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Im waiting on delivery for MBP 17inch. Will use WINDOWS and some MAc before deciding to swtich.

ANyway I should have reaserched this before ordering but it seems that the MBP's have got reliablity issues such as hard disc failures and weird nosies and wireless problems. Its seems as though every MBP produced dosnt last longer than the first year.

Im loking at a MBP for a trouble free life otherwise might as well spend my money else where.

Does anyone have a MBP that has lasted ( without issues ) ?????
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Are you kidding me? None of this is true, if you think it is, just return your MBP now and go back to Windows.

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Does anyone have a MBP that has lasted ( without issues ) ?????
It's more likely than you think.

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2 years old and the only problem I had was a warped battery, and believe me I've thrown a lot at this computer.

I would suggest using MAC and some Windows or you are never going to break away from the windows habit.
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it seems that the MBP's have got reliablity issues such as hard disc failures and weird nosies and wireless problems. Its seems as though every MBP produced dosnt last longer than the first year.
Seagate makes hard drives. They end up in Macs and PCs. There is nothing inherently different about them. Some run for 150,000 hours Mean Time Between Failure, some don't. It is not a Mac or PC thing.
The wireless issue is even more clear to me, I can not understand how Windows users tolerate the inability to switch wireless points without restarting, repairing or creating different profiles. My MBP is still (sadly!) on its 80 gig original drive and swaps between office/home/Panera wireless without an issue.
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Remember, people mostly post only when they are experiencing problems.
Every once in a while, you will see someone posting to just say that everything is running smoothly. (everything is working great over here )

Enjoy your new machine!!
Believe me, you won't regret it.


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Well, only going on 14 months on mine. Zero hardware issues here as of yet.
And it has run 24/7 since purchase.

If you base your buying decisions on what you read in system specific forums, you'll never buy a computer. 95% of the posters only come long enough to post about and solve a problem.

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No personal experience as of yet, but I can tell you my father-in-law has had his 17" MBP for over a year and he's not had a problem with it yet.
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Apple sort problems well anyway.
I have a new macbook and I was unlucky with the fact that I got a few duff parts on mine.
They've taken it for a look and it'll either be fixed or replaced on wednesday.
They haven't given me any hassle at all, just apologised and promised to sort it.
I'll let you know on wednesday what happens, but so far I'm impressed with their service.
Dell by comparison just argued with me and called me a liar when I had problems with my last laptop (they put in a smaller HD than what I'd paid for) They sorted it in the end but it was a battle whereas apple are sympathetic.

I think my point is that all electronic gadgets can have problems, but it's how fast and easily they are fixed that really matters.
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Dell by comparison just argued with me and called me a liar when I had problems with my last laptop
Agreed! I've had more than my share of dealings with both Dell and Gateway, it's not fun. The TWO issues I have had with Apple in the last seven years were dealt with professionally AND quickly.
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With apologies to those who have read this exact same post from me before...

Forums are places where a lot of people come to get help with and complain about problems. It's a shame, but many people only ever come here for help, but once their problems are solved, never stick around to talk about how much they like their machines. Same goes for product review sites - people that are having problems are far more likely to complain about them than those that do not.

Whether it's a forum about cars, computers or whatever widget you can think of, forums are never a good gauge of reliability. A small fraction of the machines that Apple sells are represented here, and those that are represented are usually done so because they have issues. Apple happens to have one of the highest reliability ratings in the industry.

Simply stated - if you want a Macbook Pro, just buy it. Statistically speaking, you'll have no issues.

Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!
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I bought my MBP refurbished over a year ago and it hasn't given me a single problem.


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I bought my MBP refurbished over a year ago and it hasn't given me a single problem.
Got mine refurbished about five months ago. Same story.

Works like a dream.
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Well darn, I guess my PowerBook G4 should have died 4 years ago.
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My Mac 512 made in 1985 has some issues after 23 years. My Mac Plus from 1986 is still going strong. On a more recent note my iMac G5 is 2 years 4 months now and going strong 24 hours a day. My iBook G4 1.33Ghz 12" is the same age as the iMac and never an issue. My very first G4 Mac Mini purchased the first month the Mini came out is still going strong. Sold it to a close friend and they love it.

Like was said above by others, ALL computer brands can and DO have issues. There are duds with any brand. Support Forums like Mac Forums are where people come with their issues, so you will see quite a few. What you do not see is the many more positive reports.

The Hard Drive issues are due to Seagate and a flaw. Seagate makes the same drive for everyone and not just Apple.
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