I'm sitting here typing this message on our home server (a horrible dual P3 with the Dell "unquietKey" Keyboard).
This is due to the fact that my 11.5 month old 12 inch G4 has just crashed the hard disc. It's so badly damadged that the drive now emits a horrible metalic sound when I start the machine up, and fails to recognise any system software. It doesn't even boot into mac OS so I can't boot -v and then fsck.
This is the sixth apple portable that I've had now over the past four years and every one of them has gone wrong. I've not got a bone to pick with Apple in general since they produce such nice kit (I've now owned well over 30 mac desktops and not had a problem with a single one) and a fantastic OS to run with them (I've got system 6.0 right up till OS X Tiger) - but my experience with the laptops is that for every Apple laptop machine I have owned or known of in the last four years I have been shown it going wrong.
I know laptops aren't meant to be as good as desktops - but having components fail on me so quickly really doesn't make me want to replace it with another Mac.
Has anyone else experienced this Hard drive issue? I think it sounds like a bearing has gone in the drive and so the platter is now out of kilter. I'd suggest that it was the result of a drop in normal situations - but the machine was on the desktop and suddenly started to make this horrible sound!
Since I use my Powerbook for my work (I'm self employed) I'm considering going to the desktops and getting an entry level iMac....
Frustrated of Bristol