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post #201 of 340
I have had my 15" 1.25 Aluminum Powerbook for several days now and have not found any flaws.
post #202 of 340
Ordered Yesterday:

15" Combo w/:

Airport Card
10GB iPod
BT Mouse

That should replace my aging 333mhz iMac nicely.

hmmm.... I need something clever here....
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post #203 of 340
Well...I should be announcing that my 15" Al has shipped, but...the fraud dept. for my credit card called and wanted to ensure that I had made the purchase. Apparently Apple attempted to make the transaction yesterday but the credit card company put a hold on it \. I guess that's a good thing, better safe than sorry. So now that I have cleared it up with the credit card company, I have to contact Apple's payment dept. to tell them to push the charge through again...

On the positive side, it looks like my 15" Al, 1.25 GHz, 80GB-5400rpm, SuperDrive, etc. is ready to ship .
15" Al PowerBook G4, 1.25 GHz, 80GB (5400 rpm) HD, SD
PM G4 Sawtooth 450
Wallstreet II G4 500 MHz, 40GB, DVD
IIfx, IIcx, II, PB 180, SE/30
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15" Al PowerBook G4, 1.25 GHz, 80GB (5400 rpm) HD, SD
PM G4 Sawtooth 450
Wallstreet II G4 500 MHz, 40GB, DVD
IIfx, IIcx, II, PB 180, SE/30
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post #204 of 340
I'm still waiting for my friggin 12" PowerBook with Extra RAM and an Airport Extreme card.

I ordered as soon as Stevie announced it and the build time was 6-8 days - which was mad anyway as he said they were available that DAY. Anyway, so I've been waiting and waiting - then get an email saying it's delayed until October 3rd!

NOT GOOD ENOUGH! Especially considering they've already taken the money off my card. They've got my money, and I now want my POWERBOOK!

Just tried phoning Apple - and was on hold for at least half an hour - gave up, will try after lunch hopefully when everyone is back in an office working.

It's mad. They really need to sort out their production of products and deliveries.

Has anyone else had delivery of their 12"? Or any news? Anything at all?
post #205 of 340
Umm, Noodles,

The 12" PBs weren't available that day. In fact, ole Stevo said it was going to take a month for the updated 12" to be released. Only the 15" and 17" were immediately available.
post #206 of 340
They never were to be immediately available. Like, take a chill pill dude.

Personally, I am thrilled with the delayed delivery.

/me rubs 867MHz 12" PB lovingly... (you are still the best available 12" PowerBook, sweetheart..)

post #207 of 340
Noodles is right. In the Paris keynote, Steve said the 12-inchers were "available today." Apple's official release said "later this month," but Steve said "today."

What he meant by "available" is up for debate, of course.
post #208 of 340
You are right. I just skimmed the Keynote, and he did say that it was available "today". The online store did only have "available now" (or whatever it was) under the 15" and 17" models.
post #209 of 340
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Originally posted by murbot
You are right. I just skimmed the Keynote, and he did say that it was available "today". The online store did only have "available now" (or whatever it was) under the 15" and 17" models.


"availabel now" does not mean that you will get it any faster. I placed my order and I received an email that my 15"PB shipped on Sept 23rd. It was to be shipped 2nd day. I just called Airborne again and they still have not received it. Something to do with DHL/Airborne merger. They told me that it should be here by the end of the week but no guarantee.

I cannot wait to get mine but the excitment is fading fast. Especially, after reading about all of the possible problems with the damn thing.

I guess I just have to wait and see.

post #210 of 340
Dang it all , I just got bumped a week...now 10/6/03...debating on whether to wait or cancel...local store has a couple...probably go down to check them out...I can always upgrade the drive and memory later...
15" Al PowerBook G4, 1.25 GHz, 80GB (5400 rpm) HD, SD
PM G4 Sawtooth 450
Wallstreet II G4 500 MHz, 40GB, DVD
IIfx, IIcx, II, PB 180, SE/30
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15" Al PowerBook G4, 1.25 GHz, 80GB (5400 rpm) HD, SD
PM G4 Sawtooth 450
Wallstreet II G4 500 MHz, 40GB, DVD
IIfx, IIcx, II, PB 180, SE/30
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post #211 of 340
Upgrading the memory is no big deal, but from what I have read, upgrading the hard drive on the new albooks is another story. The guy at the Durham NC apple store said it voids the warrantee. If you know you want to upgrade it for sure, you may just want to let the order be. If they wait long enough to send it, you may wind up with panther for free.
post #212 of 340
What are these"white anomalies", smudge marks , whatever. I'm going to be out of town when my albook 15 arrives and I need to know what to tell my girlfriend to look for to make sure everything's cool.

