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  • Reports of MacBook Air Problems Spread
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WxEsstiEMc]YouTube - MacBook Air 11.6" Problem (Video Card Glitch)[/ame]

    An increasing number of new owners of 2010 MacBook Airs are reporting random kernel panics, freezing and display distortion with lines across the screen, and inability to wake from sleep, but no issue has yet been acknowledged by Apple. There are already a couple of discussion threads on Apple's support forums, and one MacBook Air owner posted the YouTube video above showing the issues he's experiencing.

    The problem is getting a high profile as some Mac bloggers' Airs are showing similar symptoms. Cult of Mac staff writer David Martin "observed horizontal sparkling bands running up and down the screen," he writes, "but the computer did not freeze," writes David Martin. He also notes that in addition to editor Leander Kahney having two kernel panics on his 13-inch MacBook Air and one on his 11-incher, Martin has experienced one that he "attributed to my attempting to boot with an SD card built on a MacBook Pro." Also, Serenity Caldwell of Macworld is having trouble with her 11-inch MBA, saying that it "randomly cut to a gray screen during Screen Sharing and only a reboot could cure it." She's also seen the screen "turn a variety of colors: gray again, tan, gray-black, and - on Monday - blue." An unnamed Apple Genius who worked with Caldwell reportedly said that "the Air's logic board might possibly be at fault."

    The day the new models were announced, Apple released MacBook Air (Late 2010) Software Update 1.0, which fixed a problem where system became unresponsive while playing a movie trailer in iMovie or after waking from sleep when an external display is connected. Apple's general operating pattern is to not admit any problem exists until they have a tested and verified fix ready for release, but affected users should still head to the Genius Bar without delay.

    Source: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Reports of MacBook Air Problems Spread started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 46 Comments
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      its melech
      I live!
    1. leathelisor's Avatar
      leathelisor -
      Quote Originally Posted by jbarrett652 View Post
      Still getting one.
      mindless sheep....
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      Wow, sounds like Macs really do suck (first time I'm getting convinced). And why are they so expensive again? I mean, even if the OS IS as good as Mac users say, and had no major glitches like this, it still wouldn't be worth the extra $500, or however much.
      The OS, in my opinion, has left me feeling like their is something lacking. Not because there is anything wrong with the OS itself, but because you hear such a hype about Mac VS Windows over and over and over. Now that I have been using it for a couple of days I know for sure that i will not be purchasing a Mac on the odd chance that Apple does come to their senses and lower their ridiculously overpriced machines. Other than it feeling more like a flavor of Linux I do not see what the fanfare is about.

      Apple should really check their QA program due to the fact that all of their new products are coming out flawed. Granted, this is nothing new to any company who produces products for the masses, but Apple wants to be known as a company with quality hardware. It simply isn't so anymore.
    1. AnthonyGiola's Avatar
      AnthonyGiola -
      Obviously he was holding it wrong... Only explanation

      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      I live!
      Its a miracle...
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Sent mine back because the battery was getting ao hot it was melting the plastic lap desk my wife uses.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      Sent mine back because the battery was getting ao hot it was melting the plastic lap desk my wife uses.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      I agree, a software update will fix it
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by mardinn View Post
      Hahaha. I love when something that Steve produces gets problems. This made my day!
      Who are you Bill Gates? Wrong web site to be on
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      I live!
      haha. ohai buddy
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      EVERYTHING new in the tech world has bugs, even the great APPLE, yes we know they will fix it, and no this wont slow down sales or send people running, this is the norm when it comes to this kind of stuff.
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      trolls out early in this thread, I see.
    1. danny's Avatar
      danny -
      i love my new macbook air and my ipad and my all iphone's 2g 3g 3gs 4g
      and ther no any problem exists i love apple and im a pc.. x after
      having the 1# macbook air good bye pc... for ever.
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
    1. Talhashaikh17's Avatar
      Talhashaikh17 -
      easy fix for that, stop watching porn :P
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      I have had 2 kernel panics on my macbook air 11" where the screen goes completely grey...
      You always have problems with Macs lol.
      This is why I held out on not buying 1st gen iPad and I'm waiting for next years MBA with a backlit keyboard.
    1. athleticswimmer's Avatar
      athleticswimmer -
      I just dont think your getting what you pay for on this thing....except for weight and size.....just my 2 cents in my wallet.

      Quote Originally Posted by Talhashaikh17 View Post
      MY first Post: easy fix for that, stop watching porn :P
      ahhhh yes, new comers....
    1. naturallyvindicated's Avatar
      naturallyvindicated -
      Is this not typical with an Apple device in the past 1 and half years...JOBS "lets release it pre-maturely just to cash in on the recent hype and growth of our company"... despite warnings by engineers and developers alike. I would not buy a piece of Apple hardware until it is on its second product cycle or it spells that same fate that this MacBook and Iphone 4 users faced...they are getting greedy and pushing too hard.
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      You always have problems with Macs lol.
      This is why I held out on not buying 1st gen iPad and I'm waiting for next years MBA with a backlit keyboard.
      I've had 2 kernel panics in 6 months. and those were secondary to some funky software I was trying to run.

      it's not normal, but is probably a bit more common during the "setting up" phase of ownership, when you're installing all the stuff you want and finding stuff to try out.

      but after that, it should not happen. at all. I haven't seen a panic since maybe July.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Why is this under iPhone news?
    1. awesomeo4000's Avatar
      awesomeo4000 -
      but macs dun crash!!1!111!!