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mr1970
Nov 19, 2009, 06:55 AM
Hi there

I bought my son a secondhand G5 1.6 recently, and it's worked perfectly well for about 2 months (running Tiger, incidentally). Recently, however, all the standard apps he uses (Safari, iTunes, Word, GarageBand etc) have started to unexpectedly crash - spinning beach ball followed by either eventually closing down or having to Force Quit.

There's plenty of space on the hard drive, and I've checked / repaired permissions, but I'm wondering if there's something else going on here before I reach for the rebuild disk - could this be the PRAM battery on its last legs?

Any thoughts welcome - I could just rebuild the disk but it's most of a day to do it including backup / restore so I'd rather not if that might not be the problem.

Many thanks in advance for any help.

mr1970



zmttoxics
Nov 19, 2009, 07:01 AM
This is more likely to be a ram / disk problem then anything else. I recommend tracking down a copy of techtool and memtest86 for mac so you can properly diagnose the machine.