So many problems! Why won't Apple DO something?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by livingfortoday, May 31, 2006.

  1. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    I got my Powerbook G3 Lombard last night, and let me tell you this thing is rife with problems, so I'm just gonna vent.

    1) Heat! This thing gets HOT. At first I thought it might be because there was a high-performance top-of-the-line chip stuck inside a case so sleek and streamlined that clearly Apple couldn't put in the same cooling as a desktop. But then I was reading that there may be a problem with the application of the thermal paste, so I'm thinking of cracking open my brand new (to me anyways!) computer to see if this is indeed the problem. I mean, I bought this 6 pound machine as a LAPtop, and I'll be damned if I'll get stuck putting it on a table or desk. That's for DESKtops! Laptops are for crotches only!

    2) I love the black, but it seems like I paid a premium for it, when I could have bought a cheap grey Powerbook 1400 for a lot less instead. Not to mention that this thing has fingerprints visible on it EVERYWHERE. Who knows if I'll be able to get them all off, without using some sort of cleaning mechanism. As far as I know, no such mechanism exists. Oh, and what if it should scratch! I know it's made of hard, black plastic, but what if I drop it in the lion's den at the zoo, and the lion bites in to it? Surely the white plastic underneath would show!

    3) Finally, a weird creaking sound comes from my computer when I move it around. Specifically, when I pick it up using two fingers on the very edge of the laptop while it's open, it creaks like it's under stress or like maybe it's going to snap in half! If you do it just right, it even kind of sounds like a 'moo', or, actually, scratch that. What's a good barnyard analogy that a bunch of tech-savvy people could easily agree on... like an extended "baaaaaa" from a sheep. My Powerbook sounds like a sheep. As far as I know, computers aren't meant to sound like sheep!

    All in all, I think Apple really dropped the ball on the Powerbook G3. There are heating problems which they refuse to address as being a legitimate concern, the case is prone to scratches and fingerprints, and there's a weird creaking sound that should only be emitted from a medium-sized barnyard animal. What's most frustrating to me is that there are (or could be!) clearly a ton of people on a Macintosh advice forum who are having these same problems, and yet Apple will not accept a return on this product or even acknowledge that there may be something wrong, no matter how many dozens of times a day I call Applecare! I even got told by the so-called "Geniuses" that since the G3's not been sold in years, there's nothing they can do.

    I'm giving serious thought to returning this and just getting a Dell or Compaq, because even though they won't run OS X, at least the laptop will stay cool while I play Minesweeper or run AdAware!
     
  2. lewion macrumors regular

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    First of all... Powerbook G3??? why the **** do you buy a powerbook g3 when you can have a macbook which is 10 times better as any g3...???
     
  3. livingfortoday thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Clearly with all the problems the MacBooks are having, I want to wait until at least the Revision D ones, to make sure all the bugs have been worked out...
     
  4. liketom macrumors 601

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    wise choice - going for that G3 BTW - i would have gone for a G3 iBook:rolleyes:
     
  5. kretzy macrumors 604

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    I think it's a bit unrealistic to expect Applecare to cover a 6+ year old machine. I imagine the creaking is just from the machine being a bit aged.

    If you didn't like the casing, why did you buy it?
     
  6. srobert macrumors 68020

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    Consider me confused. At first I thought someone resurrected a very old thread.

    Where did you buy it? Was it new? Refurbished?

    Are there companies out there that accept returns on second hand, years old products? If so, I'll pay a visit to eBay and start raking in the money.
     
  7. gloss macrumors 601

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    Judging by this thread, the majority of users on this board have no sense of satire.
     
  8. srobert macrumors 68020

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    That's the first thing I thought but I read it 3 times and didn't thing it was going far enough (funny enough) to be a joke. :/ I guess I don't have a good enough sense of humor. :D

    When in doubt, better assume the post is real and legitimate or else you'll risk insulting the poster.
     
  9. liketom macrumors 601

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    loving this

    "Apple will not accept a return on this product or even acknowledge that there may be something wrong, no matter how many dozens of times a day I call Applecare! I even got told by the so-called "Geniuses" that since the G3's not been sold in years, there's nothing they can do."


    can see the face of the Geniuses now :D
    BUT i do remember a story of a old Mac like a lisa or something ,took into a apple store and the chaps there fixing that ?
     
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  11. kretzy macrumors 604

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    If it is supposed to be satire, then it is a very poor attempt I'm afraid.
     
  12. Core Trio macrumors regular

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    I cant believe i read all that.

    Work must really be boring today.
     
  13. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    Finally somebody gets it...props to you livingfortoday
     
  14. macg4 macrumors 6502a

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    i mean you have to understand that any older powerbook or laptop for that matter is going to have some issues unless it was bought back then and never used untill now. its gonna have things that break,chip,make stange noises. its just like an older car or house. i have owned plenty of apple powerbooks over time and never had many complaints about them. i have owend 3 ibooks g3's, 3 or 4 powerbooks g3's and 2 powerbook g4's. the only ones i have noticed with heat issues were the 2 powerbook g4's i had, now they get hot.
     
  15. gloss macrumors 601

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    Or you're too willing to accept what appears to be outrageous stupidity as truth.

    If you don't read that as being satirical, you must not have a feel for the genre.
     
  16. wako macrumors 65816

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    poor attempt indeed... i thought the guy was serious... atleast i hope he isnt...
     
  17. Chrispy macrumors 68020

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    I believe this thread is one fine example of sarcasm at its finest :D
     
  18. gloss macrumors 601

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    Also his avatar is great.
     
  19. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    Agreed.

    It is a bit difficult to pick up sarcasm on the internet, compared to voice. that's why I always suggest the [sarcasm][/sarcasm] tags
     
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  21. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    I got it on the first line. You're still too innocent, it seems. Let's head over the private forum and see if we can do something about that... ;)
     
  22. Malus macrumors 6502

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    Dude man I hear ya...I just got my new Apple II last night. I got a copy of OSX but WHAT?! I cant even find the dvd drive?! Do I have to buy and external one? Whats up with that? But.....the calculator function is pretty hawt. And this "Frogger" game....man, revolutionary!!
     
  23. GanChan macrumors 6502

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    I wonder how many of those who didn't get the satire are likely the ones being satired.... ;)
     
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  25. livingfortoday thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yes, I totally meant this as a joke, I'm glad enough people got it, I was worried at first. And I know it ain't the funniest, and I still don't like the "noise" bit, but since the G3 doesn't have the Core Duo's predisposition for song, not much I could do there.
     

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