Why is my Macbook such a FAILURE?!

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by becky280, May 13, 2009.

  1. becky280 macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2008
    So, I had one Macbook and had to return it after 4 days because its harddrive was shot. I thought that was as unlucky as I could get so I was excited and willing to be 'wowed' by the new Macbook I got, which I thought would be a fab experience because everyone says these things are so wonderful.

    Everything about this laptop is great except its ability to connect to the internet. Just as with my other Macbook I had to return, I MUST find the PERFECT spot in my house and not move an INCH in order for my internet to connect and stay connected. If I switch positions, boom, it disappears. This is waaay different from my old Toshiba and my iPod Touch, who happily connect no matter where I am in my house. Why is this? It's getting really damn annoying. And I try to use Apple's network diagnostics thing, but it has never, ever worked. It always tells me it can't continue after I enter the password for my network. So often I just sit there until the computer figures itself out, which today was about half an hour.

    Any help out there?!?!
  2. mousouchop macrumors 6502a


    Oct 22, 2008
    New York
    Hmm, sorry about the harddrive failure, can't really blame that on Apple though-- failure in harddrives can happen to any company on any product.

    As for the internet reception, do you have a G or N router? If you have a B/G router make sure it is broadcasting in Mixed mode, or set it to G Only if all of your wireless equipment is G equipped.

    Other than that, I would be hard pressed to think of any other reason your Macbook would have such bad reception. Mine performs just like any other.
  3. Germwise macrumors regular

    May 2, 2009
    This does bring up a larger question though. In these forums I see everyday someone had a problem with their laptop. Often people claim to have gone though multiple repairs and talk about how much they love apple care.

    My question is: I've had many different laptops from many different companies and never had anything go wrong. It seems as if apple laptops are more prone to hardware problems?

    Correct me If I'm wrong.

    How many of you have had your mac for multiple years and never had any problem?
  4. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    Part of this is due to the fact this is a troubleshooting based forum. Nobody's going to make threads titled "My laptop worked flawlessly today!!" Reading around any support forum will give you that impression.

    That being said, my G4 iBook ran wonderfully for 5 years, with a new hard-drive needed at the 4 year mark, and my Unibody MB is going great so far (bought 10/08)
  5. entergreenland macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2009
    My mum has a similar problem, with her connection cutting out on her macbook pro all the time when all our other computers and handheld devices work fine. I think that it is some type of hardware problem, don't know what though, maybe the airport card?
  6. ClassicBean macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2004
    Try changing the channel on your router. Interference could be causing the poor range.
  7. sporadicMotion macrumors 65816


    Oct 18, 2008
    Your girlfriends place
    It's the downside of aluminum enclosures. They shorten the wireless range somewhat.
  8. Eric S. macrumors 68040

    Eric S.

    Feb 1, 2008
    Santa Cruz Mountains, California
    My recent laptops have experienced more serious failures than either my desktop computers or my earlier laptops.

    My Powerbook 100 ran for years and years before the disk finally failed, and I have two PB 1400's that are still healthy. But my iBook G3 suffered two logic board failures within three years; on the second it was out of warranty and deemed not worth fixing. I replaced it with an iBook G4 which was fine for three years and then started kernel panicking. That turned out to be a well-known failure of the Airport card; it is now running OK but I have to use an Asus USB wifi stick.

    My two Macbooks (black and unibody) are running fine, but both are less than a year old. So keeping my fingers crossed.
  9. Tortellino macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2005
    I had my PowerBook since 2003, and only had to replace the optical drive after 3 years, and the hard drive last year. My laptop runs 16 hours a day, every day.

    I have a close friend who still runs his PowerBook G3 Pismo (released in 2000), as his only computer, and only upgraded the hard drive.
  10. becky280 thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2008
    Thanks for all the interesting posts, guys.. is it really true that aluminum bodies cut off the wireless range?
    So is this a simple problem to fix, do you think? Keep in mind that I am technologically handicapped and will need very simple instructions if you're planning on guiding me to solving it somehow. Haha.
  11. Jisuo macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    tried this?

  12. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
    Not sure what you can do if your other devices catch the network no problem. My plastic MacBook has far greater wi-fi range than my iPod touch 1G, so I can't imagine having it lower than on a Touch.

    Perhaps you could ask Apple if there's something wrong with it?
  13. joysmahal macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    My WiFi is great!

    I've owned my unibody MacBook for just 2 weeks and I get great reception throughout my house (2 story / 2,000sq ft.) I have a d-link N router and the wifi connection is so much faster than my 3yr old Toshiba laptop. I do not experience any wifi disconnects as where my toshiba disconnects frequently (once p/day, sometimes more).

