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  1. Fair warning - stay away from OS X if you do serious stuff

    That's a good tip, but really, it's completely ridiculous that you have to resort to such extreme measures for something this simple. I could fix this with an install disc and 4 minutes in Linux and I'm quite certain the same holds true for windows. This is, not surprisingly, in stark contrast to what the Apple marketing department would have you believe, that this truly is the most advanced OS in the world and consequently more stable than others. I don't have the time these days to muck about with things as lengthy as mirroring disks and doing checksums to avoid truly killing off all my files etc before writing it back etc. simply to fix what ought to be fixable by a boot-CD as it is in every other OS. I expect to set up a system and have it functioning at least 6 months - especially so when you pay a premium for the Macbooks (Don't get me wrong, I don't expect sultan-like treatment here, merely what I can get elsewhere and on cheaper laptops). That and the fact that the MBP runs like a nuclear reactor whenever I run anything else than OS X just pisses me off. This is due to Apple's complete neglience of the BIOS-mode, had they only allowed you to select which card to use in BIOS mode things wouldv'e been fine, but I guess this way they can further perpetrate the myth of OS X being inherently superior to other OS's. Failing that, at least they could've implemented the newest UEFI mode thus allowing Windows to be installed in EFI mode. Anyway, I have a cheaper laptop laying about which I'll be making do with for my day-to-day work, it's slower and the screen certainly isn't on par with the MBP - but at least it won't up and die on me for no reason. I'm currently going to sell the macbook if I can, I've certainly had my fill and the only Apples I'm having from now on are of the sort that goes into an apple pie. (Mind you, in fairness, while it *ran* in OS X it ran pretty well) PS! I'm certainly not harshing on you at all, in fact, I thank you for the tip given and certainly hope that it will benefit others (well, I hope they'll never encounter this problem, but if they do...) -- anyway, it's just hard not to feel immensely disappointed in how poorly this is handled by Apple. "Please reinstall your system" as a solution to a problem is something I'd only expect to hear in Redmond...
  2. Ok. Let me get the formalities out of the way. This happened to me using a legitimate macbook pro 17" (around 5,1 - basically the first gen 17" alu MBP which supports 8gb ram) running a fully updated copy of OS X snow leopard. I rarely reboot my system and I guess it's been at least 14 days since I last did so, I don't because in addition to running OS X I have two virtual machines (XP and Linux) on which I do most of my actual work due to various things ranging from preferences to the tools either not functioning or being available on OS X to begin with. (On that note, I'm studying at a university to become a programmer -- being a developer on OS X sucks a bit) Anyway, tonight I attempted a reboot to reach my actual bootcamp windows installation only to be greeted by the Apple logo (GRRRRR forgot to hold down the option key, AGAIN!) and then a curious symbol, the international no symbol, as in the symbol you usually see in no smoking zones. So I had a hop over to Apple's support pages and did the happy keyboard dance to try and kick some sense into the system. I had more fun trying a verbose bootup only to find it looping a "still waiting for root device" error. I've played around a little with an eSata external disc these past days and since OS X boots based on GUUID's I'm thinking that *might* be what confused my dear little retarded OS X installation, but truly I am at a loss as to what it is. I do know that had I the space to spare, I could attempt an "Archive and Install" in which case it would move the existing install somewhere else on the disc and install a fresh copy of OS X --- But I don't. Unlike Windows and especially Linux, it seems that if your OS X is having a little hic-up, you're dead in the water as there's no recovery readily available, unless you permanently set aside a good chunk of harddrive space to hold an auxiliary copy of OS X should it crash on itself. Thus I'm now forced to begin carving out my files from within the Windows install, that very OS which receives so much hate and laughter from most Apple fans will now be what's going to pull my ass out of the fire as OS X is convinced that my system is absent harddrives. I'm only happy that I can actually get my files out as I actually code a bit on the side for a job not to mention the notes I accumulate as a result of the courses I'm following as well as past ones. Suffice it to say, reboots killing my system isn't something I'm accustomed to, in fact, I haven't every tried this before save one time with a Windows 98 system. Let's dwell on that a moment, a Windows-frigging-98 install has done the same thing - nothing else -- never another windows install and certainly never a Linux install. It's all well and fine should you discount this entire story as one big rant from an Apple hater - but I urge you to at least take measures to protect your things as the system you use clearly isn't as stable as it's being praised to be. Now I'm off to the intarwebz, seems I need to make time to rescue my files off this computer and figure out what sort of OS I should now run on this macbook....
  3. Windows Vista, MBP Unibody, No sound! :/

    Update Now I have audio (courtesy of "Vista_Win7_R229.zip" - available at http://uploading.com/files/Y0GNO1V5/Vista_..._R229.zip.html) ANYWAY.. The audio crackles like hell and it's absolutely unbearable.. What should I do ?
  4. Ubuntu on Aluminium Macbook?

