Genius Bar told me that if I wanted, they could hold my MacBook Pro for several days, gut the entire thing and replace the chassis for me. Sigh -- no thanks, I don't want to have something else break in the process. Once you take apart a complex piece of hardware like the MacBook Pro, it will never be like it was when it shipped from the factory. I didn't want to take my chances.
We're now in 2007, everything had been going well since my last visit to the Apple store, and I had hoped then that nothing else would go wrong. Yesterday however, fate would prove me wrong again as the SuperDrive in my unit failed to read DVD-R discs that it had previously been able to handle. At times I would hear a loud rattling noise, and during DVD playback the movie would just stop with an error. So now as I write this article, I am standing inside my local Apple store yet again. I'm waiting to speak to another Genius about my nightmare notebook. At this point I wouldn't be surprised if Apple will eventually gut out my whole unit, replacing every bit of hardware one piece at a time.
Will I ever buy another Mac notebook? At this point, all I can say is that I am extremely disappointed.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
You only hear about products that break
2/5/2007 12:15:31 PM
The problem with any of these horror stories is that you only hear the complaints when something goes wrong. You almost never from all the people who have no issues with their computers, everything works great. In order to determine whether there are more problems with Apple computers than PCs you would have to consider the percentage of warranty and non-warranty repairs for similar models (type CPU), based on the total number of machines sold.
"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller
Latest By Tuan Nguyen
New iPhone Firmware 1.1.2 Hacked Before Release
November 9, 2007, 4:53 PM
Facebook Source Code Leaked
August 13, 2007, 10:00 PM
Apple Announces New iMacs and Accessories
August 7, 2007, 2:21 PM
NBC Mole Busted at Annual Hacker Convention
August 6, 2007, 5:20 PM
Report: Intel Reaped $60 Billion in Monopoly Profits
August 5, 2007, 3:18 PM
SoundExchange Talks to Webcasters About a New Royalty Plan
July 16, 2007, 5:04 PM
Sunday, The Beginning of the End for Internet Radio
July 13, 2007, 4:24 PM
Sony Sues Rootkit Developer Over Faulty Music CDs
July 12, 2007, 5:00 PM
Apple Sued for Artistic Copyright Infringement
July 5, 2007, 4:10 PM
Asustek to Split Company in January
July 3, 2007, 1:33 PM
Laptop or Tablet - Which Do You Prefer?
September 20, 2016, 6:32 AM
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 - Battery Issue Fixed
August 30, 2016, 6:30 AM
First Apple Computer Auctions for $815,000
August 27, 2016, 7:51 AM
Lenovo vs. Asus vs. HP - Best Laptop Under $500.00
August 19, 2016, 4:00 AM
Best Router for Your Home Network (Under $200.00)
August 6, 2016, 9:51 PM
5 Top Rated Printers for Home or Small Office
July 29, 2016, 10:44 PM
Most Popular Articles
Are you ready for this ? HyperDrive Aircraft
September 24, 2016, 9:29 AM
Leaked – Samsung S8 is a Dream and a Dream 2
September 25, 2016, 8:00 AM
Yahoo Hacked - Change Your Passwords and Security Info ASAP!
September 23, 2016, 5:45 AM
A is for Apples
September 23, 2016, 5:32 AM
Walmart may get "Robot Shopping Carts?"
September 17, 2016, 6:01 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Burlington Gun Attack
Sep 27, 2016, 5:00 AM
Who is in Risk of Getting Oral Cancer?
Sep 23, 2016, 6:02 AM
France Bans Plastic Eating Utensils in Restaurants
Sep 18, 2016, 10:49 AM
Progress Against Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Sep 17, 2016, 5:30 AM
Apple Watch Series 2 - Number 1 in the Customer Satisfaction.
Sep 7, 2016, 6:19 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information