Mac Rev. A Machines

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  1. ebook macrumors 6502

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    I was wondering what everyones experience is with Mac's Revison A machines. I am trying to figure out how I want to replace my iMac 500 and I'm not sure what to do. Of course I will wait to see what they look like and what the price and specs are. But, I'm a little scared of what the Rev. A would be like...heat, low specs, other issues...??? So, I'm just wondering if people often have bad experiences with them. If it sounds like a good idea to not jump on the first revisions I'm going to get a used PB and wait for the iMacs to be updated for the first time.
     
  2. Dr. Dastardly macrumors 65816

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    I'll try to respond before everyone flames you for not doing a search before posting. :D

    Many consider Rev A's problematic because they are the first run of the new form and processors. In my opinion this is all way over blown. I myself have a rev A and it runs like a dream.
     
  3. Dr. Dastardly macrumors 65816

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    Just keep in mind that Apple doesn't release a new product without serious testing and reasearch. They would release a product that was defect ridden knowingly.
     
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    My Rev A purchased-last-September-so-it-has-all-Rev-A-parts dual-2.0 GHz G5 is a dream come true. Zero problems.
     
  5. ebook thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the reply Dr.!!

    As far as people flaming me, well they can go ahead. It's no skin off of my back. In fact I did do a search for it on the forums. But in my mind it's easier said than done. I searched for things like "rev a", "revision a", and "first revison". I found lots of threads about iPhoto, G5 Powermacs, Garage Band, and other things. But I didn't find exactly what I was looking for. That being said, I'm sure people will point me to a few threads, and that would be fine. I'll just pat you on the back and say, "you are more MacRumors savy than I"!!!
     
  6. Duff-Man macrumors 68030

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    Duff-Man says...I have had a rev A iBook, Quicksilver G4, LCIII (way back when), iPod....never had one bit of trouble with any of them (or any Mac I've owned for that matter). I as well think the whole "avoid rev a" business is nonsense....oh yeah!
     
  7. ebook thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Great!! This will probably make my decision much easier! Thanks for the quick replies.
     
  8. jcook793 macrumors regular

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    Ditto.
     
  9. virividox macrumors 601

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    i have a rev a powerbook and couldnt be happier; sure i know of some people who complain of glitches, but more often than not they are resolved. i heard that some powermacs have this noise issue but hey, nothings perfect right
     
  10. MrSugar macrumors 6502a

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    I have a Rev A powerbook 17" and a Rev A G5 2.0. Both computers have run flawless since I got them. I think the only really viable Rev A problem I remember recently was that 15" white spot problem.....

    really I think it's overblown too, if you get a bad box apple will fix it, but chances are it will run great right away
     
  11. keysersoze macrumors 68000

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    I had a Rev.A G4 iBook @800MHz. It sh*t the bed. Bad RAM...then bad logic board... then the hard drive failed. But iBook's are notorious for having "issues".
     
  12. arf macrumors member

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    I've got a Rev A pbk 12. Runs like a dream, no probs!
     
  13. Laslo Panaflex macrumors 65816

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    I use 2 Rev. A 2gig G5's, one at home, and one at work, and neither of them have caused any problem that has to do with "Rev.A buggy hardware". I have had problems with my work computer, but it's a software/hardware compatibility issue with softraid and my JBOD.

    My home G5 has been working flawlessly since I got it last October. I have never even encountered a kernel panic on it either.

    Rev.A products have not caused me any problems that I can tell, but that's just my experience.
     
  14. evil macrumors 6502

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    i have a rev a pbk 12 too. i had a problem with mine, but i dont attribute it to being a rev a. the power socket thing in the computer went bad and needed to be replaced.
     
  15. matthutch macrumors regular

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    I have a rev a 12" powerbook - never had a problem
    also a rev a dual 2 g5 - never had a problem

    yes there are some people who have problems with their machines that are rev a, and with the rev b and c models they do have a chance to 'iron out the bugs'. but hey something can go wrong with anything you buy, no matter what it is.
     
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    Rev a iMac, iBook, TiBook, 2 Rev a Cubes, no problems.
     
  18. pdpfilms macrumors 68020

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    Small(ish) problem

    I got a Rev A dual 2ghz G5 in april...
    immediately after turning it on, my fans were on full blast, permanently. I wasn't happy. Brought it to Smalldog (authorized apple reseller), who said i needed a new temp sensor, which required a replacement of the entire case. It was free, but cost my two weeks without my new baby. After that, i've only had very few problems (5 or less lockups).
    I guess it could be expected...it was a refurb anyway.
    I'm now happy:0)
    -klon
     
  19. Koodauw macrumors 68040

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    I have a Rev A. 12'' PB, and had a few problems. They only been minor things though, nothing major. One was a battery issue, it just kept goin to sleep randomly on me. Actually, thats the only problem I can think of at the moment. And thats not really that big of a deal. A new battery solved all my problems.

    I would say that like anything, a Rev B. will give you a solution to any minor issues that come out of a Rev A. Are they worth the wait though? IMO not usually.
     

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