Is the aluminum casing painted or eau naturale? I hated the way apple took the perfectly wonderful titanium and painted it. Why?
post #213 of 340
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Originally posted by Infoseeker
Dang it all , I just got bumped a week...now 10/6/03...debating on whether to wait or cancel...local store has a couple...probably go down to check them out...I can always upgrade the drive and memory later...

If you get one at the store... right after you pay for it... open it and check it out, in case you need to exchange it.
post #214 of 340
DJ G,

The aluminum is not painted.

The white marks are areas on the LCD where light shines through brighter than the rest of the screen. I guess they're apparent on a white background.
post #215 of 340
Hi,

just wanted to thank everyone on the reviews they posted about the new powerbooks, It really helped a "switcher".

I'm currently on a PC Desktop and wainting for my new 15-inch Powerbook to arrive at my university computer store.

The salesman told me that 5x 15" came in last friday and that mine should be there in a week.

Keeping my finger crossed. Hope that's true.
post #216 of 340
DJ G and lsngctrl, thanks for the feedback...my wife wants me to wait, and true, if it takes Apple long enough, I might get Panther included....

Guess it's time to leave the Apple order status area alone for a while...
15" Al PowerBook G4, 1.25 GHz, 80GB (5400 rpm) HD, SD
PM G4 Sawtooth 450
Wallstreet II G4 500 MHz, 40GB, DVD
IIfx, IIcx, II, PB 180, SE/30
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15" Al PowerBook G4, 1.25 GHz, 80GB (5400 rpm) HD, SD
PM G4 Sawtooth 450
Wallstreet II G4 500 MHz, 40GB, DVD
IIfx, IIcx, II, PB 180, SE/30
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post #217 of 340
Purchasing 15" Al PB, 5400 RPM drive, memory in one slot.

Originally scheduled to ship on or before 9/29. Just got an email it is delayed till 10/6.

Good news - bad news. I hate the extra wait but if this tends to mean I get one without flaws it is OK by me.
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post #218 of 340
I phone TNT on Saturday to see if my tracking number had come through and they said they *still* hadn't been given my package.

I was off work yesterday so I asked to speak to the supervisor at Apple After-Sales. She didn't seem at all bothered about how long they'd made me wait and didn't even make a token apology. But she |*did* say that TNT had picked the package up in the early hours of Monday morning (despite them telling me On Friday morning that it had been picked up and would be with me Monday). I was actually given a TNT consignment number this time so my anger was subdued - at least it's on the way now, I thought.

So I try to track my order but the number isn't recognised - that's ok because it takes a while to come through. So my wife phones TNT to get an idea of delivery time this morning and surprise surpirse they still haven't been given the package.

I have no idea whether the aupervisor just made up the number or what but TNT checked under the consignment number, the apple order number, under my name and postcode. They even spoke to the guy on the delivery truck.... nothing.

Now I have an extension number for the supervisor so I phone her up again. Had to wait 20 minutes still - just to be put through. She's on a break....... 9.30 and she's already on a break.

So I'm less polite now and tell them that I expect her to call me back as soon as she gets back from her 15 minute break.....

Naturally I'm still waiting.

To phone back and clog my line or wait....... decisions decisions...
post #219 of 340
I hope all you gals & guys in waiting get your bundles of happy goodness really soon....

Unfort it looks like I am out of the buying circle now
post #220 of 340
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Originally posted by 666
this is gonna be the longest 2 weex of my life!
good to hear it runz games alright! I'll be able 2 rock multiplayer Medal of Honour with my manager when touring. Airport 4 eva!

i swear you sound like the 666 from mono.net

anyways, i just ordered my 12" 768mb, 60gb, aiportX combo. and yeh, the next 3 weeks or whatever is gonna suck.
post #221 of 340
Just a word of warning for all UK (and Europe?) people waiting on their deliveries. Apple is telling everyone they can track their TNT package using the 800 apple delivery number.

