Mac Problems

Aug 30, 2008
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Hello. I have two issues with my Mac Notepad and was wondering if anyone could offer any assistance.

I have had my laptop for around 18 months, but recently have encountered the following problems:

(1) The Internet connection is intermittent. One moment the airport status reads a full bar, and then a second later it will have zero bars. The next second it will be back, and so on. If I leave it a while, it seems to fix itself and stay connected, but later in the day, the flashing on/off connection may return inexplicably. My housemates don't seem to suffer this problem, so I assume it's exclusive to my laptop.

(2) My power cord has started sparking when I insert the plug into the mains. I have endured an electric shock when removing the cord one time, but that was because I touched the metal part accidentally. I'm worried about receiving a shock whenever I insert the plug, and that it could prove a fire hazard if left on.

Any help would be much appreciated and I apologise, as a new user, if I have posted these queries in the incorrect location.
Nov 28, 2007
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Blue Mountains NSW Australia
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Silver M1 iMac 512/16/8/8 macOS 11.6
Snoopy you are an electrician in training and they do that job to get a kick out of life! Do not use the power cord and let common sense prevail and if power supply is intermittent the cord could well be the problem.

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