More of a self-reminder than anything else, here are two recent Apple MacBook issues and their respective solutions:
Josh VanTassel’s MacBook
- Issue: When attempting to boot up, after the initial gray screen, a black screen with the message “Error : non-system disk. Press any key to reboot.” appears and will not go away without a force-reboot.
- Resolution: Resetting the PRAM or SMC did nothing. After several attempts to start up from a backup Tiger CD failed, I was able to successfully start up from an actual Leopard CD. I could not re-install the system using that disc, since the MacBook was (at the last time of working properly) running 10.4 Tiger. What I could do was manual set the default “Startup Disk” to the correct 10.4 Tiger installation. After doing so and rebooting, the machine turned on with no problems. To ensure a complete repair, I ran Software Update and Cocktail.
- Probable Cause: Josh had previously asked a friend to set up BootCamp on his system (including partitioning his drive). Somehow the MacBook had become confused about which volume to start to and simply kept attempting to start from the empty Windows-formatted partition.
h4. Jodie Cortez's MacBook
- Issue: For several months, Jodie's MacBook has been having intermittent and consistent Wi-Fi issues. Webpages load crazy slow, if at all; streaming movies stutter and eventually stop entirely; and after resetting the local Airport base station or the MacBook's Networking settings, the MacBook gets full signal for several minutes then immediately drops to 2 bars and below.
- Resolution: After having the Apple Store Genius Bar replace the Airport card, performing an "Archive and Install" and still not find the problem, the issue was eventually resolved by performing a complete "Erase and Install" of Leopard 10.5 (backing up all of the important data through Time Machine first, of course). The important part: After re-doing the system, I did NOT install the 10.5.2, 10.5.3 or the 10.5.4 updates. When I did initially, the problem returned and I had to re-re-install the entire system.
- Probable Cause: It seems that there is an issue with 10.5.2 (and possibly beyond) that causes the wireless slowdown on the MacBook model. I am unsure of exactly why or which models it effects, but this is most definitely the issue. I am able to install all of the other Apple updates and not encounter the problem
Time Machine Drive Transfer
- Issue: I have a new 1TB external hard-drive and I want to transfer my current Time Machine backups from an older 500GB drive.
- Resolution: Several online articles (including Apple's, I believe) suggested using Disk Utility to handle this. After one failed attempt (which took like 6 hours to near-completion and then fail), I instead used the third-party tool SuperDuper, which worked amazingly ... though it did take more than 9 hours to transfer the data.
- Brittany's iBook G3
- Yesterday I fixed an iBook for Brittany Kopp:ProblemSeconds after startup (before the ‘chime’) a Kernel Panic would occur, forcing Brittany to restart the machine. Diagnosis Could be an issue with a startup item, a corrupted font, or a something similar. It might be a hardware issue (i.e. memory failure), so it would be good to try booting ...
- Leopard, here I come
- So, I’ve got my new 160 GB hard-drive, directions on how to swap it out on my MacBook, a nice tutorial on using Disk Utility to create a bootable backup (or I might end up using SuperDuper), and if everything goes well, my copy of Leopard tonight. Looks I am all set to get ...
- It has its Ups and Downs
- 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. ...
- Lucie's iBook G4
- Yesterday I fixed an iTunes issue for Lucie Bazin:ProblemLucie had added several CDs of music to her iTunes but after she restarted, none of them were showing up in the Library. Also, she originally put music on her 2nd Gen iPod nano with a PC and now that she was trying to synchronize with her ...
- Wireless Woes
- For the past few weeks I have been experiencing an issue with my MBP not properly connecting to wireless networks immediately after a restart or on opening from Sleep mode. Most times, the Airport menulet would indicate full strength, but a quick ping test in Terminal confirmed that no actual network connectivity was happening. I searched ...