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It works sometimes after sleep/wake cycle.

Headphone problems are common.

If you want perfect, buy a MacBook Air.
Hmm... I almost never let my computer sleep. It's always either on or off. So theoretically it would be fine...?

I was considering the air for a while, but I would much rather have the higher specs of a windows machine. I plan on using programs such as Logic Pro and PhotoShop, and I tend to use them pretty intensively.

Personally, I love dealing with hackintoshes. It's a lot more enjoyable (to me) to have to tinker with something to get it to work, than just spend more on one that already does. Despite all the trouble my old Lenovo G780 gave me, it was fun to work on it.
I compare it to building a car. Sure, you can get one already made, but you will be a lot more proud of it if you put it together yourself.
 

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Hmm... I almost never let my computer sleep. It's always either on or off. So theoretically it would be fine...?
I think you should read carefully.

I was considering the air for a while, but I would much rather have the higher specs of a windows machine. I plan on using programs such as Logic Pro and PhotoShop, and I tend to use them pretty intensively.
In what way do you believe the u530 touch has "higher specs" than the MacBook Air?

Personally, I love dealing with hackintoshes. It's a lot more enjoyable (to me) to have to tinker with something to get it to work, than just spend more on one that already does. Despite all the trouble my old Lenovo G780 gave me, it was fun to work on it.
I compare it to building a car. Sure, you can get one already made, but you will be a lot more proud of it if you put it together yourself.
It is my view as well... Fun to tinker with hacks, but use a real Mac for real work.
 
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I think you should read carefully.
Agreed. Any suggestions on where to start?
Not trying to be lazy, it's just that none of my searches have been turning up anything relevant.

In what way do you believe the u530 touch has "higher specs" than the MacBook Air?
Guess I should have chosen better words than that.
Correction: Better specs for a better price. I'm not a fan of spending over $1k to get the i7 and 8GB of RAM on the Air. The 15" screen is nice too.

It is my view as well... Fun to tinker with hacks, but use a real Mac for real work.
Unfortunately, I don't have the funds necessary to afford a Mac right now.
I've always had bad luck with them freezing and crashing anyhow. This could have (and probably has) changed in more recent years. I haven't used a mac any newer than a 2011 iMac, and that constantly went down.
 

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Agreed. Any suggestions on where to start?
Not trying to be lazy, it's just that none of my searches have been turning up anything relevant.
My response was specifically regarding your response to what I wrote regarding sleep/wake and the headphone. You seem to have interpreted it incorrectly.

Guess I should have chosen better words than that.
Correction: Better specs for a better price. I'm not a fan of spending over $1k to get the i7 and 8GB of RAM on the Air. The 15" screen is nice too.
The u530 does not have "better specs". The Air comes with HD5000 graphics... You will still probably spend over $1k if you want the u530 w/ 1080p screen and i7 CPU (and still you'll have HD4400 graphics)...
 
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My response was specifically regarding your response to what I wrote regarding sleep/wake and the headphone. You seem to have interpreted it incorrectly.
I presumed that the "It works sometimes after sleep/wake cycle." statement meant that it worked fine until after a sleep/wake cycle, and that the "Headphone problems are common." statement regarded unified jacks in general.


The u530 does not have "better specs". The Air comes with HD5000 graphics... You will still probably spend over $1k if you want the u530 w/ 1080p screen and i7 CPU (and still you'll have HD4400 graphics)...
Not quite. http://amzn.com/B00I93CDP0

The graphics aren't too important to me. The HD4400 is more than enough to drive my Photoshop work, and I don't exactly plan on rendering video on it either. I also have a 240gb SSD to throw into it. Not quite as fast as the PCI storage on the air, but that's fine with me. I'm not looking to set record speeds, just need something "good enough".
 

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I presumed that the "It works sometimes after sleep/wake cycle." statement meant that it worked fine until after a sleep/wake cycle, and that the "...
No. It *never* works properly before a sleep/wake cycle. And it *sometimes* is fixed by a sleep/wake cycle.

