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  • "A laptop that dies (the horrible, unrecoverable hard drive grind of death) less than a week after you switch your life over to it is not cool."

    A Mac? Just curious.

    • Fool, the first rule about Mac problems is "You don't talk about Mac problems".

      Last OSCON I saw macs fail 3-4 times in a week, with a wwhole variety of problems.

      And the common thread seemed to be people telling me "Please don't tell anyone that my Mac broke".
      • Funny you should say that. I noticed a few years ago that there seemed to be a sharp increase in the "my mac broke" blog entries. I even mentioned this fact at some point here, though I can't find it now.

        I've never really believed the whole "mac hardware is better" meme. Not only that, I've pretty much reached the "mac hardware is unreliable" stage and it's one of the reasons I've avoided buying one.

        • I've never really believed the whole "mac hardware is better" meme.

          I've been using Macs for 22 years, and the only problems I've ever had are component failure (which happens on any computer), and HFS (regular, Extended, Journaling, whatever) corruption problems. I've repaired lots and lots of corrupted HFS volumes over the years.

          The annoying thing is, when you're debugging a crash combined with HFS corruption, you really can't tell if the corruption caused the crash or the crash caused the corrupti

          • "I've been using Macs for 22 years, and the only problems I've ever had are component failure (which happens on any computer), and HFS (regular, Extended, Journaling, whatever) corruption problems."

            So, we're pretty much talking about motherboards, cpu's and hard drives.

            Motherboards

            I've never had a motherboard fail, nor known anyone who had. The only motherboard failures I've even heard about were caused by lightning strikes or maybe a shoddy piece of hardware bought from an expo, but even that's rare from what I can gather from the blogosphere.

            CPU's

            I've never had one fail, nor known anyone who had. The only failures I've heard about were caused by AMD overclocking experiments gone awry or fan/HVAC failures. Nothing to do with the CPU itself, per se.

            Hard Drives

            This is the only component that you typically hear about PC users having problems with, though I never have personally even though I've used cheap ass Maxtors my whole life. I rarely hear about other users having problems with theirs, unless they're Windows users who haven't defragged their hard drive in three years. Even then the drive is usually fine - they just have to reinstall the OS.

            Hard drive failure seems to be the main issue for Macs these days, but I've also read plenty of blog entries on various component issues, ranging anywhere from cd rom issues, to weak hinges, to complete LCD failure on laptops.

            • "Hard Drives

              This is the only component that you typically hear about PC users having problems with, though I never have personally [...]"

              Clearly you don't have enough storage then! :-)

              If you have ~20 drives you are more likely to have a failure every other year than if you have 3.

              Of course who'd be silly enough to have 20+ disks (not counting servers in the datacenter). uuh, nevermind.

                - ask
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              -- ask bjoern hansen [askbjoernhansen.com], !try; do();