December 23, 2004

close call?

After making it to Target this evening to shop for gift wrap and the like, I nestled myself in my room, preparing to spend hours wrapping gifts. I wanted to listen to some music, so I propped open the iBook to listen to iTunes.

All seemed okay, until I tried to switch the track. Nothing. No action. The song just kept playing. Oh, the mouse was moving, but it wasn't able to "click" anything. Just like a dumb person does, I clicked the mouse a couple of times over the "next" button - to no avail.

And then the beachball of doom appeared, and soon after, my screen went blank. The computer was still on, but the screen was totally dark. Okay, time to reboot! Uh oh, the computer doesn't want to reboot. Time for some drastic measures. I unplug the power cable and jimmy the battery free. That should do the trick. Power=off.

I replace the cord and the battery and try to boot up again. That comforting Macintosh "Bing" comes on, the hard drive starts cycling, and shortly thereafter, the boot screen comes to life. Whew!... wait... what's that noise appearing on the screen?

The white and grey boot screen exhibits horizontal line distortion - flicker flicker. Whoa. It looks kinda cool, if it only didn't come with that sinking feeling in my heart. The mild distortion was followed by a bevy of speckly noise in all sorts of primary colors across my screen.

This is bad. Very bad.

I try, unsuccessfully, to reboot the iBook every possible way I know how - but nothing seems to work. I put it out of my mind and decide that I'm just going to wrap my gifts. I spend the entire time worrying about the health of my little laptop buddy.

After gifts are wrapped (in that trademark clumsy style I like to wrap my gifts in), I make my way back to the iBook, and give it a go again. Nope. Nothing. So I get on my brother's iMac and go to the Apple support discussions site, where I astonishingly-quickly stumble upon the answer to my silent prayers... it's a logic board problem - my iBook has the serial number of the batch of iBooks affected by this problem - and Apple is allowing them to be fixed for free... yay!

Tomorrow, on my way to the grandparents' house, I'll stop by the nearest Apple Store and drop it off for repairs. Hopefully that does the trick. Merry Christmas.


posted by julie at December 23, 2004 11:56 PM

things people have said

Wow. I'm well familiar with the bond between Apple laptop owner and Apple laptop. That must have been terrible. Good luck getting it fixed!

so said: Erik at December 24, 2004 08:58 AM



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