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02 January 2010 @ 02:52 pm
Laptop is great, but has 2 problems:
(1) Battery is so dead it won't recharge. So I have to rely on the natty but rather precarious magnetically-retained power lead connection. It disconnects very easily if the cable is disturbed, and when it does, the battery being useless, POW - everything goes. Apparently this will cost me about £100 - for a new battery - and the new one may only last about 2 years of active service. This is hard to accept. I wonder if the old one can be taken apart and just the non-proprietary but functionally most important bits (I'm thinking of the rechargeable cells themselves) replaced? It would need a small, asterisk-ended screwdriver....hmmm

(2) Although it instantly found the wireless (router/network) when we reinstalled OS X 10.4 etc, it knows about this other computer*, despite trying to share files, the two can't see each other directly. So there's stuff for me to work out how to do.

* = I know this because the second time I used it, it realised it had the same name as the first ("'s computer") and told me to change it, which I now have, thank-you "'s laptop".
ridley_walker: Flytech2ridley_walker on January 7th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
Awesome! The pyrotechnic possibilities had occurred to me but I wondered if there was something modular and robust inside the pretty casing. Actually, there is a third possibility in Apple selling reconditioned batteries from time to time, but that might involve buying online (meh) and last time I looked there weren't any being offered anyway.