Mar. 15th, 2009

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Last weekend went and finally got a replacement machine for the G4 Cube I've been using for the past few years as a home file/web/mail server. Since I've moved our mail and web hosting out of the house onto online services, and have been wanting to move more towards a media server for the house, I got a Mac mini. Nearly silent, small, and the HDMI/TOSlink audio make for some nice expansion in the future as I upgrade the tv and receiver.

Spent a couple of days getting all the music moved over, playlists merged, a nice little sync system in place (we can add music to any machine in the house, and it will get added to the main server automatically), etc. Sweet. Very much enjoyed it.

Yes, enjoyed. On Thu, [livejournal.com profile] ginkgo let me know that the audio on it had stopped working. Joy.

Got home that night, and after a couple hours of diagnosing it, decided it had to be a hardware failure - even when booting off of the OS Install DVD, no audio hardware showed up in the System Profiler. Scheduled an appt at the Genius Bar at the local Apple Store for Fri afternoon, so I could avoid the weekend crowds. (I love that - being able to make an appt is just wonderful.) Backed up the machine, wiped it, boxed it up.

Showed up a few minutes early, they worked me in a few minutes early. Told the tech what diagnostics I'd run, he tried to boot it off of an external drive "Just for the heck of it", and couldn't. "Yup, dead unit. We'll get you a new one." A few minutes later, and I was out the door with a brand spanking new unit.

No muss, little fuss, no argument from a techie on the other end of a phone, just a straightforward swap. Any product can die, but I like companies that respond well when it happens.

Got it home, restored from the backup, and we've had no problems since. We finally have the unified music server we've wanted, and watching Hulu/Netflix/Fancast/etc on the TV and 5.1 sound is much nicer than the laptop. :)

Now the challenge is to get a quieter external drive for it - *that* is louder than the actual machine. Go figure.
kickaha: (Default)
Last weekend went and finally got a replacement machine for the G4 Cube I've been using for the past few years as a home file/web/mail server. Since I've moved our mail and web hosting out of the house onto online services, and have been wanting to move more towards a media server for the house, I got a Mac mini. Nearly silent, small, and the HDMI/TOSlink audio make for some nice expansion in the future as I upgrade the tv and receiver.

Spent a couple of days getting all the music moved over, playlists merged, a nice little sync system in place (we can add music to any machine in the house, and it will get added to the main server automatically), etc. Sweet. Very much enjoyed it.

Yes, enjoyed. On Thu, [livejournal.com profile] ginkgo let me know that the audio on it had stopped working. Joy.

Got home that night, and after a couple hours of diagnosing it, decided it had to be a hardware failure - even when booting off of the OS Install DVD, no audio hardware showed up in the System Profiler. Scheduled an appt at the Genius Bar at the local Apple Store for Fri afternoon, so I could avoid the weekend crowds. (I love that - being able to make an appt is just wonderful.) Backed up the machine, wiped it, boxed it up.

Showed up a few minutes early, they worked me in a few minutes early. Told the tech what diagnostics I'd run, he tried to boot it off of an external drive "Just for the heck of it", and couldn't. "Yup, dead unit. We'll get you a new one." A few minutes later, and I was out the door with a brand spanking new unit.

No muss, little fuss, no argument from a techie on the other end of a phone, just a straightforward swap. Any product can die, but I like companies that respond well when it happens.

Got it home, restored from the backup, and we've had no problems since. We finally have the unified music server we've wanted, and watching Hulu/Netflix/Fancast/etc on the TV and 5.1 sound is much nicer than the laptop. :)

Now the challenge is to get a quieter external drive for it - *that* is louder than the actual machine. Go figure.

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