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  • MasterGracey
    started a topic Oh PowerBook, why have you forsaken me?

    Oh PowerBook, why have you forsaken me?

    Today my PowerBook encountered technical difficulties. I'm approaching the one-year anniversary of it's purchase and have yet to encounter ANY technical difficulties with it (except for a mis-hap with the power adapter a while back), and now it pretty much dies on me.

    Luckily, I purchased the AppleCare Protection Plan, and as always Apple is pleased to help me with my problem... I'm getting a series of three beeps on start-up and a blank screen, which apparently means my ROM is encountering problems. Being the fool I am, I have not backed up any of my files, so there's a big chance all of my files will be lost into digital heaven. I think that is going to be my biggest blow. Being somewhat of a free-lance graphic designer, I've done numerous projects for a local theater in Bakersfield and I am going to die if those files get lost - I need them for a portfolio someday soon as I apply for art schools.

    Anyway, I just felt the need to cry a little about it, so I came to the always loving world of MiceChat.

    It's going to suck having to live off my old Dell PC for the next couple weeks. I hate this thing!

    Oh well.

  • MickeyMania
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    Re: Oh PowerBook, why have you forsaken me?

    Bruce, from the Finder:

    Go Menu -> Utilities -> Disk Utility

    Highlight your disk and there's a tab there called First Aid that allows you to verify and (if necessary) repair a disk.

    Keep in mind that you probably won't be able to run repairs on the disk you're actually booted onto, so if you need to do repairs on your system drive, find your OS X installer disk (or your restore disk if your current OS came on your Mac) and boot off the CD (reset if necessary, hold C during startup). When the Installer opens and it presents a "Welcome to Mac OS X Installer!" window, you can run Disk Utility from the CD by looking in the menus. It's listed somewhere in there with a small handful of emergency apps.

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  • Bruce Bergman
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    Do they have anything like SpinRite for Macs? Something to do a low-level check of the HDD looking for little errors that the OS is covering up, before the whole drive just goes kablooey?

    You can do it if you pull the drive and install it as a slave drive on a Wintel machine, but for most people that would be a royal pain in the patoot.

    --<< Bruce >>--

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  • PrincessY
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    That is good to know. I leave my Mac on (sleep mode) constantly. Only shut it down when going away for a few days (and not taking my computer).

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  • MasterGracey
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    Re: Oh PowerBook, why have you forsaken me?

    Originally posted by pinkertonfloyd
    Mac or PC... Shutting down is still the best thing. You should always restart the computer now and then... that's a good thing! Macs (just like PCs, Linux, and any OS) develop memory leaks (programs that use ram, and don't fully clean up)... it's best to restart the computer and get a clean slate at least once a week (once a day at best).

    I'm in the IT Support business, and I can tell you as a fact that over 50% of our tickets are fixed from a reboot (Windows and Macs)... and usually we find that the person is just putting it to sleep, rather than shutting down... they sometimes go for weeks that way... Some people claim they do it because they heard that its "less wear and tear"... well it's not... I've yet to see any study show that... and I think reliable data is the most important item with any computers... and having a "clean desk" to start with is key to good data.
    Thank you for that info. Good to know!

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  • pinkertonfloyd
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    Re: Oh PowerBook, why have you forsaken me?

    Originally posted by Tommy2
    Two things...

    Why on earth do you turn off your computer? Ever heard of just closing the lid? (Sleep is a good thing).

    As for hard drives, don't forget you can always access the hard drive of any Mac built in the last five years via firewire. Even though the system may be toast you can still get the data off from another computer.
    Mac or PC... Shutting down is still the best thing. You should always restart the computer now and then... that's a good thing! Macs (just like PCs, Linux, and any OS) develop memory leaks (programs that use ram, and don't fully clean up)... it's best to restart the computer and get a clean slate at least once a week (once a day at best).

    I'm in the IT Support business, and I can tell you as a fact that over 50% of our tickets are fixed from a reboot (Windows and Macs)... and usually we find that the person is just putting it to sleep, rather than shutting down... they sometimes go for weeks that way... Some people claim they do it because they heard that its "less wear and tear"... well it's not... I've yet to see any study show that... and I think reliable data is the most important item with any computers... and having a "clean desk" to start with is key to good data.

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  • pinkertonfloyd
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    Re: Oh PowerBook, why have you forsaken me?

