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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by stevebullno9 » Wed Nov 09, 2011 15:10

I've just got the dreaded service battery on my Macbook Pro, does that mean it is doomed?

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Post by Gordon » Wed Nov 09, 2011 18:35

Have you got applecare? I got mine replaced for free, which was nice. My new battery is probably 2 years old now, and also on the way out. Such is life.
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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by Gordon » Wed Nov 09, 2011 18:36

jayen_aitch wrote:I think they are working to correct the ridiculous battery drain.
I've got the Beta OS, and it's not much better (or maybe worse) but then I've got a 3GS, so who knows how healthy the battery is.

(p.s. these are not Macs....)
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Post by stevebullno9 » Wed Nov 16, 2011 23:53

Gordon wrote:Have you got applecare? I got mine replaced for free, which was nice. My new battery is probably 2 years old now, and also on the way out. Such is life.
I haven't got applecare, which was probably silly of me. Had warranty but it has literally just ran out. Going to buy a new battery I think, probably a no brand one. According to coconut battery I've had over 800 battery cycles which seems pretty extreme.

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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by jayen_aitch » Thu Nov 17, 2011 18:03

I thought about pointing out they are not macs the other day.

... but with iCloud and that, how long until they are?

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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by jayen_aitch » Fri Nov 18, 2011 21:03

Talking about actual macs... Mine might be dead.

I'm trying CPR now.

It gets to the spinning wheel and doesn't manage to load beyond that.

I have so far:
Tried restarting it.
Tried restarting it in safe mode.
Reset the PRAM
Restarted to magic Lion partition and tried repairing the disk and permissions
And now I am reinstalling Lion.

Fingers crossed, eh.


Update: That cracked it. All working again now.

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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by wyvern » Thu Dec 29, 2011 22:47

I've managed to wreak my imac. It was running quite full and the last thing it tried to load was spotify. Now all I get is a blue screen and a note saying the start up disk is full. I know it is but cannot access ANYTHING, to resolve it. I've removed all external hard drives and other peripherals. I've tried pulling the power lead out. Nothing.
HELP.
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Post by Gordon » Fri Dec 30, 2011 07:01

Can you start it up in FireWire disk mode with another mac and delete things?
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Post by wyvern » Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:11

I'll try that. Got to work out how to do it. Thanks
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Post by Gordon » Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:38

Think it might depend in how old your iMac is. Not sure if you can do it on newer ones. You could also try booting off the OS disc. Worst case scenario is buying a new hard drive and transferring files off the old one with a USB enclosure. As a guideline, for the future, I would leave a minimum of 10% space free.
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Post by Gordon » Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:40

Or... Buy a new external hard drive, see if you can install OSX on that and use it as a temporary startup disk, then you should e able to boot and delete things and then you can your big files onto that drive once you're nice and fixed up.
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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by wyvern » Fri Dec 30, 2011 12:08

There wasn't even 10% free unfortunately.
I've connected them together and even managed this time to see the boot up messages on Command + V but I'm back to a blue screen now.
When I boot the imac (6 months old) up what should I press? The instructions don't say anything and I can't find my G5 instructions.
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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by wyvern » Fri Dec 30, 2011 12:09

I was due to buy a new external just after Christmas so I could free up the hard drive. Too late now.
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Post by Gordon » Fri Dec 30, 2011 13:12

wyvern wrote:There wasn't even 10% free unfortunately.
I've connected them together and even managed this time to see the boot up messages on Command + V but I'm back to a blue screen now.
When I boot the imac (6 months old) up what should I press? The instructions don't say anything and I can't find my G5 instructions.
I've got a feeling it's only for G5 iMacs... let me see...
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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by Gordon » Fri Dec 30, 2011 13:16

Should work if you have another mac handy.

FireWire target disk mode to the rescue
http://www.macworld.com/article/139208/ ... escue.html

How to use and troubleshoot FireWire target disk mode
http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1661
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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by Gordon » Fri Dec 30, 2011 13:17

wyvern wrote:I was due to buy a new external just after Christmas so I could free up the hard drive. Too late now.
Or, as I say, buy the ext drive, install Lion on it, use that as the startup drive while you sort out the internal drive (which will mount like a second hard drive). Drag your big files off, set the internal back as the startup, and delete OS X off the ext drive.

Edit:
Or even better, split the new drive into two partitions, if you can do this first, then install OS X on the first partition, drag files on to the second, and once you're back up and running, delete the first partition and resize the second to fill the drive (I think this would work).
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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by wyvern » Fri Dec 30, 2011 13:31

Looks like I might need a new cable (yet another bloody cable!) iMacs don't ship with a firewire now. Not sure how I managed it 6 months ago. And a hard drive. I've got the firewire symbol on the screen and when I booted earlier it said that there was less than 5% available to verify or something.
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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by Gordon » Fri Dec 30, 2011 14:16

If you don't have a firewire port, I think you're probably SOL.

Best get a USB external hard drive, and boot of the OS CD, and install it onto the drive.
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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by wyvern » Fri Dec 30, 2011 14:33

It wasn't "verify" it was "audit".

I've given up on it. I'm taking it to the shop.
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