New Macbook Pro doesn’t work either (but not for same reason)

I got a replacement Macbook Pro from Apple late yesterday afternoon. I shipped the last one back on Friday and had a new (refurb) system on Tues. Not bad turnaround.

I’d like to say I’d tested this one out and either did or did not see the same graphics display issue as on the previous system (preferrably did not see). However, I haven’t been able to get too far with this one. The Airport card seems to be hosed, with problems getting a reliable wireless connection. The signal and contact with the Time Capsule router is fluctuating wildly and dropping constantly (like every 10-20 seconds). So instead of getting work done, I’ve spent a substantial part of the day trying to get another expensive hunk of aluminum and silicon working right.

I spent a wonderful hour and 20 minutes on the phone with Apple during which time they disconnected me twice while trying to transfer me to others. I was somewhat unamused. In the end I agreed to take my laptop to local 3rd party certified Apple service technicians because the two local Apple Store’s Genius Bars were completely booked up for the next week. The theory from Apple support being that my Airport card is defective and needs to be replaced. So now I am without laptop again for at least another day or two. For this I am also unamused and am beginning to have some serious buyer’s remorse here…

There was some news on the graphics issue front. It appears Dell has released some BIOS patches that are supposed to limit damage from the NVIDIA flaw… Looks like HP is also acknowledging the same issue now. I wonder if Apple will do the same. I gotta say the shine is coming off of my geek love for them…

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