Need some help with parents

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by SnowLeopard2008, Jan 31, 2009.

  1. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

    SnowLeopard2008

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    Long story, but I have to have some way to vent. I'm sorry...

    15 months ago, my parents bought me the high-end white MacBook (w/ SuperDrive). Yesterday, when I came home from school, my MacBook didn't turn on. It made beeping noises (sometimes it beeped once, other times it beeped three times) and wouldn't boot. So my dad came home and I told him. He set up a Genius Bar appointment for repair for both our MacBooks. He got a Mid 2007 white Macbook from his work, it used to belong to his coworker who was fired and later returned the MacBook (really dirty and disgusting condition, btw). My dad's MacBook had cracks in the top case and really dirty keyboard/ and shiny (literally) trackpad. Mine wasn't booting and was beeping.

    So today, we went to the Apple Store in Valleyfair, CA. Checked in, and they examined the MacBooks (we brought both my dad's and mine). We waited an hour, and they came out with one MacBook. It was my dad's. He was kinda lazy and so he never bothered making the appointment, but since I had/needed to, he just kinda tagged along. Back to the story now. My MacBook apparently had a faulty chip on the logic board that switches between AC and battery power. As a result, my MacBook wasn't booting. They told us that they would call us once the problem is diagnosed.

    A few hours later they called my dad and told him that my MacBook couldn't boot from using battery and only from AC. It could then use battery power, but the initial boot had to be with AC power. My dad decided to not repair it, since it would cost an upwards of $500. We drove back to the Apple Store and picked it up. I got home and found that my MacBook had to be used from AC power only. That means I'm tethered to a power outlet if I want to use my computer. The Apple Store technicians had blocked the logic board from accessing the battery, otherwise it wouldn't boot (failing the hardware test that is done every boot up). To make things worse, my hard drive was wiped. I have the data backed up, but I have to spend time to install and update my OS/Software. I also discovered there's this HUGE gap between the optical drive slot and the top case. There's gaps pretty much everywhere else along the top case edges.

    So any ideas on how I can persuade my dad to buy me a unibody MacBook or iMac? I'm devastated. I asked him nicely, and also tried to reason with him. Won't budge. I usually work very mobile. I work on the sofa, in the bathroom (I don't watch porn, so no jokes please), on my bed (again no joking), my desk, etc. I only have one computers, and there are just two computers in the house; my mom's $300 Dell and mine. I"m not a greedy person, and put my MacBook to use. I edit videos (for club @ school and YouTube, check out the link in my sig), record some music I play with my violin, email/internet, photos, movies, etc. I take very good care of my stuff. I clean them regularly, and my iPod touch (with no case or screen protectors), although scratched, looks better than my friends' iPod touches with cases and screen protectors. I never drop my stuff or abuse it in any way.

    I'm heading off to bed, but I'll read the replies tomorrow morning.
     
  2. anti-microsoft macrumors 68000

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    Wow, that's too bad...

    What revision is your computer?

    I had problems with my Rev A MacBook's battery and power adapter, but they both got replaced under garentee.

    My MacBook's going to be 3 years old this summer and it still works really well (except for the combo drive). Yeah it's got a couple of minor cracks and some tiny scratches but hey! It's not devastating!
    Although having said that, whenever I see an aluminum MacBook, I would just want to grab it of the stores desk! They are beautiful and I absolutely love the trackpad! But I guess I'll just have to wait a couple of years and get a MBP or something!


    Sorry, if I haven't answered your question, but I don't have any Ideas...

    Ams.
     
  3. SnowLeopard2008 thread starter macrumors 604

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    My MacBook is Rev. D I believe. It's the Late 2007 model with SuperDrive ($1499). Problem is, I'm out of warranty. :( Thanks anyway though. I'm feeling a bit better. :)
     
  4. anti-microsoft macrumors 68000

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    So It's only a year and a half old... well, yeah... It will probably quite hard to convince them!

    Ams.
     
  5. jw2002 macrumors 6502

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    You could get a new logic board off of ebay for a lot less than $500 and fix it yourself, or you could sell your laptop on ebay at a discount of a few hundred bucks due to faulty logic board and then use that money towards one of the new MacBooks.
     
