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Old 18-02-2008, 11:58 PM   #1
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my computer forgot how to count!

I found this error message rather amusing, and thought I'd share...

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This backup is too large for the backup volume. The backup requires 346.9 MB but only 1.1 GB are available.

Yeah, so 1 GB = 1000 MB



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Old 19-02-2008, 12:01 AM   #2
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maybe some of that space is secretly taken over buy stuff. maybe naughty things are hiding. (1 GB = 1024 MB =P )



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Old 19-02-2008, 12:04 AM   #3
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(1 GB = 1024 MB =P )
It can be defined either way... I went with 1000 cause it's more intuitive if you're used to SI units, and since the point was just to preemptively avoid the "isn't 346.9 MB more than 1.1 GB?" question...



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Old 19-02-2008, 12:14 AM   #4
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if ur running any microsoft OS then u will get errors like that because most of the programmers are stupid. i once got an error that said 'error, no keyboard present, please press F1 to continue'



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Old 19-02-2008, 12:23 AM   #5
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lol... But I'm running Mac OS X. I don't generally expect these things from Apple. No, Apples issues are more along the lines of hiding one of the screws in my iBook under a magnet (apparently for no reason other than to deter people taking their computers apart).

Apparently it's making progress though - I tried to run the backup again, and this time it informed me that it needs 100.0 MB and there are only 1.7 GB available. So I'm not really looking forward to killing my backup disk and starting over, but it looks like that's what's gonna have to happen... at least the error messages were entertaining.



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Old 19-02-2008, 05:32 AM   #6
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lols...I love my Macbook but it does funny stuff too. once it "ate" a CD--just sucked it in, wouldn't show up on the computer & wouldn't eject. then when I turned it on its side and pressed eject again it was fine all of a sudden. :P

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Old 19-02-2008, 06:02 AM   #7
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I got an error tonight from my virus protection thing when I accidentally hit the update button. Something along the lines of "free trials are not eligible for current updates. Any further attempt to do so will be documented"

A-I paid for my program
B-What are they going to do if I keep hitting the button?



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Old 19-02-2008, 10:16 AM   #8
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Old 19-02-2008, 10:28 AM   #9
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I hate computers
You're counting glitch could be its saying it needs that much more and its got lost in translation (boring and kinda logical, it can't count's much more fun)
I actually had my computer tell me the internet browser I've just opened (ie6 I think) is trying to access the internet, do I want to allow it? Smart security software

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Old 19-02-2008, 10:28 AM   #10
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'error, no keyboard present, please press F1 to continue'
haha that's so funny! and yessss I am easily amused!



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Maybe it just wants some free space kept incase it has to do an automatic backup? Mine wont let me fill it completely, so either its a design error or it does have a reason ^^



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Nothing to do with the original topic at all, but it made me lol.




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^ lol! thats hillarious! x

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Maybe it just wants some free space kept incase it has to do an automatic backup? Mine wont let me fill it completely, so either its a design error or it does have a reason ^^
actually, thats a good point, if u have less than 200mb left on your computer then it nags and nags at u no get more space, maybe its saving some space for a special occasion



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Old 19-02-2008, 11:28 PM   #15
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I think the error message was just plain wrong - when I clicked on the drive itself it said it only had like 14 MB left. So it's probably just a bug with how the programmed the numbers to be displayed in the error message - it just happened to produce a rather amusing result.



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Old 19-02-2008, 11:35 PM   #16
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maybe it was all a ploy by skynet to get u to think your computer was stupid while all the time it was using ur computer and many others to build a super server capable of controlling the entire world and ultimately putting the existence of the entire human race in jeopardy............ i think i watch too much tv =(



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about the cd eating computer... my dad was trying to fix my uncle's golf game and the cd exploded in his machine! took hours to hoover out all the bits lol! mand x



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maybe it was all a ploy by skynet to get u to think your computer was stupid while all the time it was using ur computer and many others to build a super server capable of controlling the entire world and ultimately putting the existence of the entire human race in jeopardy............ i think i watch too much tv =(
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Old 20-02-2008, 02:23 PM   #19
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Gigabyte and Gibibytes are two different things:

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As of 2007, most consumer hard drives are defined by their gigabyte-range capacities. The true capacity is usually some number above or below the class designation. Although most manufacturers of hard disks and Flash disks define 1 gigabyte as 1,000,000,000 bytes, the computer operating systems used by most users usually calculate a gigabyte by dividing the bytes (whether it is disk capacity, file size, or system RAM) by 1,073,741,824. This distinction is a cause of confusion, as a hard disk with a manufacturer rated capacity of 400 gigabytes may have its capacity reported by the operating system as only 372 GB, depending on the type of report.
The difference between units based on SI and binary prefixes increases exponentially — in other words, an SI kilobyte is nearly 98% as much as a kibibyte, but a megabyte is under 96% as much as a mebibyte, and a gigabyte is just over 93% as much as a gibibyte. This means that a 500 GB hard disk drive would appear as "465 GB". As storage sizes get larger and higher units are used, this difference will become more pronounced.



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Old 21-02-2008, 04:31 AM   #20
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In reference to the free space issue, Have you run Disk Utility on the volume.

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