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I have a late 2008 15" Macbook Pro with a 2.4 C2D and a 9400m and 9600m GT setup. About 4 months ago I had to have the battery replaced. Now my current battery is acting up. The computer also gets so hot that I cannot always keep it on my lap, especially if playing a game.

I have a feeling apple is only going to want to replace the battery but i feel there is deeper issue with my computer that is ruining the batteries due to the heat from the gpu or just from some other problem. Could this be possible?

Also any of you guys have experience with apple replacing the entire laptop. I want them to take this thing in and really look at it and if possible replace it. I am going to politely argue since it usually gets me my way. I have no intention of being rude or threatening them but you guys got any tips for dealing with genius bar lol.
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It takes about three repairs (for the same issue) for them to issue a replacement. The heat is normal - the Nvidia chip runs hot. The battery issues are always hit and miss. I've definitely had a battery replaced multiple times.

At all times, however, Apple took care of everything. To this day, I always feel good about my Apple purchases almost primarily due to their support. Don't expect a replacement, though.

Also, I forgot to add. I have had Apple replace a Macbook (C2D) due to screen flickering. I sent it in multiple times and they offered me a new system that was upgraded.
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Please stop responding with useless apple comments. I am looking to get help or advice for dealing with apple for a notebook replacement and to see if my ideas on issues could be correct. Apple hate is not helping me.

Thanks skitz. I'm afraid of that and i'm afraid that becuase i only have a few months left on apple care they will replace the battery then it will die right when my apple care runs out.
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Nah, they'll take care of you if there is actually an issue. They always test the systems fully.
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Most laptops will always get very hot when playing a game. It is why they are no longer referred to by companies as 'laptops' but 'notebooks'. If you're playing games, or doing anything CPU intensive, I really recommend using it on a flat hard surface, like a wooden/glass/metal desk. To give you an idea of heat, my 13" 2009 2.26 C2D MBP can read the CPU at 100c and higher. Many phone calls to apple when I first got the laptop, and the fact that it still works after all this time, leads me to believe this is fine.

If by "acting up" you mean your battery health is fluctuating a fair amount when recharging I have noticed that if I do a majority charge (say from 10-20% to full) during CPU intensive use (hot laptop) when the charge is complete, I will have degraded battery health (sometimes as low as 80%). However, if I charge it up the same amount, but when not using it, turning it off and keeping it on a cold hard surface, I get my health back up to 87 - 90%. This is where it typically sits now.
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Most laptops will always get very hot when playing a game. It is why they are no longer referred to by companies as 'laptops' but 'notebooks'. If you're playing games, or doing anything CPU intensive, I really recommend using it on a flat hard surface, like a wooden/glass/metal desk. To give you an idea of heat, my 13" 2009 2.26 C2D MBP can read the CPU at 100c and higher. Many phone calls to apple when I first got the laptop, and the fact that it still works after all this time, leads me to believe this is fine.
If by "acting up" you mean your battery health is fluctuating a fair amount when recharging I have noticed that if I do a majority charge (say from 10-20% to full) during CPU intensive use (hot laptop) when the charge is complete, I will have degraded battery health (sometimes as low as 80%). However, if I charge it up the same amount, but when not using it, turning it off and keeping it on a cold hard surface, I get my health back up to 87 - 90%. This is where it typically sits now.

My battery is just not registering right it seems. It was at 88% then I loaded torchlight and it died in 10 minutes. Then it would not turn back on for like 20 minutes. That is when i noticed the service battery indicator.
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You see the problem with Apple.

I wouldn't say it's entirely the Nvidia chip's fault..

449
(Unibody)

444

Pre-Unibody.

Nor the thermal paste.

But that heatsink and airflow is inadequate to properly cool a Processor and GPU. And with no vents for airflow on the bottom of a macbook. Where's it getting the air from? It's circulating warm air within itself.
Edited by Kand - 11/24/11 at 4:02pm
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So turns out my motherboard and optical drive were faulty. The battery was actually fine. When I told the guy it would shut down even when plugged in and would not turn on without a battery even if plugged in he was like there is something wrong with it. Then when I picked it up it turns out the optical drive was too loud haha and they replaced that too. All without screwing up my data.

Overall pretty impressed with the service. It took less than a week to from when I handed them my computer. Still like my desktop better but I have to give apple an A on their service.

When I picked mine up some lady was paying 330 to fix an easily 5year old macbook pro. I was thinking to my self I would have just bought a new mac at that point.
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