Archive for August, 2006

Not So Mighty Mouse

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

My Mac’s Mighty Mouse has packed up after 3 months of use. The scroll ball will no longer scroll “down” (it moves but has no effect) and every now and again the mouse pointer jumps all over the place. Back to Apple for you, Mr Mouse! I hope it has a 3-year warranty like the Mac…

Now I no longer feel that the Microsoft mouse I bought a month before my Mac was a wasted purchase! I’ve switched to it and, after getting used to it, I think I actually prefer it to the Mighty Mouse (despite the lack of left-right scrolling, which I hardly ever used anyway). And it has better acceleration than the Mighty Mouse too. :)

UPDATE 25 Aug: Woah! Turns out all I needed to do was clean the ball. Thought I’d search for “mighty mouse won’t scroll down” before calling Apple and found this helpful page. Tried cleaning the ball – now it scrolls down! :) It wasn’t even particularly dirty (or at least didn’t look it). Very strange. Looks like Mighty Mouse is really a bit “sensitive” on the inside! ;)

Memory woes

Monday, August 7th, 2006

Still loving my iMac – easily the nicest computer I’ve used since my trusty old Atari ST. :)

Parallels is a bit of a RAM hog though, resulting in many minutes of staring at spinning beach balls when switching to Safari and so on. So I decided to order a couple of 1GB RAM sticks – one for my Mac and one for my wife’s (did I mention she’s switched to a Mac too after seeing my Mac’s lovely screen!).

RAM arrived today – hurrah! But I can’t get it to work. Boo! One stick results in the Mac’s power LED flashing brightly in a quite alarming way; the other stick causes the Mac’s power LED to stay on, but with a black screen – doesn’t get further than that.

And yes, I’ve checked the type of RAM (RamBo 1GB PC2-5300 DDR2-667) and pushed the modules in hard until my fingers hurt (which is what you’re supposed to do apparently).

Called the supplier and I’m waiting for their resident tech to call. Pretty annoying and quite surprising – what are the odds of both RAM sticks being faulty? And with different results too?!

Hrmph. Maybe I should have paid the extra for the Kingston RAM after all…