Just to illustrate how computers have been in a pain in my arse, since lord knows when (well Apples since Apple II europlus days I guess ;) ), lets illustrate some G3 gripes and Issues I suffered in 2002, which I recently discovered written down on one of my drives, but never published (maybe as a covering note to apple repair) from back in June 2002, now Apple can take the negative publicity issues from this rubbish lol.
My motorola G3 CPU was covertly replaced, because only on the IBM version of the CPU could you actually install Mac os X 10.0 on, something that all lombard machines were supposed to be ready for. They had a swapout program going on in the US, but nothing ever got setup for UK customers with the motorola version of the CPU. Tech support at Apple US is much better than the UK equivalent, the guy at apple US support admitted to me he owned the same powerbook as I did, and had the Motorola CPU in his replaced almost a year before my query, with the correctly functioning IBM one, he informed that my unit had the same problem as his did before the swap, ie Macos X was impossible to install and run stably. EU and UK governments are good at guaranteeing cucumbers to be straight, but laughable when it comes to take tech companies to task through trading standards, its always been a serve yourself mentality in getting some true response from tech giants and their non recalled fuck ups, How many recalls have you heard of in the last 10 years ? truthfully they should have launched double or triple that number of recalls on products, but have managed to avoid it but playing stumb with their own customers about design flaws in models. early ibook users have allot to complain about in this dept, the number of motherboard failures were appalling, also all post on apple sites are heavily groomed to remove non flattering information.
sadly this machine was in use by my uncle until quite recently, but now has replaced it with a cheap crummy Pc laptop, as there was no low priced apple alternative.
WRITTEN 12 JUNE 2002 ABOUT MY APPLE G3 LOMBARD LAPTOP ——————————>
Dear Apple I have tried upgrading this machine with a 256 Mb memory module twice, bought from a mac memory supplier, who I have explicitly told them, what machine i have ie bronze keyboard with usb and scsi no built in firewire, with grackle memory controller. It is endlessly tiresome trying to sort these problems, The first simm recognized as a 128Mb Ram Simm, when it was described as a 256Mb ram simm from the retailer, The second simm came up with this error “The built in memory test has detected a problem please contact a service technician”
So now I have resorted back to my old 128Mb simm in the top slot.