MBP: Need to make sure everything's perfect

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by neo.darko, Dec 16, 2006.

  1. neo.darko macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2006

    This is my first post here - although I've been visiting this site for quite some time now. Let me first thank all of you - who implicitly helped me in configuring and buying my new MBP. [ I desperately needed a new computer - mine is 733 MHz Pentium 3] :).

    Yes this is my first ever Mac - although I don't exactly have it yet. It has already been purchased and right now my cousin has it. I'll be getting it within 10 days.

    Although I haven't heard any problems regarding MBPs - nevertheless I wanted to make sure everything is working perfectly. Because once I get it - it would be really hard for me to send it back if there's any problem. Trouble is my cousin is not much of a computer guy and I'm new to Macs.

    So it would be great if you guys could help me with the checking. (Memory, Temperature etc. - if possible.)

    [ For example: In windows - to run Disk defragmentation : Start --> All programs --> Accessories --> System Tools --> Disk Defragmenter I don't need to defragment it though - just an example of the sort of help I'm looking for. I'm thinking about writing a short tutorial for him]

  2. chaosbunny macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2005
    down to earth, far away from any clouds
    Good move! I hope you enjoy your first mac!

    A good site for many applications is www.versiontracker.com
    You can find a lot of more or less useful stuff there, most of it is shareware or free.

    An in my opinion good monitoring widget is istat pro, you can download it in the widget section on the apple homepage.

    If your machine has any problems, I'm sure you'll notice it rather soon. Of course it would suck to send it back, but well nothing is perfect and that's what the warranty is for. But at first let's hope everything is fine.
  3. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2006
    Check for dead pixels right away, and also try to burn a CD and a DVD and see if your burner is ok.
  4. Apple Corps macrumors 68030

    Apr 26, 2003
    Welcome to the Mac Experience - it should be a great transition for you. However, I am wondering how you have been visiting this site for some time and state: "Although I haven't heard any problems regarding MBPs..."

    Many MBP problems have been posted here in painfull detail for quite some time. You may want to read the threads - they are educational in so many ways.

    Welcome again.
  5. nermal0 macrumors regular

    May 31, 2006
    check for display grain and uneven backlighting
    also check for unusual hard drive noise
  6. iW00t macrumors 68040


    Nov 7, 2006
    Defenders of Apple Guild
    Is yours a 15" or a 17"?

    The 15" has been known to have some LCD display crappiness.
  7. puddle27 macrumors member

    Nov 27, 2006
    and the 17" has uneven back lighting.
  8. iW00t macrumors 68040


    Nov 7, 2006
    Defenders of Apple Guild

    Guess no one is spared. I always thought the 17" guys got it lucky.
  9. puddle27 macrumors member

    Nov 27, 2006
    really? you are all over this board and you don't know this? I went through a few computers and they were all poor displays. Very uneven--blotchy. I sent them back and let Apple know about it very thoroughly. there is no sparing with the MBP line. at this time, it's crap for graphic professionals. i think matte 17" may be the best choice, though still sub quality.
  10. neo.darko thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2006
    Oops - yeah but I thought those were mostly isolated issues....

    It's a 15". Again, I thought the display problem was resolved or something - my mistake....

    Hmm... So :

    1. DVD Burning : will do..
    2. HDD Noise : is the laptop supposed to be absolutely silent? - You have to understand I don't have it yet - so it's hard for me to tell if the noise is unusual...
    3. Dead Pixel : black spots ? If one or two is ignorable - then I could live with it.
    4. Uneven Back lighting :

    Is there any way to run a memory test or check if it's getting too hot - without installing any tools... ?


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