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User avatar #157 - thedudeistheman (01/30/2013) [-]
I got a Macbook as a combined holiday/birthday/Bar Mitzvah gift. I didn't know too much about computers back then, and we primarily used Macs in school, so I figured it would be a good idea to get something I was familiar with (in addition to be familiar with Windows-based PCs).

Now that I have more computer experience, I must say I am not pleased with this computer. Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful to have it. It takes care of many of the things I need it to do. The downsides:
- The OS is very closed. Apple even tried to hide the "Library" directory so you can't access all those files
- Limited gaming access compared to what Windows are capable of
- The trackpad has broken twice.
- Programs quit for no reason
- Not much HDD space once you start realizing how much space your programs take up
- Flash crashes once a week. Perhaps not an Apple problem, but I haven't heard of it happening elsewhere

When this computer finally kicks the bucket in what I expect to be no less than a year-year and a half, I will certainly not be saving up to get another one.
User avatar #438 to #157 - electricbaby (01/30/2013) [-]
I've had the Flash problem on my Dell. Such a damn nuisance.
User avatar #450 to #438 - thedudeistheman (01/30/2013) [-]
It's good to know this isn't just an Apple problem. Apple has enough problems of its own it needs to fix. This means it's a problem with Flash.

I don't know why it crashes. Browsing this site seems to make it crash every now and then. I'll try to scroll down a page, but it'll be frozen. After a minute or so I get the notification saying Flash stopped working.
User avatar #532 to #450 - electricbaby (01/31/2013) [-]
Try turning off hardware acceleration. It worked for me, to a certain extent.

Go on a flash object, right click (or whatever it is on Mac), click settings. should be an option there
User avatar #208 to #157 - jackhoffman (01/30/2013) [-]
my trackpad is broken right now. I just have it set to tap. How did you fix it?
User avatar #250 to #208 - thedudeistheman (01/30/2013) [-]
Originally I brought back to the Apple store. It was still recent enough to be covered under the warranty (which, looking back on it, should have been a warning sign if it naturally broke while still under warranty). I don't have mine set to tap, just because I always tap on the trackpad when listening to music or just doing randomly tapping. I use a mouse now.
User avatar #168 to #157 - zoidz (01/30/2013) [-]
I always wondered, can you install Linux based OS on a Mac/Apple product (cellphone and whatnot)?
User avatar #227 to #168 - dubzallday (01/30/2013) [-]
Yeah, It's called bootcamp! You just launch the application and it will take you through all the steps to install whatever you want. It basically just partitions the hard drive so you can boot from the disc and install from there. Comes in handy when I need to run a Windows application that I can't on Mountain Lion (which is about 90% of the time). And yes Linux can be installed, even without going through Windows. It can be done straight through bootcamp!
User avatar #233 to #227 - zoidz (01/30/2013) [-]
But can you do a complete and clean install or does it give some type of error or incompatibility? (completely format the disk and just install Linux OS)
User avatar #248 to #233 - dubzallday (01/30/2013) [-]
I have never tried that before, and truthfully I don't feel the need to. But in all reality I'm about 90% sure there is a way to do it. I personally like Mountain Lion for what it does, it just kills me to know that I dropped a pretty penny on this overpriced machine. If you have a big enough hard drive, you can just format it so you can have as much space needed for the Linux partition. I've messed around with linux before and just never really got into it. If I were you though, I would highly suggest a high end PC, unless if you want the choice of Mountain Lion, since apple is too anal to let ML on any other type of computer (without creating a "hackintosh")
User avatar #319 to #248 - zoidz (01/30/2013) [-]
Oh no no, it was just a wondering question I've had for sometime (because its hard enough to get a Hackintosh 100% working with compatible parts, thought it was the same for the other way around). And here Apple products are about 2-3x the price in USA so...yeah. I have a PC myself tho waiting for Linux to get more game acceptance to migrate to it.
User avatar #170 to #168 - thedudeistheman (01/30/2013) [-]
You probably could if you were to partition the hard drive, then install a version of Windows, then install Linux over it. I'm not sure if you can go straight to Linux.
User avatar #179 to #170 - zoidz (01/30/2013) [-]
Wait, so you cant do a clean format/install on the Mac?
User avatar #183 to #179 - thedudeistheman (01/30/2013) [-]
Oh, I thought you meant if you could just get it on there in general. I'm not sure about that. I don't know if there's a way to actually delete the OS. Considering how closed Apple is in terms of software development, they either the OS files so deep that you can't find them, or they didn't include them at all. I've taken a look through most of my computer's directories, and I haven't seen anyways that you could do that.

If you could, there might be compatibility issues between the hardware and the software, so I'm not sure if it would even work correctly.
User avatar #167 to #157 - thatguywhohasbacon ONLINE (01/30/2013) [-]
There are a lot of good laptops for less than 1000$, less than 500$ if you're not planning on trying to play games like battlefield 3 on anything higher than low.
User avatar #176 to #167 - thedudeistheman (01/30/2013) [-]
I don't plan on getting a laptop to be my primary means of gaming, but I have been expanding more into PC gaming, and there are a number of games that are only available on Windows. I mainly play indie games on my laptop, but it would still be nice to have the option to play virtually any game.
User avatar #182 to #176 - thatguywhohasbacon ONLINE (01/30/2013) [-]
It's always nice to have one for on the go though that can play decent games, my sister got one for around 600$(?) last year and it can run just about anything my PC can, just on lower graphics settings. And it could also be used for school and work if needed.
User avatar #190 to #182 - thedudeistheman (01/30/2013) [-]
My parents are divorced, so my laptop is great for mobile gaming (it would be difficult and not worth the effort to move a desktop back and forth). I use it for most, if not all of my computer related needs.
User avatar #192 to #190 - thatguywhohasbacon ONLINE (01/30/2013) [-]
I was talking about a laptop.
User avatar #193 to #192 - thedudeistheman (01/30/2013) [-]
Yeah, I know. You said having one for gaming on the go is useful, so I just figured I could back up that point. I can't play many games on here, but for the ones I can, it's nice to be able to bring them with me.
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