Do You Have Problems With Your Mac??

Does Your Mac Pose You Problems??

  • Yes, with at least 1 previous computer

    Votes: 16 16.0%
  • Yes, currently undergoing stressful times

    Votes: 16 16.0%
  • No, never

    Votes: 68 68.0%

  • Total voters
    100

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macrumors 68000
Original poster
Mar 7, 2006
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Just wanted to set up a poll mostly inspired by GimmieSlack12 but i have been pondering this for a while about whose Mcs cause them problems??
On this forum, it is all bad news about people's problems and, to encourage potential switchers, to show that not all Apples are bad and actually work well.
so have you had problems with your Mac in the past or even now??
 

bousozoku

Moderator emeritus
Jun 25, 2002
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Gone but not forgotten.
It's a matter of degree.

I've had problems where a certain revision of Mac OS X didn't like some piece of hardware in my configuration, internal or external.

Mostly, Apple machines and Mac OS X work really well. Windows doesn't work as well and the various distributions of Linux are variably good but none have the tight integration and polish that makes Mac OS X a winner.
 

pjarvi

macrumors 65816
Jan 11, 2006
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Round Lake, IL
I have a MacBook (black) and a Mac Mini G4. The MacBook is out for repair due to the rand... constant shutdown problem, and my Mini won't sleep.

I just reinstalled OS X from scratch on the Mini last night. Did a clean install with all of the unneeded languages, printer drivers, and applications removed. It actually made things worse. About 40% of the time that I turn the Mini on or restart it, it displays a solid black screen and won't let me do anything. When it does boot up normally, it still won't sleep, and is kind of like the random shutdown issue in reverse. I select sleep from the Apple menu, the screen goes blank, the hard drive spins down, and then instantly the thing turns right back on again.

I've done everything I can think of, including disconnecting everything attached other then the monitor cable, and power supply, but no luck. It just won't sleep. :confused:
 

xfiftyfour

macrumors 68030
Apr 14, 2006
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Clemson, SC
bousozoku said:
It's a matter of degree.
I agree with this.

Software-wise, I've never had an issue at all. No crashing, incompatibility, etc... OSX rocks for this.

BUT, on my PB, I needed the screen replaced because of those white spots. And on my white MB I needed the plastics replaced because of the discoloration. On both of these problems, though, Apple was perfect - agreed to fix both right away (even though the PB screen was my fault - carrying it around in a backpack without a sleeve, so it bounced against heavy books and damaged it). I opted to do both repairs by sending it in, and in both cases there was only 3 days total between the time I had DHL pick up my laptop and the time they were delivering the fixed one. Awesome!

So, yeah, there have been some issues, but because they were fixed so readily and because I had such good customer service, I'm not bothered at all that these arose..
 

Gosh

macrumors 6502
Aug 14, 2006
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Yeeezs!

Software update does not work after being updated in-store after replacement of graphics card.

Applecare advise is reinstall OS - which works but no one can explain why.

However, archive and reinstall is a feature PC owners would absolutely die for.

AppleMacs don't always work but they are better!
 

iGary

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May 26, 2004
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*runs around laughing*

OMG yes.

I have exchanged six Apple products, had one replaced...Christ I don't even want to get into it.
 

YS2003

macrumors 68020
Dec 24, 2004
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Finally I have arrived.....
So far, I've been lucky as I have not experienced any problem with my Macs to this day. Maybe my buying habits are helping me increase this chance of "trouble-free Mac." I never buy the rev A model from Apple. Then, I check various forums on the known issues. Even though forums tend to amplify the problems, there are also some praises on good products.
 

rdowns

macrumors Penryn
Jul 11, 2003
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iGary said:
*runs around laughing*

OMG yes.

I have exchanged six Apple products, had one replaced...Christ I don't even want to get into it.
Really? Did you ever post about them?

Never had a problem or hardware failure with any Mac I've ever owned (6 or 7). Did have a dodgy 15" Apple CRT that htey swapped out for me.
 

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macrumors 68000
Original poster
Mar 7, 2006
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miniConvert said:
Most of the people here will have had problems... that's why most people wind up here in the first place is it not? It's the one's who'd never think to come on a forum like MR that this poll would be more interested in.
Yeah. i am kinda thinking that i should have put "Are you happy with your Mac??"
 

findpankaj

macrumors member
Nov 12, 2005
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Apple has hardware issues

Lets agree to the fact that Apple has hardware issues. Its high time other computer manufacturers start building hardware for Mac OS X. I like the OS very much but unfortunately the cool design of the machines comes with bad hardware.

I have reasons to blv this. I have spent years with windows machines and always had issues with crapy windows software but never ever with hardware (DELL, IBM, HP, COMPAQ, home assembled and lots more).
 

Ubuntu

macrumors 68000
Jul 3, 2005
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I have problems with my Macbook, it's had a few kernel panics, failures to wake up from sleep (VERY annoying, keep losing work), battery decreasing at crazy speeds (even on the replacement battery, is it normal to be decreasing at 1% per 40-60 seconds on Better Battery Life with 3 basic apps open?), and the edges of the macbook are actually quite sharp. Sometimes the OS just goes slow, too, and freezes.

Other than that, all good.
 

bousozoku

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Jun 25, 2002
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rdowns said:
Really? Did you ever post about them?

Never had a problem or hardware failure with any Mac I've ever owned (6 or 7). Did have a dodgy 15" Apple CRT that htey swapped out for me.
You didn't notice any of his posts about them. :D :D :D :D

I'm mostly happy with my machines and I've seen a lot of things happen as Apple transitioned its own manufacturing to others. As the price has been reduced, it seems that the frequency of problems has risen. While it's probably not directly Apple's fault, they should have technicians randomly testing these things at the factories in question to help ensure quality. A $50.00 bump in the price of each unit might keep the problems from reaching end users by paying for further inspections.
 

iBookG4user

macrumors 604
Jun 27, 2006
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I've never had any hardware problems with any of my macs. (except an old Quadra 650 that had it's hard drive give out after 10 years but I didn't count that) Although I have outgrown my current iBook G4 and it feels really slow and that is a problem but I don't think that's what you meant.
 

powerbuddy

macrumors 6502
Jun 20, 2006
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Yes

Getting a lot of discolorations in my Macbook...its dirtier than ever and only in 2 months.. :mad: I called up Apple, and they wouldn't even listen.
 

Passante

macrumors 6502a
Apr 16, 2004
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God yes...

My Mac makes me spend so much money on it! First it wants a new hard drive, then a superdrive, upgraded the ram to 1.5 gigs, STILL NOT ENOUGH!!!!!! I WANT MORE! The latest is the 20 inch widescreen display. When will it end? WHEN WHEN????

I'd be so much happier with a Dell. No demands. I ask the Dell is half a gig of ram enough? No... 256 is fine, DVI out? Oh no VGA will do nicely, Do you want Firewire, Oh, no thank you, a serial or parallel port will be fine. How about Vista? God No!, Visa would bring me to my knees... Please no Vista... Windows Me would be fine....

edit
Oh, the 80 gig drive in my Powerbook had to be replaced.
 

crjackson

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Jun 1, 2006
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Where's the hard crashed 2 times within 24 hours of taking it out of the box needing full os reinstallations but havent had a single problem since option?