Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by stevo0o, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. stevo0o macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2008
    So my brand new late 2008 MBP is coming.

    This is my first mac (in fact, my first notebook), so can someone kindly list the things that I should check as soon as the notebook arrives? Like what types of defects should I look for immediately so that I can take it back to Apple for repairs and whatnot in the first few days that I'm with it.

    I would REALLY appreciate it if you guys can include both late2008-MBP-specific issues AND general notebook issues I should be aware of.

    Thanks a lot!
  2. TheCakeIsALie macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2008
    After you open the packaging box of the new MBP:
    • Check the exterior finish for dents/imperfections/scratches
    • Check the backside to see if the battery cover fits well
    • Open up the screen and check the keyboard, make sure it is not crooked (especially the top row)
    • Check the battery indicator light on the left side
    • Check the glass cover on the screen for scratches/dents/imperfections
    • Turn it on and check Airport Extreme by connect to the Internet
    • Get the latest OS X update specifically for the unibody MBPs
    • Check for dead pixels using this link here
    • Check the trackpad clicks/gestures, as well as backlit keyboard
    • Check the internal temperatures using iStat Pro
    • Try switching GPUs and check internal temperatures using iStat Pro under both situations
    • Insert the OS X recovery disc into the SuperDrive and check the disc.
    • Insert a music CD into the SuperDrive and check for sound quality (any hissing or pops)
    • Put the MBP to sleep, check the sleep indicator light and whether there are any complications (eg. laptop remains hot)
    • Use it for a period of time and see if any of the above problems arise
  3. abijnk macrumors 68040


    Oct 15, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Great list TheCakeIsALie! I vote for a sticky... :cool:
  4. Nate025 macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2008

    I second that - Sticky!

    This one's getting bookmarked.
  5. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    Bookmarked here too. Although, I'll be scared to go through all of this when my MPB arrives for fear of it failing any of the points!
  6. McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
  7. stevo0o thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2008
    Thank you very much for the quick response. I will definitely check up on every single bullet point on that list.

    Anyone else have any suggestions? I guess it would be a good thing for everyone to have a common thread for these early checks.

    Always better now than later, and better later than never...
  8. polaris20 macrumors 68020

    Jul 13, 2008
    Me too.

    It appears Apple is the Volkswagen of computers. Just like a top-of-the-line Jetta is faster and fancier than a Honda Civic, so too is an MBP to (most) Thinkpads.

    But like the MBP, a VW is known for its quirks and flaws. :D

    I was really hoping for a BMW. :D
  9. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2008
  10. Nipz macrumors 65816


    Nov 1, 2006
  11. r88my macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2007
    Manchester UK
  12. sk47 macrumors member

    May 28, 2008
    Very very helpful points here. I also vote for a sticky because this will benefit everyone in the present and in the future.
  13. andrewdale macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2008
    Memphis, TN
    Another vote for stickiness being applied to this thread.

    It might cut down on some of the "I just got a mac, what should I look for" threads.
  14. MowingDevil macrumors 68000


    Jul 30, 2008
    Vancouver, BC & Sydney, NSW
    This thread should be emailed to Apple's quality control.
    They should be the ones doing this before shipment. :D
  15. pimentoLoaf macrumors 68000


    Dec 30, 2001
    The SimCity Deli
  16. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2008
    What about calibrating the battery ? is that supposed to be done when we receive the notebook ?

  17. MVApple macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2008
    ^Based on what I've read, I would like to add

    • Make sure your dvd/cd goes in straight
    • Make sure your screen doesn't flicker at different brightness levels
    • Install a game and check to see whether your macbooks shuts itself or the screen off
  18. KilljoyPBN macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2008
    • Check iSight

    I've heard of people having problems with the late 08s
  19. stevo0o thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2008
    • Check if all ports are fully functional (USB, Firewire, Ethernet, Audio in/out, etc)
  20. happyprozak macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Yay more things to add oh what joy.

    Check to make sure the screws in the back are all there and are flush with the body.

    I'm having some serious doubts whether to go ahead and buy a mbp now. In a way I kinda wish I didn't read these forums.
  21. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2008
    Why ? I got my MBP last week and I love it. The "only" thing is the f**** glossy screen. Except this, I'm realy enjoying my switch to OSX :)
  22. happyprozak macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2008
    why? Simply because of all the damn problems that keep popping up. Just look at the checklist. Someone else made another thread with a poll and according to that thread the poll shows a 12% rate of problems. I'm sure it's higher than it really is but after hearing about sleep issues, screws falling out, getting random screen shut downs when playing games, getting random black boxes etc it gets scary.

    The new mbp is 3 weeks old? In a year they are all going to fail LOL. I know apple will fix the problems but it'll suck being without my computer for weeks while it gets fixed.

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