Friday, 29 February 2008

New Macbook Pro - the story so far...

I managed to install the new drive and the new memory into the new MBP (thats a lot of new) yesterday, despite having to stop halfway through and soothe a crying baby.

The install itself went fine and was exactly the same as the last time that I did it, so no worries or problems there.

So I connected the new MBP to the old, used disk image to partition the drive, set GUID as the partition type and got ready to clone the drive from the old mbp to the new.

Where I am having issues though is in restoring the system to the drive. I thought that the best way to do it, would be to simply connect both of the MBP's together via firewire and then using superduper, image the drive from the old one to the new one. Piece of cake right?

Well after 4 hours it was still only 30% or so of the way through, it usually takes 2-3 hours to do a full backup to my external drive, so this seemed a bit weird but I just went to bed in the hope that it would be ready in the morning.

So about 4 hours later (babies tend not to let you sleep), I came to check on it and the screensaver had started on the old mbp, when I tried to remove it/log in, I got the SBOD. After half an hour the SBOD was still there so I made the assumption (wrongly) that it was finished and rebooted the new MBP.

As soon as it rebooted the SBOD vanished on the old one and I could see that superduper was probably only about 70% of the way through after 8 hours. I didnt want to be that long without the computer again so I thought that I would try carboncopycloner to see if its faster.

So I reconnect the new mbp via firewire, start disk utility, erase and partition the drive again and then start carboncopycloner. I get the same thing, its been around 4 hours now and its on about 40-45%, I know that firewire isnt the fastest kid on the block these days but it does seem to be taking longer than I thought.

During the copy process the screensaver kicked in again (I forgot to disable it being tired) and again I got a SBOD when I tried to get back in but after about 20 minutes I got the password prompt and so was able to log in and disable it until the copying is done.

I guess the morale of the story here is that I should have put the drive in an enclosure and imaged to it that way but it still would have been over firewire. The other moral is of course to disable screensavers when performing an op like this.

I'll just stick with it now and let it finish but in the meantime Im stuck using my wifes Dell laptop.

Thursday, 28 February 2008


Just found out about this and it sounds brilliant; It basically modifies the sleep behaviour of the macbook pros so that they will either sleep or hibernate according to the charge remaining in the battery (or time).

Havent tried it myself yet but it looks good and I will definitely give it a go. Link is in the title of the post if youre interested in trying it for yourselves.

New Macbook Pro - 2.6Ghz Merom

So I ordered myself a new Macbook Pro 15" 2.6ghz last week and this week Apple released or speed-bumped the Macbook range. Sods law isnt it?

To be honest with you, I was happy with the choice I made at the time and Im happy with it still, plus looking at the bump, it wasnt anything that major, so I dont believe Im missing out on much. It also seems that I got one of the last MBPs that still have the remote included which suits me fine as I use the remote in conjunction with remotebuddy a lot.

The other side of the coin though is that as I live in the Czech Republic and we dont have any official Apple stores here it would be rather difficult to exchange anyway but as I said Im quite happy with it so far.

I have a few things that I still need to do with it though - first of all I will be upgrading the memory to 4GB, which Im looking forward to, hopefully it will help things in iDVD and just with the computer in general.

Secondly Im planning on replacing the harddisk with a 320GB Scorpio drive (Im using a 250GB version of this in my current MBP), which wont be as easy as the memory but Im not too worried as Ive done this type of installation before.

Next I plan to upgrade my bootcamp partition to Windows XP - Im running Windows Vista on the current MBP but it's a bit resource hungry to say the least and to be honest I prefer XP. The only thing I need to do is to work out how to transfer my savegames from Gears of War etc over to the new partition as they hide their save files.

Ive just ordered the new memory and drives, they should hopefully arrive today and so then during the weekend I will be able to install them, restore OS X from my backup and then I should be back in business, all being well.

I will post updates here for anyone interested and if you have any questions, let me know.


Back after a long hiatus

Apologies to those of you who have left remarks or asked questions in the comments below the articles, for my lack of responses as of late. The reason is that I recently became a father and unfortunately my daughter developed colic which has kept my wife and myself quite busy.

Hopefully this will be coming to an end soon as my daughter is starting her 4th month now so I should be posting here more often again soon, though in the meantime I will try to post something when I can.

I'll try to answer any questions that I come across but if I dont answer you, reply to this post and I will make sure to check it.