So much for “it just works”

I was issued an Apple MacBook Pro at work today. We are about to deploy some Apple servers, and apparently server administration works better if done from a Mac OS X client.

Construction, aesthetics, fit and finish, and design seem more refined than typical PC laptops.

However, after I installed an AirPort update, I ran Safari and then installed iTunes. Safari crashed HARD. I couldn’t even force quit it. Because of that, I couldn’t even restart the computer. It just refused to close out the OS.

So I had to power the thing off by holding down the power button for 5 seconds.

Powering back on, I get this nasty error:

Yeah, that’s right, kernel panic! As in, “you’re gonna reinstall from scratch.”

One hour later I’m back up–after reinstalling from scratch! With some help, I learned how to hold down Option to force the equivalent of pressing F8 in Windows. I erased the old image and installed a whole new OS.

For all of Windows’s faults, Vista has never left me this stranded!

5 thoughts on “So much for “it just works””

  1. User error? Unfamiliarity with any version of Mac OS newer than 1998? Just kidding… but I run a hacked, rough-edged version of Mac OS on my beige-box PC and don’t have the problems you have. Use Ethernet if you’re not moving about?
    r.

    P.S. I’m combing your sight looking for email address in clear text. I’m betting I won’t find one.

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