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Yellow discoloration How-to get rid off it?

14863 Views 149 Replies Latest reply: Jun 27, 2006 4:34 PM by Treetopflyer RSS
  • griza Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jun 26, 2006 9:35 AM (in response to andrewmoore24)
    whats the deal with this discoloration? I want to buy a macbook very soon but now im worried cuz ppl are talking about this and macbook isnt cheap in price so i dont want the color to change.
  • griza Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jun 26, 2006 9:38 AM (in response to newmacbook)
    im about to buy a macbook but im worried about the discoloration...any suggestions about buying one now?
  • Ronda Wilson Level 8 Level 8 (40,560 points)
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    Jun 26, 2006 1:23 PM (in response to Larry_Rymal)
    My white MacBook is still stain-free, for some reason.

    Others have complained of heat issues. Maybe it's no coincidence that yours runs cool and doesn't have the stains?
    eMac800/SuperDrive/512; iBook800G3Combo/640-OS 10.3.9; iBook G4/1.2G/768/10.4.x, Mac OS 9.2.x
  • Ilya Smirnov Calculating status...
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    Jun 26, 2006 4:21 PM (in response to Larry_Rymal)
    Could you post a pic or two?


    Ilya

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  • Ilya Smirnov Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
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    Jun 26, 2006 4:32 PM (in response to griza)
    It's pretty likely that you won't get the discolouration (60 known cases out of several thousand MacBooks sold), but if you do, Apple won't help you in the slightest. My advice is to do one of the following:

    1. Spend $40-$55 for a ShieldZone product.
    2. Spend $200 to get a black MacBook (they scuff more easily though)
    3. If you can, spend the extra money to get a MacBook Pro. No discolurations of any kind and you get a better laptop.

    Just my 2 cents.


    Ilya

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  • Ilya Smirnov Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
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    Jun 26, 2006 4:37 PM (in response to Ilya Smirnov)
    On second thought, the ShieldZone might not be such a good idea. One user has discovered the hard way that these shields don't always work.

    http://www.appledefects.com/?p=25


    Ilya

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  • Ilya Smirnov Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
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    Jun 26, 2006 4:42 PM (in response to DonSqueak1981)
    Nooooooo

    There is now a report of the ShieldZone product not preventing the discolouration! Looks like it's not as good as everyone is saying it is.

    http://www.appledefects.com/?p=25

    http://5thirtyone.com/archives/419


    Ilya

    2.0 GHz MacBook or MacBook Pro soon iPod video 30GB Black | Silver iPod Mini 2G 4GB
  • Larry_Rymal Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)
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    Jun 26, 2006 5:00 PM (in response to Ilya Smirnov)
    The poster who started all of this, who has been quoted out the gazoo recanted and corrected himself, stating that the staining occured BEFORE the Shieldzone was applied.

    From the stained macbook website:

    http://web.mac.com/jmmo20/iWeb/stainedBook/blog-news/blog-news.html

    "UPDATE: Discoloration stains & ShieldZone

    Update
    ....Apparently he ALREADY HAD the staining problem and applied the protector film [afterwards] to keep it from getting worse. This did not help. I leave the original message for informational purposes, but take into account the information provided is misleading.
    I would ask everyone to be sincere and the most accurate as possible, otherwise this will lose credibility."
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  • Larry_Rymal Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)
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    Jun 26, 2006 5:07 PM (in response to Ilya Smirnov)
    There is now a report of the ShieldZone product not
    preventing the discolouration! Looks like it's not as
    good as everyone is saying it is.


    The two mentioned sites are merely quoting one another, using messages from a single user. See the above message. The ShieldZone material, if applied when the MacBook is clean, stainfree, will probably keep the MacBook stainfree.

    I say "probably" because none of us really know what the staining is and why it is. Going by the sites' own user responses, out of over 35,000 hits, less that 100 users have logged staining issues.
    MacBook - 4H621 - 2.0 Gbyte RAM, Parallels VM,, Mac OS X (10.4.6), G4 Tower, Atari ST with Mac Plus emulator, Dell 8400 Tower, Dell D600 laptop
  • valend Calculating status...
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    Jun 26, 2006 5:12 PM (in response to Ilya Smirnov)
    My friend with a white MB returned the unit to the Apple Store in Honolulu yesterday on day 15 (not day 13 as I had originally posted a few days back on this issue). This was one day past the 14 day return period. There was slight yellowing around the i-sight camera and the fear was that it would spread. It was returned with no questions asked and no restocking fee for a black unit.

    d
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  • Jason Trindade Level 4 Level 4 (2,925 points)
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    Jun 26, 2006 5:15 PM (in response to Ilya Smirnov)
    I don't think the MacBook Pro is really an option. Many of us need the smallest mac laptop we can get, and an extra inch or so in width can make a big difference. Not height though...give me the height w/ silence, cool running, and a dual layer drive over that pitiful slow thing we have anyday.

    You're also not really getting that much of a better computer, you're getting a better graphics card, an expansion slot (did you ever use your last powerbook one?), backlit keyboard, and if you need it in your portable, a bigger screen. I don't know what's going on at Apple Design, but can they please update that machine. Keyboard all the way across anyone? The list goes on and on.

    If you are seriously concerned about this, or any reported issue. Then buy the 1.83 somewhere that's cheap or even buy it used and just don't worry about it. Like you're really going to be burning a bunch of DVD's at 4x on the road?
  • Rod Hagen Level 7 Level 7 (31,985 points)
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    Jun 26, 2006 5:35 PM (in response to valend)
    My friend with a white MB returned the unit to the Apple Store in Honolulu yesterday on day 15 (not day 13 as I had originally posted a few days back on this issue). This was one day past the 14 day return period. There was slight yellowing around the i-sight camera and the fear was that it would spread. It was returned with no questions asked and no restocking fee for a black unit.


    Thanks for that , valend.

    One thing that really surprises me is how few people here seem to have actually taken the simple step of taking the computer in to an Apple dealer and asking tht the matter be dealt with!

    Cheers

    Rod
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  • Zorana Level 1 Level 1 (130 points)
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    Jun 26, 2006 5:52 PM (in response to valend)
    After how long does the discoloration appears? Does it show only on the upper cover where the hands rest?

    Zo
    iSight, 1,5 Gb Memory, Mac OS X (10.4.5)
  • Ilya Smirnov Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
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    Jun 26, 2006 5:58 PM (in response to Larry_Rymal)
    Ok, thanks for the info! (I hadn't seen the stainedbook site post before I posted.)


    Ilya

    2.0 GHz MacBook or MacBook Pro soon     iPod video 30GB Black | Silver iPod Mini 2G 4GB
  • Treetopflyer Calculating status...
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    Jun 27, 2006 4:34 PM (in response to Ilya Smirnov)
    I called apple care the other day about it. He said that he had never heard of the problem. But while he was saying it, he was mumbling and kept tripping up on his words. It was kinda funny. He sounded like he was nervous or something.
    Anyhoo, he promptly said he couldn't put this problem on my file and that I should take my computer into an apple store. He definately sounded like he had heard of this issue before and his response sounded like he had said that before. Who knows. He sure didn't want to make a case # for it though.
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