should I return???

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by nicolenjoli, May 22, 2010.

  1. nicolenjoli macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2010
    had my new imac for 9 days, it has been amazing until today- I was on facebook and also trying to find a photo in my external hardrive at the same time. Then it froze, It wouldnt close facebook or the external hardrive...I tried to shut down, it wouldnt do anything, color beachball spinning forever......except all of the apps on the bottom worked fine, the mail, the dashboard, i photo, calender, etc.....but Safari was not responding. I left it like that for a few hours and when I returned it was sleeping, it did allow me to force quit the opened apps, BUt then I got a blue screen with a grey waiting wheel....I waited 10 minutes... and then I decided to hold down the power button...when I powered it back on it was fine, works great again. My question is I have 4 days to return it, I can get a brand new one- SHOULD I??? I feel like I got a lemon and am thinking I should take advantage of the 14 days return policy.... ??? What do you think?
  2. diazj3 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2008
    Well, without any logs or error information, I'd say I don't think so... it's very possible that this episode had to do with a kernel problem related to the facebook site (and/or) the access to your external hard drive. In every mac I've got, I've gotten such episodes every once in a while (once every two months maybe?). So don't panic: Mac OS X is good (better than Windows or Linux, IMO), but it is not perfect by any means.

    Nevertheless, here are some tips to deal with such episodes:

    1) First, to put your mind at ease and rule out the lemon theory: pop in your install disk #2 (that came with your computer), and hold the D key while restarting to run the Apple Hardware Test. That shoud give you some info on whether something's wrong with your machine hardwarewise.

    2) Repair permissions using your install disk #1. Pop in the OS X install disk, select Disk Utility, veryfy and repair permissions. Also try resetting your PRAM if this happens often.

    3) Download Onyx and clean caches and rebuild your directories... more info about this procedure can be found in the Onyx help.

    4) If that ever happens again with Safari or any other application or hard drive (I won't lie to you by implying it won't ever again happen)... try using the "Force Quit" feature, instead of hard rebooting the machine.

    5) Remember you have 1 year warranty and 3 months of phone support (in case you didn't get Apple Care), so even if the worst case scenario comes true - you getting a lemon and none of these tips help you - my experience is that Apple will take care of it and fix it. If the problem persists, try giving them a call and take it from there.

    Hope this helped. Cheers!
  3. nicolenjoli thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2010

    thank you, just to let you know I was trying to force quit, it wouldnt respond....

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