Geek time

Both the card reader and the USB port on the right side of my MacBook Air have been a bit twitchy lately. Resetting the SMC and the PRAM didn’t help, so I put a call through to our local Apple service provider (and we actually have a good authorized service provider in the Algarve now!). They’ll happily do a hardware fix under my warranty, of course, but suggested that it might just be a software issue, in which case I can resolve it by reinstalling the OS.

Since I am a geek, and I actually like to do this stuff, I’m taking this as an excuse to tear my computer down and start over from scratch — clean install of the OS, fresh downloads/installations of all apps, and no cruft. It will give me a chance to go through my huge pile of apps and decide which ones I actually use and need, while clearing out the accumulated debris since my last cleanup.

Mostly, it gives me an officially sanctioned opportunity to spend a whole day geeking out over my computer, which is what I’ll be doing today. By the time this post goes live, I’ll be offline and surrounded by notepads with scribbles, lines and checkmarks on them.

Here we go…


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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9 Responses to Geek time

  1. Lilaine says:

    Lucky you! 😀

  2. Lisa Shaw says:

    There’s the difference between geeks and regular users … if somebody told me I had to tear down and rebuild either of my computers, I’d just cry! But hey, you have fun today. 🙂

  3. oregon expat says:

    Well, I turned out to be not as geeky as originally intended. After wiping the drive and putting a clean copy of the OS on it, I verified that the problem was the hardware, not the software. So there really wasn’t a need for a massive rebuild. Given the zillions of customizations I’ve made to the OS and various apps, I decided I didn’t want to mess with redoing all of them now. So I set up a file migration, walked away for an hour, and when I came back my laptop was back to normal.

    Alas, this means I have to live without it for a couple of days while the Apple gods work on it…

    • Inge says:

      Bummer. Hope it’s not too expensive a fix (even though they say, for now, it’s in warranty)

      • oregon expat says:

        They won’t say otherwise — that’s one of the nice things about Apple products and authorized service providers.

        I’m now preparing to go without for a few days, ugh. Good thing I have my iPad.

        • Lilaine says:

          Courage! 🙂
          You can do it! Heck, you did it already, not very long ago, right? 😉
          I don’t know how it is on a MacBook, but on other types of notebooks, the USB port, and even the card reader, at times) is often integrated (soldered) to the … motherboard. :/
          Sorry you couldn’t fix it by re-installing the OS. 😦 Next time, maybe? 😀

          • oregon expat says:

            Oh good god. Does that mean my simple little problem is going to require an entire logic board replacement? Sheesh. Well, here’s hoping the new authorized service provider is a leeeetle more efficient than the old one.

          • Lilaine says:

            Well, I’m not sure, in fact. I don’t know enough about the MacBook to be completely affirmative. But it’s an eventuality not to be ruled out.
            And if I’m wrong (and I hope so), then it’s all the better for you, right? 🙂

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