Click to visit our sponsors!

homeGeek CultureWebstoreeCards!Forums!Joy of Tech!AY2K!webcam

  The Geek Culture Forums
  The Joy of Tech
  So there I was... (A personal experience with the Mac face)

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
profile | register | preferences | faq | search

UBBFriend: Email This Page to Someone! next newest topic | next oldest topic
Author Topic:   So there I was... (A personal experience with the Mac face)
Geek Larva

Posts: 28
From: Rochester, NY, USA
Registered: Apr 2002

posted August 14, 2002 08:52     Click Here to See the Profile for RedHatDude   Click Here to Email RedHatDude     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was about 13 years old, my family had a Performa 550 (with CDROM!!! Multimedia was all the craze then.), and I was playing on the Mac (probably Sim City), when all of a sudden, I need to reboot the computer.

It looked like a normal reboot at first, but then, the X-eyed mac face was staring at me, sad and lonely. I rebooted again, nothing. Panic started to creep in, and I thought for sure I had broken the machine. Trying to keep my cool, I began to diagnose the problem. Finally, after many tense minutes, I thought I might try to eject the disk that is in the drive, but alas, no eject button! Then I noticed manual-override pinhole below the slot, and retrieved a paperclip, ejected the disk, and rebooted.

It worked! The computer booted, and I was clearly off the hook for turning the mac face sad. I have no idea why that disk in the drive caused that (usually it ejects an unbootable disk), maybe it was stuck, but now I keep a paperclip on my desk as a reminder... and so that I can push the reset button on my PC that's 2 microns wide, and inset in the case so that ET himself couldn't push it with his long small boney fingers!

IP: Logged

Super Geek

Posts: 164
From: Mars
Registered: Apr 2002

posted August 14, 2002 19:49     Click Here to See the Profile for MacGenius   Click Here to Email MacGenius     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That happened to me once too, two years ago. I was only 10 years old and I had recieved a Macintosh Portable (backlit, now a relic). It was a fine machine, so long as you didn't try to "take it with you". Anyhow, I was backing up my work onto some floppy disks and I left one in the drive. When I booted, I got the Sad Mac. (Probably the only time I ever got a sad Mac, cause all my Mac's hardware was in fine condition, only a few crashed HD's (A Quantum 120M and a Seagate 2GB that I brought back to life*). Anyhow, I got that awful feeling I can't describe I get evry time one of my Macs gets a problem. I presses reset, and the floppy popped out and it worked just fine.

One interesting thing worth mentioning: I was working on my LC III and decided to switch input devices. So I shut down the computer (it was ADB, remember) and plugged in the new mouse. I left the monitor on, of course, so I wouldn't have to bother switching it on again. I tuned on the Mac and it didn't even stir. I switched it off, then switched off the monitor and then switched it back on again. Next I turned the computer on and BAM! No problem at all!!!

(*Once I got a Sad Mac on my 128K, it was a misaligned floppy cable and a misaligned analog board.)

IP: Logged

- - e r i k - -

Posts: 8
Registered: Jul 2002

posted August 15, 2002 03:05     Click Here to See the Profile for - - e r i k - -   Click Here to Email - - e r i k - -     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You can get a sad mac (harmless) by holding the programmers button (the indented one beside the reset button) at Startup. You also get the "chimes of death", tones which actually means something based on the melody they play. If that isn't a cool diagnostic tool nothing is.

IP: Logged


Posts: 60
From: Southwestern Connecticut
Registered: Nov 2001

posted August 15, 2002 03:22     Click Here to See the Profile for dragon34   Click Here to Email dragon34     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well this isn't really a sad mac story.. but it is pretty funny.. One of my friends had a 7100 with a dying hard drive, He had pretty much given up hope on it and was hoping to just get some of the data off of it (it wouldn't boot). I went to visit him with my copy of tech tool pro and we went to work trying to fix it (watching it try to boot os9 off a cd was funny in itself). 10 minutes later or something it had booted and we copied all relevant data to an external drive. after we had finished copying we were running the tech tool diagnostics on the hard drive and the computer crashed.. so we hit the little reset button in the front, and (because it was about 3am at this point) we accidently held down the debug reset while it was rebooting (lack of coordination at such a ridiculous hour combined with holding the reset button with a chopstick or something (no I dont' know why)). *sound of car crashing* We were a bit confused.. looked at eachother and went... "was that the computer??!!!" so of course we did it again.. and again... and again (after all *everything* is hilarious at 3am) We were laughing hysterically for several minutes, and he decided he was going to keep the dying 7100 around, just because it could do that. Of course i don't think I'd *really* want to do that with a computer that wasn't already toasted... but I have a few I've never seen another mac do that, but then I've never really tried... I should try it with my old 68k performa....

IP: Logged


Posts: 456
From: Manchester, UK
Registered: Mar 2000

posted August 15, 2002 04:48     Click Here to See the Profile for nekomatic   Click Here to Email nekomatic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I keep a paperclip stuck to the front of my work PC's with Blu-tak for ready availability when that reset button needs pushing...

IP: Logged


Posts: 756
Registered: Mar 2002

posted August 15, 2002 14:34     Click Here to See the Profile for ilovemydualg4   Click Here to Email ilovemydualg4     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

i figured that one out by accident on my imac...

they had brand new imacs at school, and the sysadmin had played a practical joke on me.... i pulled it on one of the imacs.... i kept resetting it for him since i had the clip in my hand, and i kept hitting the prog button. we moved on down the row and he almost had a heart attack thinking that their 30 new imacs were all defective.

he didn't bother me again

'Excuse me, I have to go blow somethign up..... It's a military thing....'-Col. Jack. O'Neil

IP: Logged

All times are Pacific Time

next newest topic | next oldest topic

Administrative Options: Close Topic | Archive/Move | Delete Topic
Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | Geek Culture Home Page

© 2002 Geek Culture® All Rights Reserved.

Powered by Infopop © 2000
Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.47e

homeGeek CultureWebstoreeCards!Forums!Joy of Tech!AY2K!webcam