November 22, 2005
My iBook has died. I am desolate.
I'm not sure what is wrong. I packed it into my bag at the end of the day and when I got home it wouldn't wake from it's nap. Even pressing the on/off button for the specified ten seconds didn't seem to make a difference. Until it seemed to start up and all I got was the cpu fan spinning rather manically. At that point I found that the only way to stop it was to reset the PMU and figured that it was not a well laptop.
Even worse, when I took it to the local Apple dealer to see if they could fix it they told me that they wouldn't be able to look at it for at least a week.
So I'm stuck in a Windows only world and it's rather a rude shock. Luckily all of my data is in flat files, my scripts are all in Python and everything is backed up so I can carry on. But it's not the same.
Here's hoping that it can be fixed because money's tight and I'm not sure I can afford a replacement at the moment.
Posted by Andy Todd at November 22, 2005 07:26 PM
Time to give Ubuntu a try? :)
I feel for you, I really do. Hope your baby gets well soon.
I installed Ubuntu Breezy on my work laptop as soon as it was released. Here is why it isn't as good as Mac OSX;
1. My wireless card doesn't work without some insane installation ritual using NDISWRAPPER and a bucket of chicken blood.
2. It doesn't run Quicksilver 
3. My wireless card doesn't work.
4. There is no number 4.
5. My wireless card still doesn't bloody work despite the fact that I spent extra money to buy a name brand card that a quick Google search said works fine under Linux.
6. I can't easily share files between Windows and Ubuntu because the file systems are incompatible. Mounting my NTFS partition under Ubuntu is a permissions nightmare and mounting my ext3 Ubuntu file system under Windows is practically impossible.
This is why I gave up running a half finished operating system and bought a Mac in the first place.
Yeah, it's about time someone fixed Wireless under Linux. It's shocking.
What a bugger! I hope it's fixed for you soon.
ext2fsd  works quite well under Windows, and mounting ntfs read only is very easy, just add uid=xxx,gid=xxx to the relevant fstab entry (setting xxx to your uid and gid).
As for wireless, you must be very unlucky, as I did not have any problems with either of my three cards...
Anyway, I hope your Mac has already been repaired and this comment is useless :)
Have been running Ubuntu Breezy on my laptop with a Linksys WPC54G card. No chickens slaughtered, just lots of swearing as I tried to work out what inf file I should use. Ubuntu is so good with everything else installing and running it's a shame you need to be a techie to get a wireless card working. But never being enlightened enough to buy an Apple, I like the fact battery life with Ubuntu is 40 minutes better than with M$ XP on the same laptop.