I know, I know, I’m really hard on my stuff, I spend money on things like iPods, MacBooks and iPhones (yes, I’m a sucker, I believe that’s on record already) and then I treat them like shit.
*hangs head in shame*
However, in this round of the Dee v Apple face off it was the cat who caused all the damage. Sigh. She too is hard on my stuff.
In any case she knocked the MacBook from the microwave (yes, I was using it as a recipe book) on to the floor and in doing so destroyed the screen. I’m happy enough that the data was safe and that I could use the machine with an external monitor until I decided what next to do with it but the choice came down to which was going to be most effective, replacing the screen or buying a decent widescreen external monitor (ever tried using a MacBook Pro 15 (1440×900) with a 1024×768 monitor? No, not ideal… not ideal at all.
I called up my trusty Apple man and took the baby over for a consult in the hope of being able to come to a decision re the future of the machine and was blown away by the replacement costs of Apple genuine parts.
New internal monitor $1,040
2 hours labour to repair $140
I went home tail between my legs and with a strong desire to strangle that cat but instead channelled my energies to looking for alternate sources of monitor and was satisfied to find one via http://www.macfixit.com.au/.
Total cost $350.00
Then to decide what to do about replacement… could I do it myself?
new replacement screen $350, TORX screwdrivers $10 screwing @apple out of the $1180 they'd charge to fix my screen. Abso.LUTE.ly priceless.
— Deeleea (@deeleea) September 7, 2009