What would you do? Dorm Situation?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Fazzl, Oct 5, 2007.

  1. Fazzl macrumors 6502a

    Fazzl

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    So i was gone for a few hours and i get back to my mbp in my dorm and there is a scratch on it like someone was using it while wearing a watch. its not that big but the scratch is 1 inch long an kind of annoys me because i know i didnt do it and its the only scratch on my comp. is there anyway to get it off or color it in?
     
  2. WillMak macrumors 6502a

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    how bad we talking about here? Let's see a pic.
     
  3. The Flashing Fi macrumors 6502a

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    I would put a pasword on my computer so that no one but me can use it without my permission. My desktop and laptop both are password protected.
     
  4. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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    I would put a detonator on it. Someone tries to use it and BOOM!!

    There are some products that can help hide the scratch. I can not think of them now though.
     
  5. Koodauw macrumors 68040

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    I can understand your frustration, I would just speak to your roommate about respecting your items, and let it go for now. It's not worth having a bad living situation over a scratch.
     
  6. DaveTurnbull macrumors member

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    But that'd kill the Mac too :(

    I think a directional Claymore would be more fitting.
     
  7. Zianac macrumors member

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    Put some palm rests on there... so you cover up the scratch... and so it won't happen again
     
  8. antibact1 macrumors 6502

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    Tell your roommate that if they want to use it (and you are cool with it), that they should ask first. Show them the scratch, and tell them to be careful with it in the future. If you aren't cool with them using it, tell them to quit touching your stuff.
     
  9. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    OP, you seem to have bad luck with roommates. I suggest you lock up your mbp so that no one else can use it, in addition to having a password (which really should have been there before this). Realisitically, your notebook could have been stolen quite easily if you had left it out on your desk. Dorms are notorious as some of the least secure locations for valuables like computers, esspecially Macs.
     
  10. ivi7 macrumors 6502a

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  11. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    I agree, this would be the best way of handling the situation.
     
  12. goodtimes5 macrumors 6502a

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    I completely agree with this. It also will use the camera on your laptop as a security camera to take a picture of the offendor. But I love the loud obnoxious alarm the most.
     
  13. ivi7 macrumors 6502a

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    Its useful for freaking people out if not anything else :)
     
  14. Clarabow macrumors newbie

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    First of all, get iAlert U... just Google it.

    Second, clean your Mac, there is not much you can do about it, however, I think there are some companies out there who supply a paint for it, like a touch up for a car.

    but do as I do, think of it as good use :0)
     
  15. Rapmastac1 macrumors 65816

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    In your situation, I would get a Kensington Lock for your macbook, along with iAlertU and lock it up to ur desk. If you have an external monitor, I would lock it up too (some monitors - especially newer ones - have kensington locks on them)
     
  16. al256 macrumors 6502a

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    wow... I encourage all my roommates to use my macs. I guess I'm the only Mac Evanglist here. P.S my PowerBook has the same scratches from my watch. And I never found a good way to get rid of it.
     
  17. peapody macrumors 68040

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    If you get iAlert U, the alarm will go off, and you won't hear it if you are out of the dorms - and it will be annoying for people until you return. I say, get it and then casually warn your roomate that you set it to go off...casually. That way he doesn't feel like you are accusing him.
     
  18. diehldun macrumors 6502a

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    I've got iAlertU and a Kensington lock attached to my MBP. iAlertU comes in handy if you're in the bathroom or in someone's room down the hall. I've also told my RA about iAlertU and the sound it makes (he's almost always in his room, so if he hears that go off...)
     
  19. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    iAlertU is the BOMB...

    and I use it all the time, during those 10 minutes breaks while in class. Students are always asking me what program it is! Yes, it does put a drain on the battery, but that's the only down-side on this amazing alarm system.:cool:
     
  20. peapody macrumors 68040

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    How loud is the alarm? From youtube videos it sounds so shrill...
     
  21. nownot macrumors regular

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    confront everyone you know, espcially if you have a dorm-mate. in situations like this if you let them get away with little stuff it soon turns into a nightmare.
     
  22. VOGUEx macrumors newbie

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    you should talk to the roomie. tell them to not touch your stuff..w/o asking. and install ialertu i js did that and omg. its kinda loud. it should prevent roomies from touching ur comp again!. kinda got confused on how to turn it off..was set off for a min or two until i typed my password in. hehe.
     
  23. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    For MacBook folks...

    just carry your remote with you and press the MENU button to set it and when you return press the MENU button again to disarm it. It sounds like a car alarm!:cool:
     
  24. BillyBobBongo macrumors 68020

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    If you don't mind people using your stuff then I'm afraid you'll have to live with things like this happening. Find out who did it and point out that if they could be more careful with your property next time.

    If however you'd prefer people to not use your stuff....I'd avoid sticking on any alarms on your Mac as it's not exactly going to lead to a friendly living environment. I think you should mention that your property being damaged bothers you and that perhaps it's best that people don't use it and simply respect that.

    Now....you were after products to fix the scratch. Not sure if you have a MacBook or a MacBook pro....but this stuff is supposed to do wonders!

    http://www.applesaucepolish.com/
     
  25. roychen macrumors newbie

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    I suggest you buy a good lock for your computer, password protect it, and use iAlertU if necessary. A MBP is an expensive piece of equipment and I definitely wouldn't want someone using it without my permission.

    I used to stay on-campus, and there were a large number of notebooks stolen in the time I was there. Dorms usually have too many entrance/exits to secure properly, or they're situated in an area where lots of people pass through, etc, so please make sure you lock your windows and room doors as well. It literally is too easy to simply walk into an empty room and walk out with a notebook with no one noticing.
     

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