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Spate of Apple hardware issues

Things are not looking good in the hardware front lately.

  • Seagate Technology is settling a lawsuit which said the compamy misled consumers by offering 7% more disk space than what was available or usable to the user. Seagate will offer a refund or a free backup or recovery software. Refund or the free backup or software is only valid in the US.
  • Some Macbooks with 2.5-inch SATA Seagate drives may lead to data loss when the read/write head detaches from the arm and plows into the platter. This is deemed as a design flaw. The drives are made in China and has the firmware version 7.0.1.
  • Reports of freezing iMacs have surfaced and Apple has recognized the problem exists. They already have sent out an iMac software update which was supposed to address the issue. For some it didn’t. AppleInsider has reported that the problem may not be that easy to fix after all since it’s not software that’s having the issues; it’s the hardware. According to some users, the problem of the freezing Mac went away as soon as Apple replaced the Radeon ATI chipset. It seems Leopard is the culprit here. The new OS is exerting a heavy toll on the graphics chip because of all the eye candy. Downgrading to Tiger resolves some freezing problems.
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