Budget (sic) Santa Rosa Macbook Pro Upgrades

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bluering, Jun 22, 2007.

  1. bluering macrumors newbie

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    My first post here, but I just wanted to let other users here share my experiences. I just upgraded from the last gen C2D MPB to the new santa rosa setup. I really wanted I big hard drive and 4GB of ram, but could stand to pay apple the extra $1000 or so.

    So thanks to newegg (no affiliation) I now have a 250gb Western Digital Scorpio drive installed and cooking with 4Gb of ram (PNY 2x2Gb) for about $400 total. Plus I get to recover costs by selling the 120GB drive and 2 1Gb sticks that shipped with the laptop.

    I am hoping for about $175 back with would make my total out of pocket for the laptop with 4GB and 250gigs about $2100. Not cheap, but compared to what I would have spent I am pleased.

    For anyone thats interested I took some picks while the case was opened up.
     
  2. eenu macrumors 65816

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    And what happens when something goes wrong and you need to let apple fix it?
     
  3. uicandrew macrumors 6502a

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    while it was open, did you attempt to clean the thermal paste?
     
  4. toddbee macrumors newbie

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    that sounds like a great deal. apple just wont warranty the hard drive if thats the case.
     
  5. Manzana macrumors 6502a

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    pics

    could you please post some? esp if you can see the logic board and the thermal paste.

    Thanks.
     
  6. eenu macrumors 65816

    eenu

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    Apple will likely not warranty his whole machine as he was stupid enough to sell it so he cant replace it in the machine if he needs to send it in for repair..... therefore its obvious he has opened the machine
     
  7. eenu macrumors 65816

    eenu

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    Why don't you just google! there are plenty of pics online!
     
  8. gorenut macrumors member

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    Ouch. Calling him stupid is kind of harsh and unwarranted don't you think? Perhaps just lacking a little foresight.
     
  9. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    Urm okay, he just voided his warranty on a $2000 machine.

    I suppose he can buy a MacBook on eBay, put the hard drive into his MacBook Pro, and send it in when he needs servicing.
     
  10. Alloye macrumors 6502a

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    Opening the machine and replacing the hard drive is not sufficient reason for Apple to void the warranty. However, Apple is within their right to refuse warranty repair if any damage is caused by said opening.
     
  11. dex22 macrumors regular

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    Seconded.

    My neighbor has a MBP in which he replaced the hard drive with a 200GB 5400rpm. After three months, the laptop started having video smearing issues, and he took i in for warranty repair. They noted the hard drive was replaced, and it was not an issue.

    It should also be noted that there is a federal law, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, allowing third-party service to cars, computers, etc without diminishing your warranty rights on the remainder of the machine, so long as the work was done using, in the case of a computer, parts that are within specification. Replacing a hard drive with another that meets the same interface specification can not diminish your warranty rights on the rest of the machine; just on the drive you remove.
     
  12. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    Thirded.

    Before I purchased Applecare for my PowerBook, I asked Apple if replacing the hard drive in my machine would void the warranty. Their answer was no, with the following caveats:

    1. Damage resulting from the disassembly would not be covered.

    2. The third party hard drive would not be warranted. If it failed, it was my problem.
     

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