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It has its Ups and Downs

Posted on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006 under Life | No comments

Wow! It's been awhile since I put anything here. Don't blame me ... the fault lies with that dang Illustrative. and all the bass-playing I have been doing. Despite my best efforts, I can only either stay productive and complete projects on time (which makes my clients love me) or blog, rss, draw, and socialize. Even if it is my dream to be a bass-playing, artist, designer, etc., etc., etc. ... I only have so much time during the day. (sigh)

The real reason for the title of this post, though ... not that long ago (it still seems like yesterday), my amazing workhorse of a machine, an Aluminum 12" Powerbook G4, decided that it was time to call it quits. To the best of my knowledge, the hard-drive suffered from a temporary anomaly that was only present until after I had done the extensive repair of swapping out the hard-dive with George (my external media USB hard-drive). After the swap, I took an ENTIRE night to set up my machine and software on the new drive ... only to have that drive completely die the following day! Agh! Sadly enough, I am still not 100% sure if the problem is logicboard related or if it is just a coincidence between the two drives. So, not knowing and need to get back on track from about a week of not moving forward with Illustrative. business, I decided to take the plunge financially and pick up a new MacBook. I know! In spite of the emmense amount of depression I was facing because of my sick Mac, I am still really excited about new white baby. It's a 1.83 Ghz with soon-to-be 2 GBs of RAM ... so the lowest end model (but still a beauty!).

By the way, here are some of the steps I took in trying to repair my Mac, since it is a good idea to write down such procedures (in the event that it can be useful later on):
  1. Open Activity Viewer and see if you can spot any wayward apps/services.
  2. Close all applications, and if necessary turn off any system-altering third-party applications.
  3. Disconnect any peripherals or network drives.
  4. Shut down and reboot.
  5. Shut down and try rebooting in Safe Mode, Verbose Mode, and/or Single-User Mode.
  6. Shut down and try reseting the PRAM and/or PMU.
  7. Insert the System Install/Restore disc, hold down the OPTION key on restart and run the Apple Hardware Test.
  8. Remove any third-party memory sticks.
  9. Reboot from an external drive, hold down the OPTION key to choose the drive.
  10. Run Open Firmware on reboot by holding down COMMAND+OPTION+O+F and when prompted type "mac-boot".
  11. If possible, see if the drive cable is seated properly.

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