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  1. #41

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    OK, hunting down some more specific advice now. Have connected the MacBook to my home Wi-Fi network. Getting connected was no problem, but the connection speed is a fraction of what I'm getting on a PC on the same network, to the point of being almost unusable. If I start loading the same page on each at the same time, the PC will finish while the Mac is lucky to have resolved the domain and located the page title.

    I've checked the network settings and they're the same as on the PC. Problem happens in both Firefox and Safari. Have tried removing and then recreating the connection, made no difference. Rebooting (yes, that's evidence of a Windows mindset!) made no difference. The network diagnostics don't detect anything.

    Any suggestions very welcome -- and yes, I'm wading through stuff on Google but haven't yet found anything relevant.

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    What does it show when you option-click the WiFi icon on the menu bar?

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    Shows Airport as on, my network as connected, and channel/SSID/etc. details: specifically 802.11g, Channel 1, WPA2 security, RSSI -26, Transmit rate 54.

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    Jesus there are some pinheads showing their true selves on this thread - someone is taking the effort to try to use a completely new OS (how many of you who have never used Linux think you'd go trying to use nothing but Ubuntu for a week?) and he is getting hammered because he finds certain things difficult.

    Mac OS X and Windows are two different operating systems that appeal to different users. I use both every day (Windows at work (and through Fusion at home), Mac at home). I personally much prefer the Mac way of doing things, but that is because I have used Macs since 1991 and have only ever owned an Apple computer. This doesn't mean I'm going to go out and attack anyone who prefers Windows computers or has difficulty figuring out how to do things on a Mac.
    Quote Originally Posted by Japester
    Please don't call Mac users "The Faithful". I find it offensive because you're drawing a religious parallel and I don't see being a fan of Apple products as a religion, no matter how fanatical some Mac users get.
    Sometimes the religious zealot metaphors can seem pretty spot on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngusKidman View Post
    Shows Airport as on, my network as connected, and channel/SSID/etc. details: specifically 802.11g, Channel 1, WPA2 security, RSSI -26, Transmit rate 54.
    Your WiFi is obviously fine, does the Macbook get the right DNS servers via DHCP? Can it resolve DNS queries quickly? In Terminal, type "host www.dotnet.org" and various other lookups, they should take no appreciable time to resolve.

    Also, what version of OS X is it running? If it's less than 10.6.2 you should upgrade before doing anything else.

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    Thanks for the suggestions. It turns out (after an exhuastive analysis which involved several Mac specialist journos) that the AirPort card is actually a dud, which has rather put a spanner in the works in terms of doing the project at all. With luck, it will happen again when I can get my hands on a fully functioning machine. Them's the breaks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngusKidman View Post
    Thanks for the suggestions. It turns out (after an exhuastive analysis which involved several Mac specialist journos) that the AirPort card is actually a dud, which has rather put a spanner in the works in terms of doing the project at all. With luck, it will happen again when I can get my hands on a fully functioning machine. Them's the breaks.
    Ahhh the force has not been kind to you young Padawan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotnet View Post
    I don't know why Mac users always need to impersonate Apple's marketing department and fight like missionaries for the OS they believe in. If somebody has decided to hate Macs, or finds them hard to use then there is really no point in berating them for that.
    Totally agree with that, but it is not just Apple products some people find hard to use. It is other areas of technology in general.

    If Angus had rarely ever used Linux before and decided to go a week solely using a Linux laptop he would have exactly the same problems. The same goes for someone who is an avid PS3 gamer who switches to XBOX 360, there is going to be differences in the experience that the user has to adapt and get used to.

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