Happy Owner of New MBP 15" 2.8GHz

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  1. Sdahe macrumors 68000

    Sdahe

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    Hello guys,

    Well, yes..... I did it!. I got a new 15" MBP 2.8GHz but I have a question about the graphic card. When I go to About This Mac and go to the graphic card information I get this...

    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M......................... Display PCI
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M GT.................... Display PCIe

    The first card says it has 256MB VRAM (Total)
    The second says it has 512MB VRAM (Total)

    Does this means the computer has two video cards?

    Thanks
     
  2. guydude193 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes. You have them both. If you were wondering... you could've gone to Apple.com and looked at your model's information. :p
     
  3. HLdan macrumors 603

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    Yes, it has 2 GPU's. They are not dual SLI, they are meant to be used separately. For gaming and software that is CPU intensive, you switch in System Preferences to the 9600. For better battery life switch to the 9400.
    BTW, congrats, that's a nice machine. :)
     
  4. trondah macrumors 6502

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    Did you even try to search for the answer yourself? How about going to apple.com and look at your specific model?
     
  5. Sdahe thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks to all for you answers... very helpful!

    trondah... I did but hey, this is a Mac Forum right... what's wrong about asking something?.. everybody does!

    Thanks... I can change it in energy saver settings right?
     
  6. HLdan macrumors 603

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    Yes, that's correct. You won't need to reboot. Just log off and log back in and the switch happens.
     
  7. Sdahe thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Another thing is that the battery is integrated in the computer... can I change the battery if it fails?
     
  8. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    The battery would either need to be changed at an Apple store or another repair shop, or you would need to buy the part from a place such as iFixit. Apple doesn't sell the new batteries through the retail channel.
     
  9. Sdahe thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Well, Apple taking more control over us...:cool:
     
  10. Battlefield Fan macrumors 65816

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    Don't forget that the battery isn't supposed to fail for at least 5 years. You probably will have a new computer by then.
     
  11. Sdahe thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Well... that's good to know!
     
  12. jamesryanbell macrumors 68020

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    It's easier just to let others do the "work" for you. I do it all the time. lol.
     
  13. RiCEADDiCTBOY macrumors 6502a

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    unless the economy fails us first.

    too bad that it runs hot under bootcamp =/ no "official" solution for 9600 problem
     
  14. HLdan macrumors 603

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    And you quoted me about this for what???
     
  15. RiCEADDiCTBOY macrumors 6502a

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    because you were regarding the 9600 with gaming and if you want to do any decent gaming - you would opt for bootcamp. and in bootcamp the 9600 runs hot...
     
  16. HLdan macrumors 603

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    Please keep the discussion relevant. The OP was just asking if he actually had 2 GPU's in his computer. This is not about the 9600 getting hot in Windows.
     
  17. RiCEADDiCTBOY macrumors 6502a

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    it is relevant on the grounds i am discussing about a mbp on a mac forum. they are now discussing about the battery - so how is that for relevancy? topics can branch off.
     
  18. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    I bought a 15" 2.8GHz macbook pro just 2 weeks ago and was very satisfied as well except that when I installed a faster hdd SATA-II it would freeze every few minutes at a time rendering the mbp useless (and yes I did install the firmware 1.7 which didnt address the issue).

    Just curious if you tried installing a 3rd party hdd? I know 100% that the 500gb hdd and all the hdds that apple ships stock with their mbps are SATA-I (1.5 Gb/s) slower hdds.

    I tried installing a hitachi travelstar 320GB 7200rpm SATA-II 3.0 Gb/s hdd in but it kept freezing under osx (couple of times froze when trying to install osx) with the color wheel of death rendering the mbp useless. When I plopped in the 500GB stock hdd (SATA-I 1.5 Gb/s) back in it works flawlessly.
     
  19. RiCEADDiCTBOY macrumors 6502a

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    i know after my friend upgraded to a sata-ii he didn't have any issues post firmware. did you try another sata-ii drive?
     
  20. adamk77 macrumors 6502

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    I think whenever someone posts a question like this, they just want to post something to let everyone know that they have a new machine. They know that they can look it up themselves.
     
  21. Sdahe thread starter macrumors 68000

    Sdahe

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    Well in this case I didn't used this as an excuse to let everybody know I got a new machine... I already stated that in the title... :) - Happy Owner of New MBP 15" 2.8GHz

    Maybe he is just angry that I got a new Macbook PRO... :D
     

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