Not quite. http://amzn.com/B00I93CDP0

The graphics aren't too important to me. The HD4400 is more than enough to drive my Photoshop work, and I don't exactly plan on rendering video on it either. I also have a 240gb SSD to throw into it. Not quite as fast as the PCI storage on the air, but that's fine with me. I'm not looking to set record speeds, just need something "good enough".
So, for $800 you still have to purchase/provide an SSD to bring the performance anywhere near the MBA... I realize you already have the SSD, but when comparing price/performance, you have to account for the value of the device.

And there are many more advantages to the MBA: Already mentioned HD5000. It is definitely higher build quality. The trackpad on the Macs is unmatched in the PC world. The fan is quieter. There is no annoying whistle/whine when power is plugged in with battery fully charged (may be specific to my unit). And the resale of the MBA will be higher than the Lenovo. As a result, overall cost of ownership may be lower.

I'm just trying to point out that there is real value in the Apple product that shouldn't be overlooked. That said, hacking is still fun.
 
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No. It *never* works properly before a sleep/wake cycle. And it *sometimes* is fixed by a sleep/wake cycle.
Oh lovely. Guess I won't be considering the U530 anymore.

So, for $800 you still have to purchase/provide an SSD to bring the performance anywhere near the MBA... I realize you already have the SSD, but when comparing price/performance, you have to account for the value of the device.
I received the SSD as a Christmas gift actually, so the theoretical cost of it to me would still be the base $800. But I understand that it would still have much lower resale value than the Air. Even my current desktop would have a lower resale than an Air in a few-years time.

And there are many more advantages to the MBA: Already mentioned HD5000. It is definitely higher build quality. The trackpad on the Macs is unmatched in the PC world. The fan is quieter. There is no annoying whistle/whine when power is plugged in with battery fully charged (may be specific to my unit). And the resale of the MBA will be higher than the Lenovo. As a result, overall cost of ownership may be lower.
Noise isn't a major issue for me, so long as it isn't too loud. I'm the kind of person who can sleep through a car crash (and have), but still hear a pin drop across the room.
I almost never used the trackpad on my previous laptop, substituting a bluetooth mouse instead. I would only use it if I needed to get very precise with my cursor placement.

I'm looking more for a unit that I can afford sooner rather than later. I can agree that the cost of ownership is quite low with a Mac (provided nothing goes wrong with it), but the higher starting price for the hardware is what really bothers me.

For example, I would absolutely adore a MBP. But at a $1349 price tag for a 13 inch with a dual-core i7, 8GB of ram, and a lower than HD screen resolution... it gets hard to see what justifies such a larger price. And to get a "retina" display, I'd have to throw another $200 into that. Sure the case it's contained in is nice, but it's not truly necessary. Sure the absolutely stunning display is nice, but I don't plan on framing the thing. And of course the support us second to none, but I prefer taking a screwdriver to it, rather than a telephone or an unknown pair of hands.

I'm just trying to point out that there is real value in the Apple product that shouldn't be overlooked. That said, hacking is still fun.
I understand, and I appreciate your input too. It's a real pleasure to talk with someone who isn't insanely biased on either system, and knows what they're talking about. You've pointed out a few things that make me reconsider my thoughts. As much as I've bashed on the Apple devices, I'm considering them a lot more now.
 

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Regarding my Lenovo u430 Touch project: https://github.com/RehabMan/Lenovo-U430-Touch-DSDT-Patch

A couple updates:
- it is now using FakePCIID.kext and FakePCIID_HD4600_HD4400.kext instead of the OpenCL dylib patch. You should restore the dylib to vanilla after installing the kexts.
- updated to use OEM SSDTs for power management instead of Generate from Clover config.plist
 
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Regarding my Lenovo u430 Touch project: https://github.com/RehabMan/Lenovo-U430-Touch-DSDT-Patch

A couple updates:
- it is now using FakePCIID.kext and FakePCIID_HD4600_HD4400.kext instead of the OpenCL dylib patch. You should restore the dylib to vanilla after installing the kexts.
- updated to use OEM SSDTs for power management instead of Generate from Clover config.plist
Have tested it out and it works great so far. OEM SSDT use is awesome. Thank you very much for your hard work – appreciate it!
 

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Have tested it out and it works great so far. OEM SSDT use is awesome. Thank you very much for your hard work – appreciate it!
Thanks for testing...
 
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