How to Survive a Computer Crash

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted quite as much this week. The reason? I had a perfect storm of my iMac crashing and having to be in 3 different states over the course of a week. Yikes!

The new iMac is hear and running wonderfully, and before I hit the road for the third time this week, I thought I’d share some things I learned from this experience.

The Story

In case you missed it, I got a new 21.5″ iMac about a month ago. I had been running everything (my studio, HSC, etc.) off of a 3-year-old white Macbook. It still runs great, but it was starting to fade, so I jumped on a demo iMac from Sweetwater.

The first issue I ran into was a bad logic board (the firewire port was unresponsive). I took it to a local Apple repair place, and they fixed it in a couple days. No big deal. (And it was all covered under warranty.)

Well, a few weeks later the iMac decided to shut itself off…never to power on again. So weird. We think it’s a bad power supply.


OS Updates…Beware!

I sent this out to my mailing list yesterday, and I got a lot of good feedback, so I thought I’d post it here on the blog as well.

If you make this mistake once, you’ll never make it again. Even so, that one time will be a serious pain, and I’d rather you avoid it altogether.

I’m calling this the 8th home studio obstacle. It didn’t make the cut for tonight’s 7 Home Studio Obstacles webinar, but it sure came close.

If it ain’t broke, don’t update it.