Impressive Battery Life

By habit, I ran Vate, my MacBookPro, on battery until the low battery warning came on, after fully charging it. Today, doing RTFM, I see that the proper procedure is

  1. Fully Charge the battery
  2. Run the laptop on the power adapter for at least two hours
  3. Run the laptop on battery until the unit goes to sleep because the battery is fully drained
  4. Leave the unit sleeping or off for at least five hours
  5. Recharge the unit fully

Yesterday and today, with light usage, the MacBookPro17 seems to be able to go over 6 hours on battery. I've run a DVD, watched a video of the Scobles checking out meat at Cunha's Country Store [Say hi to Bev for me] and have done some web surfing, conducted some searches on Mac Mail and Courier IMAP, set up some RSS feeds in Safari [though I will be installing the Mac version of RSSowl after I get parallels and its partitions set up], and listened to our latest podcast on our OSS blog.


Beedee Won't Startup with STOP 0x0000007E pci.sys

I thought my Saturday was going to be one of my normal lazy non-working Saturdays doing housework and catching up with things I did not do during the week. So, I woke up late, did my normal routine of booting up my Dell Workstation which we call Beedee and while it boots make my coffee. But, of course things didn't work that way.

Beedee running Windows XP SP2 (with all the latest updates) won't boot up (Safe Mode, Last Known Working Configuration, etc) and would just go into this restart mode. It is going into the restart mode because I have not changed XP's default setting of recovery settings when it encounters the Blue Screen of Death. So, I booted from the original Windows XP CD and pressed F8 to disable the automatic restart. Finally I see the blue screen of death with the error:

*** STOP 0x0000007E(0XC0000005,0XF8560A05,0XF89D54C8,0XF89D51C4)
*** PCI.SYS - addressF8560A05 base at F8556000, Datestamp 41107d31

Using Joseph’s Vate, I searched the Microsoft Website and found this:
You Receive a Stop Error 0x7E in Pci.sys

The article was not useful to me since under resolution it has: “To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Windows XP.” XX( I have the latest service pack and all the updates. I searched the web for other solutions but I did not really find anything.

Joseph helped me and we thought that maybe my pci.sys is corrupted and I can just copy it from the original CD. We thought if that did not work, I’ll just reinstall XP SP2 since I have all my backups. So, with this plan, we disconnected all my connected peripherals (e.g. USB hub, etc..) and then Booted from the installation CD. We then followed Method 1 of the article:
"Pci.sys Is Missing or Corrupt" Error Message When You Start Windows which tells you how to Restore the File using the Windows Recovery Console.

After that was done, we restarted in Safe Mode and this time, there was no more Blue Screen of Death. :>> From there, it gave me the option to recover from different Restore Points. I chose a restore point. The restore worked and I am happy that Beedee is back up and running.

I changed XP's default setting of recovery settings so it won’t restart every time there is a system failure. This is what I did:
1. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
2. Click the Advanced tab.
3. Click Settings for Startup and Recovery
4. This will bring you to Startup and Recovery. Under System Failure, uncheck “Automatically restart”

Anyway, this concludes my long blog. For those of you who may one day encounter (hopefully not) the same error, I hope this post may prove helpful.

Unboxing Vate

Here are the promised pictures of unboxing the MacBookPro, now named Vate. The pictures aren't great - I must have been shaking with excitement.

Apple basically gives you a nice, cardboard laptop case, complete with handle.

MacBookPro Box with Handle
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And Apple has an amazingly decorative way wtih styrofoam.

Apple's Fancy Styrofoam
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Everything is nice, neat and tight in the box.

Pieces in the Box
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And this is what you get, plus the Parallels box.

What's in the Box plus Parallels
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And, of course, the first thing it wanted to do after registering and logging in, is updating, which, as said earlier, took a very long time.

Screen Shot of Update Dialogue
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I've heard that people are seeing the magplug falling apart. I guess that I'll see as time goes on. It is an amazingly powerful magnet though; I have a heck of time unplugging it from the laptop, and Clarise can't get it out at all.

