Before I buy Rev B - 9C8F screen model question

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  1. NYU02 macrumors regular

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    Ok, so I really really want a rev b mba but what has kept me from buying one is the screen issue. I bought a MB and loved it but I gave it to my sister because her old mac died. I was searching through some previous posts and found that people with the 9C8F screen model didn't have the line issue. I went to the apple store and the ones there had the lines but at my local best buy the MBA on display did NOT have the lines.

    My question is this:
    Is there a way to check the box for the screen model # or is there a way to check before I leave the store what screen is on the comp?

    Or
    Are all new screens fixed?

    Thanks,
    NYU02
     
  2. nph macrumors 6502a

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    As far as I know you can only check the scren if you turn it on. Btw I have 9C8F and it is perfect, best screen I have seen ever!
     
  3. NYU02 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Is there any way to check before I open the box? That way if I'm in a best buy or somewhere I can check the box before I leave.

    Is the 9C8F screen model the newest model screen?

    thanks,
    NYU02
     
  4. fuz10n macrumors member

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    I too would like to know this since I'm exchanging my rev a for a rev b on Monday at Best Buy. I suppose we can always get AppleCare to repair it.
     
  5. stoconnell macrumors 6502

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    I think it varies. I have an early March (bought about 4 weeks ago) build with the 9c90 screen with what I believe is a mild case of the lines, so you still have a non-zero probability of encountering the issue.
     
  6. mhnajjar macrumors 6502a

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    I have 9C8F after trying the other two models and it is the ONLY one withOUT lines. The others vary. And yes, 9C8F is the latest, but it is NOT used in all machines, since some later assembled machines use the other screen models. It seems that Apple is trying to phase out those other models slowly.

    Unfortunately, there is NO way to tell what screen model you have without turning on the machine, unless you might be able to call Apple care and they help you with this (IF THEY KNOW HOW TO DO IT ... LOL) :D
     
  7. NYU02 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Where did you buy your computer? If the 9C8F screen model is the latest model, which retailer would have the highest probability of having this screen? A couple people bought from amazon and had no problem. I would think apple would have the newest but their return policy stinks....

    Where did everyone get their 9C8F model screen?

    Thanks,
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  8. NYU02 thread starter macrumors regular

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    also, what was the date of the build & purchase?

    that can narrow down the hunt before I open as well.

    Thanks,
    NYU02
     
  9. nph macrumors 6502a

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    Got mine from Amazon 2 weeks ago and it was build end of -08.
     
  10. NYU02 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I just got back from my local apple store and local best buy. The 4 MBAs at the apple store had the lines but were rev B models from when they first came out. NOW, I went to the best buy store and the MBA had ZERO lines (first time I saw that) and I checked the screen model and guess what, it was the 9C8F!!!
    The serial number was W8853 so it was very very new. I'm assuming then that all the new models have the 9C8F screens.

    I'm trying very hard not to get a bad screen! ha

    NYU02
     
  11. zedsdead macrumors 68040

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    I just got back with my second Rev B, and this one has the line issue as well. 4 out of 5 in the Apple Store had the lines, one was perfect. The Genius people thought I was crazy (although one said that the air they use looks worse), but they replaced it anyway. I really don't know what to do at this point.

    I tried showing them the one Air they had was fine, and how different the screen looked, but all I got as a response was that the ones on the floor are calibrated differently. Of course, the other two floor models had the issue so that was a poor answer.
     
  12. fuz10n macrumors member

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    how do you find your MBA's screen model number anyway?
     
  13. NYU02 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Go to DISPLAY under System Preferences, then click on the COLOR TAB, then OPEN PROFILE, scroll down to the second to last line and click it. It shows the model.

    I believe it is the second to last option, I'm on my GF's old MBP so its a little different but should be there.

    BUT I must admit after reading some refurb rev A reviews, for 999 might just have to get that.

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  14. stoconnell macrumors 6502

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    This is the reason why I have been reticent to try the return route. My 9C90 screen exhibits this behavior, but it is fairly mild. Short of forcing them to let you open and preview and reject each one they bring out, I am not sure how one can go through the exchange process with any degree of confidence of a good outcome. I would guess that one wouldn't fly.

    I agree any arguments about screen calibration are bogus.
     
