October 7, 2008

Macbook Exorcism

Filed under: Software — Tags: , , , — martin @ 5:32 am

Last weekend, I had to fix something on my wife’s Macbook. I had it open to see if there is any obvious reason for the failure of her DVD drive. I have now ordered a replacement for about 100 Euros, which seems fairly reasonable to me.

I was surprised to see that the Power button on her Macbook shows as much wear as the most worn key on the keyboard. She told me that the machine crashes extremely frequently, about once a day, during wake-up from sleep. Something that I had observed on my own Macbook as well and that was fixed by installing the “Windows” operating system. I have not experienced a single crash since then. (Although Vista and the Bootcamp drivers do have their own strange quirks that one needs to get used to.)

Yes, I know: None of the Apple users reading this blog have ever had a single negative experience with Mac OS “Leopard” and me and my wife are the only ones with these problems. Stupidity, bad karma, fluctuations in the electrical system, sun spots. Whatever. There really must be something wrong with us here.

Nonwithstanding this, I really see another Migration away from Mac OS coming up. My confidence that Apple Computer Inc. will ever bring out a stable operating system again, is exactly Zero.


  1. Hallo,

    schau doch mal bei denen nach: http://www.fscklog.com/

    Vielleicht findest Du da ein wenig Hilfe.

    Comment by Michael Kostic — October 7, 2008 @ 3:40 pm

  2. In fact, I did have some crashes with both Tiger and Leopard but my 2006 MacBook Pro seems to run quite stable. Most crashes were related to sleep/hibernate issues, I think. That seems to be very unstable and is inacceptable for a portable computer. Hello Apple: Microsoft at least gets this one right.

    Comment by Jean Pierre — October 8, 2008 @ 8:37 am

  3. I am using MacOs, Windows, and Linux, all on portable computers and (with the exception of MacOS) on desktop PCs.

    I am seeing lockups and crashes on all of them; with Windows XP having a clean lead and Linux/MacOS only crashing *very* rarely. Note that I do not say that Windows is crap; it just crashes more frequently than Linux and MacOS.

    Comment by Martin Eisenhardt — October 24, 2008 @ 2:56 pm

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