Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Apple Sucks: 500 Gb internal disk problems persist (beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball...)

It takes a lot—a lot!—for me to trash Apple, but now's the time. I hate doing it, but I am unhappy, and I feel that they're not doing their users a good service, and they're basically, probably for reasons of publicity, playing it down, putting a spin on it, or, as it should be rightly called lying.

The issue is this:

15 inch Macbook Pros, the nice new shiny Aluminium ('Aluminum' to Americans) ones, have a dirty little problem: 500 GB internal disks don't work properly in them (all kinds, which I can attest to from experimental evidence!), and Apple have done nothing to fix the problem.

Oh, I admit, they released a firmware update, which is said to fix 'a rare problem' with certain types of 500 Gb internal disks, but it's no good to anyone if one tries to run the firmware installer to fix it, and all it says that the computer doesn't need the update! Very fucking funny. NOT!

Snow Leopard also doesn't address the problem. I just installed it and a fix is nowhere in sight. I installed it on an internal 500 Gb Seagate Momentus 7200rpm, one of the disk types giving problems. Well, as of now, it's a no-go zone. 1 minute into using the system the hangups start.

Beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball, beachball...

My personal solution: I installed Snow Leopard, which by the way is a lovely OS, and it looks, feels and work great—AS LONG AS YOU AREN'T USING IT ON AN INTERNAL 500GB DISK!!—onto a 250 Gb disk, and it works just dandy. But there is a reason why I want the 500 Gb internal disk, and Apple have done NOTHING, NOTHING, NOTHING useful to fix the problem.

It's not a disaster: I can work just fine, but it's a pain-in-the-ass. I hope that users give Apple living hell over this, because Apple deserve it. Their spin on this issue is worthy of the worst that Microsoft has thrown at people in the past.

I am disappointed. Very. Just goes to show that you really can't trust anything corporate.

But what else is new?

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