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    Getting my 1st 2008 mbp tomorrow non unibody
    I'm getting my very first MacBook pro early 2008 non unibody 17 inch 4gb ram 500gb hdd snow leopard 10.6.8. Tell me what you guys think and I wanna know if there are any known issues with this model. I have heard problems with the display screen and the graphics card coming loose and the display turns off. I'm trading my Asus w90vp-x2 for the MacBook btw.

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    Please pay attention to the forum you're posting in. I've moved your post here where it belongs. It does not belong in the "Lounge". Read the forum descriptions and all Sticky notes at the top of each forum before posting.

    Thanks.

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    Sorry I'm a newbie

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    I actually have that exact model, except mine doesn't have the HDD upgrade. It's performed like a champ so far, save for a couple problems caused by coffee getting spilled on it. As for known issues, nothing comes immediately to mind, though I have had to replace rubber feet on the bottom a couple times. Standard Krazy glue should do the trick if you run into that situation.

    There is also an issue with the 8600M video card in this model Nvidia admitted to existing, but it never happened with mine and I used to play WoW on this thing all the time - therefore, I'd surmise that yours having a problem with that is up to chance.

    One piece of advice: when you get the notebook, be sure to run Software Update and get everything. There have been a number of firmware updates for the machine with useful effects, such as allowing it to charge via the newer MagSafe adapters (great if you're visiting a friend and just want to use his charger while his MBP is unplugged).

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    Thank you very much and yah I heard about the graphics card and Mac or nvidia supposed to cover it if it happens. I saw a review on YouTube about it.

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    My impression was that they would only cover it in the first two years after original purchase. If it dies on us now, we're screwed.

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    Dang well I hope it doesn't happen to the MacBook I'm getting today.

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    my friend has this one and she hasnt had an issue with hers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Discerptor View Post
    My impression was that they would only cover it in the first two years after original purchase. If it dies on us now, we're screwed.
    It's covered outside warranty. It's a manufacturing issue, and Nvidia is paying for the replacements (although only Apple would care who is paying)
    mike
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dysfunction View Post
    It's covered outside warranty. It's a manufacturing issue, and Nvidia is paying for the replacements (although only Apple would care who is paying)
    Two years wasn't referring to the warranty period. Apple was only replacing the logic boards for that specific issue outside of warranty up to two years after purchase date (which is longer than the standard warranty period of one year, albeit kind of short in my opinion).

    That said, it seems Apple has extended the program since last I checked, likely due to the successful lawsuit they carried out together with HP and Dell against Nvidia - now it is providing service to replace these logic boards up to 4 years from the original purchase date, as outlined in this knowledgebase article:

    MacBook Pro: Distorted video or no video issues

    So rejoice, Dchinn. We're good until early next year!

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