Moving from uMB to uMBP - Anything I should know?

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  1. TheSandman2236 macrumors 6502

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    Hey guys -- I'm selling my Mom my Unibody Macbook 2.0Ghz for $1000 then I'm paying $1600 for a slightly used uMBP 2.4Ghz on Craigslist. (Bought Jan. 2009). Is there anything I should know when I'm moving to a pro? Any tips, suggestions etc? I'm trying to use my 30" Dell Monitor but the dual link displayport adapter still sucks terribly.

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  2. TheSandman2236 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    If only I had some Firewire 800 devices!
     
  3. andrew upstairs macrumors 6502

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    You can also connect FireWire 400 devices.

    I went from the unibody MacBook to a unibody MacBook Pro as well. I can't think of any specific differences aside from a larger, better-looking screen.

    I do kind of miss the size of the MacBook though.
     
  4. jlpoore89 macrumors 6502

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    Along with FireWire, you will also get a bigger screen, better speakers(not that they are the best in the world I would still use external speakers if I were you) a bigger HD, more RAM, and the 9600M GT GPU along with the 9400M.
     
  5. TheSandman2236 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for putting it all there -- You think I'll be losing battery life from my uMB? Also, how would guys judge the viewing angles?

    Sorry if there a ton of threads like this, it's just that it's going to be my first Macbook Pro.
     
  6. jlpoore89 macrumors 6502

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    The battery in the UMBP is 50wH which is 10wH more than the UMB battery, but the UMBP consumes more power than the UMB (bigger screen, faster CPU) with the 9400M GPU you should get roughly the same battery life (Apple estimate=5hrs), with the 9600M GT it will be decreased(Apple estimate=4hrs)

    And some people say that the quality of the screen on the UMBP is much better than that of the UMB. I have never used a UMB to compare. But the UMBP screen is one of the best I have seen in a laptop if the glare doesn't bother you. And the viewing angles are pretty good better than most laptops as well. Not sure on a specific measurement though.
     
  7. uiop. macrumors 68020

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    Anything to you should know? That your screen won't look horrible...

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  8. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    All you have to know is watch for the screen flickering/screen pulsating in lower brightness issues.
     
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    Buy some. :D
     
  10. Freewayjim macrumors regular

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    Go get yourself a nice FW 800 External HD like A Western Digital MyBook Studio or if you want a portable get a Seagate Free Agent GO (Mac Edition).
     
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    Ha that's the truth.

    You're gonna love the screen...
     
  13. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000

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    Yah, most people that had a macbook are amazed at the screen
     
  14. TheSandman2236 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I need a really quick answer.

    Can I take my uMB 320GB 7200RPM HDD and place it in my uMBP? Like OS, Settings, Files, and Applications without having to reformat etc.?
     
  15. uiop. macrumors 68020

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    I'm making an educated guess...but yes...maybe. I know it'd be just fine if it were MBP to MBP.
     
  16. TheSandman2236 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I know it wouldn't work for a Windows system -- thanks for the input!


    Anybody else can gather a guess?
     
  17. TheSandman2236 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Unibody Macbook to Unibody Macbook Pro HDD Transplant/Swap

    Oops double post
     
  18. jlpoore89 macrumors 6502

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    All of your data should be fine. The only place that you might run into a problem is with your system preferences and the 2 graphics cards. You might not have the energy preferences pane that allows you to switch between GPU's. I had this problem when restoring my UMBP from an older MBP that didnt have 2 GPU's (had to completely reinstall the OS).

    I would give apple a call and see what they say.
     
  19. TheSandman2236 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Turned out it worked just fine -- I was able to access both graphics cards the first time I booted. Didn't have to run system update or anything. So far so good!
     
  20. jlpoore89 macrumors 6502

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    That's good to hear. I take it you got your UMBP. If so, congratulations and I hope you enjoy it.:D:D
     

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