Thinking of buying a Macbook but afraid of Mad Cow Disease...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by punkmac, Jun 25, 2006.

  1. punkmac macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2004
    Thinking of selling my Mac Mini and buying a Macbook. I fear the Moo! Has this been addressed officially yet? Have later manufactured units been any better?

    All comments are welcome.


  2. DevilsRejection macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2006
    I would seriously wait till WWDC, there are just too many bugs right now.

    Buying a Mac shouldn't feel like playing Russian roulette, sadly it is :mad:
  3. mmmcheese macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2006
    Judge for yourself...

    Many people see it as a non-issue. If you're really worried, go to the store and insist on trying the one you want to buy in the store before leaving. If you're not happy with it, ask for a different one.
  4. SamIchi macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2004
    I disagree, there are plenty out there who are happy with their purchase with no defects, such as myself.

    I don't have anything wrong with my MacBook, it does get hot but that's expected, and I've only heard it Moo a couple times when there was no other sound around. Other than that this is the perfect machine.

    When I saw the thread title I thought you were mocking all of the people complaining about their MacBooks :D
  5. punkmac thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2004

    I am pretty picky. I would notice it and it would drive me nuts. I was just wondering if was any better with later models. Is this the thermal paste or the temp setting on the fans?

    Yes I would check it out at the store. This would be my first problem Mac.


  6. dpaanlka macrumors 601


    Nov 16, 2004
  7. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Don't eat the CPU...
  8. farqueue macrumors 6502


    Jun 18, 2006
  9. mmmcheese macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2006
    But they are so tasty...that and wall candy for dessert....
  10. gammamonk macrumors 6502a


    Jun 4, 2004
    Madison, WI
    Malk with Vitamin R?
  11. the Western zoo macrumors 6502

    the Western zoo

    May 16, 2006
    Aarhus C, Denmark
    My White MacBook 2.0 GHz has never even once mooed! The only sound to ever come from the hardware is in fact the slotloading DVD and once or twice the fans because I had it running many many programs - so I wouldn't consider it to be dangerous to buy a mac!
    But it's your money and I don't know if apple would exchange it just because it's mooing...
  12. Deepdale macrumors 68000


    May 4, 2005
    New York
    While the odds of buying a problematic and noisy MB are not very high, the risk regrettably still lurks out there. Of course, it is always easy for Apple representatives and other contented purchasers to casually dismiss such claims or revel in their purchases because they do not have to listen to it. Assorted issues can only be appreciated when they become personal ... theoretical discussions and sympathy are fine, but do they result in any resolution?
  13. Mr Skills macrumors 6502a

    Mr Skills

    Nov 21, 2005
    Am I the only person who thinks the mooing sound is cute? To me, it really does sound like a field of cows :p
  14. punkmac thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2004
    Siriously, Has Apple fixed these Macbooks or just replace them to start the process all over again?

    Now this problem with the staining! What a mess, I think it is just like the "pitting" on the Al Powerbooks.

    All this extra heat isn't helping either.

    The Macbooks were just what I was looking for: A kick-ass powerfull cheap Mac portable. But, the Macbooks were not out when I purchased my mini, I love that little guy to death. I wouldn't want to ruin a perfect friendship for the Moobook.

    What a pain.

  15. regre7 macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    I've decided to get the Pro. I figure they don't have the moo anymore, and if it does have the whine, Apple will be more inclined to listen to me since I bought a more expensive machine. And if they replace it, it'll have to be an upgrade (I hope, I'm getting the 1.83GHz model).
  16. punkmac thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2004
    feeler for mac mini....

    Well, after thinking about it and after Apple starting to address some of the issues, I've decieded I want to sell my Mac Mini for a MacBook.

    Specs are the Core Duo model with 2 gigs of aftermarket RAM from OWC.

    I was thinking $900.00.

    Any thoughts...?
  17. Chrispy macrumors 68020


    Dec 27, 2004
    I had two macbooks and both had the whine and moo. I got a refund and purchased the powermac G5 I was saving up for anyways. I was going to just use the macbook for awhile and then get a mac pro, but I figured it was probably best for be to stick with a G5 for the native support for a few more years. Once the Intel portables have more of their problems ironed out, then I can snag one of them to compliment my PowerMac G5. My roommate also has a macbook and hers does not moo too often but the whine is so loud if both our doors are open (our rooms are across from each other) I can hear it in my room. That put a bad taste in my mouth for the MB right now.
  18. codo macrumors 6502

    May 17, 2006
    England, United Kingdom
    Pleeeeaase for your sake wait until WWDC - It’s so close now, you may as well. As always with Apple, there is the smallest chance that they may change/update the product line slightly, fix bugs, whatever. You have the mini to keep you going until then.

    It will probably pass with nothing, but if the computer has to last you years, what’s a month?

    Just my thought.
  19. FleurDuMal macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    London Town
    My Macbook arrived yesterday. No whine, no moo, no kernel panics. Slightly tempremental Superdrive, but that appears to be an isolated incident that no one else has.
  20. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2006
    If you really want to do well, sell your mini on eBay will the finishing date the day before WWDC starts so as not to loose money on the mini when people a new one and you can buy the macbook the next day or two and your sorted.
  21. punkmac thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2004
    Thanx everyone for your advice...I was thinking if I got things moving now it would be sold by that time. If they are updated and issues are fixed it would be worth the 150.00 for a new one. I was really thinking about the 950.00 refurb base model. No Superdrive either but the Macbooks SD is not really dual layer anyway right. I like the option of replacing the hard drive later too.

    I have sold on ebay before but nothing close to 1000.00 any tricks I should look out for. Paypal can be scammed, I guess everything else can too. I would love to do a local transaction.


  22. punkmac thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2004
    Mac Mini Officially for sale...

    OK, it's official. I can't take it any longer. I need a portable. The Mac Mini is for sale.

    Core Dou 1.66
    80 gig HD


    Asking Price $900.00 US Dollars.

    I have PAYPAL.
  23. VanMac macrumors 6502a


    May 26, 2005
    Rampaging Tokyo
    Hope you sell, and enjoy your new macbook.

    You might want to post thread in the market place section.

    Also, not to 'dis' your sale, but a brand new mini sells for $799. Sure, you got the memory upgrade, but not much of a deal there.......
  24. codo macrumors 6502

    May 17, 2006
    England, United Kingdom
    I dis your non-dissing of the sale. ;)

    I guess it depends on the state of the Apple eBay/wherever market at the time of sale, it’s on the steep side, but you can always get lucky - I hope you get your price :)
  25. Stridder44 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003

    I agree. Although i know alot of people are happy with their current MacBook but why buy now when you know something better is coming along very soon?

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