Now it takes a lot to get me going. But when I hear a “grrrr” sound form my laptop my heart tends to stop beating. Then I can’t decide if I want to cry or punch someone in the face or whatever. So I did what every tech guy does try’s to recall from memory how to boot your Mac into the Emergency Diagnostic Mode. Which led me to the Manual that came with my laptop which in turn had me put in my restore CD and hold down the option key.
I decided Dinner was a better option while it ran this test but nobody had any sympathy to offer me. “Your the computer whiz you can fix it” I deal with other people’s computer problems daily. Most of the time they are simple fixes and I would love to present them with a RTFM sticker or a “You are an Idiot” sticker. Upon coming back to the test I find this wonderful little thing in the bottom right hand corner.
ERROR CODE**ERROR CODE***
ERROR CODE**ERROR CODE***
Upon research I have found this little page How To Solve The Problem
Which basically says a format and a clean install. Well truth be told I haven’t been up on my backups. I have most of the Podcasts backed up and my purchased music all but a few mostly the free songs that are garbage anyways. But all my text documents, e-mails, address book contacts are lost.
I did find this company
Currently my laptop has an 80GB 5400 RPM drive now to replace with that model is $245 I can get a 100GB for $295 now I have to decide if it is worth it to rebuild the address book from scratch. Most of my school work is backed up onto Pen Drives and onto gMail. Buddy Lists are hosted elsewhere the website is still up. The only major loss is time of having to redownload everything.
Now I am a bit content right now the question is do I attempt a HDD replacement myself and have to start installing everything the old way. I have done 4 laptop hard drive replacements in my lifetime. All on Windows Machines from my work at Best Buy. Some scary as hell. The scarriest was this fairly new SONY Laptop where I had to take the screen apart to get access to screws that held the keyboard in that was attached by a tiny tiny wire that I broke on accident that I had to resolder and pray to whatever higher being out there that it would work. I had an HP that just was involed 4 screws and a pat on the back. I have yet to Google how to take apart my powerbook. I think it will involve a trip to the speciality store get a special screwdriver.
I am sending off a Quote Request to those folks at Mac Service because they will just put the old HDD info on the new one. All I really want back is the Music, Address Book, E-Mails and iCal which I have been migrating (slowly) to 30Boxes.com but I feel like I lost a friend.
People bash me for being a Mac user. But I just point out their ignorance for being a Windows XP user and not having to deal with such software issues of Virus’s.
But WAIT! My address Book is on my iPOD! =) The miracle of thought. Recent as of 3/4/05. One less hassel to deal with later. Though me being scared shitless will still take it’s toll on the dry cleaner.
Now I am off to cry as I send off a request for a quote and look at my options and cry that I have to pay for service. Something that people normally pay me for because I really don’t want to take the risk but still would be good to learn.
Fucking Karma I shouldn’t have been negative yesterday. Which I wanted to do a podcast about which now I can’t so now I am bitching. FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK.
Where is that post about getting laid to reduce stress?