Macbook Quick Fix

Thought I would share a solution to a problem I recently encountered with my Macbook. The issue I had was that the disc drive (or superdrive, as they call it) wouldn’t hold CDs. It would accept them for about ten seconds and then eject them again. I trawled forums for a quite a while and most of them seemed pretty negative, suggesting that the drive would need to be replaced etc., until I found the following advice and it worked.

Open System Preferences, under the CDs and DVDs pane, change a couple of the options as to how the computer should react when you put in a disc.

And that’s it. A ridiculously easy fix, but it worked for me. Hopefully, something this simple will work for you too! Of course, there’s no guarantee, but good luck!

All In The Clear

Good News!

So it turns out reinstalling Snow Leopard from the install dvd does have a hidden ‘archive and install’ and it goes one better, literally returning your mac to the exact working condition it was in prior to the reinstall. This is of course a massive relief and worth mentioning for anyone else having the same problem. Therefore, my answer to anyone suffering a seemingly incurable Kernel Panic is:

Boot from the install DVD (hold ‘alt’ as the computer starts up and select the disc drive to boot from) For the record, I was actually using the upgrade Snow Leopard disc – the £25 version.

Follow through all steps without changing settings on the ‘customisation’ tab.

Wait about an hour while it installs etc.

Restart and it should automatically boot from the hard drive now. With a bit of luck your computer will be restored to it’s working state. This was my solution, I hope it works for you if you are unfortunate enough to suffer a similar experience. If it doesn’t and you lose everything – I can’t take any responsibility! Have fun with your macs.

Head against the wall

It might sound like the title to Tori Black’s next movie, but it’s actually named after something much less hands on and considerably less enjoyable.

Driven crazy this evening by my Macbook’s wonderful attempt at updating itself using Mac’s own “software update”. It informed me it needed a restart, I assented, a short while later and a message pops up stating the ‘updates couldn’t be installed’.

Hmmm…curious. Still, the only option was to restart so I did. Except it didn’t.

Instead, my Macbook thought it could inflict maximum stress anger and annoyance upon me by freezing on the grey boot up screen. This is apparently called a Kernel Panic. And it’s extremely extremely frustrating.

After trawling a thousand forums in search of the truth, or at least a solution to my little problem, I decided I would be forced to reinstall Snow Leopard. What a pain.

But it get’s worse. In their genius (they’re so clever they even go to Genius Bars), the people at Apple (I’m assuming they’re people) decided to forego the previous option of what they call “Archive and Installing” – a method that formats your drive without deleting your documents – assuring the user that it’s still happening “behind the scenes”.

When you’re doing something as dramatic as formatting your Hard Drive you don’t want anything going on ‘behind the scenes’ – I’ve used that excuse myself in college and it never is true.

Fingers crossed when I restart my Macbook in a few minutes there is some means of recovering data. Fingers crossed too that my Macbook does actually start after this format. Finally, fingers and toes crossed that Apple kindly remove their head from whatever dark orifice it’s residing in and sort out the glaring flaws in their software that have been steadily growing in number with each new release. Gone are the days of perfection?