I've just spoken to TNT... again.... and they're sounding pretty annoyed that apple customers keep phoning up with their 800 numbers trying to track. Apple once again giving out completely incorrect info, just like they seem incapable of handing a box over to TNT within a 2 week period....

*sigh*

Anyway, just thought I'd let you know in case you were planning on trying. Ignore what Apple say, you can't do it.
post #222 of 340
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Originally posted by Wifty
Just a word of warning for all UK (and Europe?) people waiting on their deliveries. Apple is telling everyone they can track their TNT package using the 800 apple delivery number.

I've just spoken to TNT... again.... and they're sounding pretty annoyed that apple customers keep phoning up with their 800 numbers trying to track. Apple once again giving out completely incorrect info, just like they seem incapable of handing a box over to TNT within a 2 week period....

*sigh*

Anyway, just thought I'd let you know in case you were planning on trying. Ignore what Apple say, you can't do it.

In order to track your delivery with TNT you need to get a consignment number off Apple.

I've just posted the following on another thread:

TNT have lost my Powerbook and there's no sign of it being found
post #223 of 340
I feel for you mate. They left mine sat in Lux for a full week while they waited for my laptop case to arrive. Problem is they sent it to me so it was never going to.

That was a full week ago, and all they've had to do since is hand it over to TNT. They've not managed it yet. Appalling...

Hope yours turns up soon
post #224 of 340
I got mine! Woo Hoo! I got it this morning. I have been loading software all morning. This thing is beautiful! The keyboard is sooo nice.

No dead pixels, no white spots and the latch seems to be working very well!

Debating...should I load Panther???
post #225 of 340
Did you get a 12" or 15"/17"?

On Macbytes (Page 2) it says someone has got their 12" already.
post #226 of 340
I've upgraded the hard drive on a 15" AL PB; it's a BIG PAIN but very doable - just keep track of where the screws go.

I don't believe that it voids the warranty because it is similar to upgrading the HD on the older Ti PBs; why would the newer Al PBs be any different?

BTW, the new 7200 Hitachi drives are a great upgrade; they make a little more noise than I would like (they clank sometimes - strange) but overall, they're quiet.

post #227 of 340
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Originally posted by Noodles
Did you get a 12" or 15"/17"?

On Macbytes (Page 2) it says someone has got their 12" already.

I got the 15". So far, I love it!
post #228 of 340
BTW, the latch works fine, and no white smudges (at least I can't see any). My only complaint is the battery life (it seems to last only about 2 1/2 hours, and this is with AirPort and Bluetooth OFF, and MAX BATTERY LIFE); it's disappointing, quite frankly. The unit gets a bit hot as well; but similar to the Ti PBs - no complaints here.

But, I have to admit, I liked being able to take the keyboard off on the Ti PBs without taking apart the whole notebook, as is the case with the AL PBs. The stock 80 GB HD (4200 RPM) was actually VERY nice: a lot quieter than I expected.

Overall, the AL PB seems stiffer than the Ti PBs.

My two cents...

post #229 of 340
ok i finally got my peanutbutter17 yesterday and i'm just so giddy!! i used all yesterday to caliberate the battery and install apps on it. i can't so far find any flaws like white spots or dead pixels. hope it stays this way.. but it does have the infamous gap, though it's not something i worry about. on the positive side the screen doesn't touch the keyboard, so i look it at as a good thing, kinda and yeah, as ppl said, this thing is a monster but since i'm replacing a g4 450 desktop with it, i can't complain. the pb runs VERY silently when i'm online just browsing. the hdd started to work like a mad slave monkey when i played spearhead last night.. overall, i'm satisfied with the purchase(with edu discount and selling of my ibook and g4 tower, i only paid 1200cdn for this unit) and i have tremendous respect for the designers and engineers of this product! go apple!
post #230 of 340
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Originally posted by lemonaded
ok i finally got my peanutbutter17 yesterday and i'm just so giddy!! i used all yesterday to caliberate the battery and install apps on it. i can't so far find any flaws like white spots or dead pixels. hope it stays this way.. but it does have the infamous gap, though it's not something i worry about. on the positive side the screen doesn't touch the keyboard, so i look it at as a good thing, kinda and yeah, as ppl said, this thing is a monster but since i'm replacing a g4 450 desktop with it, i can't complain. the pb runs VERY silently when i'm online just browsing. the hdd started to work like a mad slave monkey when i played spearhead last night.. overall, i'm satisfied with the purchase(with edu discount and selling of my ibook and g4 tower, i only paid 1200cdn for this unit) and i have tremendous respect for the designers and engineers of this product! go apple!