    Hey, I'm sort of dealing with RSI so forgive me if I'm being brief. Install guide for Ubuntu 9.04, OS X and Vista 1) Partition the first 4( primary, OS-holding) partitions BEFORE attempting to install an OS ( OS X excluded) 2) Ensure that windows resides on the fourth (the LAST PRIMARY) partition 3) Run GPT Sync from rEFIt 4) Install Windows Vista 5) Install bootcamp drivers 6) Install Linux - Ensure that Grub is installed on the root partition ! XFS(filesystem) won't work, ext3, ext2 AND ext4 does, however (recommend EXT4) 7) Add Mactel PPA (Custom packages) * Get the key for the repository here: http://keyserver.ubuntu.com:11371/pks/look...DB7F87A2B97B7B8 * Copy the contents (including the beginning and ending of the PGP block) to a text-file, say mactel.key * Add the key (terminal): sudo apt-key add mactel.key 8) Install Mactel-supplied Macbook pro drivers: * sudo apt-get install applesmc-dkms bcm5974-dkms mbp-nvidia-bl-dkms nvidia-bl-dkms 9) Fix sound: * Sound via speakers won't work - but anything via minijack (headset) will by doing this: Add "options snd_hda_intel model=mbp3" to the file /etc/module/options --- Reboot for this to take effect 10) TrackPad works - I can copy my settings for you if you want 11) Done - from here you can write some scripts to control fans, backlight, brightness and such Let me put it like this: I use Linux on the MBP all-day and aside from it running a little hot, everything works flawlessly - AFTER TWEAKING. ( heat is due to bootcamp and the Apple-insistance of using the biggest GFX-card WITHOUT the possibility of changing this - The same as what makes Vista hot). Anyway, if you have some Linux experience I can elaborate a bit and help you, the end result is a Working OS with everything working great. The trackpad sure works better than it does in Windows (two-finger scroll, nice responsiveness etc)
  5. Hello everyone. Usually I run Linux for everything, but I'll be attending a new semester soon which will *require* use of a slew of windows programs for coding and such, so I'm sitting with a tri-boot setup at the moment. This has worked before, but this Vista install has left me with no sound, I have the realtek drivers, they report every time I plug/unplug a headset into the laptop. But no sound. I've tried everything, downloading several Boot Camp driver packs, manually installing drivers using the Drivers=>Apple=>BootCamp64.msi installer. I've tried launching the Realtek installer manually too and everything *seems* to work (the Sigmatel driver doesn't, but I don't know if that's just for older Macs).. Anyway.. I'm soundless.. Any tips ? Linux and OS X both have sound so it's not a HW issue. It's just one more excellent example of windows compatibility I'm afraid :/
  6. Mac users' opinion on Hackintoshs

