MBA Rev A. still need Coolbook?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jimchayts, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. jimchayts macrumors newbie

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    Does the Macbook Rev A (which is now selling cheap) still require Coolbook to prevent core shutdowns or has Apple managed to fix the problem with software updates over the past year?

    I'm talking about the 1.8 Ghz SSD one, BTW.
     
  2. Mactagonist macrumors 6502a

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    I think that coolbook helps the Rev A a lot. It is well worth the money.
     
  3. Malcster macrumors 6502

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    Im dubious, it helps a little, but then i don't get core shutdowns without Coolbook running anyway so i don't bother with it anymore.

    1.6 Ghz SSD Air
     
  4. justit macrumors 6502a

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    Coolbook lowers voltage, thus running cooler. Core shutdowns occur because the temp is too high for the machine to handle. A cooler laptop means the fans work less, thus saving battery performance. It's a worthwhile investment.
     
  5. n0de macrumors 6502

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    I did not bother to re-enable it after the last update and have not had an issue. The only time my machine gets above 80 degrees is when I compact a VHD in Parallels.

    During a normal day I have Entourage and Excel open with an instance of XP in Parallels and Safari open with no complaints.

    I do still use SMCFanControl with a minimum fan RPM of 4000. My office is pretty noisy so I do not notice it much.

    I don't watch much youtube though or play games though.
     
  6. Malcster macrumors 6502

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    Completely agree, but even without Coolbook mine never reaches the point of core shutdowns, even after hours of Handbrake.

    All im saying is it does work fine without the need for 3rd party voltage regulator applications, but i agree with you its probably beneficial in the Air's case.
     
  7. alphaxono macrumors member

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    I am using Coolbook and I am very happy with it. I actually set the speed to 600 with 0.9V (i think) ...the battery meter says i will get 6 hours and 11 minutes run time...which will be more like 5+ hours hopefully...

    But runs smooooth and cool (much better than my macbook white) :)
     
  8. jimchayts thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks.

    Thank you for the replies.
    I've found somewhere where I can get the Rev A. MBA 1.8ghz with 60gb SSD brand new for £749.00 (ex VAT) - You can't even get it that cheap on eBay!
    I'll make sure to invest in Coolbook for it though.
     
  9. GlynJones macrumors 6502

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    Care to tell us where from?
     
  10. AIRniloc macrumors regular

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    coolbook is worth the $10...

    thats the bottom line, imo :eek:
     
  11. Dawdles macrumors newbie

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    Viking Direct - I bought one a couple of weeks ago, and am typing on it just now. :)
     
  12. jimchayts thread starter macrumors newbie

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    what is that = to in dollars?

    is this a refrub or new

    do they ship to usa?is it a good site
     
  15. travis64 macrumors 6502a

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    ok looked it up and its $986 !

    wow i want it for that price!

    can i buy it in from usa?
     
  16. gamer2502 macrumors regular

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    just a thought here but if your not concerned with battery life at all or you are plugged in you could just use smc fan control and crank the fans up all the way:apple:
     
  17. jimchayts thread starter macrumors newbie

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    MBA coming today!

    I'll let you know if it comes in a black box.

    It's definitely a new one though.

    Not sure about US delivery - you'd have to check the website.
     
  18. jimchayts thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes it does come in the black box.
    It's brand new and very lovely, especially for that price!
     
  19. pilotError macrumors 68020

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    Try it out first. I've never had a core shutdown, even before the software updates.

    Some MBA's had the problem, others didn't.

    I would try it out for a few days before going the coolbook route.
     
  20. elppa macrumors 68040

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    I was only asking because when they unified the packaging for the MacBooks the Air got a downgrade. The Rev. A box was nicer and I think a little smaller too.
     
  21. coupdetat macrumors 6502

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    I think CoolBook is indispensable. Even if you're not getting core shutdowns, CoolBook + SMCFanControl lets you run with barely any fan noise, ever. My fan is chugging along at 2500rpm @ 40ºC right now.
     
  22. Dawdles macrumors newbie

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    Yep - black box. Comes with everything the MBA Gen A should do, incuding the video adapters. :)
     
  23. jimchayts thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh dear

    Well it came as promised, but developed large dark vertical stripes up the screen within one day! These were especially evident when the screen was dimmed.

    A new one is arriving Monday - so annoying because the machine is lovely.
     

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