I'm just piddling about and learning about MacOSX. On Monday we'll set up Parallels with WindowsXPsp2 and at least SLED. And I'll be adding the missing sync as well, so that my Lifedrive and Vate will get along most wondrously.

Mac attacks Wintel

As mentioned in my post on Apple's need for better SCM, I was still planning to purchase a MacBookPro17, and so I did, at the Apple store in Burlingame. The differences between what the Apple Web Store had failed to deliver and what I bought are the hard drive [the 100GB at 7200 rpm that was wanted vs. the 120 GB at 5400 rpm that I got] and the RAM [the 2 GB that I wanted vs the 1 GB standard configuration that I bought]. I was able to get the older anti-glare screen. I know that Apple is pushing the newer glossy display for its "eye popping" colours, but I didn't see much difference, except that in the glossy one, the overhead lights in the Apple store made it almost impossible to read any text on the screen.

Brought the beast home [unboxing pictures to follow in a later post] and the first thing it wanted to do was update 12 packages. I opted not to update to iTunes 7 as I've read that it has many problems. It took awhile to download the 11 package updates I allowed, but the install of the first package [to JS2E 5] wasn't completed three hours after it had started, so I left it go overnight while I went to the home where I sleep.

Upon awaking this morning, I had an email from our CTO [timestamped at around 4 a.m.] that the update had finished, but that she couldn't boot her Windows XEON workstation. And still can't as I write this.

I think my new Mac must have attacked her Wintel machine over the network. Or maybe her machine died of envy. Hmm, :P maybe more new Macs to come. &#59;)

Apple Needs SCM

Rather than the ship notice on the new MacBookPro17 that I had expected yesterday, I received a notice from Apple that they would not be shipping the MacBookPro17 that I had ordered in early September until September 25th at the earliest. Here are the specs of what I had ordered.

  1. Processor 0656275 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo
  2. Memory 0656271 2GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM 2x1GB
  3. Hard Drive 0656268 100GB Serial ATA Drive at 7200rpm
  4. Display 0656505 Widescreen Display
  5. Optical Drive 0656266 SD 8x(DVDR DL/DVD/RW/CDRW)
  6. Modem 0656201 No Modem
  7. Apple Software Solutions 0656200 No Optional Software
  8. Keyboard/Mac OS Language 0656273 BkLit Keyboard/Mac OS
  9. Country Kit/AEX 0656272 Airport Extreme Card andBT

The kicker is number 3, the lower capacity but faster speed hard drive. Adding this to the configuration, changed the estimated shipping from 24 hours to 5-7 days. I could live with that. I might even have accepted a three week delay if Apple had enough insight into their supply chain to tell me at the time of ordering. Here's what the status email said:

Due to an unexpected delay, we were unable to ship your product(s) by
the date originally quoted to you. We now anticipate shipping the
following item(s) as follows:

Z0CP, MBPRO 17/2.16 CTO
will now ship by Sep 25, 2006
and deliver by Sep 28, 2006

We regret any inconvenience this delay may cause.end quotation

Well, the inconvenience was that I phoned the Apple store and cancelled the order. I don't trust that they'll deliver in another two weeks.

I will say that Apple's reputation for giving great phone is well deserved. I wasn't allowed to cancel over the web, as this was a "custom" order. [Hmm, I didn't ask to have it co-branded with our corporate logo, I just selected a configuration option; but, whatever.] So I called, and a minute after selecting the correct option I was connected to Jerod, who sympathized with my opinion that the delay wasn't acceptable, and had the order cancelled within a few minutes, and apologized for the length of time it took. I wish AT&T, DirecTV, and others would contract with Apple to teach them how to provide support to their customers.

We are available for strategic consulting in developing a predictive intelligence roadmap for their SCM system.

The four IVR selections at Apple were informative: iPod questions, iTunes & Quicktime questions, technical support and all other. I would imagine that Apple will cease to be a computer company once they have learned all they can about the convergence of computing, communications and entertainment. They're well on their way.

An Apple with Parallels makes sense to me. I prefer MaxOSX to MS Windows or any Linux Desktop I've seen, or even OpenSolaris. but I have some need to work and understand all of them.

I imagine that I'll soon be visiting an Apple store and buying a "standard configuration". /sigh

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