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Lombard 333: battery improves after clean instal!

Message #1 - Posted 2004/04/01 - Hugh Chaloner

Hi,

This is a weird one.

I have an old Lombard 333 which used to give very poor battery performance - maybe lasting about 15-20 minutes on a full charge if I was lucky.

I recently ran the 10.3.3 upgrade on it, which seemed to screw the machine up completely, so I decided to do a complete, clean reinstal. I removed its 20 MB disk, put it in a firewire enclosure (too lazy to remove all the 3rd party RAM from the Lombard to enable a decent instal) and erased and installed a brand new Panther on it. Ran the updates and put the drive back into the Lombard. Everything is great, working correctly but imagine my surprise when the battery indicates about 2:35 or more, and has been running for longer.

Strange but good.

Hugh

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Message #2 - Posted 2004/04/01 - Milton Aupperle

Previously, Hugh Chaloner wrote:

Hi,

This is a weird one.

I have an old Lombard 333 which used to give very poor battery performance - maybe lasting about 15-20 minutes on a full charge if I was lucky.

I recently ran the 10.3.3 upgrade on it, which seemed to screw the machine up completely, so I decided to do a complete, clean reinstal. I removed its 20 MB disk, put it in a firewire enclosure (too lazy to remove all the 3rd party RAM from the Lombard to enable a decent instal) and erased and installed a brand new Panther on it. Ran the updates and put the drive back into the Lombard. Everything is great, working correctly but imagine my surprise when the battery indicates about 2:35 or more, and has been running for longer.

Strange but good.

Your not alone.

Same thing happened to me after installing OSX 10.3.3 on my Lombard. Battery life dropped to zero (unplug AC, battery says 100%, 10 seconds later it's 0% then dead) - thanks Apple for doing ZERO Quality and Assurance testing.

Re-booting into OS 9 and the battery shows 100% and after pulling the plug and waiting 10 minutes, it's at 91%. Obviosuly not my battery or my LapTop- just !@$%#%@$#^ OSX 10.3.x and the freaking "elves" that lived to long in Steve Jobs reality distortion bio dome.

After powering down and pressing PMU switch on the back to reset the Power Manager and re-booting into OSX 10.3.3 it's fine again - but why should I have to do this Crap. That's why I bought a Mac and paid the higher up front cost for a "quality product" - or does that not mean anything since Steve came back?

Milton Aupperle
www.outcastsoft.com

Message #3 - Posted 2004/04/01 - Hugh Chaloner

Milton Aupperle wrote:

Previously, Hugh Chaloner wrote:

I
removed its 20 MB disk, put it in a firewire enclosure (too lazy to remove all the 3rd party RAM from the Lombard to enable a decent instal) and erased and installed a brand new Panther on it.

Forgot to say I installed it using another machine (obviously).

When installing a brand new OS, does so the installers put machine-specific code somewhere in the kernel or wherever? I wonder if the fact that I installed a brand new system using the Lombard's disk in a firewire enclosure, and a TiBook to do the actual install, make any difference?

Hugh

www.magic-hush.com | email on website

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