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Wed 28 Mar 2007

Fixing my mac portables

Category : mac and the internet

Origins of my iBook 14.1"
In 2001, I received a Ford Grant for biodiversity work - that money was very well spent and lasted me 2 years instead of just one! Amongst the allocations was a computer. After careful deliberation, a Powerbook was deemed to be too expensive, with poor battery life and was too fragile. So in Mar 2002, I bought a iBook 600MHz 14.1."

I still remember the day Ladybug and Raymond (then a chem hons student) set it up even as I rushed to pack my stuff for an otter conference in India. It performed exceptionally out of the box - see Adventures of a Road Warior: "From 8.6 to X").

My iBook's guilty secret
Sadly, 18 months later (Sep 2003), it spluttered and between Dec 2003-Feb 2004, was practically useless - those were dark and gloomy days for iBook owners. With the help of individuals in the me@n list, I provided feedback and recommendations to the Applecare manager and she was receptive enough to sort out their communications with macaddicts here.

Things improved for users and after a year of struggle, Apple finally issued me with a refurbished 1GHz unit in Dec 2004. And it has worked very well, and also restored my confidence in Apple.

A new hardisk
Recently the hardisk has been acting a little strangely, enough to ensure data was backed up half-daily. And in late Feb 2007, the hardisk died. Not a bad run!

Can I persuade the iBook to fight the good fight a little longer? Earlier today, I zipped down to Sim Lim with Teutoborg to grab a 7200rpm 80GB Hitachi (HTS721080G9AT00) for $204.97 from Storage Studio.

Installation is no mean feat, requiring specific tools and material, so Ad (of Jenad) has agreed to sort that out for me. Jen thinks her bright boy can get it done over dinner so we're making dinner plans! Hopefully by early next week, it'll be up and running.

The MacBook Pro also complains
You see its also time to send my first generation MacBook Pro 1.83GHz into the workshop. Besides DVD-read problems, it can now no longer run without power, even with the battery fully charged. There are one or two more minor problems that also require attention, so Applecare can sort all of that out at one go.

But until the 14.1" is fixed, the MBP has to hang on for the few lectures and tutorials I have left!

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