Does my MBP have issues or it's only me?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by PoianaNana, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. PoianaNana macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2010
    Hello all!

    I finally put my hands on a brand new MacBook Pro 15" (base model) with Hi-Def Glossy Screen...

    I'm playing with it since a couple of days and I wonder if it is somehow defective...

    I've already passed through the following thread but I haven't found the answers I'm looking for....

    I've also searched trough the forum, found a couple of related threads but no conclusive answers were given, so that's why I'm posting my doubts and asking for you to comment or give your personal experiences or advices...

    1) Power dazzle (sorry I don't know how to better express it)
    When I plug the cable to recharge the battery and the battery gets finally completely recharged, I feel a sort of low voltage through my hands when I touch the aluminum unibody... I was used to feel the same thing on the touchpad of my former pc when its logic board started to break... (that's why I'm so worried about this potential issue)

    Is it normal? Do you experience the same thing? Is it to notify the battery is fully charged? I don't think so: a pop-up message would be much more effective...

    2) Clinging sound
    When I use the MBP in a quiet room, I often hear a clinging sound from the touchpad... I suspect it is the HDD's head that moves to perform an operation... or is it something completely different? In any case, it is very annoying: when I hear it, I immediately start to search myself for any tab of a zipper that may produce it...

    Again, is it normal? Does your MBP is the same? Does it annoy you? Am I simply paranoid? Did you do something to effectively reduce it (SSD)?

    3) Battery life
    I tried to calibrate the battery properly, nevertheless I didn't experienced the advertized battery life... I think it depends on the fact I have the Hi-Def screen that is more power demanding than the default one...

    Is this the effective reason? How long does your battery last? (I cannot post my value because I just discovered the option to show time besides battery icon...) Any suggestion to make the battery last longer? (I already use cable rather than wi-fi and Intel graphic card rather than Nvidia one)

    4) If I move my finger tips on the bottom of the unibody enclosure, I can feel a small step between the enclosure and the cover (something less than 1/3 of a mm) in the area below the touchpad that progressively disappear toward the hinge area...

    Does your cover integrate seamlessly into your unibody enclosure or not?
    Is it an indication of some sort of refurbished intervention or is it normal this way? How can I understand if it is a refurbished MBP or a brand new one? (It's been bought by my university, so I don't know exactly what has been ordered... there is something I have to look for to understand the case? A particular notice, booklet or something like that?)

    These are my dilemmas! Thank you in advance for any help you can provide!

    Have a nice day,
  2. nwbusa macrumors regular

    Jul 29, 2010
    BC, Canada
    #1 is normal if you are on 240V, which I am assuming you are.
  3. PoianaNana thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2010
    Here in Italy we have 220V power DC...

    May I ask why it is normal?

  4. Blues003 macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2010
    Unplug the power cord and plug it with the pins reversed.

    I dunno why it works, but I read somewhere that it did.
  5. nwbusa macrumors regular

    Jul 29, 2010
    BC, Canada
  6. PoianaNana thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2010
    Thanks for the clarification!

    Does anyone has something to share with respect of other points?

    Thanks all,

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