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Thursday, August 30, 2012

OS X: It Just Works. When all your Hardware does

I got a computer from Gainsaver, a 2008 Mac Pro 8 core.

Toast was locking up, and Disk Utility was also, both with Spinning Beachball of Death problems. (SBBOD).

 Turns out it had some old junky drive and mounting bracket in it. NOT original equipment. NEC Drive from 2006, before this machine was even on the market.

Long story short, the drive was faulty. So it wouldn't spin up sometimes which made the programs which accessed it hang.

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A rant on Gainsaver:

The drive wasn't even screwed in tightly. The screws were about halfway out. "Gainsaver tests each computer thoroughly." That, I doubt. They didn't even dust this one out. The top of the optical drive was very dusty. That slides out literally in seconds. And surely someone would have noticed the bent carrier, and loose drive at that point. I presume this is why the prices are lower.

The kicker: instead of a small refund or swap of the carrier and drive, they wanted me to return the entire Mac Pro (55 pounds of it) to exchange it. I've already swapped in too many parts to want to undo it.

Gainsaver, NOT HAPPY WITH YOU.

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