Macbook 13" 2.1 [ Random Shutdown Syndrome ] + No Warranty?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jAuriya, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. jAuriya macrumors newbie

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    Hello my dear Mac brothers and sisters!

    I'm the owner of a sweet 13" white macbook, build late 2007; a 2,1 model. (2.0 Ghz, 1GB Ram, Intel GMA950)

    I bought it back on 15th of August 2007 and now it's 23 April 2009, so almost close to being 2 full years.
    However..I only had 1 year of Apple Care/Warranty, and couldn't extend it because of the low money as a student back then. So here I am, without warranty almost 2 years later with my macbook rebooting randomly.

    It's not so random actually, as long as the CPU usage is low (thus keeping the processor heat down) everything runs fine, but as soon as the processor goes up to 92 degrees (celsius) it's poof.
    I also did the [Terminal: es >/dev/null &] test, and it macbook shut down in the second minute already, put aside 15 minutes. I've been having the Macbook on for almost 2 hours now without problem, so I know it only happens when the CPU gets hot, so limiting my debugging and game development/testing to a very low and unacceptable level.

    Now I know that some countries have a special law, allowing them to get their machines fixed even if the official warranty was gone. I live in Sweden, and I found a law called Reklamation (Swedish site) where you can get things fixed within 3 years, as long as you can prove that it's the fault of the manufacturer.

    Is there anyone else in Sweden who had the same problem as me and got it solved this way?
    Any tips?

    Anything can help, because I'm still a student and I have no way of giving money to Apple for them to fix their own fault, and on top of that, as a game programmer this is my only development machine so it's as good as my most valuable possession. /sigh

    Thanks in advance, and I'm terribly sorry if this is the wrong forum to post this in, it said "Advice", so I thought this would be the best option..
    I did come across some older topics discussing similar topics, but those are kinda outdated as they date back to 2006, so I thought it may be best to ask about how the situation with the laws are right now.

    Greets,
    Jonathan
     
  2. Illicit macrumors 6502

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    If you bought it using a credit card, have a look and see if it's covered under the CC company's extended warranty program.
    They'll double your manufacturer's warranty up to 12 months, so you'd still be covered until Aug 2009.
     
  3. jAuriya thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hey!

    Um, my bank card is a VISA card, but it's linked to my bank account, so kind of a debit card. And I used my bank account to pay it, not really the VISA.
    The card has the VISA number, date and cvv2 number on the front, and a brown strip on the back, allowing me to pay directly from my bank account like a normal bank-card would do. Which I did in this case.

    But I guess this wouldn't count then?
     
  4. Illicit macrumors 6502

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    Best to check with your CC company:
    http://www.tdcanadatrust.com/tdvisa/features.jsp
    http://www.rbcroyalbank.com/cards/documentation/insurance/gold_p/purch_sec.html
     

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