    Most people said it already, but yea. I'll chip in I looked at OS X briefly on a normal desktop PC and sometime later I bought a Macbook (non-pro). I purged the PC of OS X way before that so you can't really say one lead to the other. Subsequently (3 months later) I traded the macbook in for a DeLL laptop which has been my great love Recently I was contemplating on which laptop to select for study purposes, as my "main" laptop runs Linux, and will stay that way. I was close to getting a Macbook Pro with the highest configuration they had (save the ram, but screen-wise, cpu etc, you bet) -- I didn't and I went ahead and got another DeLL laptop instead. What I'm trying to say here is. If you ever encounter a Mac user who scoffs at your hackingtosh, then disregard him. He's obviously either not competent enough to build one of his own or maybe he's trying to justify that obscene amount of cash he forked over for what is basically off-the-shelf hardware. Take a look around. Apple laptops suffer from just as many (if not more) glaring issues than medium to high range Dells, Lenovo's and Sony's. You aren't getting sub-par hardware when going with a respected PC vendor (and not getting their absolute bottom-end lappy/desktop), you're only getting a sub-par os. That's really the cream, the justification, isn't it ? Not many like XP, it's horribly outdated and not very stable in the long term. Vista is suffering from a lot of Phone-home software that interferes with your privacy and it hogs resouces - two things people *don't* like. That's probably why the Macs are so popular now, people seek an alternative to Windows. Whether or not they do so via Apple's store or OSX86 shouldn't really count. As for me, personally, OS X was ok'ish, it certainly was quick to boot and quite stable. But it felt like a watered-down Linux to me so I went back to what *I* like. And to each his own! In summary: Don't let them tell you that it's only a question of money. If you really wanted the most expensive laptop available, you'd take an Alienware anyway -- Oh, and use whatever works for ya!
  7. I don't really doubt Nvidia on the whole. As an avid Linux user I don't think I have an ATI chipset in the house (stops and thinks it over), I have: 1 Intel GMA950 1 Intel X3100 1 Nvidia 7800GTX GO (laptop) 1 Nvidia 8600GS 1 Nvidia 8800GT 1 Nvidia 8800GTX But the thing is, if the chips they've made aren't quite good for laptop-use. Then it's a problem, and if I invest in a Macbook Pro I can't have it running for just 3 years. It might not be my main PC after a while, but being a student means a Macbook Pro is a serious investment - so I'll at least want it to work as an extra machine Then there's the issue of competition, AMD/ATI is having a really hard time right now and I wouldn't like to see them die as that would generally lead to a rise in hardware costs as intel would have a monopoly on CPU's and Nvidia would have a monopoly on high-end GPU's. Coupled with the fact that ATI delivers mobile cards like the ATI Mobility 3870 which is faster than the 8600M I'd say that this wouldn't be a bad route at all. It would benefit the market overall (and I'm sure Apple is interested in cheap hardware prices as well) and we as customers would be assured that our laptop GPU chips wouldn't die off after a year or so.
  8. KDE 4.1 Beta 2: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

    vaporATX: I'm guessing you don't like OS X much then, huh ? Other then that, I don't know whether to agree of disagree with you. Personally I can't seem to remember the seemingly arbitrary switches that console applications use. And I always seem to forget the majority of the key-combo's in VI (and I actually find that VI gets more in my way than your average text editor like Gedit, Scribes, Kate or Kedit). Anyway, that said. I'll have to say that yea, one of the beauties of Linux in particular is the ability to automate tasks via cronjobs, init scripts and what have you. That's primarily why I love apps which does implement a cli interface for every aspect of it's function where it makes sense to do so.
  9. KDE 4.1 Beta 2: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

    Well, I haven't been much of a fan since KDE 2.x (which looked bloody brilliant, especially with a few easy colour changes). After that, I felt the system sounds as well as the themes drove me off. It looks hidious imho, I blame Plastik for setting the mood :/ So, I went on to Gnome, then to fluxbox, then back to Gnome and that's where I'm staying if I'm looking for a full-blown DE - although flux can be pretty sweet too if you take the time to set it up. Anyway. I'm pretty sure a lot of us Gnome people are actually looking at KDE4 and thinking "Whoa! They finally conjured up something decent to look at!" and as dumb as that may sound. I think KDE4 can become hugely popular once the kinks are worked out and consequently gain the userbase that the devs hope for. Do I want to be using beta-quality software for me primary DE ? Hell no, I'd get furious if a DE crashed on me even once. But do I want to have a look at it around 4.2 ? You bet I do! And to the useability complaint I've seen equally as many complain that KDE has way too many buttons exposed and that it looks a bit messy like that (not to mention the Toys 'R Us themes they have) - that's actually why most of the people I show Linux to will pick Gnome. KDE4 though, seems to have thinned out the horde of buttons somewhat, now I appreciate the fact that this is a huge shift in strategy for KDE devs and that this will probably alienate parts of its existing userbase. But don't you think there's something more to the decline of KDE and the rise of Gnome than simply the fact that it's being shipped by Ubuntu ? Back in the day, we had KDE-centric and Gnome-centric distributions and to my memory, KDE was somewhat in the lead back then. Both SuSE and Mandrake (Mandriva) had their primary emphasis on KDE while Red Hat focused on Gnome (but made every effort to also ship a solid KDE environment). This would suggest that most people would choose KDE and that Gnome wouldn't really be used. But that's just not true at all. Even though SuSE and Mandrake were hugely popular back then, Gnome was still very much in use. What I'm saying is, maybe the decline of KDE is that it hasn't really been able to move much since 3.0-3.1 wheras Gnome has made a lot of progress in many neat areas over the time. Gnome has effectively taken the Mac approach (I'd even say they've outdone Apple) in making everything very easy for the user. Over the years nearly every single highlight of every Gnome release I've seen have been some new features which really just made a given task that much easier. Seeing as the road KDE has gone down hasn't really given them a larger fanbase, quite the opposite, is it not sensible that they want to try something new ? Just my 2 cents which, as always, come with a truckload of letters :/
  10. KDE 4.1 Beta 2: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

