Ughhh !! Three hundred bucks, they say.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by krishnaudani, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. krishnaudani macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2008
    So.. with extreme care and precaution while using my macbookpro which is like a year and a half old.. result: One fine day I turn on my computer to see vertical white lines that extend from the top of my screen to the end. An Apple store specialist tells me 'one of the cables on the inside has gotten pinched.. need 300$ + tax to get it fixed by our repair center.'

    I dont have 300 bucks to spare on top of the 2000 I spent already...

    Does anybody have a solution that does not involve an external display?
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
  3. ellsworth macrumors 6502a

    Jun 13, 2007
    Sounds like the cost for a whole new display :confused:
    I also say open it up and see what you see and fix it yourself.
  4. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    This is why it's important for people to buy Applecare.
  5. yoyo5280 macrumors 68000


    Feb 24, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia & Bay Area
    I told my friend apple store does repairs free :(
  6. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    I HOPE you were/are joking.
  7. Halsey12 macrumors regular

    Jan 1, 2006
    Well yeah, under warranty or Apple Care.
  8. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    Under warranty yes they do
  9. MatLane macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2008
    England, United Kingdom

    I'm yet to purchase Apple care.....

    Mabie i should.....
  10. nippyjun macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2007
    Did you buy it with a credit card that automatically extends the warranty. Many do.
  11. thirdeyeopen666 macrumors 6502


    Sep 16, 2007
    How about you ask a Genius instead of a Specialist?
  12. Yeoman macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2007
    When 95% of the people on here upgrade every time a new version hits the market that doesn't make much sense.
  13. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    I doubt its that high, maybe 45-50%
  14. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    You can transfer Applecare to the new owner, so that is a plus when selling your old one.
  15. pointandclick macrumors regular

    Apr 29, 2008
    Why's that? Because an excessive amount of Apple's laptops have issues?
    I've never bought an extended warranty and never had a problem with something going wrong after the standard warranty.
    I'm just hoping my MBP doesn't buck that trend.:rolleyes:

    Even if something does go wrong it's probably still less than the applecare. If you have multiple issues, after the 1st year you have pretty sorry luck.:D

    +1 for doing it yourself. If you've worked on computers at all before it's doable. I doubt if you would have to do the whole screen. There's no way they would do it for $300 considering the screen would probably be at least that.
  16. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    Your point makes zero sense and my point makes perfect sense since the OP is out of warranty and didn't buy the Applecare and now has an issue. He's had his MBP way pass since the last two MBP updates.

    95%?? That's bullshi...Maybe the majority of this forum (which is less than 1/10th of 1% of Mac users) are kids that have no financial responsibilities and their mommy and daddy buy them computers, so maybe they are the ones that get rid of their computers after a year or so, which makes no sense. They obviously have nothing else to do but sit around and wait for Apple's next new model so they can play Crysis on it.
    I keep all my Macs at least 3 years or until they are no longer usable. I buy Applecare on all my Macs and never regretted it.
  17. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    WRONG. In this case, the OP's repair cost more than the Applecare and this is just one issue and he could end up having more later on.
  18. greenmeanie macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2005
    Wouldn't need Apple care if they built a good notebook.
  19. pointandclick macrumors regular

    Apr 29, 2008

    And like I said, if you have several issues after the first year of owning a product you have really bad luck.
  20. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    Of course you'd be a wiseguy, I should've known somebody would quote the Apple online store's prices but end up shopping elsewhere as usual. :rolleyes:

    Try Ebay. Most people know that Ebay has the best Applecare prices. I found a bunch of sellers offering it for under $200.00 U.S
  21. e12a macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    hrm white vertical lines could be the LCD panel. That may cost even more to fix.

    300 bucks is quite a lot though for just a cable replacement that takes 2 hours tops, and that might not even be the issue. Try taking it to a auth. service center for another quote/opinion.

    Applecare has been good to me. On my first 2.33 MBP my charger, battery, and LCD covered the initial cost.

    i work at a auth service center and have had more than a few people come in just past their 1 year warranty. After informing them that they can no longer buy the extended warranty to cover the cost of their HD, LCD, or logic board, they walk away depressed or recoil after quoting them +500 for a logic board replacement. Stuff happens after 1 year easily (as apple even extended the warranty for Nvidia related issues). not to mention a few people come in with their powerbooks still under AC.
  22. ski2moro macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2007
  23. pointandclick macrumors regular

    Apr 29, 2008
    What is most? How many people would think to turn to ebay for a warranty on their new $2000+ computer. At any rate it's a gamble. I didn't see it as worth it. After a year worth of depreciation, if it's not something I can fix relatively cheaply myself, I guess it's time for an upgrade.
  24. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    Dude, get off your horse. The question should actually be how many people DON'T know about buying Applecare off Ebay? This entire forum is about saving money. New Egg, Crucial, OWC....blah blah blah. Interesting most people here can find any deals to avoid having to buy directly from Apple so you mean to tell me that hardly anyone ever thinks of buying Applecare off Ebay?? I think you just didn't have a defense after I proved that Applecare can be bought for a lot less than the OPs' repair.
    Buying Applecare makes perfect sense, especially in the OP's case. You going against buying Applecare is nonsense, especially in the OP's case.

    Not everybody is either technically inclined or even wants to bother repairing their own computers. Again this is an act that mostly kids with no responsibilities that live with mommie and daddy care about doing.
  25. pointandclick macrumors regular

    Apr 29, 2008
    My high horse? I'm not the one telling the OP that it's basically his fault for not purchasing AC. It makes perfect sense in the OP's case... because he knew when he bought the machine something would go wrong. There's a better chance that he won't need it than he will, unfortunately if chance isn't on your side it can be even more expensive.

    Maybe most people on THESE FORUMS do know about the Ebay deal. What bout the people who haven't been around or that don't have time to be browsing around all the time?

    O and thanks for implying that I'm a kid with no responsibility. Other than putting myself through college you're pretty much right.:rolleyes:

    I'm sorry that I assumed the OP was looking for alternatives and I suggested one to him. I guess I should be more constructive and jump down his throat for not purchasing AC in the first place.

    Anyway Krish, if possible see if you can get them to tell you exactly what needs to be replaced. If you can source the part cheap and are not comfortable replacing it yourself see if a local repair shop will be willing to do it.

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