An Epic Windows/Mac Story

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by XboxEvolved, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. XboxEvolved macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2004
    So I have an old 2001 PowerMac G4 466Mhz 384MB and it has for the most part been at least a steady comp, allowing me to do simple Photoshop tasks, Word, mail, internet, etc. I had a pretty good AMD Athlon 3200 PC my friend was letting me use but he took it back, so I started using the Mac again, until I saved enough money for a iMac (preferably the new ones coming) but one day it just decided to crap out on me. I kept turning it on and off and it would freeze at the start screen, or it wouldn’t load the dock, etc, etc...

    I needed a computer but I didn’t have the money so I rented a Toshiba 1.83GHz Intel M, 512 ram, and Windows Vista Basic built in 2007. First off it was slow, second off I thought Vista wouldn’t be that bad, but it was. Maybe it was because it was Basic? Don’t get me wrong, Windows XP imo is a nice OS, but they shouldn’t even be allowed to make Vista Basic. Vista Basic should be called, “Windows With A Bunch of Shiny **** That Runs Slower Than Goddamn XP” because that is basically what it was. I also had problems getting the wireless to pick up, but later I figured out it was a modem/router problem and I got it all to work.

    Downloading and installing Safari Beta and AIM took literally 20 I gave the laptop to my gf to use for a second, and figured “What the hell? I’ll turn on the Mac one more time.” Keep in mind at this point it isn’t plugged in to the Ethernet cord when I boot it up. So when I turn it on it starts making this whining with all my might I focus my super-pissed energy into my fist and punch the top of the Mac. It stops making the noise, the start up loads..then dock, desktop items, everything, and faster than it used to. I am cautious, so I load a Photoshop doc it normally struggles with. It loads it faster than normal..then I plug in the Ethernet cord and sure enough it works! So what is the moral of the story? If you hit something hard enough, it will act right.

    That could be it, or it could be a few things that I figured out. Before, I tried pushing reset buttons, and a little button on the logic board to no avail. Everytime it started up a little bit, it would give me a weird time error saying it would screw things up. I think perhaps the fact that the Internet wasn’t plugged in when I originally booted it might have helped, and I finally updated the Mac completely as before, updates took forever to download and install for some strange reason and I didn’t bother before. How the Mac got like that in the first place is beyond me, besides the old age, it could be how long I kept it on sometimes, and just turning it off without shutting down properly. Anyways I thought I would like you all to know.
  2. zflauaus macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2004
    I agree with psychofreak.

    So does this mean if I take a sledgehammer to my PC, it will be faster than ever? Intrieging...

    ~runs out to garage~
  3. killerrobot macrumors 68020


    Jun 7, 2007
    Psychofreak got it right.

    I just love how your "focused super-pissed energy" was conducted through your fist and it scared the mac into working. Maybe we need not baby electronics anymore:)
  4. XboxEvolved thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2004
    Well it is a special power I have, I got it from eating a bowl of glass and washing it down with hot sauce left out in the sun. If you ever need ANYTHING fixed just let me know I'll come to your house and fix it for five bucks.
  5. quigleybc macrumors 68030


    Jun 17, 2005
    Beautiful Vancouver British Columbia, Canada
    Report back in two weeks

    if it's still good, then you might want to look into a job as an "aggressive tech support specialist"

  6. SkyBell macrumors 604


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    Hmm... where's my little brother?:D

    That's great to see an older mac up and running as a daily machine, good for you! :)

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