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I love my Thinkpad

I've just spent the last hour stripping and cleaning my (well, effectively ias's) Thinkpad after the garklet managed to surreptitiously vomit into the keyboard and then give the keys a good hammering to work the gunge in well. Thanks to Lenovo's support pages (which presumably they inherited from IBM), I was able to easily find the right manuals with instructions for taking apart an R51. The keyboard now only smells faintly of baby puke, and I suspect that will fade as the keyboard dries out fully.

So my question to LJ is this: where's the equivalent information on the Apple website for disassembling a MacBook Pro?


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Ghod no, unfortunately. Any laptop dsassembly is to be done by apple certified repair people... there are instructions out there on the net, though.

I know a guy who had endless problems with a Thinkpad and the multiple replacements (all faulty). He bought a Macbook Pro while it was away for repair the third or fourth time, then when he eventually managed to get a refund, he used the money to buy a Macbook for his wife.

Would that be the Torment of One Thousand Screws?

Many slightly different.

I have no advice about fixing the computer, but I have a comment to add anyway: Bad, bad baby! ;)

But mostly stupid us for thinking "oh! cute baby playing with computer!"...

They did indeed inherit from IBM, there's an ongoing project to move everything across to their own site but it's a big one and not a priority from what I understand.

Random coincidence; my new job is for a marketing firm, Lenovo are our biggest client, stories like this fit exactly into some of the material that I've seen about the place; could I/we quote you on this? One of the things they're trying to push is the durability of the laptop range over the (cheaper) equivalents from Dell &c, this sort of thing is perfect for that.

my new job is for a marketing firm, Lenovo are our biggest client, stories like this fit exactly into some of the material that I've seen about the place; could I/we quote you on this?

If you're going to use this to plug Lenovo's commitment to providing good online support, and to designing maintainable machines, then fine.

If you're going to use this to plug the durability of the Thinkpad range a a whole, I'd rather not. The R51 is robust, but the T41p I also have has been anything but; it's been plagued with motherboard faults (this seems to be a common fault, because two of my colleagues have suffered exactly the same problem).

i don't have problem with motherboard faults, but i did have problem with the cooling system, though its just a simple problem.
but on top of everything, my thinkpad t41 rocs ... 2 GB ram and 120 GB of HDD, fits me well for everything i need. Dual boot with windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.10 ... runs like hell, never have a crash ... never had a blue screen....

in my line of dutty, a support engineer for for commvault and netapp, my thinkpad give me all the support i need ... its very robust and though. dropped it million times and it still amaze me with its durable architecture ... the keyboard, the best keyboard i have ... dunno how many time i spilled a coffe or soda on it ... ^_^ my bad ... i once have a motorcycle accident and got my thinkpad throw away around 10 meters and its still wake up from hibernate state :D god ... this thing realy sturdy ...

T41 rocks ...

MacBooks are baby-vomit-proof to 50 metres. Fact.

You'll lend me yours to test this out, I assume?

Yeah, IBM are good at that for their decent models, and those same decent models tend to be the kind of computer that will be salvaged and used by the post-apocalyptic survivors.

For Macs, I'm not aware of Apple themselves providing anything ("What? You want to OPEN our fine computers? You'll taint them!"), but this is a good third-party resource, which let me have a dig around in an old PB G3 Wallstreet with some vague notion of what I was doing.

With an Apple, you're not meant to need those instructions. You're meant to have blown £30 on after-market keyboard protection products at the same time as you bought the laptop...

No no no: you're supposed to send it to Certified Apple Repairdudes for Certified Apple Repair.

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