I agree! The gap is not really a bad thing. I hated the "ghosting" of the keyboard that I would get on my TiBook. I love my new 15" 1.25 PB.

17" PB is very cool but too big for me.
post #231 of 340
question -- how long did it take people in the US to get their PB from the time they got the shipment notification? hopefully mine will ship on time (tomorrow).
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post #232 of 340
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Originally posted by mac's girl
question -- how long did it take people in the US to get their PB from the time they got the shipment notification? hopefully mine will ship on time (tomorrow).

I ordered mine on 9/19. I got it this morning.

15" 1.25 1gb RAM (only change)
post #233 of 340
I ordered a 15", 1.25GHz PB with a 5400 rpm drive and 1GB RAM from the Apple Store the day after it was announced (also ordered FCP Express and an iSight camera). The estimated shipping date was Friday 3 October. I received everything on Friday 25 September (7 days ahead of the original estimate).

The machine has the same great feel as the 12" PB, is considerably faster and has no dead pixels.

Thanks Apple for yet another great purchasing experience.

BTW: iSight and iChat AV are saving me a ton of money on international calls. The economics of it (in terms of payback period) are amazing.

MacPro 2 x 3GHz, 8GB RAM, 4x1000 HD, 2x23" ACD
15" rMBP; 17" MBP

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post #234 of 340
Quote:
Originally posted by heavymetal
i swear you sound like the 666 from mono.net

anyways, i just ordered my 12" 768mb, 60gb, aiportX combo. and yeh, the next 3 weeks or whatever is gonna suck.

Tha one and only ma nizzle!

Yizzo, have any AUSTRALIAN dawgs got they're powerbooks sent yet? Just wanna know how long till my 15 cumz a knizockin!
post #235 of 340
so someone at work got there 1ghz 12" combo today. And for some odd reason it has idvd on it
post #236 of 340
You sure they've not been given the superdrive by mistake Ti Fighter?

Looks like my long fight has finally paid off. Apple supervisor phoned me back at 6.15 last night with a new TNT tracking number. This one actually works! AND the package is in Leeds so it should be delivered this morning.

Long and painful but, hopefully, worth the wait. Just hope my neighbour got my note and signs for it for me.

Thank god.
post #237 of 340
Quote:
Originally posted by Wifty
You sure they've not been given the superdrive by mistake Ti Fighter?

Looks like my long fight has finally paid off. Apple supervisor phoned me back at 6.15 last night with a new TNT tracking number. This one actually works! AND the package is in Leeds so it should be delivered this morning.

Long and painful but, hopefully, worth the wait. Just hope my neighbour got my note and signs for it for me.

Thank god.

What model did you order again? And did you ask for extra RAM or anything?
post #238 of 340
It was just a stock 1.25 12" - no BTO options at all. I ordered an icase sleeve as well. The powerbook was sat in Lux for a week while they waited for this to arrive so they could put them together and ship them out. It was only when I phone them to tell them the case had arrived in my house that they cleared the book to be released. Took them another full week to hand it over to TNT from then.

Still, tracking says "Out for delivery" now.

Phew
post #239 of 340
When was your order date?
post #240 of 340
I ordered on the 17th and, to my surprise, it shipped on the 18th. Seems I was really lucky as a lot of people seem to have ordered from the UK at the same time and haven't shipped yet.

Would have been luckier if they'd shipped it properly after that. I should have received it well over a week ago.

Oh well..... nearly there!

You still waiting?
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