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Super Geek

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From: right behind you; in the shadows
Registered: Mar 2002

posted May 13, 2002 09:58     Click Here to See the Profile for Charisma   Click Here to Email Charisma     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Let's see, the story of death and the rising thereafter...

Thursday my iBook died. And by 'died,' I mean the hard drive made a noise that no geek wants to hear. So, thanks to HCPS, I returned it to Apple,and got it back today, Monday. (5 days... not bad.)

Anyways, the repair log stated that the following things had been replaced (not repaired... replaced):

�CD-ROM drive
�Ethernet port
�Hard Drive
�and of course, the little rubber feet.

Anyone had something equally bad (or worse) happen to them? Let's hear it!


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posted May 21, 2002 20:14     Click Here to See the Profile for GameMaster   Click Here to Email GameMaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Building a computer for a g/f of mine, we (me and a friend) ordered wholesale parts from a internet site. They happen to send a bad power supply... It fried the CPU, luckly the motherboard was alright, and the company replaced both the CPU and power supply.

An old 286 with a 20 Meg hard drive went crtical (the dreded 8 beeps) on my mother BF at the time (an electrical engineer) when I was little. He tore the thing apart looking for the problem, when he found none, and pluged it back in...... nothing. His final solution.... DROP IT. I thought he was nuts, but the system never had a problem after that, and to my knowledge is still buzzing away some where.

The rubber feet? OH NO.... sorry, couldn't help but through that in there. Did you ever findout why or what hapened... I know Macs are hermetically sealed, espeically laptops, but they had to say something.

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posted May 26, 2002 03:01     Click Here to See the Profile for bizzybody   Click Here to Email bizzybody     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That was the "solution" for when the early model Apple 3 computers would act up. Lift the whole thing one inch off the desk then drop. The material they chose for the motherboards tended to expand and contract a lot with temperature changes. That would slowly wiggle things loose over time. A little drop would re-seat the loose parts.

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posted June 04, 2002 11:37     Click Here to See the Profile for Evilbunny   Click Here to Email Evilbunny     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm a writer, artist and songwriter in my free time, and right before I was going to back up eveything for the week my computer crashed, deleting the 50 pages I had just written and one of the best pictures I had done in Photoshop in my life. To make things worse, all of my music was gone I'd just created. This was 2 days before 9/11 happened, and also the week that my gerbils died (both of them!) and I was sick with a major cold. Then I had an overload of work to do when I got back, and couldn't do it beoce of all the shit that had happened. So, I could go on for a while longer, but I won't. It was much worse than that. And now I back up everything daily, even though it takes me an average of 15 minutes due to file size...

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Alpha Geek

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posted June 11, 2002 15:08     Click Here to See the Profile for ilovemydualg4   Click Here to Email ilovemydualg4     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
my sis' ibook se had a huge hard drive head crash (when the drive head litterally crashes, a very very bad thing). she had a ton of really important stuff, and of course she never backed up. we sent it off to drive savers and 600 dollars and two weeks later she had a new hard drive with all of the old things on it

my poerbook g3 bronze's case cracked, ruber feet fell off, cd drive quite often made a duck like noise, and a few keys wouldn't work (the computer didn't register that the keys were being pressed)

Windows 95 (win-DOH-z), n. A thirty-two bit extension and graphical shell
to a sixteen bit patch to an eight bit operating system originally coded for a four bit microprocessor which was used in a PC built by a two bit company that couldn't stand one bit of competition.

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Oz, the Wizard of

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posted June 13, 2002 12:36     Click Here to See the Profile for Oz, the Wizard of   Click Here to Email Oz, the Wizard of     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I built my first computer a couple years ago. I was showing it to a friend, but it kept halting in mid-game, and the reset button wouldn't work. So I kept unplugging it and repulugging it, until when I tried to plug it in the fourth time, sparks shot out of the wall.
It killed the motherboard, and nothing else, but the smoke was awful...

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Alpha Geek

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From: St Albans, Herts, England
Registered: Apr 2002

posted June 17, 2002 05:11     Click Here to See the Profile for uilleann   Click Here to Email uilleann     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oz, the Wizard of: ...when I tried to plug it in the fourth time, sparks shot out of the wall...
Hehe, next time, keep it away from videos of Star Trek (esp. DS9) - it must have watched that and got ideas...

GameMaster: I know Macs are hermetically sealed, espeically laptops...
What, the cases? (just read this topic from the top) I don't think Mac desktop and tower cases have all been sealed; when the first curvy PowerBooks came out, you were encouraged to take them apart and fit RAM upgrades yourself and, while I've never tried it for real, Apple's swing-down side door case design for G3/G4 towers looks really cunning. My old LCs have lids that just unclip by pulling on two tabs at the back, and all internal components just unclip - I don't know when (and if) Apple stopped that idea (I run a Mac clone now), but a screw-less design really pleased me, as it's so effortless to work on (just need a better way to get SCSI cables plugs to come out...)

There are some that you aren't supposed to open, for example, early PowerBooks had those silly start-slot screw heads, but a Philips screwdriver sorts them out well enough.

The only thing hermetical I know of is Apple's nature, and love for secrecy. Perhaps it is to that that you were referring?

- Uilleann

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Alien Investor

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posted June 24, 2002 14:09     Click Here to See the Profile for Alien Investor   Click Here to Email Alien Investor     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Last month the hard disk on my Dell Inspiron 2500 failed. The laptop is still under warranty.

So I called Dell. "My hard disk makes this click-click-click-click sound when I power up the laptop." I held the phone up to the disk.

Dell Technician: "I can hear that; that sounds bad. I'm shipping you a replacement drive today by Airborne Express. When you get the drive, drop your old drive in the box and attach the prepaid shipping label."

Me: "Uh ... ok!"

What I'm not saying: "where's all the hassle?"

What the Dell Technician isn't saying: "that's why we charge a lot more money than a DIY special!"

Pulling the drive took about 15 seconds with a screwdriver. I don't know about other laptops, but this Inspiron drive is meant to be customer-upgradeable. It slides into the case like a removeable drive, but with one Phillips screw holding the drive. Happy me.

BTW the old drive was an IBM Travelstar, and the new drive is not. (Hitachi or Fujitsu, forget which).

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Oz, the Wizard of

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posted June 24, 2002 14:26     Click Here to See the Profile for Oz, the Wizard of   Click Here to Email Oz, the Wizard of     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That reminds me of the fact that Handspring has the best customer service group on the planet. One time, my Visor fell out of my pocket and hit the ground. The screen didn't obviously break, but the silkscreen didn't work. So I called them, and they said it was under warranty and they would send a replacement (via airborne express, hence my remembring this). I recieved it in about 5 or 6 days, and sent back the old broken one. What great service, completely hassle-free!


"Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!"

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