A couple of Mac Book questions

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  1. bob5820 macrumors 6502a

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    I've had my first Mac, a mac pro, for about a month now and absolutely love it. I'm thinking about replacing my Dell 700m with a Macbook and completing the transition. I'm looking at getting the white 2.0, the black is nice but I don't think its $150.00 nicer. I'll be replacing the hd and adding memory anyway. I have two questions before I pull the trigger. Do the newer Macbooks discolor like they did a few months ago or has Apple sorted this out. How about temps, have they figured out hoe to properly apply thermal paste or is heat still an issue.
     
  2. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    my white macbook is dated after they fixed the discolouration, but recently it's been getting really warm and the bottom of it is stained a yellow colour, which im not too happy about, also a few keys have started going yellow..wish i'd forked out for the black one now.
     
  3. TaylorB macrumors regular

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    First off, congratulations on your Mac Pro. Now down to business. When I had my MacBook, I had no problems with discoloring or anything with that. Now for the heat issue. I had problems with heat on my MacBook and I've had them on my MacBook Pro, but there is a very simple solution that does not require any of that paste or anything. It is http://homepage.mac.com/holtmann/eidac/ . With that app you can control how fast you want your fans to run so you can eliminate your heating issues. Overall, I think you will be greatly satisfied with the MacBook. I hope this helps! :)
     
  4. bob5820 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the responses. I'm not sure that an app to overdrive the fans is a good solution. I'm willing to accept some heat from a laptop but I'm not looking to toast my nuts either. I'd read reports early on that Apple was using way to much thermal compound and was hoping that they had rectified the situation.
    I do have a few more questions though. When Leopard come out would I need to buy two copies, one for the Mac Pro and one for the Mac Book. I'm the only one using the computers. Is the license by machine or by user. I know that some apps such as Mac Office and iWork allow you to install on several machines.
    Second question, can Win-XP be run via parallels on a MacBook. I have a couple of fairly lightweight Windows app I'd like to run, but I'd like to stay away from rebooting.
     
  5. Shadow macrumors 68000

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    Legally, you would be required to buy 2 copies, but in actual fact just 1 would work. MacRumors does not support illegal activity in any way.
    For the heat, sure it lets a little warm, but its gotta be expected from such a thin and well designed (ie, no horrible fans on the bottom) machine.
     
  6. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    Yes, you can run windows xp via parallels on the macbook or mac pro. works just fine. if a bit slow..(but that's with a gig of ram, 512 of it allocated to xp)
     
  7. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Not to rain on your parade, but I strongly advise against buying 2 computers at the same time.

    This just means that they will be outdated at the same time. While the Mac Pro will definitely last longer than the Macbook, I think your money is better spent in a year or two when the next best thing comes out.

    Unless you can afford it, of course.
     
  8. bob5820 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    While I understnd your point, I guess I've been bitten by the Mac bug. I just wasn't enjoying using my Dell when I needed to use a lap top. I agree that the Macbook might be a little long in the tooth in two I do not see the Pro being outdated, at least by my standards.

    So anyway I picked up a Macbook from the Charlotte Apple store today. Nice machine, but a little whimpy with only 512 mb. I've got some more memory on the way, other then that I pretty pleased so far.
     
  9. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Although the app can be used to overdrive the fans, I think that there's a happy medium between Apple's default "underdrive" setting and "overdrive". I bumped mine up just a little and it's made a ~8'C difference (which I can feel on the casing).
     
  10. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Well, I'm quite sure you'll enjoy it :)
     

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