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Why does my MacBook MacPanic?

Take one MacBook, add one class compliant M-Audio USB soundcard and enjoy one unstable multimedia platform.

Why does my MacBook give a kernel panic half the times I plug in my M-Audio Transit? A quick call to M-Audio later, it seems that in MacBook-land all USB ports are not born equal. The MacBook accepts the soundcard in the near port and generates a kernel panic in the far one. Yikes. Apparently there’s no fix, it’s just the way MacBook’s USB implementation works – or doesn’t work.

Meanwhile my Steinberg and Korg licensing keys prove equally challenging for my MacBook. Sometimes they get detected, sometimes not. It can literally take thirty minutes to boot, crash, reboot, reposition keys, start Cubase, pray for key recognition, start recording, get kernel panic, shutdown, try to reboot, get no display, remove battery, replace battery, reboot…The temptation to install Boot Camp is starting to become overwhelming.

On the plus side, whilst the MacBook’s Airport never managed to connect to my Belkin router it works well with my five dollar Trendnet one. Proof that happiness can come in small packages from CompUSA.

Elsewhere in Mac-land the iPod Touch seems set to be a winner. It looks like Apple has taken the iPhone platform and basically made an iCantPhone. As a portable music player there are probably better options – 300 bucks for a large-sized player with only 8Gb seems a bit steep – but the surfing and video options compensate. A slightly thicker version housing a hard drive would be killer. Pretty please Apple?

Neil Berman


Sep 15, 2007 - Posted by | Apple, Audio | ,

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