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Old May 16, 2004, 01:57 AM   #1
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New 15" Powerbooks (1.33 and 1.5 GHz) still holding up illumination wise?

If you have a new 15" Powerbook (the 1.33 and 1.5 GHz models), is anyone having any problems with the much talked about "Uneven Illumination" problem? If anyone is wondering what this is, check out the "Display" forum for the PB 15" on apple.com.

Is anyone having any other problems, not even display related, with their new 15"ers? Battery problems? Keyboard? Case latch?

I am this close to ordering my 15" PB (I will have enough money the first week in June), and I just want to see if everything is sorted out and ready to go.
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Old May 16, 2004, 02:39 AM   #2
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http://discussions.info.apple.com/We...br.1@.599c3e3f

or if that link doesnt work, go to http://discussions.info.apple.com and follow the links.
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Old May 16, 2004, 02:59 AM   #3
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I've just ordered a 15" 1.5 GHz PowerBook so I sure as hell will be annoyed if I end up with this problem.

Where earlier there was excitement at the impending delivery (June 2nd), now there is also apprehension.
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Old May 16, 2004, 06:26 AM   #4
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http://discussions.info.apple.com/We...br.1@.599c3e3f

or if that link doesnt work, go to http://discussions.info.apple.com and follow the links.
yes, that is the problem I am referencing. It's just that this problem has never been discussed here much (at least to my knowledge), so I was wondering if anyone here has experienced it.

and qubex, I wouldn't worry about it much. It's probably a fairly small number of people who are experiencing this problem, and Apple is probably very close to finding a total solution to it.
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Old May 16, 2004, 07:32 AM   #5
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If you have a new 15" Powerbook (the 1.33 and 1.5 GHz models), is anyone having any problems with the much talked about "Uneven Illumination" problem? If anyone is wondering what this is, check out the "Display" forum for the PB 15" on apple.com.

Is anyone having any other problems, not even display related, with their new 15"ers? Battery problems? Keyboard? Case latch?

I am this close to ordering my 15" PB (I will have enough money the first week in June), and I just want to see if everything is sorted out and ready to go.

Well I got a flaky machine which has been DOA'd

Couldn;t detect any illumination problems during the time it worked when I had it for those two days...
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Old May 16, 2004, 08:06 AM   #6
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I've had my 15" for a few days and haven't seen any illumination problems/white spots, and the screen is very bright. The only flaw is a single blue stuck pixel, but I can only see it when the screen is black or very dark so it doesn't really bother me.
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Old May 16, 2004, 11:37 AM   #7
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I have a few friends who have 15" Aluminium PowerBooks (previous series, 1.25 GHz and 1.33 GHz processors, if I'm not mistaken). They've had their machines for more than three months each and they've reported no problems. Maybe I'll be lucky?

Since I work in China, returning one of those things to Hong Kong for the purposes of warranty is a non-trivial task. Not to mention the horror if they return it to me with a warped case as someone mentioned - and has already happened to my 12" after the SuperDrive was replaced. Ever since I got it back there's been a slight deformation on the front edge, more or less along the battery's side, with the aluminium case jutting out slightly. It's awful because I continue to catch the underside of my right wrist on it.

But Apple says that's not covered.
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Old Oct 14, 2005, 02:43 AM   #8
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Subsequent to my previous post more than a year ago, I bought a 15" PowerBook G4 in late June 2004.

My 15" PowerBook is now about 16 months old (June 2004-October 2005) and I am starting to get "bright spots" on the screen. I have a sneaky feeling it's failing.
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Old Oct 20, 2005, 12:44 AM   #9
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Subsequent to my previous post more than a year ago, I bought a 15" PowerBook G4 in late June 2004.

My 15" PowerBook is now about 16 months old (June 2004-October 2005) and I am starting to get "bright spots" on the screen. I have a sneaky feeling it's failing.
I guess I bought mine right around the same time as you. I've had zero problems with the screen. No uneven illumination. I do have one blue stuck pixel (can't see it unless the background is all black). Other then that, perfect.
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Old Oct 20, 2005, 01:11 AM   #10
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Since I work in China, returning one of those things to Hong Kong for the purposes of warranty is a non-trivial task. Not to mention the horror if they return it to me with a warped case as someone mentioned - and has already happened to my 12" after the SuperDrive was replaced.
Yeah... I had a Rev. C 15" and I had to send it in 5 times for various keyboard lighting and defective keyboard problems. It can look awful even after opening it up once. I've embraced the 17" because historically it has none of the problems of the 15". Good luck.
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