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Death of my Macbook Pro

I was all set to write a new entry here Sunday afternoon.  The house was empty and quiet and I was well rested (a perfect combination for writing).  I flipped my Macbook Pro open to write a new entry and the machine would not wake from sleep.  At first I thought it was just a "wake from sleep" issue.  But after trying numerous times to wake the machine I realized there was more to the problem.  I performed a hard reset and still no luck.  I tried shutting the machine down and removing the battery....still no luck.  I became worried that my trusty notebook was now "dead," especially since it was out of warranty as of December of 2010.

The next day at work, I was speaking with co-worker and loyal reader "Daddy O" about my predicament.  He was explaining how much he loves his iMac and what a great machine it is.  I decided I was going to replace my Macbook Pro with one of the new iMac Desktops.  I thought the larger screen would be valuable with my increased interest in digital photography.  If I needed portability, I could always pick up a iPad.

I decided to spend a few final minutes researching my problem (before shelling out over $1,000).  I am glad I took the time to research.  After spending a few minutes online I was able to find this web page.  It appears that my Macbook Pro (and all those produced from May 2007 - September 2008) have a defect with the video card.  After reading this I made an appointment at the Apple Store at 12 Oaks Mall in Novi.  It took just a few minutes at the store to diagnose the problem.  Apple will be fixing the machine this week at no cost.  I am so relieved that I do not need a new machine.  It also gave me a chance to play with some iPads in person.  I think I may be making that purchase in the very near future (maybe when I go to pick up my machine).  I have to say, I am very happy with my costumer service from Apple.  You do get what you pay for.  For now, I'm writing away on my back up Dell.....and hating every minute of it; yes I'm officially a Mac Geek or even worse.....a Mac Snob.

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