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Comment Re:What happens if the OS does run? (Score 1) 216 216

On the Mac, you never, ever find yourself in a situation where access to equivalent of the BIOS would be helpful to troubleshoot Mac OS X boot problems. Ever.

I respectfully disagree with this statement in so many ways.

As an Apple technician, I found many times when having BIOS or EFI access would have saved me hours of time running diagnostics from optical discs and tearing apart the system trying to get access to the hardware, which is another problem I have with their design, but that will have to wait for another post.

If you are just an end user and were lucky enough to be able to use your Mac for what it is intended for, kudos. If you ever had to figure out why it stops booting, having access to the BIOS/EFI is extremely important. As another poster pointed out, the OS does indeed show this information, and it is available to a non-booting system through disc-based diagnostics, but other than that if you do not have access to these, you are SOL.

Comment Re:Tandy TL2 (Score 1) 145 145

I remember those days as well, when we picked up our TL2, they had that pack of games available, except instead of Camelot, we got Welltris (tetris in a well, didn't play it all that much) with HQ and Bubble Bobble. I spent hours playing Hero's quest, and was very disappointed when I found out that the files for the end of the game were corrupted and would lock up every time I was about to finish.

After an instrument has been assembled, extra components will be found on the bench.