Archive for the ‘Leopard’ Category

I’ve received some lame comments from people about my complaining. Some people seem to think that I should simply shut up and ignore the fact that the Black Screen of Death is making a brand new laptop completely unusable. What is up with that? You don’t want your expensive Mac to work perfectly fine?

Here are some other folks with the same issues.

On the idealog there is an article about a much bigger problem with the Leopard 10.5.6 update. Apparently it can completely break your MacBook Pro. In such a way where it does not even boot up correctly. Fortunately I don’t experience that issue, but the symptoms sound very much the same. One of the comments read:

Mine will power on enough that I hear the hard drive and fan spin, and the power LED comes on, but no display.

Sounds like what I am experiencing.

On the official Apple Discussion Forums there is also a lot of discussion about the wake problems.

From Macbook Pro won’t resume from sleep

This is one of the most problematic of the problems with the new MBP. About 90% of the time when I try to wake the computer from sleep, the machine just doesn’t respond. It might be related to bluetooth and/or connecting an external monitor. This machine is fast becoming unusable, since every time it goes to sleep and doesn’t wake up, I have to restart the machine by holding down the power button until it reboots, causing me to lose my work.

From Why does my macboook not want to wake up from sleep?

I just bought a brand new unibody macbook Pro from the apple store last monday. Sometimes if I shut the machine, it will do its sleep thing and when I open it back up and press a key it doesn’t respond. I even push the power button and it still won’t respond. The only thing that works is manually removing the battery and replacing it. I definitely should not have to do this.

From mbp dosn’t allways wake up when asked

My mbp doesn’t always wake up from its sleep, i rub the trackpad, click the buttons, and usually i have to hard re boot it. Is this normal, what can i do?

From Won’t wake from sleep… need to reboot

So when I lift the lid to my late ’08 MBP, randomly it doesn’t wake from the sleep mode, even after the latest firmware update. Anyone having the same issue?

For more sad stories just search for ‘wake’ in the MacBook Pro (Late 2008) category on the forums.

Lame.

Nothing but sleep/wake problems with the new Unibody MacBook Pro

Unfortunately I have nothing but sleep and wake problems with my brand new Unibook MacBook Pro.

Before anyone asks: Yes, I did install the latest 1.6 firmware update.

The latest incident:

I just unplugged my MBP from my external screen and the power. I did not close the lid first. What I do is that I wait for the menu bar to move from the external screen to the MBP screen. Then I close the lid. I moved to another room and opened it. No problem and I worked on it for a bit. Then I closed it and made a coffee. Now I’m back and open the MBP and the screen stays dark. The white power led did turn off. There is no way to get the screen back on.

Only a reboot works. I lose my workspace and some open files. Lame. What is this? Some Wintel piece of crap?

For the record: I run no strange software on this Mac. This is my main development machine and I depend on it daily. So I do my best to keep it as standard as possible. It’s a default 10.5.5 install with the most non-standard thing on it being LaunchBar.

This is getting so annoying that I am now thinking about selling this Unibody MacBook Pro and getting the previous model. This is pretty much an unworkable situation for someone like me who moves around a lot.

Lame.

The New MacBook Pro is Full of Fail

Due to very unfortunate circumstances the Lame Leopard had to get a replacement for his good old Early 2007 MacBook Pro. So what did he get? A nice new Late 2008 MacBook Pro. The UniBody. All Hail Jonathan Ive.

To be honest, the UniBodyBookPro is seriously beautiful. It really is a very nice design and the new keyboard is just great.

Unfortunately the new MacBook Pro is also full of fail.

Here are a bunch of mostly annoying things that I have encountered in the first two weeks:

  • The Trackpad – It is loud and it misses clicks. Ok the missing clicks issue has been resolved with a recent patch. But really, it shows how less Q&A this whole MacBook has had. I noticed the missing clicks within the first 5 minutes. During the initial OS X install. Why did Apple not notice this before the damn thing was shipped. Maybe they thought it was an acceptable issue. Odd.
  • Sleep Problems – Leopard truly was a complete disaster with regard to sleep and wake. It seems with this New MacBook Pro we are back to square one. For example, I just noticed that my new MacBook Pro was still turned on in my Crumpler bag. It was hot as hell. I could barely touch it in the corner where the GPU or CPU lives. Why is this so difficult to get right? Why does it this break every time they introduce new hardware? Do we really have to wait another five Leopard releases again before sleep is going to properly work on the new MacBook Pro? Lame. Lame. Lame.
  • External Display Problems – So in the home office I have this nice 24″ Dell screen. It is awesome and when I bought it it was like half the price of a similar Apple screen. It worked great on the old MacBook Pro. On the New MacBook Pro the screen does not wake up properly from power-save mode. I frequently have to either reboot the New MacBook Pro, sleep/wake the New Macbook Pro or disconnect/connect the screen to get it out of the power-save mode. This is sooo annoying
  • Audio Input Problems – Many times when I plug in a headphone or external speakers, the New MacBook Pro does not recognize this and will happily continue to play audio on the built-in speakers. The problem goes away when I plug the speakers in again. I’m not sure if this is because of bad quality plugs. But I know for sure that I never had this issue with the Old MacBook Pro.
  • Mini Proprietary DisplayPort – The Old MacBook Pro had a completely standard DVI port and it did not require any special cables to hook it up to video equipment. With the new MacBook Pro Apple broke this good habit and fragged it up by introducing their own stupid non-standard and proprietary variant of the video port. This time it is called Mini DisplayPort and there are of course zero cables or non-Apple devices to be found to support this new proprietary Apple standard. I had to put down 30 dollars to get a Mini-DisplayPort to DVI Adapter. My Dell screen does have DisplayPort but of course it is the standard connector and there are no Mini To Standard cables to be found anywhere. They simply do not exist. Lame.

