Comments on: MBP: Wash. Rinse. Repeat. http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/130/mbp-wash-rinse-repeat Mac & Technology Writings by Daniel Jalkut Sat, 11 Oct 2014 01:25:38 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 By: FalconDelta http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/130/mbp-wash-rinse-repeat/comment-page-2#comment-6077 Tue, 30 May 2006 06:42:29 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/130/mbp-wash-rinse-repeat#comment-6077 I have a MBP with serial W8616 and it has the whine and the heat issue. As far as I can tell, and I’ve posted this other places, the whine seems to be from an offending kext file and not the hardware itself. If you boot into winxp you’ll notice there is no whine. Also, after I ran the latest SMC firmware update and implemented QuietMBP the temperature decreased to a tolerable level. While it’s still pretty hot, it doesn’t get super hot anymore. I assume once they figure out how to write a better SMC kext, we’ll see the noise issue go away. But, considering it seems to be a software issue, at least partially, I wouldn’t expect higher serials to be without the problem.

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By: Andi Zeidler http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/130/mbp-wash-rinse-repeat/comment-page-2#comment-6067 Mon, 29 May 2006 23:13:01 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/130/mbp-wash-rinse-repeat#comment-6067 for anyone interested, i’ve had my mbp replaced two times now, and all three had the whine. the good news is that the second and third ran much cooler than the first and the last one was a free upgrade (from 1.83 to 2.0 ghz) and imho has a slighty better display as well… so all the hassle was worth something at least.

on the other hand, i don’t think i’m gonna go through another round of replacements but instead keep my fingers crossed for the increw.com guys to fix the whine eventually…

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By: Thinh Thang http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/130/mbp-wash-rinse-repeat/comment-page-2#comment-6044 Mon, 29 May 2006 04:01:52 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/130/mbp-wash-rinse-repeat#comment-6044 I just bought a MacBook (2.0ghz/White) and I had to return it as well for the same reason as everyone else has been having. The screen buzzing, the heat, odd smudges on the right side of the body panel and the right speaker wasn’t working at all.

My 12″ PB was perfect. Not a single flaw out of it besides the heat.

Anyways, hope Apple makes us all happy in the end.

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By: Jon Hendry http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/130/mbp-wash-rinse-repeat/comment-page-2#comment-6040 Mon, 29 May 2006 03:06:25 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/130/mbp-wash-rinse-repeat#comment-6040 Daniel writes: “I’m thinking of buying a MacBook just to see if it suits me better, and have something to use while the MBP is gone again. ”

It’s tempting to me, as well.

Although I don’t like the glossy screens, the MacBook has one *significant* advantage over the ‘Pro: apparently, it’s pretty easy to swap hard drives. That’s a big deal. Heck, I’m already wishing I’d bought a larger drive for my MBP – I bought the 80GB, have 25 GB free, and wish I had another 20 to 40 GB free for a Windows partition.

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By: Jon Hendry http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/130/mbp-wash-rinse-repeat/comment-page-2#comment-6039 Mon, 29 May 2006 03:01:39 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/130/mbp-wash-rinse-repeat#comment-6039 Daniel writes: “power is being consumed at a more consistent (higher) rate. I expect the battery life is much worse in Windows on MBP than in Mac OS X.”

Do Windows hardware-monitoring apps work on the MacBook*s?

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By: Jon Hendry http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/130/mbp-wash-rinse-repeat/comment-page-1#comment-6038 Mon, 29 May 2006 02:57:38 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/130/mbp-wash-rinse-repeat#comment-6038 I found one momentarily amusing ‘feature’ of the screen brightness buzz:

You can play your MBP like a theremin.

Just use your hands to shade the ambient light sensors in the grilles on either side of the keyboard. The MBP will respond by varying the brightness of the screen depending on how much light you let through. As we know so well, the buzz varies with brightness, and on my machine, the pitch varies with the brightness, so dimmer screen = lower pitch.

So, by waving your hands over the sensors, you can vary the pitch, and presumably play a song, without actually physically contact the ‘instrument’ – just like playing a theremin.

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By: Daniel Jalkut http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/130/mbp-wash-rinse-repeat/comment-page-1#comment-6022 Sun, 28 May 2006 22:03:04 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/130/mbp-wash-rinse-repeat#comment-6022 jared: I have to assume that the whine doesn’t happen in Windows for the same reason as every other workaround: power is being consumed at a more consistent (higher) rate. I expect the battery life is much worse in Windows on MBP than in Mac OS X. If not, then perhaps there truly is still room for home. But I don’t think so.

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By: jared http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/130/mbp-wash-rinse-repeat/comment-page-1#comment-6021 Sun, 28 May 2006 21:55:42 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/130/mbp-wash-rinse-repeat#comment-6021 wasp, just wanted to point out that the whine doesn’t happen in windows. how don’t see how it could be a problem they can’t fix…

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By: Nik73 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/130/mbp-wash-rinse-repeat/comment-page-1#comment-5931 Fri, 26 May 2006 09:35:55 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/130/mbp-wash-rinse-repeat#comment-5931 Just wanted to say a huge thank you to Daniel (and others here) for all his hard work on this subject. I wanted a MPB initally but was put off by the issues that were doing the rounds (which I didn’t really understand), but this blog explained everything very clearly and informatively. Your stories were enough to put me off buying one, so I waited for the new MB.

I enthusiatically ordered one on release day, foolishly thinking all issues would be resolved with this newer model. Recieved it on Wednesday and was initially blown away. However, after the novelty wore off I thought I’d check for the MBP issues, just in case……..

Sadly, it has both the CPU whine and the screen inverter whine and tends to very hot just surfing the internet. UTTERLY gutted to say the least, especially as this was my first mac. However, I called Apple UK and they couldn’t have been more helpful. I’m getting a full refund with no fuss.

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By: Slacker http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/130/mbp-wash-rinse-repeat/comment-page-1#comment-5904 Fri, 26 May 2006 03:53:41 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/130/mbp-wash-rinse-repeat#comment-5904 I will give a brief update before things start to get rolling;
I sent a huge email to apple corporate, and in less than 48 hours, I got a call this afernoon from corporate executive relations (my main complaint was the horrible customer service I experienced twice in a span of 3 days) and they said they will do whatever it takes to fix the heat and and see if also they can fix the whine problems. I have never seen apple move like this before, but we will see when I get the MBP back from the engineers.

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