    I also have a slingbox on my home network and my MacBook streams the video a lot cleaner and rarely slows down, even when streaming HD. While the toshiba lags and often disconnects and video cuts out. Then I have to close out of slingbox and try to connect again by reopening the program. If that doesn't work and repairing wifi connection usually doesn't work, then I have to restart the laptop. Big pain in the butt.

    Even though it's only been 2 weeks, I can honestly say that I am 100% satisfied so far with the performance of my MacBook.
  14. peepboon macrumors 6502


    Aug 30, 2008
    Mine has been great so far :S - maybe its just the environment isn't great? :S
  15. dbwie macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2007
    Albuquerque, NM, USA
    pg g4 vs. macbook

    I have had a Powerbook G4 since early 2002. I used it heavily for the past seven years, without any repairs needed. (Over the years, I upgraded the RAM and hard drive for performance and usability improvements). In my current apartment, it's wireless reception was poor, connecting to my landlords nearby router. I purchased a Unibody MacBook a month ago, and it has much better range and a stronger wireless signal from the same spots, as compared to the powerbook. (Note the powerbook had a "b" card vs. the "n" card in MacBook).

    Besides these two, I have owned 3 other desktop Macs, and all have been reliable for me. I feel for those who have had major issues with their Macs.
  16. sporadicMotion macrumors 65816


    Oct 18, 2008
    Your girlfriends place
    The N-Draft wireless is the reason for that. I've never had a range issue on N based networks... G/B however are a different story.
  17. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    Never had a serious problem on any Mac I've purchased since OS X came out.
  18. sporadicMotion macrumors 65816


    Oct 18, 2008
    Your girlfriends place
    They're computers like any other. I've been using them since the 68030 days and I've had 2 hardware problems. One logic board replacement on a MacBook and a bad stick of RAM in my LCII.
  19. floydosborne19 macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2009
  20. sporadicMotion macrumors 65816


    Oct 18, 2008
    Your girlfriends place
    A hard drive is a hard drive. The same companies make them and the hardware vendor that's using them is not to blame. I had to replace MANY PC laptop drives for family and friends. Notebook hard drives suck in general.
  21. BlackMax macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2007
    North Carolina
    In my job I have seen the purchase and use of many different notebook vendors and models over the past 15 years. Dell, HP, Compaq, IBM, Lenovo... All of these vendors have pretty much similar failure rates. Some models were/are worse than others. The older IBMs were probably the least defect prone in my experience.

    Internal notebook parts with the highest failure rates (in my experience) are hard drives, LCD screens and fans. These failures should go against the part manufacturer and not the notebook vendor (assuming there is not a design issue with the notebook like excessive heat).

    Personally, I've owned a PowerBook and my current MacBook and neither have had any issues. I suspect the frequency of Apple notebook defects is similar to that of other notebook manufacturers. All the notebook parts are pretty much the same across all the notebook vendors and I believe most notebooks are manufactured in China these days. The differentiator between notebooks is the Operating System. :)

    So if you come across an Apple notebook with issues, just chalk it up to chance and return for another unit.
  22. instaxgirl macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Edinburgh, UK
    For me and my friends besides the cracking Macbooks no one's had a problem with their macs while people have pc problems all the time - most common being one day mysteriously doesn't turn on, battery/power adaptor stops working

    They shouldn't shorten the wireless range to the point where you can't move and can only sit in one spot.

    +1 If what people have suggested for the router don't work I'd take it to Apple. It sounds a bit extreme if you can't get online in most of your house
  23. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    If anybody hasn't figured out from my posts:

    I have been a big complainer for a long time; I'd get repairs and replacements over small stuff like crooked lids, funny sounds, and the like.

    From having wasted all my time doing those things, I having come to the conclusions that computers and electronics are inherently not perfect; there may be small imperfections and that just makes it real. The best thing to do is to go get my ass out there to make more money, so I can buy replacements faster then to spend the same time complaining my ass off about nothing.
  24. Toofan macrumors member

    May 12, 2009

    They don't build computers like they used to. No one does. My 2001 HP Desktop is probably the most stable and well built machine I have ever bought. That being said, if you're buying a laptop these days, don't expect more than 1 to 2 years of relatively faithful service.
  25. veo321 macrumors regular


    May 12, 2009

    :apple: Go to the Apple Store and make a appointment at the genius bar. It could just be a quick software failure. My Mac connects to the internet before it is even finished loading the dock It also could be a compatibility issue with your wireless internet or just a little error just call a apple expert
    1-800-MY-APPLE. They can help you with just about anything.

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