It’s a good reminder to never buy Apple’s v1.0 hardware. Unfortunately I had not choice this time. Otherwise I would have waited till the next revision.

Interesting VMWare Fusion Release Notes

Found this in the VMWare Fusion release notes:

VMware Fusion 1.1.1 incorporated a workaround for Apple bug 5679432 (Mac OS X hang under heavy disk load when unbuffered I/O is in use).

That might explain some hangs that I sometimes still experience.

Safari 3.0 Annoyances

Here are my top two Safari 3.0 annoyances:

Switching tabs does not work when you are in a form text field.

This is weird because both Back (Command-[) and Select Previous Tab (Command-{) are enabled in the menu bar but only Back actually works if you are in a form field. If they are enabled in the menu bar then the key combos should also work right?

Searching in text boxes is not possible anymore.

I like the new search functionality in Safari 3.0 where the little search bar pops up and you can highlight words on the web page. There is one huge flaw though; if you are working in a text box, for example to write a blog article on WordPress, there is no way anymore to search in that text box. Find, Command-F, always does a global page search and it skips the contents of the form field you are working in. I guess nobody really tested that one.

Both lame.

Another MacBook Pro Keyboard Update

Apple posted another Firmware Update for the MacBook family to solve the dreaded ‘ELP!’ problem. Where the first key pressed after idle would not be noticed.

The MacBook and MacBook Pro Keyboard Firmware Update 1.0 addresses an issue where the first key press may be ignored if the computer has been sitting idle. It also addresses some other issues.

This is their second try to fix this one, the previous patch was released in december and only solved half of the problem.

It will be interesting to monitor the MacBook Pro discussion forum in the coming days to find out whether this fix really works or not.

Disable Space switching on Command-Tab

There is a great hint at Mac OS X Hints:

The 10.5.2 version of the Dock has a new hidden preferences flag for Spaces. You can now set OSX to not automatically switch between spaces when you press Command-Tab.

This makes Spaces a little less frustrating to use.

I haven’t used Spaces a lot since the 10.5.2 release, but it *looks* like the ‘Spaces Randomizes the Window Order’ bug is also gone.

10.5.2 Fixes the Jumpy Mouse Issue

One of the noticeable fixes in 10.5.2 is that the Jumpy Mouse Problem that I wrote previously about is finally gone!

This one always happened while the MacBook Pro was searching for a wireless network. Sometimes the mouse would stay jumpy, even after finding and connecting to a wireless network. Only a reboot would get rid of the erratic pointer behavior.

So this one is finally fixed. And it makes the Lame Leopard very happy!

My only complaint is that it took four months for them to fix this one even though people have been reporting this issue since the day 10.5.0 came out.

10.5.2 Still has Sleep/Wake problems

This is just so frustrating …

I’m typing this posting on the iMac because the MacBook Pro with 10.5.2 won’t wake up.

I simply opened the lid as I have done a million times but even though I heard the Mac power on and the white pulsing led on the front turned off, the screen stayed dark.

After a few minutes I gave up and closed the lid again, hoping it would go back to sleep again so that I can give it another try. The white LED on the front is now on, not pulsing and I can hear the Mac do stuff.

The screen is still dark. And now the fans are working at full speed too.

I’m hoping for a little miracle because I have a whole bunch of apps and windows open. But I’m afraid I’ll have to reboot this piece of crap again.

As I said in a previous posting, the MacBook Pro seems to be the number one problematic Apple portable at the moment with regards to sleep and wake. I’ve never had sleep/wake problems of this scale on any other Apple portable.

For the record: this is a plain MacBook Pro with a standard install of 10.5.2. No kernel extensions, no crazy software. I basically just use Terminal.app, Safari and some other very standard apps.

Lame.

Apple Releases Massive OS X 10.5.2 Update

Apple just released the long awaited 10.5.2 update. It is huge, 180MB of compressed code updates. Uncompressed that is probably close to half a gigabyte worth of changes. The Lame Leopard will be reporting back later on this. Hopefully with a lot of good news.