Posts Tagged ‘macbook’

It’s the Magsafe this time

April 28, 2014

Well it’s more than 3 years old. It almost died last time.

I took the magsafe and the MBP to the genius bar this time as it’s possible that something is wrong with the MBP. I was lucky only the magsafe is replaced.

The diagnostic app they used is quite handy, every single parts appear to be healthy!


8.1 and 10.9

October 26, 2013

There are many OS and app updates recently, Windows 8.1, OS X 10.9 and VMWare Fusion 6 to catch up launch of new OSs.

One of the welcomed new feature of 10.9 is better support of dual monitor the kind of set up that people need in a work environment with Windows network. Before 10.9 your extended desktop is either all OS X or Windows. It’s not inconvenient a 3 fingers swipe will switch OS within a blink of eyes.

With new 10.9 you could have each of your monitor to display the OS you want independently, it’s supposed to work that way.

I upgraded my 2 MBP’s flawlessly, have done this over the years many times, I was so confident that I didn’t even bother to do backup first.

I have Windows updated to 8.1 in my work MBP before moving OS X up, as I need it for work I expected everything to work normally. The advertised 200 new features I never cared.

Unexpectedly new feature turned bad on me, the dual monitor feature broke down completely after the OS X update, I just can’t extend the Windows desktop which I needed for work! Windows still detected the second monitor but OS X occupied it, Windows as an app can be full screen but it didn’t have control over the second monitor.

Naturally I googled for a solution didn’t get much useful links as this may be pretty new. I assumed this sort of setup must be very common for people at work. The culprit must be VMWware Fusion which launched a new version 6 ahead of OS X and 8.1 upgrade hitting the street.

Within minutes and $49.9 for Fusion 6 licence I have two OSs independently on 2 displays. When I clicked the Windows display the second display will smartly switch to my windows extended desktop from OS X. 3 fingers swipe works the same on both display.

The formula is 10.9 + 8.1 + 6 = magic I want.

New MBP I didn’t plan to buy

June 1, 2013

Samsung has a better figure for 3D graphic but in fact my son observed noticeable graphic lag when playing MineCraft on Samsung and he prefers my MBP which is now resurrected as standby.

With this new MBP Retina display 13″ let’s see how fast it runs under Windows 8 with 2G RAM assigned to it by VMWare Fusion 5.

Gaming graphic is only 5.1 vs 6.4 in Samsung

Screen Shot 2013-05-21 at 12.46.45 PM
SSD is noticeably faster than the last one, is it a Samsung or Toshiba?

Cunning Genius

May 22, 2013

Genius: I can show you photo taken of the inside of your MBP, see there is sign of rust
Me: (I didn’t see nothing from his small iPhone display), no way!
Genius: you said you turned it on for half an hour after shaking water off didn’t you? That was bad it got short-circuited.
Me: It worked OK except with occasional dimming of display and some funny noises! Then it failed to boot, I’m here for you to examine.
Genius: Well if you want to repair it you’ll need to replace this this … and this, it’ll be $9,xxx [1]
Me: what?
Genius: it’ll be cheaper if you get a new one?
Me: how much is it for a new one?
Genius: (…fingers flying all over his iPad ….), you don’t need Retina display, what do you do for work? [2]
Me: mine was top model 2 years ago, I do need 512G SSD, it’s a terrible timing to replace this as model refresh is imminent right?
Genius: no one can tell [3], we can do data migration for you if you join “one to one” yearly membership for $768. This is your SSD or you can buy a docking for $200 and transfer data yourself.
Me: (it was 8pm Sunday night, I just didn’t want the hassle of shopping for a docking plus a whole night sleep to transfer data myself) I need this for work Monday morning OK?
Genius: OK we’ll do our best [4] and will start work immediately, in case of trouble during migration someone will call you.

Their repair man rang a while later ..
Repair: we tried to move data across but your new MBP isn’t big enough?
Me: no way, old one has 512G new one is of the same size
Repair: OK we’ll check again

Next morning Monday I got my new MBP 13″ Retina back by about 11am after shouting to a few guys who said their normal delivery is 3~5 days.

Tuesday night I was thinking what to do with the SSD, options are (1) get a case to use it as external drive for backup (2) open up the old MBP to see if it’s repairable.



I saw no rust, no water stain apart from dust near hot air exhaust. As Apple’s gadget is named by specialist as least repairable I dare not tear it down further.

No harm trying to resurrect it as it has been certified dead anyway. I put the SSD back on. I noticed also that there is a loose connection at the left bottom corner, did I shake it off or Apple Genius left it unplugged?

Put the screws back and fired it up. Wow … the display is back on while booting but it didn’t boot up. Pressed power switch for 4 seconds, leave it for a while, tried again.

It’s A.L.I.V.E again! I wrote this from the old MBP.

Let’s learn from their cunning attempts
[1] if your gadget is out of warranty, they always quote a number near or slightly less than an entry level replacement
[2] they won’t suggest expensive model of the same line, they want to close the deal
[3] even if they knew model refresh is a week away they just won’t tell you
[4] Genius will promise you anything as long as you hand him your credit card

I now have a standby machine for work, Douglas has a “new MBP”. I may have shaken off the display connection or the Genius has never attempted to see if it was bootable?

Just don’t trust Genius if your gadget is out of warranty.