Just FYI - there ARE some problems with the new MBPs

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by thenewguy, Nov 5, 2006.

  1. thenewguy macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2006
    Ugh. I'm not happy to report this. And I get the feeling it is very rare, as I've only read a few other cases, but I thought I would just let everyone else know:

    *MBP Whine - associated with when the monitor turns on, high pitched white for 30 seconds - 2 minutes.

    *screen not flush with body when closed

    *sluggish expose - i think its a video problem

    *dropping of ext. HDDs

    Because this is a developer order, I am having a hell of a time getting this fixed. I need to send it back to them, which is going to put me without a computer for 2+ weeks. not a happy switcher here.
  2. xiaoyu04 macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2006
    Merced, CA
    developer orders are harder to get fixed? I'd imagine it's the other way around?
  3. Clydefrog macrumors 6502a


    Feb 24, 2006
    haven't experienced the whine with mine, expose is fine, my Lacie ext HD is fine, and the screen mine seems fine, i thought you didn't want it to be seemless because the screen will touch the keys
  4. ChickenSwartz macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2006
    No problems, as listed above, or in general to speak of.

    So, "Just FYI- there ARE some problems with SOME of the new MBPs"
  5. wallock, Nov 5, 2006
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2013

    wallock macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2006
  6. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040


    May 16, 2006
    Central Florida!
    My friend just returned his, for whine and screen buzz, and crappy batt. life...so i am sticking with my macbook for a while.
  7. jsd macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Orange, CA
    Some times when you call Applecare they'll quote you 1-2 weeks, but I've never had it take more than one single day (+2 days shipping), and I've sent in a computer 4 times.
  8. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030


    Apr 14, 2006
    Clemson, SC
    Same for me. Not 4 times, though, but 2 different computers, months apart. Only out of my hands for 3 days total.

    I know others who have had different experiences, though.
  9. oomanamemni macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2006
    have a blown right speaker on my new mbp 2 duo, taking it in tomorrow
  10. thenewguy thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2006
    Oh I wasn't indicating that all or even most of the MBPs had problems. I know this is a very isolated incident, I just wanted to let people know that some of the problems we thought were fixed from the old revision are not.

    The screen not being flush would be OK if it was uniform. I meant to say that the screen pulls up only on the left side when it is closed. Not much at all - but enough that it is noticeable.

    The problem with getting a repair has to do with who you talk to. I first called tech support. they verified that it was a problem and i was transfered to Sales to set up a return/replacement. I got all the way through the process and then they realized it was an ADC purchase so they sent me over to ADC. he then went to set up the return/replacement. My big problem is that to do a return replacement I was told by the ADC guy that I would probably be without my computer for 2 weeks. That's 2 weeks where I can do no work, and have to go to labs to continue my school work. It is a horrible situation, and because it was ADC they could offer no compensation or try and expedite the process (something about how you can't get any "good will gestures" with ADC purchases).
  11. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Must be nice...I dropped my PowerBook off at a Genius Bar (San Francisco flagship) for an Applecare-covered keyboard replacement and it took them ten days.
  12. SilentCrs macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2006
    Coming from the PC world and just ordered a MacBook C2D.

    Of what you mentioned, 3 of the 4 (everything but the case closing) sounds to be fixable through software/firmware updates.

    If the case closing is one hinge, or is lopsided, I'd say that's a problem. If it's uniformly leaving a millimeter or two of space it might be intentional.

    To me, a flush case is a non-issue. Even the whine really is a non-issue. Stuff like sluggish Expose will irritate me, but Apple can probably fix that quickly.
  13. 5150 Joker macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2006
    Davis, California

    I have none of the problems you mentioned.
  14. e12a macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    if you notice...there are little plastic tabs near the top of the screns that prevent it from sitting totally flush with the body of the macbook pro, and there is some resistance against putting the screen all the way down so you can release it. Mine's still relatively even all around, but the right corner gap is slightly smaller than the let side. No biggie. its alumnium. it'll bend.

    Delay in expose? tell me how so i can see if i can replicate it...cause i either dont have it or i dont notice it.

    Under bootcamp i get a hissing noise near the power adapter area. Strangely not under OSX.

    edit: i opened 8 windows for various applications and expose still smoothly and quickly showed all windows. how do you do it?
  15. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    It has happened before, the corrupted external drives was a real problem a while back.

    Likely it'll mean a firmware update on the drives -- or avoiding a specific chipset entirely.

    Of course it could also be a port power problem, which means the OS shutting a high draw port -- and requiring a power brick on the drive.
  16. iBorg20181 macrumors 6502


    Apr 5, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    Zero problems with mine - take yours back for replacement!

  17. xPismo macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2005
    Now thats a scary thought. :eek:
  18. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    They replaced my slightly-pitted top case without me requesting it, so that took a bit of the sting out, but still...ten days for a keyboard replacement? Please. :rolleyes:
  19. thenewguy thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2006
    just thought I would add:

    it seems like the whine is getting worse, or has been compounded. Now whenever the MBP is on it emits a much quieter, higher pitched sound. i have really good hearing I guess, b/c my roomate can't hear it.

    I'll be returning it tomorrow.
  20. datamage macrumors member

    Oct 11, 2006
    My new C2D is flawless so far.

    It's pretty stupid to think that electronics aren't going to have defects. The question is whether the MBPs are widely affected, and it doesn't appear to be that way.
  21. azzurri000 macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2005
    My MBP also doesn't close evenly... there is a disproportionate amount of space between the display and the case on one side. I'm not sure if this problem or defect is worth sending it in, though.
  22. Ryvius macrumors member

    May 4, 2004
    I have this problem too. My disproportionate is on the upper left side when closed.

    Its annoying. Livable. But annoying.

    Can anything be done about it?
  23. Katharine macrumors member


    Jan 11, 2006

    I've had the opposite problem. They always say they will get back in 57- business days and I've never had one back in under 10 business days. It's now happened 3 times.
  24. Transeau macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2005
    Alta Loma, CA
    * Mine is completely silent, other than the normal HDD access. No whine at all, not when it's cold, not when it's hot.

    * Screen sits perfectly on the four rubber pads on the LCD.

    * My Expose is very quick. Both on A/C and on Battery.

    * Mounted my G-Drive, coppied my 41GB user folder to the MBP. No drops.

    I think you have a defective unit. Should really take it into the store and have them replace it.
  25. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    You most certainly have a lemon, mine is issueless thus far except for the display brightness issue which is widespread apparently. Expose flies, no whine whatsoever (and i am very sensitive) and my screnn whilst not perfect flush is waaay better than the previous refurb i got. The gap is maybe 1 millimetre at most, and therefore i consider it flush because i cant tell unless i really look for it.

    Again your machine is special and i'd get it replaced if i were you. Hope you get a good one.

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