While editing some images in PhotoShop this morning, my home iBook (2002 vintage) went belly-up; the screen went to vertical bars and all attempts to restart produced no startup screen, no spinning of the drive. Realizing it is likely a significant hardware failure, I checked my AppleCare warranty and saw I had only 7 more days until it expired! I’ll be dropping it off to the IC unit at the Phoenix Apple Store this morning.
I’ve had 5 personal Macs since 1989, and another handful and a half at work, and this is the first time I’ve experienced a total meltdown. So here is your warning, go home and get a good backup (and do it again next month); I have some partial backups but am already fretting about some files, photos, and a pile of tunes that will either be lost or need to be resurrected.
Update: The Apple Store sure is busy, must be nano fever. There is like 1 or 2 “geniuses” at the bar and like 10 employees with sales, if that says anything. Anyhow, when I explained my problem, I was rather embarassed with the start-up screen came on cause it did not on 5 attempts at home. I immediately felt like an Apple-Idiot, someone who could not even find the power button or knew how to move a mouse. Fortunately, the sick iBook abruptly flashed a screen of thick, colored bars, which came and went a few times. Genius 2 said to Genius 1, “MLB?”, and the reply was, “MLB” — no kidding kids, that is Main Logic Board. Off it went, 7 days before the warranty went belly up. I feel lucky.