July 03, 2006
dash and botheration

Or, as someone memorably used on a mailing list I'm on "Rats to Rhubarb!"

A couple-three weeks ago I had a water -> keyboard accident with my trusty Powerbook, which ended up frying the inverter board (meaning: no LCD monitor). This beast is out of even the extended AppleCare coverage, so I sucked in my gut and ponied up for a repair to buy me some time - the theory being that a couple more months (read: WWDC) of rumor tracking will help me make a smarter Intel transition.

Then this weekend the Superdrive started making an unpleasant clicky noise for every disk (burned, manufactured, CDR, CD, DVD, &c) inserted and rejected. Fun console errors, e.g.:

Jul  1 22:52:50 molly kernel[0]: disk2: I/O error.
Jul  1 22:52:50 molly kernel[0]: SAM Multimedia: READ or WRITE failed, ASC = 0x09, ASCQ = 0x90
Jul  1 22:52:51 molly kernel[0]: SAM Multimedia: READ or WRITE failed, ASC = 0x09, ASCQ = 0x90

It's going to be a long month.

Update 2006-07-04: Through some unknown miracle, after sleeping for several hours, the drive worked again for a while. So this is likely some heat related failing; not a good thing, but this provides a kludgey workaround for the next couple months, at least.

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Posted by esinclai at July 03, 2006 10:39 PM |

Great Ceasar's Ghost! What a drag.

It's looking like a two-month horizon for me, too. Unless I excercise fiscal restraint and just buy a Windows box - I'm gonna need to run Access at home regularly soon.

I guess I should prolly just reload softwindows or whatever the emulation environment is for now, huh?

Posted by: mike on July 4, 2006 01:40 PM

So far, so good with my transition. Biggest gripes: heat (really only an issue when we hit the 90's here), failure to resume from sleep ("black screen of death?"), and occasional UI lock-ups.

Biggest joys: bright display, eye-candy, lots of new things to learn, and the ability to use mainstream commercial software without losing UNIX.

Not bad considering that I'm transitioning from Linux. You already know what I was giving up...

Posted by: MrCozy on July 4, 2006 09:06 PM
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