  15. stoconnell macrumors 6502

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    Nope. The screen model varies. My MBA with serial number W8910 (10th week of 2009) has the 9C90 screen and lines (alas, sigh).
     
  16. NYU02 thread starter macrumors regular

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    So I finally decided to go to the best buy that had the 9C8F screen because the salesman mentioned they had 2 left from the same shipment and the demo was from. When I finally said I will purchase one, the idiot didn't realize that the 2 on the computer were in repair and not new and they didn't have any left!!!

    Back to square one I guess!!!:mad:

    Where are you 9C8F! haha

    NYU02
     
  17. PaperMacWriter macrumors 6502

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    you could just ask the people at the apple store if they could get you one that had the 9c8f screen, open it there, and just keep getting a new one until you get it. I think they'd let you do that.... and if not, its under apple care, they'll replace it for you. Best of luck!
    SG :apple:
     
  18. zedsdead macrumors 68040

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    They let me open this one at the store, but at that point, considering she did not really she the issue with the Air, I decided just to say I'll look into it at home. I have had the following issues:

    (1) Rev A, bought day one, dead pixels in the screen. = Apple replaced it
    (2) Rev A, late Feb, 08, Hard Drive deleted itself and had no free space = Apple replaced it.
    (3) Rev A, march-april 09:
    - Trackpad button scratched the bezel = Apple replaced the bezel
    - Trackpad button got stuck in the down position = Apple replaced the button
    - Macbook Air came back with a broken and lose hinge = Apple agreed to repair it, but I decided to wait because I needed the machine
    - Last week, the Air got a bunch of flickering black lines on the left side of the display
    - After 4+ hours both in store and on the phone, Apple agreed to replace the machine with a Rev B
    (4) Rev B, last Thursday, had the gray line issue (I thought I was crazy until I looked it up) = Apple replaced it today, although the Genius' did not believe me.
    (5) Rev B, present, has the Gray line issue, but it is less than the other one.

    At this point I am not sure if I should keep it or just complain until Apple lets me trade it toward a Macbook Pro. I really love the Air for its size, and I don't want the Macbook due to the crappy screen. The 15" pro is really my only alternative. I might just decide to live with the issue, or go to the other Apple Store first in my area and see what they say about it.

    For the record, Apple is not going to let you open countless Air's, especially on an issue that goes unnoticed by the Genius Bar. They will go for it once, but that's really it. Considering it seems to affect greater than 75% of the Air's, I have no confidence that if I trade this one in I will get a good one. I am just tired of all the issues I have had with the Air line. It is not ready.

    Apple fixed a lot of issues with the Rev B, but this screen problem is ridiculously widespread, its just that many people can't notice it or we're all just crazy.;)
     
  19. NYU02 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Papermacwriter,
    Is there a way to check the screen on the box?

    that way I dont have to open it.

    thanks,
    NYU02
     
  20. zedsdead macrumors 68040

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    For the record, my screen is 9c9a, and it has the gray line issue, albeit less than my last one.
     
  21. stoconnell macrumors 6502

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    I don't believe so, especially since there are at least three screen models on the Rev B, which Apple would treat as interchangeable and are all approved Rev B screen widgets.
     
  22. PaperMacWriter macrumors 6502

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    Don't think so, but its worth asking the salesman if they can check anyway. What have you got to lose?
    SG :apple:
     
  23. mhnajjar macrumors 6502a

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    Go with Amazon, it is the best way and hassle free to return/exchange.

    I think you would get the 9C8F from them since they had a little investigation around a month back and they stopped selling their MBA revB for few days.

    Let us know and good luck :)
     
  24. NYU02 thread starter macrumors regular

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    mhnajjar,
    Which MBA did you buy on amazon and how long ago? can you send a link?

    thanks,
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  25. fuz10n macrumors member

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    I returned the mba rev.a today and took home a rev.b. grey lines. took it back, tried another, grey lines. Display model had grey lines. They probably thought I was crazy and had a manager tell me that they are all from the same batch (yeah right, like he'd know), so they are all going to have this imperfect screen.

    I ended up getting the 2.4GHz unibody macbook, and i am very happy with it. It's not thin, but it has a drive, beautiful display, and damn powerful innards. Saved $200 bucks too. :D
     

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