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Dgysy
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May 14, 2002, 10:28 AM
 
Being new to the Mac world, it seems to me that Mac's are moody computers.

Two days ago I booted up my 933Mhz Powermac G4, I couldn't get an Airport connection and when I tried to get into System Preferences, I couldn't get into certain aspects of it, or it would take extraordinarily long.

I shutdown in exasperation figuring I'd deal with it the next day, yesterday I boot up and everything works like a charm again!

Yesterday morning I'm trying to print something from the net on my FP iMac, and when I would try printing I got a message that "printing unexpectedly quit".

After rebooting a few times and still having the same problem I tried to get into Sherlock and the same thing happened! it just kept quitting.

This morning I get onto the iMac and everything is working fine as if nothing was ever wrong!

At least everything turned out ok but it sure is interesting.
     
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May 14, 2002, 12:00 PM
 
A freind of mine bought a new Alfa Romeo GTV Spider a few years ago...every time he got into the car something would work 'differently' or would be playing up...

He took it to the dealer, the conversation went something like this:

Friend: Hello, I'm here to sort out the faults with my car...
Dealer: Faults what faults? *acts offended!*
Friend: Well, The fact that things keep going wrong...
*dealer cuts him off and says with a knowing smile*
Dealer: They are not faults, They are 'CHARACTER'!

I guess the same applies to your Mac...perhaps a good stern talking to it will do the trick...and don't let it answer back! I find the threat of a clean install usually brings my dualie back into line!

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May 14, 2002, 12:30 PM
 
Tell your Mac that you'll buy it some new RAM if it behaves.

Fred's been behaving extreamly well ever since I resolved to upgrade his proccessor with a Harmoni Card, and get him a Firewire port
     
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May 14, 2002, 12:32 PM
 
your Sig is WAY to big. Please edit....
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May 14, 2002, 02:44 PM
 
Macs tend to have their own personality. I was telling someone the other day that my B&W450 was jealous of me getting a new Ti800. It kept quitting out of Netscape and stuff... but the minute I got my new TiBook it stopped. I think my B&W is in love or something (I know I am).

I have found that if you are having any problems most of the time it is because things have been running too long, and require a restart. Also, if you've been using/installing things on your computer for several months/years you might be in store for a nice clean install. I have found that after several months of installing/deleting stuff things tend to get slower and have "moody" issues. By reinstalling everything you can get yourself a like new computer without the cost of shipping.

-Todd...

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May 14, 2002, 11:17 PM
 
If you're using OS 9 you need to reboot every day or two. It's the nature of the beast.

If you're using OS 10, you're playing with the silicon equivalent (well ok, maybe that's not the best analogy!) of Britney Spears of the computer world - the sexiest thing on the market, but much younger than it/she looks.

I could go on with the BS analogies - ie: the lickable factor of Aqua, etc but i think you get the point. Just somethings to keep in mind when trying to understand MacWorld. Overall, it's sometimes a choice between maturity and stability.

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May 15, 2002, 12:05 AM
 
Funny, my computer's not "moody" at all. Maybe you need to use a few more Macs before you arrive through induction that every Mac behaves the same way. OS X is very consistent on my PowerBook G3 (as is true for most of my friends' machines) and if I were you I would start looking for some real answers before giving up and proclaiming my computer (and therefore every Macintosh in existence, apparently) "moody".
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May 15, 2002, 01:51 AM
 
My computer is moody.. sometimes it's stable other times it beachballs me like a *****.

Sometimes it crashes a lot, other times it runs days on hand without any problems...

most recently for no reason some days I can print some I can't. one time no matter how many times I rebooted it wouldn't print the next day (leaving it on that night) it was fine.
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May 15, 2002, 09:56 PM
 
Yes, please continue with the Britney stuff...


Originally posted by SpeedRacer:
<STRONG>If you're using OS 9 you need to reboot every day or two. It's the nature of the beast.

If you're using OS 10, you're playing with the silicon equivalent (well ok, maybe that's not the best analogy!) of Britney Spears of the computer world - the sexiest thing on the market, but much younger than it/she looks.

I could go on with the BS analogies - ie: the lickable factor of Aqua, etc but i think you get the point. Just somethings to keep in mind when trying to understand MacWorld. Overall, it's sometimes a choice between maturity and stability.

Speed</STRONG>
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May 19, 2002, 03:40 AM
 
I've found through VAST* (since 1984) experience that coming to terms with your Mac takes about 3 months from incept date.

Meaning: juggling all the extensions, tweaking all the apps to where you want them, and getting everyone to agree to agree (plus a judicious amount of real memory) will eventually settle your little beast down to a sleek, well-nourished silicon-based organism.

