Concerned and looking for advice-macbook pro

Cookiemonster

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Jul 5, 2007
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in the desert somewhere
Hello everyone,
Im somewhat new to Apple, I was planning on buying a macbook pro at the end of last month but was definitely frightened with the number of yellowing screen issues and kernal panics and so forth, I said I would wait till the end of august to see how things are going... From what I can see on this board, which obviously doesnt account for all macbook pro purchases in the recent weeks- but overall the problem seems to be occurring less frequently...

I want to customize my notebook... but I am worried if I do so then it'll be thrown from one repair to the next if I get stuck with a yellow screen...

What does everyone think, is it safer to get a standard order so if I have a yellow screen- I can take it back to the store and exchange or get another from apple.com , or is the coast clear and a configured would be better?

Im just looking to increase the hard drive...

I'd appreciate any input, I'll probably be purchasing soon...
Thanks everyone!
 

vicious7

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Jul 16, 2007
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Jacked into the net...
Well, if you are really worried about it, why not pick up a standard version and if all is well, buy a third party harddrive (which is cheaper than Apple's offerings) and have it installed at an Apple Store or certified Mac dealer.
 

Raska

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Aug 5, 2007
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Well, if you are really worried about it, why not pick up a standard version and if all is well, buy a third party harddrive (which is cheaper than Apple's offerings) and have it installed at an Apple Store or certified Mac dealer.
That's exactly what I plan on doing. I did my first MBP as a custom order online and received a Samsung screen with yellowing. My 2nd MBP is stock from my local retail store which has an LG screen which is flawless.
 

vanmacguy

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Aug 13, 2007
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Not where you live.
Bought my first MBP over a year ago, no problems at all. No yellowing, no panics, nothing.

Then it got stolen and I bought another, again not one single problem.

If you are planning on doing the HD upgrade yourself, I would re-think that. You'll probably invalidate your warranty and it's not as easy as upgrading the HD in a PC laptop.

My advice would be to order the one you want from Apple, with the drive configuration you want. If anything goes wrong with it, then you're fully covered.
 

Squonk

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Mar 15, 2005
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Well, if you are really worried about it, why not pick up a standard version and if all is well, buy a third party harddrive (which is cheaper than Apple's offerings) and have it installed at an Apple Store or certified Mac dealer.

Will the Apple Store install hard drives into MBP's for you? What is the cost for this?

Thanks!
 

Shepherd

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Aug 7, 2007
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All the apple stores I've spoken to will not upgrade the HDD. While some certified repair shops will, it is questionable whether this will void your warranty or not. I personally chose to get the CTO 7200 rpm drive to avoid a confusion down the road, and I'm a rather patient person (to a point), so if there is a screen issue I'll just send it right back.

-Shepherd
 

Squonk

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Mar 15, 2005
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All the apple stores I've spoken to will not upgrade the HDD. While some certified repair shops will, it is questionable whether this will void your warranty or not. I personally chose to get the CTO 7200 rpm drive to avoid a confusion down the road, and I'm a rather patient person (to a point), so if there is a screen issue I'll just send it right back.

-Shepherd
I didn't think the :apple: stores did upgrades as such. Yeah, I'd do the same thing, order it with the HD in place from :apple: right off the bat. I did replace the HD in my PowerBook myself after the warranty was expired. Not that bad to do actually and the MBP's are easier, but I do not want to kill the warranty.