First up: Make sure you back up. As pointed out by csonni in his thread. It can save your bacon. I am very very glad I do.
So last night I was working late, putting some finishing touches on a project. And of course my perfectly stable and 6 day old Air starts crashing.
It always happens when you're busy right? The machine would just freeze. no errors, no nothing, it would just lock up. Did the normal restart (kept crashing), then pram etc. Checked the console for errors and nothing. Keeps crashing. Did a SMC reset and I was up and going.
Then around 3am (and about 10 minutes from finishing my work) it crashes again. This time nothing would help. Kept crashing within 5-120 seconds after boot. Left work at 4am a little bit annoyed and very tired.
This morning I come in around 11am, and it boots, runs for 3-5 minutes and crashes again. Same deal. err. Call apple. It's the logic board (which was my guess, I knew it was hardware at this point). They suggest I send it in for repair. Which means I have to ship it there, wait for them to fix it and ship it back. Estimated return is 3 weeks. I explained that I couldn't be without a computer that long. I got lots of projects on the go, deadlines, etc..
So instead I suggested I buying a new one, and I returning my old one (as I have 30 days). Tech guy thinks it's a good plan, but he can't authorize it. So he transfer me to sales. The sales lady was very nice. I ordered a new one (they charged my credit card in the meantime), and expedited the shipping (I asked nicely, they agreed due to the situation). So anyways, if I'm lucky I'll have it on friday, if not monday. With my luck it will be Monday
So that's going well.
While I was on the phone with Apple the UPS guy comes. It's my new 27" cinema display. Which I was excited about.
But.. now I don't have a machine to use.
But at this point I'm more concerned with what machine I can use for a week. Two of my office mates (who both have small business as well) just ordered new machines. They both got refurb 15" mbps with the i5 (pretty much what I used to have other than glossy display). One of them already migrated and has his old 2007 pre unibody mbp lying around. He's project manager so his machine was pretty low spec. But whatever, it will work.
Can't use my new display, but I'm just happy to have something, and I can stick with my 24" Dell ultrasharp for awhile longer.
But my other office mate has a 2008 unibody MBP that he hasn't switched over to yet (he doesn't do tech stuff, so was waiting for another friend to help). I offered to migrate everything for him - like right now & for free
- to get him up and going. Hoping I could use his 2008 for awhile. He says he's about to hit the road for a fews weeks for some client meetings and on location photo shoots. And he doesn't want to risk a new machine before he goes, after all, what if his new machine dies like mine?
So… he says to take his brand new MBP and use it until I get my new one. How cool is that?
I love this guy!!!!
I owe him some beer and tech support for sure!
So I started my migration of my back up (which I had run just before it died again. I also use dropbox for my work files, and imap, so I'm haven't lost a minute of work). I did have a small freak out when my time capsule wouldn't connect (via ethernet or airport), but a reboot fixed it.
Anyways, all's well that ends well. Other than loosing a a few hours, I'm back up and going.
Got new new display hooked up too!
Yeah. All's well that ends well.
PS. Make sure you back up!