I have had it with my MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Burnsey, Jul 21, 2007.

  1. Burnsey macrumors 6502a

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    My MBP is the last gen Core 2 Duo model, 2.33GHZ 2gigs ram and 120gb 5400 drive. It is a week 49. I have owned it for about 4 months.

    Now let me start by saying that this machine has been pretty much perfect, no wierd noises, no speaker problems, no heat problems, fit and finish superior to most I've seen etc...

    There is just one problem with it, and a major one: the display. It's a 09c60 AUO display, and frankly it's driving me nuts.

    The display backlighting is fairly uneven, there is a bright strip at the bottom and the left side is generally slightly dimmer than everywhere else. Also on a blue background, I can tell where the brightest areas are, and it seems like there are two big ovals (very very very faintly) spanning my screen that are the brightest. Also it is very grainy/sparkly, especially noticeable if I take a whitish window and move it around while staring at a fixed location. It seems like the screen is dusty somehow.

    I didn't notice this at first, and when I did I decided that I could live with it, and that I had seen much worse. Apparently that was a bad idea, as the display has become problematic. What I've realized is that sometimes, regardless of it being on AC or battery (but mostly on battery), the left side (1/3 quarters from the left bezel) becomes significantly dimmer than everywhere else (this problem comes and goes as it pleases), so much that I can't view full screen pdf or word documents comfortably on it, because one side is darker than everywhere else and it's very annoying. This problem wasn't present when I bought it. Also I have noticed that it now flickers on minimum brightness when on battery, and this is very annoying.

    I bought this laptop for $2500 for college, I intended to own it for another 4 years or so, but if my first four months are any indication, it's going to be a bumpy ride.

    Now I can take it in (and try to convince the guy about my problems) and perhaps get the display replaced (is that even possible after 4 months?) but I'm worried that it will arrive from repair worse than when I sent it. I've heard that once you open one of these up, they never close quite the same again, and I'm worried about damage to the case etc...

    I'm also worried I may get another 09c60 display (every single mbp I had seen of this generation near me had the 09c60 display and the similar problems that go with it). I don't know what I'd do if I got it back and it had damage to the case as well as another 9c60 display.

    So I don't know what to do, should I take it in? or should I live with it (it has been very frustrating so far)? I doubt it'll last four years at this rate.

    It's really a shame though, the notebook is beautiful, the keyboard is awesome and I have loved it and babied it to death. It's very fast and I have had no kernel panics or the like at all. but I get very disappointed every time I turn it on and get to that darn gray startup.

    I am very disappointed and frustrated right now, almost regretting my switch to mac. My previous laptop was a Dell Latitude, which was very ugly, bulky, heavy and creaky. However it's display was very even and I never had a problem with it. I was considering getting an HP dv6000 (which also had a much better display) instead of my MBP but in the end I got the MBP for it's design and weight.

    What should I do? :( @ :apple:
     
  2. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    I really mean no offense my friend... but it's just a machine. Send it back to Apple, your warranty should still cover any flaws, and get it fixed. Get Applecare if you want to keep it for 4 years. You got the machine to do work with, not to baby and cuddle and put on a shelf, besides, taking it to college means that you might get it stolen within a year or two. (sorry :( )

    But seriously, go get it fixed and stop regretting a switch to Apple based on a flawed machine. That shows that you might have been too hasty in making the jump. Switchers need to be set in stone when they make the jump, otherwise the simpliest of problems will send them running back to Microsoft.

    (1) Send the machine in to Apple and get it fixed
    (2) Get Applecare for the book after you leave
    (3) If it comes back broken then send it in again or join the other yuppy crowd and sue Apple
    (4) Use the machine for the improvement of your college career and stop babying it... it's a machine.
     
  3. Burnsey thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks. But I don't baby the machine like you might think, by baby I mean I bought a keyboard protector for it, a case to travel with it, and I'm careful when I move it around. Otherwise I use it quite often for both college work and my own personal hobby which is designing cars using photoshop. The mac OS itself I enjoy a lot, I don't think I will ever go back to windows, I even convinced my dad to get a 24inch imac, which he loves now.

    The display is the only major disappointment.
     
  4. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    If I recieved that MBP, I would have returned it. But I'm sure they will still exchange it for you.
     
  5. hayduke macrumors 65816

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    Some machines are lemons. Sounds like you got one. It is a pain to deal with, but better dealt with sooner than later. Back to Apple it goes...
     
  6. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    If the display is the only problem the send it back to Apple. They have been having too many problems with their MBP displays to tell you that it is normal, especially if it is driving you nuts. Just remember not to forget the Applecare though... it is a minor cost that will save you a lot of money in the future.

    Glad that you chose the MacOS over anything else... that's where it all matters.
     

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