I learned this trick when I misplaced the Leopard DVD that comes with the Macbook Pro. This time, I tried (with assurance from other blog/forum posts that it actually works – there are probably tons of more detailed tutorials than this.) doing the same for Snow Leopard.
What you need:
- External Hard Drive (USB or Firewire) –
WARNING: should not contain important files, since we will format this.
- Snow Leopard installer DVD or DMG file
Application to Use:
0. Create DMG file
Select the DVD drive from the Left Pane of Disk Utility. Then click “New Image” icon from the Top Menu. Type the filename of your choice (or retain as Mac OS X Server Install Disc) and the select destination folder and SAVE.
[18 July 2009]
And so it happened to me… On a Saturday morning, I am the latest victim of the Macbook Pro Early 2008 bug. Apparently, according to Apple, it is a problem with NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics processor. In my case, it is more than a distorted video. Upon bootup, it shows these distorted lines at first, tries to load the OS, then stops with Apple’s own version of BSD (Black Screen of Death i call it) [see screenshots below]. Logic board fail.
The Apple Support website has THIS explanation:
In July 2008, NVIDIA publicly acknowledged a higher than normal failure rate for some of their graphics processors due to a packaging defect. At that same time, NVIDIA assured Apple that Mac computers with these graphics processors were not affected. However, after an Apple-led investigation, Apple has determined that some MacBook Pro computers with the NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics processor may be affected. If the NVIDIA graphics processor in your MacBook Pro has failed, or fails within three years of the original date of purchase, a repair will be done free of charge, even if your MacBook Pro is out of warranty.
Apple is issuing refunds to customers who may have paid for repairs related to this issue. Please contact Apple for details on the refund process.
Apple has once again failed me with it’s amazingly poor quality accessories. Well I admire how stylish and flair their new gadgets are. However once the hype subsides, your precious loses its glitter to scratches, and the warranty expires, say goodbye to your dear old gadget – or in my case its accessories. I’m barely new to Apple products,yet i now have two faulty products up my sleeve. Anyway, my rant is not about that, coz we can always blame misuse. I’m more worried on the ‘unrepairable’ design flaw.
Perhaps Apple accessories are designed not to be repaired, but only to be replaced. Good news is Apple has loads of reserve and Apple Store is everywhere. There seems to be no way of repairing them other than err, cracking them up. I’m not sure if it’s design flaw or it’s just made that way since we are more concerned with the “looks” anyway.
The Powerbook 65W AC Adapter i’m using yielded yesterday. The part of the cord going into the casing has shorted out. I planned to bring it to the Apple Center today but due to heavy rains, it didn’t pursue. There’s a big chance i would end up with a new one anyway since it’s out of warranty. So equipped with the EEE yabang, we opted to do it ourselves. Google “how to open powerbook AC adapter” and it will give one or two useful sites.
In summary, this is how we – my friend being the main worker and i’m the trivial helper – did it:
- The casing had no screws or anything, meaning it’s not meant to open. So you have to literally crack it up. Crack all sides open with a flat screwdriver and a hammer to push the screwdriver in. This is the hardest and most tedious part (and the reason I’m ranting).
- Cut the plastic molding since it can’t be reused anyway. Now the large part of the cable, whose other end connects to the powerbook, is unattached. Remove the burned portion.
- Strip the cables to reveal the wires. There are two sets of wires, the ground and the Vdd (not sure of the voltage).
- Twist the wires back together (remember there are two sets) and cover with an electrical tape. (We used masking tape). You may have to solder them together or to the board if it’s loosen up.
- Test if it will charge your Powerbook! There might be other safer ways though.
- Secure the wires. Put a little knot on the end where the plastic molding originally is.
- Put back the casing, put some masking tape around, and it’s good to go.
Now your power adapter is working, but is reduced to a pauper from a prince. It will look really bad! But as my friend says, just laugh out and be proud.
1. Install X11 for the Mac.
2. Open an X-terminal and type
> xhost remote_ip_addr
10.x.x.x being added to access control list
3. Connect to remote machine via telnet
> telnet remote_ip_addr
Connected to 10.x.x.x.
4. Enter login name and password to start session
5. In a telnet session, type
> setenv DISPLAY local_ip_addr:0.0
6. Launch your application