MacService.com: do upgrades void standard warranty?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Kalmia, Aug 25, 2006.

  1. Kalmia macrumors member

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    As of the 20th of this month, I am the proud owner of a beautiful new 2.0 GHz MacBook Pro. It's a gorgeous machine, and I'm quite smitten with it, but with the stock 512 MB of RAM and a meager 80 GB hard drive, it's a bit of a step down from the 120 GB of my iMac G5. I ended up having to delete a fair number of files to cram most of my settings and files onto the new machine, and with only 7 gigs of remaining HD space, things got pretty laggy once the virtual memory kicked in. (I've since deleted some things and left the copies on the iMac for now, so I have about 30 gigs to work with now. It's lessened the problem, but I'd like those files back at some point.)

    Long story short, I intend to max out my RAM in hopes of taking the load off of virtual memory (I was going to do this anyway, so it's pending very shortly), but I'd like a bigger hard drive in case I should need to fall back on it. And, of course, for the extra space. I feel that I could probably replace the hard drive myself fairly easily, but since my last Mac notebook--an iBook G4--was a victim of logic board failure and had to be serviced twice, I don't want to void my warranty by opening the machine myself.

    MacService.com looks to be fairly handy at what they do, and they claim to be Apple Certified Technicians, but I can't find their site on the Apple.com service provider search for their area, so I'm a bit confused in that regard. Can anyone give me straight-up confirmation as to whether or not a hard drive upgrade from them will void my warranty?

    Thanks in advance! I appreciate it! :D


    ~Kalmia
     
  2. Fleetwood Mac macrumors 65816

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    You can upgrade your MacBook yourself without voiding the warrenty (as long as you don't break anything). There's a page somehwere on the Apple site that says so, but I can't find it after a quick search. There are many guides avaialbe and its sounds as if it isn't too difficult.

    I can't confirm the Apple certified status of the mentioned website, you can call Apple to cofirm though.
     
  3. sulhaq macrumors regular

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    I am not really sure if upgrading voids warranty or not, but I can tell you this, just put the stock ram in a safe location if you ever need to send in your notebook for repair. If the need arises, swap in the upgraded ram for the stock ram and send away.

    I have personally done this with my macbook and I can assure you apple had no complaints. My warranty was not void and I was able to make an exchange with no problems.
     
  4. Kalmia thread starter macrumors member

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    Really? Hard drive upgrades are okay for MacBook Pros, too? I'll have to research this further! Hey, if it'll save me some money...

    Thanks for the tip! I'll keep it in mind in case anything should happen. (I hope not. I don't know what I'd do without a computer for that long... :eek: )

    Thanks for your help, both of you! I appreciate it! :D


    ~Kalmia
     
  5. Fleetwood Mac macrumors 65816

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    Oops. I thought you were talking about a regular Macbook before. Macbook Pros are a lot harder to upgrade because you have to open them right up, taking off case, keyboard, etc. I'd suggest getting it upgraded by an Apple Certified service (like it seems you have-didn't mean to throw you off). When I got my mini upgraded last week, I just took it to a place 10 minutes away and they finished the job in 20 minutes.

    Good luck with your upgrading.
     
  6. Kalmia thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for clearing that up! I guess I will go with MacService, then. (I really wish I had a local place dealing in Macs--it would save me $50 on shipping!) I'll be sure to report back here on my experience, in case anyone else should be interested in going that route. :)

    Thanks again for your help; I appreciate it!


    ~Kalmia
     

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