Linked by David Adams on Mon 25th May 2009 21:22 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Over the years, we've occasionally run an "Ask OSNews" feature, wherein a reader asks us a question and we answer it publicly. Lately I've really been enjoying Slate's Dear Prudence advice column and the ever-interesting Straight Dope, and I thought we should see if we can get more OSNews readers to submit questions, and turn Ask OSNews into a more-regular thing. If your question falls outside of our domain expertise, we'll try to track down an expert to help out. And of course, our responses will always be supplemented by further advice from OSNews readers in the comments. Questions are welcome on any topic ranging from OSes and computing to science and geek culture. Contact us with your questions. (Please include "Ask OSNews" in the subject). Today's question is from a young student in Hungary who's seduced by the faraway siren song of Apple's marketing and wonders, "should I switch?"
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I don't think so. A friend and I both bought a MacBook Pro simultaneously. His video card has a quirk and messes up the entire screen every time it gets too hot, forcing him to reboot. He looked it up on the Internet and apparently it's a factory error that many people suffer from.

My MacBook Pro doesn't have this problem, but it freezes from time to time. And with freeze I mean a kernel freeze - not even the mouse pointer works anymore. One of my USB stick isn't recognized by OS X: after inserting it, nothing happens. It's not broken because it works fine on my Linux laptop.

The keyboard isn't as productive as it can be because it lacks the Delete, Home, End, PageUp and PageDown buttons. Instead I have to emulate them with Fn.

About the only goods thing I can say about the mac is that the screen is very good and it's quiet.

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kaiwai Member since:

So what you're telling me is you sit around with all these problems, you could take it back and get it fixed but you choose not to because it serves as a good chest nut when whining about Apple.

Are you sure you don't suffer from M√ľnchausen syndrome?

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FooBarWidget Member since:

No, I can't take it back and get it fixed.
- It's not me who has the video card problem, it's my friend.
- There's nothing to fix unless they're willing to build Delete, Home, End, PageUp and PageDown buttons into the keyboard.
- The freezes and unrecognized USB stick problems are software problems. The only way to fix this is through a software update, not by returning it to the store.

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