    Originally posted by MasterGracey
    Thanks, ilovetink - You're right in your conclusion... I got an email from Apple from the AppleCare representative I spoke with on the phone:



    Not quite sure what this means... But it cant be good, I'm guessing.

    I'm taking it down to CompUSA in a bit to see what I can do about it, hopefully they can fix it in-store within a couple of days and I don't have to send it in to Apple for 7-10 days.

    Wish me luck
    Keep it far away from CompUSA... as a guy who fixed CompUSA's "Screw-ups" for Compaq a few years back(usually ending up to be $1.99 fixes that CompUSA turned into $1000.00 Nightmares). I worked for a high-end VAR, maintaining Data Centers... Compaq asked us in as a favor now and then.

    CompUSA pays their techs Minimum Wage... ($7.75-9 Tops). I know this as a fact as a Nephew of mine works there as a tech. (First job...)

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  • MasterGracey
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    Re: Oh PowerBook, why have you forsaken me?

    Originally posted by Tommy2
    Two things...

    Why on earth do you turn off your computer? Ever heard of just closing the lid? (Sleep is a good thing).

    As for hard drives, don't forget you can always access the hard drive of any Mac built in the last five years via firewire. Even though the system may be toast you can still get the data off from another computer.
    Actually, I did just "close the lid" and put it to sleep before travelling. When I went to open it up it had turned itself off. I thought it was odd, but proceeded to turn it on. Then the three beeps and black screen came.

    I rarely power down my Mac, it's unnecessary and putting it to sleep is an easier and more practical thing to do.

    Anyway, my computer is quite well now, but thanks for your concern.

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  • PrincessY
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    Re: Oh PowerBook, why have you forsaken me?

    Originally posted by MasterGracey
    Thanks! Sorry to hear about your baby going in to the hospital. Hope your Mac is better soon!
    My Mac baby will be in the hospital for 2 weeks!! Ugh! Going. Through. Withdrawals. (Fortunately, my work computer is a beautiful new Mac).

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  • drnilescrane
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    Originally posted by Tommy2
    Two things...

    Why on earth do you turn off your computer? Ever heard of just closing the lid? (Sleep is a good thing).
    Not when traveling with the *shudders* Mac - it still uses power. Hibernating the thing is the better solution - copies the RAM to the HDD and turns off, ready to spring into action.

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  • Tommy2
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    Re: Oh PowerBook, why have you forsaken me?

    Two things...

    Why on earth do you turn off your computer? Ever heard of just closing the lid? (Sleep is a good thing).

    As for hard drives, don't forget you can always access the hard drive of any Mac built in the last five years via firewire. Even though the system may be toast you can still get the data off from another computer.

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  • figmentpigment
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    Re: Oh PowerBook, why have you forsaken me?

    Originally posted by MasterGracey
    Thanks! Sorry to hear about your baby going in to the hospital. Macs are wonderful... I don't know how people live on PCs either. Its only been about a year since I ditched my Dell and I cringe every time I'm faced with having to use a PC. It's not fun. :ap:

    Hope your Mac is better soon!
    i'm about to ditch my poor little dell for an absolutely gorgeous and wonderful macbook pro (17" unless i change my mind last second). pretty exciting

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  • MasterGracey
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    Re: Oh PowerBook, why have you forsaken me?

    Originally posted by PrincessY
    I feel your pain... My Mac is currently in the shop too. Early diagnosis is a burnt out fan. But he's an oldie (over 5 years) and I guess you can expect some issues. I am now forced to work on DH's PC. Don't know how you guys live with these things!:lol:

    Glad your Mac is up and running again MasterG!
    Thanks! Sorry to hear about your baby going in to the hospital. Macs are wonderful... I don't know how people live on PCs either. Its only been about a year since I ditched my Dell and I cringe every time I'm faced with having to use a PC. It's not fun. :ap:

    Hope your Mac is better soon!

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  • PrincessY
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    Re: Oh PowerBook, why have you forsaken me?

    I feel your pain... My Mac is currently in the shop too. Early diagnosis is a burnt out fan. But he's an oldie (over 5 years) and I guess you can expect some issues. I am now forced to work on DH's PC. Don't know how you guys live with these things!:lol:

    Glad your Mac is up and running again MasterG!

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  • pveticket
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    I'm sorry
    I'm in love with Apples and when stuff like this happens it makes me mad

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