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Old Oct 15, 2006, 06:17 PM   #1
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iBook hard drive failling?

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I have a problem with my iBook. Since a few days, the operating system works and a few software (mainly firefox) but most software are just bouncing in the dock and they never start. They'll just keep bouncing forever and there is no way to force quit them. Even the Command + Option + Esc doesn't bring up the force quit window. Some applications like Safari will start but the beachball will come up and they are unusable. It is definitely not the operating system, it is a fresh install from two months ago and I didn't install anything weird lately. I tried repairing permission (the disk utility thankfully works) and the permission repair works at a good speed for about half of the process but it then suddenly stops and starts beachballing forevermore. That is what made me suspicious that it might be the hard drive that is failling. It definitely doesn't look like it is an operating system problem because the few things that works, works well and are snappy. The weird part is that the S.M.A.R.T is verified. Unfortunately, I am on a trip to Toronto so I don't have my OS install disk to try reinstalling or to run the hardware test. I'll try to meet a genius at an Apple Store tomorrow. I would like to know if you think the hard drive is the most likely problem? Also, since this would be my fourth repair and that it is not the only problem (uneven backlighting is getting a lot worse, trackpad is intermittent, etc), do you think it warrants a replacement under Applecare?
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Old Oct 16, 2006, 07:56 AM   #2
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Do you have at least 8GB of free space available? What third party hardware is plugged in? I know you say there isn't much installed, but what third party apps and system hacks/add ons do you have? Maybe try running fsck to ensure your file system is okay too.
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Old Oct 17, 2006, 12:38 PM   #3
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Thank you for your help.
I really don't think it is a software issue. I have over 30 GB of free hard drive space and the mighty mouse is the only thing plugged in. I don't really have some hacks installed. The third party software is really basic : Office, Toast...(most softwares are on the mac pro). I finally met a genius yesterday morning who decided to change the trackpad and the hard drive. He did a few test and he seemed to think the hard drive problem was hardware related.
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Cool, so have you tried fsck then? It might help if the problem is hard drive-related.
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