  6. SnowLeopard2008 thread starter macrumors 604

    SnowLeopard2008

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    That's a good idea! How much do broken MacBook go for? I have a little over $200 saved up, with more coming in. I need at least half in order to convince my dad to pay the other half.

    EDIT: He said if I get a 4.0 GPA (I'm bouncing with 3.7, 3.8ish right now) he'd buy me a 2.53ghz MBP! :D Or should I try to get the unibody MacBook right now?
     
  7. bobbleheadbob macrumors 6502a

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    Need some help w/ parents? Get a job and buy one yourself.
     
  8. macjram macrumors 6502a

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    When will your grades come in? I'd wait, but thats because I prefer the 15". If he'll let you get a macbook now maybe try to persuade him to get the 15" 2.4 it's $300 more than the 13" 2.4 (iirc, too lazy to check lol).

    Good luck.
     
  9. kitch95 macrumors regular

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    I would wait and get the 2.53 personally
     
  10. jw2002 macrumors 6502

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    I would guess in the $700-$1000 range. Check out the current and past auctions on ebay to see what your model was selling for. I think busted logic boards are pretty common, so you might even see a few examples of macbooks that were sold with non-working logic board issues.
     
  11. SnowLeopard2008 thread starter macrumors 604

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    Yea, I think I'll hold on for a bit. Grades come out usually around June/July. This semester is over, but my dad said next semester (from tomorrow until June/July) if I had my 4.0 gpa, then he'd buy the MBP. I think it's best if I wait. Thanks for the help everyone! :D
     
  12. AnDi86 macrumors 6502

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    Just work your socks off in the mean time then! :)

    Think of all the :apple:-ness when you succeed in your 4.0
     
  13. blueicedj macrumors 6502

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    just remember to get applecare this time! lol
     
  14. dvdhsu macrumors 6502a

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    Ohmygosh!
    That's one nice dad!
    Ah. If only I had a dad like that. :eek:

    Yeah.
    That would be a great idea.
    I doubt your dad will buy it, but you can sell your old MacBook for that.
    Have fun with that new shiny MacBook!
     
  15. hodgeheg macrumors regular

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    Second that. I make no contribution to the discussion on 'parent management' - I sympathise but I know nothing about your parent's budget situation, which surely should be a consideration.

    However, AppleCare is not only worthwhile, but also might swing the decision. Right now, it'll look to your Dad like spending all that money and not able to assume it'll last more than a year. At least if you get AppleCare and don't drop it etc it should last you minimum three years, which looks like a much better investment (plus, by then you'll be 18 so probably the last one he'll have to buy). I don't know about school-age student discounts, nor about the US, but here in the UK if you buy with a university discount you get a massive discount on AppleCare (it works out something like 70% off the applecare and 14% off the machine) so if things work the same there and you know someone at uni it might be worth getting it bought by proxy.

    Depending on your needs, might be worth considering the white macbook, which now it's been upgraded between the 9400m and 2GB is a much better prospect - it's not *significantly* slower for many purposes than the unibody 2.0GHz and it's plenty cheaper. It's definitely not *as* sturdy-*feeling* as the aluminium model, the plastic feels a little creaky after a while, but in actual fact it's pretty robust as long as you shut the lid very gently (otherwise you get the top case cracking like you've seen).

    IME the plastic is **more** resilient for small drops. I've seen white macbooks drop a metre or so (onto carpet) and be fine. If plastic doesn't shatter it's fine, whereas aluminium bends. Even if the plastic breaks it's cheaper to replace. I've seen my aluminium macbook air drop half a metre in a case and require a £342 repair. That said, the aluminium is beautiful! I now have £5/month accidental damage insurance.

    Best of luck with it. Just thought it might be worth mentioning that the applecare is not only a bous for you, might also help convince your parents.
     
  16. SnowLeopard2008 thread starter macrumors 604

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    Yea, I got a lot of work to do. Having lots of fun studying for world history exams tomorrow. Anyway, I will buy AppleCare this time around. I didn't buy it before because my last Apple notebook, an iBook G4 was working fine with no defects or problems (think back to the Sony Exploding Battery) and I was thinking this time would be the same. Bad decision. AppleCare FTW!
     

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