    Alessandro17: Meh. One thing is broken and bloated code. On that note, if the devs claim it's there I think we should either get into the project or at least trust their judgement, after all, it's their work, they should know best Secondly, the major shift which started this rewrite was that QT changed from 3.X to 4.X and with that came a lot of architectural changes that requires a lot of work to the KDE codebase. See, the KDE team relies heavily on QT and they simply don't have the people to maintain the 3.X line indefinitely so the switch is bound to happen. In that light, I think it's wise of them to throw in almost all of their development power on getting KDE QT4 ready. While doing that, they reviewed QT4 and looked at what they could do with these new features as well as trying different approaches to the solutions used for KDE3 which might be kind of dated. Suffice it to say, KDE4 is the result of a rewrite which HAD to happen sooner or later. The road might be a little bumpy, but not everything can be handled incrementally. Other examples include: 2.4 => 2.6, GTK1=>GTK2, OSS=>Alsa, ESD/ARTS => PulseAudio and so on.
  11. Getting a Macbook Pro

    Yup, it'll be just about as easy to do as on a completely free system named Linux (even the syntax: smb://IP ).
  12. Biting the bullet

    It seems that every foreigner I discuss this with hasn't noticed any layout changes, but I've talked with some countrymen about it and they recognize the change. So it might simply just be our particular layout :/ Anyway, I got some suggestions on molding the layout inside OS X somewhat. But I don't know, right now I'm also contemplating the Ubuntu Studio 17 which sports the same resolution and even if not better specs across the board along with a better GFX card and 4 years of both replacement warranty and accident coverages. So I don't know, it's either that or waiting for the next Macbook Pro line, because I'm not too hot about the Nvidia 8600M chips :/
  13. 2012: The Year The Internet Ends

    I'll somewhat agree. If unmotivated, they might not want to. But if the regular media keeps feeding them {censored} and they start feeling cut off from the truth, that would lead people into being angry. As someone mentioned earlier ( I thought it wise), if you make people angry, they'll try to fix their problems I mean, all it would require are a few operators of these nets and the common person can just chip in a little, for him or her it's really not going to pose any significant configuration problems. You could simply charge them for a router which you preconfigure to pick up the signal, they'd then turn it on and plug an RJ45 cable from the router to the PC and they're on Anyway, I'm just stating that if the ISP's don't tread very carefully, they'll have a full-blown rebellion on their hands. While we might not be able to replace the overcharging mechanic down by the corner, we sure can replace the ISP's. Anyway. I still hope that you yanks try to bring the problem to the attention of your politicians. Politicians in general aren't necessarily evil, they're just humans, and humans cannot know everything about every field of life, that's why they need your help Just don't be ringing on their doorbells at midnight only to howl "The end is near! The end is near!" when they actually open the door or you'll risk them writing you off as a complete lunatic.
  14. 2012: The Year The Internet Ends

    I know big posts scare people for some reason. But before you guys jump to conclusions and all agree with eachother, I'll once more stress that I've listed working solutions in post 69 which clearly states that it's perfectly possible to create private nets and it's not expensive in any way. I'm tempted to steal a headline from Microsoft (they misused it though).. Get the facts
  15. Ok, I'll have to try it once more then. Although Arch is my platform of choice now I'll certainly fire up VmWare or Virtualbox to have a look (thanks for the heads up though, had kinda lost the hope that they'd fix it)