--Nick

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May 19, 2002, 08:18 PM
 
yep. my mac had PMS the monent i installed Quark.

that's right! the...

PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM !!!
     
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May 21, 2002, 02:17 AM
 
Originally posted by gumby5647:
<STRONG>your Sig is WAY to big. Please edit....</STRONG>
What are you talking about?...It adds character....
     
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May 21, 2002, 03:34 AM
 


That pretty much sums up how moody my computer is.
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May 23, 2002, 01:47 AM
 
Originally posted by Dgysy:
<STRONG>Being new to the Mac world, it seems to me that Mac's are moody computers.

Two days ago I booted up my 933Mhz Powermac G4, I couldn't get an Airport connection and when I tried to get into System Preferences, I couldn't get into certain aspects of it, or it would take extraordinarily long.

I shutdown in exasperation figuring I'd deal with it the next day, yesterday I boot up and everything works like a charm again!

Yesterday morning I'm trying to print something from the net on my FP iMac, and when I would try printing I got a message that "printing unexpectedly quit".

After rebooting a few times and still having the same problem I tried to get into Sherlock and the same thing happened! it just kept quitting.

This morning I get onto the iMac and everything is working fine as if nothing was ever wrong!

At least everything turned out ok but it sure is interesting.</STRONG>

I got you beat. More than once my Mac would not allow certain users on it. One time, I invited my date back to my place and I was going to let her play with OS X but my computer just wouldn't behave. No matter how many times I rebooted her (the computer), I kept getting glitches. Another time, I had some cousins (that I didn't want to use my computer) over that wanted to play the games I had on my Mac, and once again, I rebooted a bunch of times, but to no avail, so I shut her down. Once they left, I started her up and everything was peachy. She haven't done anything like that since but then again. So far, it seems like dates and annoying relatives are the only ones she doesn't like.
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May 23, 2002, 05:45 AM
 
Hum... Macs have an artificial intelligence...
They have feelings (get jealous of other computers/people)...
Sense the feelings/anxiety of their owners...

wow - Apple is very ahead of it's time! We best make sure Apple doesn't design a PowerBook with legs or we might have our computers hunting us down when when we go on dates/neglect them.

-Todd...
     
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May 23, 2002, 07:04 AM
 
My Macs have behaved real well since I got divorced. Still every once in a great while they will "glitch" just to keep me on my toes.

Not near as bad as my Windows and Linux boxes though. Step out of line with them and it is hours or days of sheer agony.

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May 23, 2002, 02:32 PM
 
Originally posted by Shaktai:
<STRONG>My Macs have behaved real well since I got divorced. Still every once in a great while they will "glitch" just to keep me on my toes.

Not near as bad as my Windows and Linux boxes though. Step out of line with them and it is hours or days of sheer agony.

[ 05-23-2002: Message edited by: Shaktai ]</STRONG>
I think you Windows and Linux boxes are just throwing a temper trantum. You don't spend enough time with them.
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May 24, 2002, 06:46 AM
 
I wonder how the macs who spent several years in storage feel like now.

Make this worse: If they were in storage, and when you brought it out, it saw a dell in the place where it used to be

[ 05-24-2002: Message edited by: Mac Zealot ]
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May 24, 2002, 04:48 PM
 
YIKES! Imagine what My 512K will think when I bring home my new Ti800!! Maybe she'll start working better, trying to impress the new sexy lady in the house. Then again, it might just have a heart attack and die once I bring her in... Do they make Viagra for computers?

-Todd...

Note: Wintel machines I think are moody too... think about how many times they get fedup with their users and go into a temper tantrum (ie Blue Screen of Death).
     
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May 25, 2002, 12:34 AM
 
They are very temperamental... each has a personality.

Once you get to know them, and they get to know you, it's all good.

The G4, 5500 and iMac now behave beautifully - never a crash, whether in OS9 or OSX (the 5500 is always in 9, as you can imagine...)

The dual 1GHz arrived yesterday, and so far has had one kernel panic, and a very hard crash... I don't know what her deal is, but I'll have her sorted pretty soon.
     
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May 27, 2002, 08:00 PM
 
ARG (aka aby) is very good to me, I got her RAM upgrades, and even a massive 120 gig drive. She was happy... but for the past months or so, I can't use my network at a decent speed. It is going through the modem, to some place in singapore, then to jamaca, then to ausiland, and back here to Canada... not really, but all network traffic is being sent through the dsl modem. Never did this before, but over a period of a couple of days she ended up like this.

I think I should get Aby another upgrade. What, a GeForce 4 TI???
     
   
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