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I just bought my macbook. I opted not to purchase apple care on the spot. I have 90 days to buy it, and I wanted to check this forum to ask the experts of all things apple.

So, is apple care worth it?
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You have a whole year to buy it but you only get 90 days free phone support. Yes, I would suggest buying it if it's a Macbook. It's a portable and more prone to get hurt.

BTW, try a search on this topic. There are a ton of threads.

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Yes it's worth it, it saved me about $3,400 in repairs and got me a $3,000 MacBook Pro for free.
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You betcha. Hard drives fail, screen backlights prematurely fizzle out, keys pop, trackpads delaminate, mag-safe connectors melt, iSights quit working, batteries break down. These are just a few potentials that could occurr that doesn't fall under the 'accidental damage' (which AC doesn't cover) that if you did not have Apple Care and were out of warrantee, could leave you hurting.

Plus laptops go places. Some of them more hostile than others. AppleCare isn't like your garden variety warrantee that the Best Buys and Circuit City salesmen try to push on you whenever you buy a stereo or something. When you spring for the AC if something goes wrong, you need to have it fixed (like my groovy CD drive) and need to tell Apple to jump, they'll ask how high and fix it.
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ok, ill get it

and just to double check - installing 2GB on my own will not terminate the apple care warranty.

i know this has been talked about several times, i just want to make sure.

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ok, ill get it

and just to double check - installing 2GB on my own will not terminate the apple care warranty.

i know this has been talked about several times, i just want to make sure.

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Correct, RAM is a DIY upgrade that does not void the warranty.
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Hey guys, new to the forums here. I purchased Applecare with my macbook. Do I need to do anything to activate it? Or is it automatically started?
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Hey guys, new to the forums here. I purchased Applecare with my macbook. Do I need to do anything to activate it? Or is it automatically started?
Welcome to the forums! You need to go to the apple support site:

http://www.apple.com/support/

and towards the bottom right there is a little section called AppleCare, click "Register and View AppleCare Agreements" it will take you through the rest.
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well i bought it with the macbook, so i dont have the box. Where would i find theregistration number?
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well i bought it with the macbook, so i dont have the box. Where would i find theregistration number?
If you ordered the macbook online then you have been auto enrolled, if you want to check go to the apple support site. On the right under AppleCare click "Register and View AppleCare Agreements" you'll have to sign in with your apple id. Then on the screen that comes up, it should give a bunch of register links and under all of those it will say, "Your Current Agreements" and it should say something along the lines of, "APP - MACBOOK" then give an agreement #.

If you have all of that then you are already enrolled in applecare, if none of that is there you need to call apple and figure out what's happening. You might also want to call anyways just to make sure you were enrolled when you purchased the macbook.
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hey, way off topic,

but i just got my macbook, and i was wondering how to get the annoying macintosh HD icon off of the desktop
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hey, way off topic,

but i just got my macbook, and i was wondering how to get the annoying macintosh HD icon off of the desktop
Try Finder menu > Preferences, go to the General tab, uncheck Show these items on the Desktop: Hard disks.
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Hey, I see guys on eBay selling Apple Care registration cards for $100 - 150!!

Anyone have any experience with this?
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Hey, I see guys on eBay selling Apple Care registration cards for $100 - 150!!

Anyone have any experience with this?
Personally I wouldn't do it, I would rather pay full price for it at the apple store knowing im getting a legit copy. For all you know, they wrote the # and already used it.
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Personally I wouldn't do it, I would rather pay full price for it at the apple store knowing im getting a legit copy. For all you know, they wrote the # and already used it.
yeah, definately not. don't buy off of ebay. if your going to get cheap applecare...do it somewhere else, but the apple store is the best to get it at.


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